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.

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.
The MakerForum is also available as a "normal" event location or seminar room, since it can be equipped very flexibly with tables and chairs.

direct contact

Dirk W. Hansmeier

contact person 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 lecturers at 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!


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