Velocity Start’s Maker Space now open to all students on campus!

All students are welcome to use the newly renovated Maker Space at Velocity Start, a 650 sq. ft. facility that provides current full-time University of Waterloo students with access to equipment to work on projects. Hand tools are now available, and 3D printers are currently being setup.

Velocity Start is a new 6,000 sq. ft on-campus space located on the second floor of South Campus Hall. Velocity Start is a place for people who want to learn more about entrepreneurship through a comfy study and work space, workshops, and opportunities for mentorship. The Maker Space hosts tons of equipment like solder and desoldering stations, CNC routers, a drill press, 3D printers, a Rotary tool/ Dremel, and a variety of hand tools. All 3D printing will be processed through Lani. The Maker Space is open 24/7, but access to the CNC router, solder stations, and drill press is only open from 8am-11pm.

To receive access to the Maker Space, follow these simple steps:

  • Self-enrol in the Orientation and Training Quiz in the Velocity Start Maker Space course on LEARN. Students must receive at least 80% in order to be granted access.
  • Complete WHMIS training via the Safety Office.
  • Complete this form, and include a screenshot as proof of WHMIS completion.

Once you have completed this form, we will verify your quiz completion and WHMIS training, and you will receive an email within 3-5 business days indicating when you will have WatCard access to the Maker Space. Access to the space is on a term-by-term basis, with renewal required every term.


  1. Hi Marcel,

    It is open 24/7, and open to everyone, so yes feel free to check it out!

  2. Greetings. I am a professor in Arts at UW, and I run the Critical Media Lab in Downtown Kitchener. I’m interested to see what kind of resources you can offer my students. Can I just drop by the space and check it out during open hours?

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