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The Area for eXploration and Experimentation (AXE) Makerspace

Lumberjack Learning Commons

What is the AXE?

The Area for eXploration and Experimentation, or the AXE, is part of the Lumberjack Learning Commons located in the Steen Library. As a makerspace, our goal is to provide a place where anyone can learn to use a variety of technologies outside the classroom. All they need is imagination and a desire to learn.

Our mission

The mission of the AXE Makerspace is to foster a collaborative, inclusive environment with access to resources and technologies the SFA community can use to learn, create and explore.

Our philosophy

The AXE is an accessible, interdisciplinary makerspace open to the entire student body, faculty and staff.

In this self-directed, collaborative space you can work alone, or with others, on any creative idea you want to make a reality. The AXE is a fun, experiential place where you can learn new skills and work hands-on with new technologies to solve problems or create new things.

The AXE promotes a growth mindset; failure is not a setback but a stepping stone to learning. The makerspace's constructionist approach helps you acquire knowledge by building artifacts that you can share with others

Our vision

The vision for the AXE Makerspace is to empower members of the SFA community to develop ideas and problem-solving skills that can foster personal growth, create professional opportunities, and address local, regional and global issues of concern.

Upcoming events

More information about our grand opening and other events coming soon!

Legal information

Before you can participate in the AXE, you must complete and submit the following forms.


3D printing

We provide the 3D filament; you provide the ideas.

LulzBot TAZ Pro

Features include:

  • two active-lifting hot ends enabling multi-material 3D printing
  • 280 by 280 by 285 millmeter build volume with a heated build plate
  • automated X/Y/Z offset calibration, nozzle wiping, and self-leveling features
  • hardened steel components enabling printing of soft, flexible materials up to industrial-grade composites
  • and dual filament runout sensors.

LulzBot Mini 2

Features include:

  • 20% larger build volume
  • belt-driven Z-axis for better print quality and faster cycle times
  • graphics LCD controller for tetherless 3D printing
  • whisper-quiet operation
  • and the ability to print both rigid and flexible filaments.

Anycubic Photon Ultra

Features include:

  • 2.8 inch color touch screen
  • USB connectivity
  • digital light processing print technology
  • 1280 by 720 pixel resolution
  • and 102.4 by 57.6 by 165 millimeter build volume.

formlabs Form 3+

Features include:

  • Low Force Stereolithography technology
  • ability to print from anywhere
  • enhanced light touch support structures that easily detach from the prints
  • and industry-leading accuracy and reliability.

Electronics and Programming

Arduino Starter Kit (20 available)

Features include:

  • parts and instructions for 15 projects
  • DC and servo motors
  • tilt sensor
  • and LEDs and other basic electronic components.

Raspberry PI 4 desktop computer

Features include:

  • dual displays with 4K output
  • USB 3.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet, onboard wireless networking and Bluetooth
  • and software-backed compatibility.


Soldering irons

Note: For use in space only.

Laser cutters

GlowForge Pro

Features include:

  • 19.5 inch by 2 inch by any length print dimensions
  • drag-and-drop capability with live camera preview
  • compatibility with Mac, PC, iPhone and Android
  • compatibility with JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF and more file types
  • ability to automatically scan drawings and print without design software
  • and precision to 1/1000th of an inch.

Sewing machines

Brother XR3774

Overview: Sewing and quilting machine
Note: For use in space only. A few bobbins are available.

Specifications / Manual

Accessories and specifications include the following:

  • 37 built-in stiches
  • 74 stitch functions
  • buttonhole foot
  • zipper foot
  • zigzag foot
  • blind stitch foot
  • button sewing foot
  • narrow hemmer foot
  • walking foot
  • and quilting foot.

Singer Quantum Stylist 9960

Overview: Computerized sewing machine with over 600 stitch application

Note: For use in space only.

Specifications / Manual

Accessories and specifications include the following:

  • built-in lettering
  • 600 built-in stitches
  • 13 one-step buttonholes
  • general purpose foot
  • zipper foot
  • buttonhole foot
  • satin foot
  • blind hem foot
  • open toe foot
  • cording foot
  • darning/embroidery foot
  • even feed/walking foot
  • overcasting foot
  • button sewing foot
  • narrow hem foot
  • quarter inch foot
  • and quilting bar.

Photo gallery

Photos of maker creations coming soon!

Tutorials and courses

Brightspace and other tutorials coming soon!

Contact us

Shannon Bowman
Lumberjack Learning Commons

Come see us

Hours of operation:
See Steen Library hours

Physical address:
Steen Library
First floor

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 13055, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

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