“Learning by doing” is a cornerstone of MIT’s educational philosophy, and “making” is an important part of the MIT experience. Makerspaces located throughout the campus offer access to tools and space for members of the MIT community to invent, prototype, and bring their ideas to physical life. MIT has over 40 design/build/project spaces that add up to over 130,000 square feet (12,077 m2). Tools and facilities for CNC routing, 3D printing, glassblowing, wood and metal working, moldmaking and casting, robotics, circuitry, textiles, ceramics, masonry, and more are available for class and personal projects.

Recognizing the importance of the maker experience to an MIT education, the Institute initiated Project Manus in October 2016 with the goal of creating the gold standard in next-generation academic maker systems. Housed within MIT’s Innovation Initiative, Project Manus aims to foster maker communities, upgrade legacy spaces/equipment, introduce new technologies, create new campus makerspaces, and collaborate with peer universities, alumni, government, and industry.