Welcome


Hours for Winter Break  & Spring Semester:
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 

Please be advised that classes are scheduled in the Makerspace on Monday & Wednesdays BEFORE 11:00 AM  and AFTER 4:00 PM. Please be timely if making reservations on the first and last block. See the Schedule for more details.

What is the Makerspace?

The BMCC Makerspace is opened to the entire BMCC community. It’s a space for bringing ideas to life – whether they be related to design, art, engineering, fashion etc. – with the help of 21st century tools such as 3D printing and laser cutting.

The space was built with collaboration in mind – professors and students from all departments are invited to use the space. Our goal is to foster a sense of community amongst “Makers” of all sorts.

Whether you have a project in mind or are just curious about the space and want to learn more, please come and visit us! Visit the schedule page for open hours and contact Professor Anna Pinkas (apinkas@bmcc.cuny.edu)  for more information.

Please visit our Workshop page for project ideas. Many of the Workshops have been created to be used virtually as well as in our physical space. We also have a Resource page full of helpful sites and a suggested reading to help facilitate your making journey.

Plan Your Visit:

Planning your visit is easy! You can walk-in, but if you need one-one assistance or consultation, it is better if you make a reservation. You are encouraged to email the Lab Manager in order to help them prepare what you need.  

Walk-ins are advised that they may need to be patient upon arrival. The Lab Manager may be occupied assisting another student.

Reservations can be made by simply emailing the Lab Manager. Beforehand, it is best to visit our Schedule page first to see what are the current days and times the Makerspace is open, as well as the Calendar page to see if there are any scheduled events..

When emailing the Lab Manager, please provide the following information: 

  • What you’d like to do. Is this a Makerspace tour, a project consultation, a one-on-one onboarding for a particular software/equipment, or reservation for using the equipment?
  • The day(s) and time block(s) you would like (maximum is 2 hours a day).
  • The machine you plan on using (if known)
  • The material you plan on using, please include links if it’s material you plan on purchasing so that the Lab Manager can vet it (if known) 

Visitor Access for Non-BMCC Guests:

Visitors coming to campus must first receive an invitation by a BMCC faculty/staff member through the “Visitor Portal” system, located on the BMCC Portal. The invitation email sent to the visitor, will include a link to the Cleared4 Access Pass. Once there, please follow the directions carefully and upload the proof of Vaccination (CDC Card or NYS Excelsior Plus Pass) or a Negative PCR COVID-19 Test (Rapid tests not accepted).

Where is the Makerspace?

The Makerspace is located in Room S608 in the 199 Chambers Street building. Take the escalator up to the 6th floor, where you will see the Media Arts Technology Office and the vending machines. Take the left hallway down until you see the brick wall with two wooden benches. On the left you will see the Makerspace door. 

If using the elevators, you take the left to the hallway and walk all the way down until you see the brick wall with two wooden benches. On the left you will see the Makerspace door. 

Signing-in and Out:

There will be a clipboard on the grey desk, please sign in. You may be asked by the Lab Manager to do so as well. Under “Item” you can put in walk-in, tour, or consult in general, but if using a specific machine, name the machine. Self-study without equipment can just fill in lab or self-study

Once you have signed in, you are free to self-study or use the equipment. If this is a reservation, then you may expect the Lab Manager to be prepared with whatever you requested. 

Makers can expect a 15 minute warning before closing. This will allow you to save work or otherwise clean up.