Frequently Asked Questions

The Intro to Design Innovation spends a class time in Spark

*Updated 8/12/20*

Notice regarding Access to Spark

Due to the university's preventative measures regarding COVID-19, Spark has remained CLOSED until it relocates into the new Design Innovation Hub this fall. Access to Spark is unavailable during this closure. Spark will reopen in the DI Hub sometime in September as the new SparkLab, a makerspace run by Design Innovation.

Please note that the following information relates to Spark Innovation Studio in its former iteration. Visit the SparkLab page for more details about the new space opening this fall.

What equipment is available?

The space features 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, laser cutter, CNC router, heat presses, laminater, binding equipment and vacuum former, as well as various ideation materials. Visit the Makerspace Access & Equipment page for a full list of available machinery.

How much does it cost to use the machinery?

Spark has a modest fee for materials and usage of its equipment. Visit the Access & Equipment page for each machine description and its price for materials and/or usage. Spark currently accepts payment in the form of FlashCash or credit card (Mastercard, VISA and Discover).

Please note that Spark reserves the right to change the material and usage costs at any time.

Is the space open to the community?

Though Kent State students are a primary focus in Spark, community members are welcome and encouraged to use the makerspace. Use of Spark requires charges for material cost recovery.

Can we come in as a group to undergo training on machinery?

Unfortunately no. Training is limited to one-on-one sessions in order to ensure that the trainee understands all of the rules and safety measures associated with each machine.

Can I reserve the makerspace for a class or club?

Groups are encouraged to visit and tour Spark. Send inquiries to kentstatespark@gmail.com or call 330-672-3679. At this time Spark is not permitting regularly scheduled class or club meetings in the space.

Does the current location have a project studio space?

Unfortunately due to the smaller footprint, there is not currently room for project studio space.

What is required be allowed to use Spark equipment?

Equipment in the makerspace requires passing a safety and training protocol before individuals are approved for use. In some cases, such as the formlabs Form 2 3D printer, Spark staff can mediate jobs sent to equipment. Visit the Makerspace Access & Equipment page for details. Machinery located in the project space may or may not belong to Spark (project teams often provide their own equipment). Use of this equipment may not be possible, but we encourage interested parties to inquire. All questions about equipment, whether in the makerspace or project space, should be directed to Spark staff - either by email at kentstatespark@gmail.com or by phone at 330-672-3679.

How do I apply to work at Spark?

Spark Innovation Studio is a unit within University Libraries. To apply to work at Spark as a student employee, visit the Jobs for Students page on the University Libraries website.

Can I volunteer for SPARK?

If you interested in volunteering,  please inquire with Spark at kentstatespark@gmail.com or 330-672-3679.

Additional questions

Contact Spark at 330-672-3679 or kentstatespark@gmail.com for further questions or information.