The Spartan Light Metal Products Makerspace is a place where Washington University students, faculty and staff can turn designs into prototypes and join together to develop ideas that will impact the community and the world. We welcome both those who are new to making and experienced makers into a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment. The 3,350 sq.ft. makerspace is composed of the studio space and the advanced machine shop.

Location – Jubel Hall

The makerspace is located on the first floor of Jubel Hall in room 138. Jubel Hall is the new Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Building on the northeast end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, just east of Brookings Hall.

Studio Space

The studio space is open to all Washington University students, faculty, and staff who complete our online orientation. The space has many pieces of equipment including nine 3D printers, a laser cutter, a drill press, and a band saw. A more complete list of the equipment can be found here. For more complex equipment, more training may be required.

Advanced Machine Shop

The advanced machine shop has CNC vertical machining centers, tool room lathes, a milling machine, and a drill press. Access to the advanced machine shop is restricted to individuals that have received advanced machinist training and approval from Dennis Tapella. More information on the space can be found here.


Washington University dedicates this makerspace in honor of Spartan Light Metal Products, a St. Louis-based international leader in the design and manufacture of custom die-casting products and assemblies. Launched in 1961, Spartan is a family-owned, values-driven company that prides itself on fostering a culture of servant leadership, integrity, teamwork, respect, and perseverance. Spartan has been led by two generations of proud Washington University engineering alumni―its founder Henry Jubel, BS 1940, and his son Donald.

In the Spartan Light Metal Products Makerspace, students and faculty will bring innovative ideas to life. This facility, dedicated to making, design, and building, reflects the company and the Jubel family’s dedication to cultivating future engineers to advance our world.