Champlain College & Generator Makerspace Partnership

Makerspaces are experiential environments where people share tools and knowledge to make almost anything. They are spaces where people from across disciplines and interests collaborate on projects that combine art, technology, and entrepreneurship to varying degrees.

As part of Champlain College's focus on hands-on learning and professional experiences, Champlain developed a close partnership with Generator, a community makerspace located across from the Miller Center at Lakeside (home to the EMC and esports).

Through this partnership, students, faculty and staff gain access to maker tools, spaces, and opportunities to work with professional makers. Generator has a variety of tools and spaces that Champlain community members can access including rapid prototyping tools (3D printers, a vinyl cutter, laser machines, sewing machines) plus a woodshop, metal shop, jewelry studio, and electronics lab.

There are several ways Champlain affiliates can use Generator and its tools:

Through membership: Semester-length memberships are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis to active students, faculty, and staff. Upon completion of necessary orientation and tool trainings, members have access to the spaces and tools during operating hours. There are two windows each semester to apply for a new membership; see the application for Champlain membership for current dates and deadlines.

There is no cost for Champlain member trainings on the rapid prototyping tools (3-D printers, vinyl cutter, laser cutters, and sewing machines). The fee-based training for other tools, such as equipment in the woodshop, metal shop, jewelry studio, and electronics lab, is accessible to Champlain members at a discount.

As a guest: Champlain affiliates do not need to obtain a membership or training in order to visit Generator. During scheduled Champlain drop-in hours (subject to change), anyone from the Champlain community can stop by to see one of our student employee Maker Techs for help or advice on a project.

With a class: Faculty may sign up for a tour and/or tool demonstration with a class after scheduling in advance with the Maker Program Coordinator. Please email for more information.

Apply for membership!

Check out Generator's website for more information on the makerspace and its facilities.

For questions or more information about becoming a member or using the space/tools, please reach out to