FAQ & Policies

General Questions

Who can use the makerspace?

Our facilities and equipment are open to all current UNC affiliates: Students, Faculty, and Staff.

What equipment & software is in the makerspace?

See our list of what’s in the makerspace.

Who can I contact for more information about the makerspace?

Please email us at KenanMakerspace@unc.edu and one of the librarians who work with the makerspace will respond.

3D Scanning FAQs

Can I use the scanners myself?

Yes, the NextEngine scanner is self-service and the Sense scanner may be checked out. Staff are available to help you learn the process.

What size objects can be scanned?

The NextEngine scanner can handle both very small and fairly large objects. You make a complete object model by combining shots of each facet, each captured from different points of view of your object. Each shot captures an area of your object equal to the field of view. The Macro field is 5.1” x 3.8”, and the Wide field is 13.5” x 10.1”. HD PRO extends the field to 22.5” x 16.75” at a distance of 30”. The Sense scanner has an operatign range of 0.35m to 3m.

How long does it take to scan?

With the NextEngine, each captured view takes about two minutes. A typical object can be fully captured in as little as 12 views. The Sense scanner is very quick and can create an image within a few minutes.

How accurate is the scanner?

In Macro mode, 0.005 inch accuracy, with a maximum of 400 samples (points) per inch. Wide mode provides 0.015 inch accuracy and 150 samples per inch.  The Sense has a depth resolution of 1mm at 0.5m.

3D Printing Terms of Service

Those utilizing the library’s 3D printer must do so for lawful purposes. Users must abide by all applicable laws and policies as stated below, while respecting the health and safety of the University community. Kenan Library staff reserve the right to decline any print request for any reason. The Library cannot guarantee model quality or stability, confidentiality of designs, or specific delivery times.


Copyright law under Title 17 of the United States Code, patent law under Title 35 of the United States Code, and other intellectual property laws of the United States may govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of content. Under 17 U.S.C. § 108(f)(2) the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons does not excuse the person who uses the reproduction equipment from liability for copyright infringement for any such act, or for any later use of such copy or phonorecord, if it exceeds fair use as provided by 17 U.S.C. § 107. Nor does it excuse the person who uses the reproducing equipment from liability for patent, tort or other laws.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to make available or provide access to photocopy or other reproducing equipment if, in its judgment, use of such equipment would involve violation of copyright, patent or other laws.


The UNC Violence in the Workplace policy defines a weapon as any object that may be used to intimidate, attack, or injure another person or to damage property. Objects understood to have a primary function as a weapon are not allowed on campus unless expressly authorized. The production of weapons, facsimiles of weapons or replicas of weapons is prohibited in the Kenan Science Library Makerspace. This includes parts of weapons, ammunition, and defensive as well as offensive weapons.

Virtual Reality FAQs

See our policies here.

To begin your virtual reality experience, start here.

Sewing FAQs

Who can use the sewing machine?

All current UNC Chapel Hill affiliates can use the sewing machine.

What sewing machine is available?

Our machine is a Janome S-3015.

What training is required?

Before using the sewing machine for the first time, you need to read the Standard Operating Procedures (part 1 | part 2). You also need to watch a training video.

When you come to the Makerspace, you’ll need to sign a liability waiver.

3D Printing FAQs

Is there a cost to use the 3D printer?

There is currently no cost for 3D printing. Student 3D printing is funded by a grant from the Student Library Advisory Board.

What materials can you print with?

Our 3D printers use PLA (a cornstarch-based plastic), ABS (like LEGO bricks), Co-polyester, or acrylic resin. Set up a consultation with us to learn more about the properties of these materials. This chart shows the compatibility of several plastics with various materials.

How many 3D printers are available?

Currently Kenan Makerspace houses one FormLabs Form 2, one Ultimaker 3, one Lulzbot Mini, one Lulzbot TAZ 6, and one Stratasys uPrint SE Plus.

What are the maximum dimensions in which the 3D printers can print?

FormLabs Form 2 has a build volume of 5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 in.
The Lulzbot TAZ 6 has a build volume of 11 x 11 x 9.8 in.
The Lulzbot Mini has a build volume of 6 x 6 x 6.1 in.
The Ultimaker 3 has a build volume of 8.5 x 8.5 x 7.9 in.
The uPrint SE Plus has a build volume of 8 x 8 x 6 in.

How detailed can the 3D printer get?

Our 3D printers can produce layers down to 100 microns (0.0039 in.), but can lose accuracy on larger models.

How long does it take to print an item?

Build times vary depending upon several factors: size, intricacy, amount of support material required, and the number of print requests in the queue. Once your request begins printing, build times typically range from 2 hours to 48 hours each. Print jobs using the soluble supports must be soaked for roughly 24 hours to remove support material. Once the model has been completed, you will be notified via email that it is available for pick up. Files will be printed in the order they are received with priority given to academic and research projects with a deadline; during busy periods, turnaround time may be up to 15 business days. Projects for personal use are not guaranteed a specific turnaround time; larger objects and high resolution prints will take longer to complete.

Who can submit 3D print requests?

3D printing is availabe to current UNC-CH affiliates. Academic use will be given priority over other projects. Non-academic print requests have no guaranteed turnaround time and are subject to staff approval. Due to the volume of requests, please limit your submissions to one non-academic project per month requiring no more than 300g of material.

Can I operate a printer myself?

The printers will only be operated directly by staff right now. If you are interested in operating a 3D printer yourself, visit the the BeAM@Carmichael and BeAM@Murray locations.  Directions and orientation times can be found here.

What material is used by the 3D printer to make the objects?

We offer PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic, which is suitable for moving parts and and functional prototypes, on the Ultimaker 3 and the Lulzbot Mini and TAZ 6. The FormLab Form 2 uses methacrylate photopolymer resin. The uPrint SE Plus uses ABS plastic.

What happens if I forget to pick up my model?

Models that are left or not picked up after 1 week may be discarded unless prior arrangements have been made with staff.

Can the printers be used for commercial purposes?

The printers are for non-commercial use only. The printers should not be used to print items that are intended for sale.


Soldering FAQs

Who can use the soldering station?

All current UNC Chapel Hill affiliates can use the station.

What soldering equipment is available?

We have a Hakko-FX888D soldering iron with an exhaust fan.

What training is required?

Before using the soldering station for the first time, you need to read the Standard Operating Procedures. You also need to watch a training video


When you come to the Makerspace, you’ll need to sign a liability waiver.