Dirk W. Hansmeier


+49 (0)234 32-29541 dirk.w.hansmeier@uv.rub.de

Get your idea into shape


MakerSpaces and FabLabs are increasingly being established at German universities as  unique practical teaching venues and  locations for experiments. They range from the small laboratory of the IT chair for basic education to professionally equipped high-tech workshops in cooperation with large companies.

MakerSpace or FabLab is always understood to be a kind of an "open workshop" that students can use to realize their ideas. Ideally, a wide range of different machines and equipment is available to put the ideas into practice. In addition, teachers can acquire this location in order to offer practical teaching there.

3D Printing Workshop October 2018

The RUB is in the process of initiating such a place. It wants to support founders on their way to realizing their idea and to make things possible that would otherwise not be possible.

It will take a while before this offer can be realized. For a transitional period we have therefore set up the MakerForum in the UFO. We had to limit ourselves in the equipment, but first ideas can be realized.


Using the MakerForum

Currently the MakerForum can be used on request or during fixed opening hours. Current projects can be found here ((Link to project page/Best Practice)). 
The MakerForum is also available as a "normal" event location or seminar room, since it can be equipped very flexibly with tables and chairs.


Dirk W. Hansmeier

Ansprechpartner Makerforum

+49 (0)234 32-29 541 dirk.w.hansmeier@uv.rub.de

Lecture at the MakerForum // Seating for 100 persons

If you are a student group who would like to use the room for an event, or if you would like to print a three-dimensional model for your presentation: Contact us!

If you are one of the teachers at the RUB who would like to have a look at the room and its equipment, or if you would like to hold a seminar or perhaps a small conference here: Simply contact us!

equipment list

Whether a functional model or the prototype is to be built: After appropriate instruction (and if necessary also under guidance) you can use the following equipment:

  • Production: a total of six 3D printers, one laser cutter, various manual tools
  • Hardware: Laptops, MacBooks, Workstation, Virtual and Augmented Reality Glasses, 3D Scanners, NAO Robots
  • Electrical engineering: soldering devices, laboratory power supply, oscilloscopes, USB microscope, Arduinos and Raspberry Pis
  • PC software: various programs for designing (CAD) and layouting magazines, flyers, posters, etc.
  • Miscellaneous: bicycle workshop, film/photo shootings, sewing/embroidery machine
Currently the following is
offered in the MakerForum:
  • Every second Wednesday in the evening, a group of students meets, consisting of experts in the field of electrical engineering/programming, who will be happy to help you with questions in this field.
  • The "Fotospots" group teaches you various photographic techniques at irregular intervals in workshops, such as portrait or object photography. They also offer an open question-and-answer session.
  • The Nydus one group meets every Tuesday and provides a wide range of project management support. They are also building a bio-printer.
  • The MakerForum team itself also offers workshops at irregular intervals, for example on 3D printing or Arduinos.

You can find all these dates in our calendar of events.