Who can use The Deep and/or Metropolis?
Any MIT student (grad/undergrad), staff or faculty member who has received shop specific orientation! We especially encourage students who have taken a class or training with us to come back and practice on their own projects.
For first year students we have a special training program called MakerLodge!
Should I go to The Deep, or Metropolis?
Where is Metropolis?
Metropolis, one of the Project Manus Makerspaces, is in the basement of building 6C. But you can’t get there from anywhere else in 6C!
Metropolis is accessed from the BASEMENT Infinite Corridor. Enter building 8 off the nano(building 12) courtyard and go straight across the infinite corridor. You should see teal directional signs.
OR enter building 8 from Eastman Court and immediately take the stairs down to your right. Make a left-right zigzag to enter the basement infinite corridor. Go about 40 meters and look for teal metropolis signs leading you down a hallway to the left.
The best entrances are small stars on the map below. Metropolis is the large star. Here it is on the campus map.
Where is The Deep?
The Deep is in the basement of building 37. Use your MIT ID to enter the front door of building 37, then take the elevator to the basement. Turn left twice and you’ll see the shop doors. There are no stairs from the first floor!
This sounds fun, how do I get started?
What if something breaks or doesn’t seem to be working?
We expect things to break! You will never get in trouble, but we cannot fix things we do not know are broken. Please let us know if something is not working properly. First, contact a mentor or staff on duty. Report all issues, no matter how small. Mentors can help with routine troubleshooting, and often suggest an alternate process to improve your results. You can also email makerspace-questions@
Can I use __ machine in The Deep or Metropolis?
For Class 1 & 2 tools that you have experience on, ask a mentor for a quick orientation to our practices and policies. If you are uncertain about how to effectively use a tool, ask a mentor – they are here to help!
For Class 3 & 4 tools, you need a training class, either with us in The Deep/Metropolis, or at another shop, subject to acceptance by staff. If a mentor is available, they can operate the equipment with you, but may have to stop if the shop becomes busier.
Do you have materials for free? For purchase?
We have some scrap bins with free / reuse materials, but might have to be creative!
We have hardware for shop members to use in reasonable quantities. Roughly ten is usually fine, if you need a hundred you should be buying a box.
We have materials for sale in the shops that are very commonly used or hard to buy in small quantities. See our Price List.
We also have a list of local and online Material Vendors.
I still have more questions!
Send us a note! You can reach the mentor and staff shop leadership by emailing makerspace-questions@