How to get access?

The equipment and tools are available for anyone with a valid RedID number.

Attend an Orientation Session

To ensure a safe and clean environment, it is required that everyone attend an orientation session.

Get oriented

Training Session

Some of the equipment like the 3D printers and CNC machines requires additional training.

Schedule a session

Equipment

Equipment is available on a first come first serve basis. See our availability in the link below.

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Hours

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Monday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

build IT Equipment Availability

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Estimate Print Times with Cura

If you’re wondering if your print will finish within 3 hours, use Cura to help you estimate and plan! You can load your file in and check the time to help you iterate on your design before you come in.

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3D Printing Do’s and Don’t’s for BuildIT

For an object to be 3D print well, it is best if it is designed specifically for 3D printing. 3D models can be created as very intricate shapes, but it is important to keep in mind the limitations of the machines that will be used to realize the object, and design with those limitations in […]

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3D Models

Save your model as an .stl file!SolidworksSoftware specifically used by the School of EngineeringTinkercadEasy-to-use software for creating a CAD model for 3D printing. Free trial version requires an account.SketchUp (Google)Easy-to-use software for creating a CAD model for 3D printing. Download for free but requires registration.Autodesk 123D appsFree apps to capture and create 3D models.AutoCADFree software […]

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ALA 2017

Backgroundbuild IT is the makerspace of the SDSU Library. While it’s purpose is to provide access to technology to students, faculty, and staff, it has helped create opportunities to promote STEM in the San Diego Region. As the librarian, I led the development of various outreach events. However, I make sure to involve SDSU students […]

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Finding Creative Content to Reuse

Creative content such as lives in three realms of intellectual property rights protection. Copyright (All Rights Reserved) is a form of intellectual property, applicable to certain forms of creative work.  It is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.  These […]

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Supports

Extruder – This is a part of a 3D printer. This is the part that heats up to nearly melt the material so that the material can be worked with. A motor pushes the material through the hot part and out of a nozzle at the end. Filament – This is the material that is […]

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Materials for 3D Printing

Extruder – This is a part of a 3D printer. This is the part that heats up to nearly melt the material so that the material can be worked with. A motor pushes the material through the hot part and out of a nozzle at the end. Hot End – This is a part of […]

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Solar System Bracelets

Every year, there is a week called Engineers Week. The idea is to get K-12 students interested in engineering ideas, classes, majors, and careers. Some companies get involved – hosting tours, giving presentations, or otherwise exposing students to STEM. This week comes from the idea that the earlier children are introduced to engineering, the more […]

About

build IT @SDSU Library is a student-run makerspace designed to foster creativity and innovation. By providing an infrastructure for the DIY learning of technology, build IT assists anyone in their mission of bringing their ideas to life. The build IT space provides a physical location where anyone can gather to explore, build, and learn through sharing resources and knowledge, working on projects, and networking. With its central location in the SDSU Library, access to build IT is available to anyone on-campus regardless of their discipline or expertise.

Contact Us

Email us at buildit.library@sdsu.edu
or call us at 619-594-1996

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Location

build IT is on the 2nd Floor of Love Library in LL-260.

San Diego State University Library
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA, 92182-8050

Join us as a Master Builder

Stay on-campus and gain value internship experience with little time commitment

*Being a Master Builder is not required to use the makerspace. build IT is freely available to everyone with an SDSUid.

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Become a Master Builder

No skills or experience is required. Just a willingness to volunteer 3 hours per a week

Complete our Interest Form

Master Builders...

  • have a love for technology
  • like to make
  • enjoy exploring new uses of materials & equipment
  • excel at problem-solving, learning, and teamwork
  • like to share and learn from others

In return for volunteering 3 hours per a week, Master Builders get:

  • after-hours access to build IT and its resources
  • A voice in the decision process for new resources added to the space
  • Be the first to get their hands on the latest acquired resources
  • Gain teaching experience from training others and participating in the build IT events
  • Be part of a creative, digital fabrication-focused community