Join us in build IT Flex

Even though our space is closed, you can still join our maker community online!

More details here

build IT Events and Availability

Upcoming Events

  1. build IT Game Nights

    February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  2. build IT Game Nights

    March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  3. build IT Game Nights

    April 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


We're currently closed.


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.

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

Start building

Contact Us

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or call us at 619-594-1996

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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



build IT Coloring Pages

Missing build IT and all its wonderful creative activities. Well, the little robots have been working while the humans can’t coexist in the space. Add your own color to these pages to fill in the blank on what they’ve been up to.

RED and BLUE’s Stay at Home Ideas

build IT is all about promoting creativity. Just because we’re not currently open doesn’t mean that has to stop! Making your own stop motion video can be a fun way to spend your time. This video was made by student assistants Patrick Coh and Chris Potente working from home. Patrick created the animations and edited […]

Just Keep Patching

We can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you here at build IT! This series is dedicated to showcasing just some of the cool things you can make here. Like what you see in this video? You can do it too! Just make sure you come by for an orientation and a Brother SE600 […]

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.


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 […]

TinkerCAD example

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 […]

ala 2017 poster

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 […]


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 […]