Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Collage of pictures of makerspace users and equipment: John woodworking, key chains from timberwolf cycles cut out of the CNC milling machine, a woman using the sander belt, a suite of 3D printers.

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.

  • Woman woodworking in SparQ Studios

    SparQ Studios is open to all students and community members.

  • Woodworker using a laith.

    Come find us in room 101 on the Ground Floor of Mitchell Hall.

  • Suite of 3D printers.

    Get access to a suite of eight 3D printers and learn how to use them.

  • Woman sewing in SparQ Studios.

    Work within a community of makers that provide peer-to-peer support.

  • Window looking into SparQ.

    DDQIC supports the entirely student and volunteer-run makerspace.


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


  • 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


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

Handheld power tools

  • Orbital jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Power drills
  • Dremel
  • 1/4" 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 gun
  • Mixed domain oscilloscope
  • Tri-power supply
  • Ultrafeed sewing machine


Winter 2020 workshop dates are to be announced! Workshops will offer training for beginners on maker techniques including sewing, 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, and woodworking. There will also be drop-in project support sessions. Follow our Facebook page for events and workshop details. 


Single Term Memberships

Number of individuals Discount Cost Payment method
Single 0% $30.00 Online
Double (2+) 17% $25.00/ individual Online
Team (5+) 33% $20.00/ individual Online
Class (10+) Inquire at sparq.studios@queensu.ca.

Full Year Memberships

Number of individuals Discount Cost Payment method
Single 0% $50.00 Online
Double (2+) 20% $40.00/ individual Online
Team (5+) 40% $30.00/ individual Online
Class (10+) Inquire at sparq.studios@queensu.ca.

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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. Please review SparQ's policies for members for more information.


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.


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

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday | 12:30PM - 6:30PM

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