Garage Physics

The Garage Physics lab in B613 Sterling Hall is a makerspace for student-driven interdisciplinary innovation. Garage offers UW-Madison students an unstructured safe environment to explore technologies and to develop creative ideas through project-oriented just-in-time learning. Want to make something or make something happen? You have come to the right place. Garage Physics offers limited support for R&D materials for scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Apply at the following link: . Garage offers 3d-printing to members. For other 3d-printing resources, see


Fall 2018

Kickoff was held 12 September 2018. Staff this year are Julian Irwin and Logan Wille along with Brett Unks and Prof. Carlsmith of course. Hours will be posted at this wiki and on the front door. No access without staff present. Those who were previously issued keys should return their key to Aimee Lefkow. The key will not work.

Popup classes/workshops in CAD and 3d-printing, Arduinos, sensors etc will be announced via the garage and physics undergrad email distribution lists. Get on those!

Cheers, Prof. Carlsmith Hi all!

Here are the regular open hours for Garage this semester:

M: 2 - 6 (2 - 4:30 Logan, 4:30 - 6 Julian) T: 4:30 - 7 (Logan) W: 3 - 7 (3 - 4:30 Brett, 4:30 - 7 Julian) Th: 3 - 5 (Brett)

Stop by and make something! Brett

Brett will be available in Garage M, W 3:00-4:30 pm.

Spring 2018: Noncredit pop-up classes Thursdays 5-6pm in Garage Physics start 19 Oct 2017. In individual sessions, the participant will learn computer-aided design (CAD) and 3d-printing, to program an Arduino computer from their laptop, to connect to various sensors and store data wirelessly on a server, and to write an Android app, all for science and applications. There are no prereq’s though some programming experience of some/any kind would be helpful. COntact Julian or April to attend and watch for announcements on the Garage email distribution list.

In the news...

20 April 2018: The Badgerloop team has revealed POD III. 0-300mph, and (significantly) back to 0, in 3/4 mile. About 30 core members will take POD III to the 3rd Hyperloop competition at SPACEX, scheduled for 22 July 2018. See campus news .

Garage Physics is described in the UW-Madison communications story, the WKOW news story , the Badger Herald story, and the College of Letters and Science 2015-16 Annual Review

In the news, receipt reduction: and and UW–Madison’s 2016 Administrative Improvement Award:

Local news about the Badgerloop project (pod 1 constructed in Chamberlin Hall):,, and,, . National/international news:, ,, .

News about BadgerLoop Pod II:,,

Local news about BOV member Rock Mackie, former Garage member Daniel Litvak, and former student Eric Ronning, finalists in the 2016 Governor's Business Plan Contest

Garage "graduate" Daniel Litvak's in the news:

Garage "graduate" Josh Cherek's latest venture:

American Physical Society PIPELINE program promoting physics innovation and entrepreneurship education features Garage: and

Garage's Jim McGlade and Kynect Smart Collar system in Transcend Competition


For further information or questions about access to the Garage or accessibility, please contact Professor Duncan Carlsmith, , or Instructional Lab Manager Brett Unks, , or Garage Assistant Jim McGlade, .


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Garage Physics is supported by the UW-Madison Department of Physics, the UW-Madison Physics Department Board of Visitors Fund for Undergraduate Research, the UW-Madison Kemper Knapp Bequest fund, Venturewell, and Gener8tor.

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