Making and Design

The Wond’ry features Making and Design (MAD) spaces outfitted with state-of-art equipment to take your idea from concept to prototype. These MAD spaces are open to all of the Vanderbilt community and serve as a hub for collaborative design and interdisciplinary activity. Our mission is to provide students, faculty and staff with the tools, training, and resources to pursue their passions and actualize ideas.

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Wond'ry Makerspace Hours

Summer Hours
Common Area 9am-6pm
May 6-31: by appointment only
June 3 - Aug 2: 9am-6pm

* Hours may periodically be variable due to special events, weather and student staffing schedules.

If you want to 3D Print an item or schedule an appointment, please email

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Learn about Safety Seminars

  • About the Seminar

    For your safety and the safety of those around you, all Wond’ry makerspace users must complete a safety seminar (approximately 1 hour) to gain access to the makerspace resources and equipment. 

    The purpose of this safety seminar is to:
     Meet the Maker Techs: the student mentors that help run the makerspaces

     Organization: How the makerspace runs and our approach to helping you ‘make’

     Expectations: Rules and member conduct

     Basic Safety: Tour the facilities and participate in tool and equipment safety training

    After attending the safety seminar, you will be able to use the makerspaces and most basic tools for your projects. Additional training to gain access to the other machinery (such as the vacuum former, molding and casting bench, and sewing machine) will be available through separate sessions by request.

  • Dates of Seminar

    Safety Seminars will be held Monday  Thursday, at 7:00 PM, or by appointment.

  • Contact

    If you have any questions please email the Makerspace Manager, Garrett Thorne.

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Maker Tech Team

Our Maker Tech team is here to assist you as you learn to navigate the Wond'ry Makerspaces. Each Makerspace area is assisted by Maker Techs during our open hours. If you have additional questions, want to 3D Print an item, or schedule an appointment, please email

Maker Tech Team

Featured Stories

TN Maker Fest

Come and join a celebration of innovation, collaboration, creativity, and curiosity, at the TN Maker Fest, on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. This free and family friendly event, held at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation, will showcase novices and experts of all ages, with one major thing in common: a joy for making and creation.

Click here to learn more, or check out a recap video below!

TN MakerFest Recap Video

Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon

The spirit of innovation and compassion took center stage, as Vanderbilt University hosted the annual Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon, a culmination of collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity. TOM, is a global movement of communities that creates and disseminates affordable solutions to neglected challenges of people living with disabilities. The TOM: Vanderbilt Makeathon is an annual event, held at the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation, that pairs teams of Makers with Need-Knowers to build solutions for challenges that have long been neglected. The weekend consisted of an initial session with need-knowers on Friday, followed by a full day of prototyping and a visit from Vanderbilt University, Chancellor Diermeier on Saturday, and finally the public showcase of all projects on Sunday. View the 2023 projects here.