BeAM@CAROLINA is a network of makerspaces where any UNC student, staff, or faculty member can join the UNC maker community in the design and creation of physical objects for education, research, entrepreneurship, and recreation. Makers can participate in studio work, training sessions, workshops, and class maker projects through a number of courses taught across campus. BeAM patrons can collaborate and build valuable skills in spaces equipped with emerging technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting, along with areas dedicated to sewing and woodworking. Including our partnership with the Kenan Science Library (located in Venable Hall), makers have four locations from which to choose to fit their schedules and making interests: Murray Hall, Hanes Art Center, and Carmichael Residence Hall.
Makerspace Open Hours
BeAM will re-open on Monday, August 29th for all users.
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Three steps must be completed for anyone wanting to access the BeAM Makerspace network. To do this, first sign the waiver form, then complete BeAM 101 online training, and finally sign up for the in-person training session. Visit our website for more in-person trainings.
Once this process is complete, you can go through the list of additional training options on the BeAM website and learn how to use specific tools and machines. This includes 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and much more!
For Fall 2022, starting at the end of August, BeAM will pilot a new 3D printer software system that will allow UNC makers to access and operate our Ultimaker 3 printers remotely. This control software, called 3DPrinterOS, is used in university makerspaces, libraries, and labs across the country, including Yale, Duke, Penn, Berkeley, Elon, and NC State. Once that system is fully in place, BeAM will provide an allotment of free filament to all users. After the provided allotment has been used, makers will pay for printing by the gram (of filament) using their OneCard account. The cost will be $0.33 per gram. BeAM is committed to keeping the price of 3D printing as low as possible while continuing to improve customer service and convenience to the maker community.
BeAM welcomes everyone at Carolina to take a chance, make a difference, and Be A Maker!