Looking for a collaborative workspace with a wide range of tools?

Interested in turning an idea into its physical form?

Visit SparQ Studios - a Makerspace that's free for the entire fall semester!

SparQ Studios Makerspace

SparQ Studios is a makerspace and design studio that provides a wide range of tools, machinery, knowledge, and expertise so that you can bring your idea into a physical form.

With support from the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC), SparQ Studios was founded in 2013 by four students in DDQIC's startup incubator who needed modern maker tools to build their product ideas. SparQ's first home was a small study room in Beamish Munro Hall and it was one of Canada's first on-campus makerspaces.

Today, SparQ Studios is located in its own facility on the ground floor of Mitchell Hall. SparQ Studios is open to anyone in the community who wants to familiarize themselves with modern making equipment, learn new skills, and complete their own creative projects. It also caters to DDQIC start-ups who need to quickly prototype their ideas, a critical stage in the journey to building a successful product.

We have a wide variety of tools and resources available at the studio to meet your needs. If you would like to see an addition to the Studio, please contact us at sparq.studios@queensu.ca

3D Printers

  • Flashforge Dreamer
  • Ultimaker 2+
  • Ultimaker 3
  • Form 1+
  • Form 2

3D Scanners

  • Matter & Form
  • Sense Scanner

Woodworking

  • Mitre saw
  • Chop saw
  • Band saw
  • Scroll saw
  • Mini vertical milling / drilling machine
  • Drill press
  • Belt sander
  • Disc sander
  • Fine sander
  • Desktop planer
  • CNC mill (Shopbot Desktop, Othermill V2)
  • Routing table

Metalworking

  • 6” bench grinder
  • Chop saw
  • 4.5” angle grinder

Handheld power tools

  • Orbital jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Power drills
  • Dremel
  • ¼” sheet sander
  • Portable router
  • Random orbit sander

Photography & Film Equipment

  • Canon 70D
  • 2 LED lights and stands
  • 4 softboxes
  • 430 ex-III hot shoe flash
  • 2 reflectors
  • Camera tripod
  • 2 Rode SmartLavs
  • 1 Rode VideoMic Pro
  • H1 Zoom Recorder
  • Zhiyun Crane 2

Other Resources

  • Soldering stations
  • Hot air stations
  • Heat fun
  • Mixed domain oscilloscope
  • Tri-power supply
  • Ultrafeed sewing machine

 

Fall Term Membership
We are pleased to announce that our SparQ Studios Membership will be free for the 2021 Fall semester. Anyone interested in using the design studio is encouraged to apply for a membership. All members must participate in safety training before using the permitted space. More details on how to register for a session will be provided below.

Winter Term Membership 

Number of Individuals Discount Cost Payment Method
Single 0% $50.00 Online
Double 20% $40.00/Individual Online
Team (5+) 40% $30.00/Individual Online
Class (10+) N/A N/A Contact us

 

Training for New Members: Safety is a top priority in SparQ Studios. All new members must complete general safety training before being permitted to work in the space. New members must also complete machine-specific training before using certain machines. Read more about SparQ's Safety Policy and the Return to Campus Policy

 

Are you or your group interested in touring the facility? Tours can be scheduled by sending an email to sparq.studios@queensu.ca noting the numbers of individuals attending the tour and the preferred dates. 

Location
Mitchell Hall Room 101 | 69 Union St W, Kingston, ON, K2L2N9

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday | 12:00PM - 6:00PM

Meet the Makerspace Director

Shalom Guslits

Shalom Guslits is a third-year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Applied Science. He is a member of Queen's Formula Team and has technical experience with computer programming and electrical hardware. Shalom also has previous experience working for a small business in marketing and client acquisition. As the Makerspace Director for the 2021-2022 school year, Shalom hopes to get more involved with the Queen's and Kingston community, and is looking forward to helping young entrepreneurs fuel their ventures.