Build Your Next Idea Here.

The MSU Idea Shop offers a public-access maker studio with a gym membership model. By becoming a member, you gain unrestricted access to a wide range of design workstations, 3D printers, electronics benches, and high-end woodworking tools—everything you need to transform your idea into reality.

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What is the Idea Shop?

Whether you're shopping for next-generation ideas or need a shop to build your own, the MSU Idea Shop is all about bringing concepts to reality.

1,600sqft Maker Space

The Turner A Wingo Maker Studio features an array of 3D printers, CNCs, woodworking equipment, and more.

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Retail Product Accelerator

Get your idea in front of real, paying customers with our physical and online storefront.

  Shop         Become a Vendor

Workshops & Activities

Learn new skills with our MasterMakers Workshops, crafted for all ages and all experience levels.

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Entrepreneurship Assistance

Think your idea has commercial potential? Get help developing a viable business plan.

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About Us

Bringing Ideas to Life

Operated in partnership by the university's College of Business and School of Human Sciences, the Idea Shop houses the Turner A. Wingo Maker Studio and the MSU Retail Product Accelerator. The Maker Studio contains a myriad of wood, polymer, and metal prototyping equipment, as well as an electronics workbench and design suite. The Retail Product Accelerator helps entrepreneurs test market products in a fully-working retail store and gives students experience operating a business.

Located in a 2,000 sq.ft. retail store on Main Street in Starkville, MS, the Idea Shop was made possible by numerous private contributions and support by the USDA Rural Business Development program


Workshops & Events

Expand your maker skillsets through our MasterMakers workshops! These 1-2 hour sessions take you on a journey through the various tools and equipment in the studio and leave you with tangible results!


Membership Plans

For less than the cost of a gym membership, you can get your maker muscles in shape!


$ 10

  • Available During Staffed Hours
  • FFF and SLA 3D Printers
  • Filament $0.15/g    Resin: $0.40/g
  • Full Woodshop Access
  • Glowforge
  • 3-axis CNC


$ 25/mo

  • Available During Staffed Hours
  • FFF and SLA 3D Printers
  • Filament $0.07/g    Resin: $0.30/g
  • Full Woodshop Access
  • Glowforge
  • 3-axis CNC
  • Private Storage $10/mo
  • 10% off All Retail


$ 40/mo

  • 24/7 Access Code
  • Priority Access FFF and SLA 3D Printers
  • Filament $0.05/g    Resin: $0.20/g
  • Access to Remote 3D Print Farm
  • Full Woodshop Access
  • Glowforge
  • 3-axis CNC
  • 48-hr Tool Checkout
  • Private Storage $5/mo
  • 15% off All Retail

Any Questions? Answered

Here are common questions we receive about the Idea Shop.

Membership is open to the general public. Anyone can join as a member!
X-Carve 1000mm CNC 3D Carver (750mm x 750mm bed)
X-Carve 500mm CNC 3D Carver (250mm x 250mm bed)
Glowforge Laser Engraver
2x Dual-screen CAD/CAM Workstations
6x Creality Ender 3 FDM 3D Printers
2x FormLabs Form 3 SLA 3D Printer (w/FormCure and Form/Wash)
Various Metal & Woodworking Tools
- Desktop Metal Lathe
- Wood Lathe
- Saws (Table, Band, Miter, Circular, Reciprocal)
- Drill Press
- Dremel / Handheld Tools
Electronics Workbench
- Soldering Stations
- Oscilloscope
- Multimeters
Hand Tool Peg Board (Misc wrenches, hand/coping saws, hammers, mallets, etc.)
Measuring Instrument Pegboard (Misc rulers, levels, squares, etc.)
In the spirit of sharing, Members have access to scraps and consumables located in Woodshop are available for members to use. Unless otherwise marked or tagged as belonging to a member, scraps are available for use by any Member. In addition, the Idea Shop stocks a wide assortment of specialty lumber available for purchase by the board foot.
Members must be 13 years or older; however, individuals under the age of 18 (minors) must have permission by a legal guardian to join. Children under 13 years of age may use the space must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All Members must sign a liability waiver, and minors must sign waiver for under 18 along with a legal guardian.
Digital fabrication equipment can be used only for lawful purposes. No one will be permitted to use digital fabrication equipment to create material that is:
(i) Prohibited by local, state or federal law.
(ii) Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or poses an immediate threat to the well-being of others. (Such use may violate the terms of use of the manufacturer.)
(iii) In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, using equipment to replicate someone else's designs or articles of manufacture may infringe the copyright or patent in those materials. .
The MSU Idea Shop makes no claims on the intellectual property of the individuals who utilize the space. Intellectual property belongs to the Member. Mississippi State University students and faculty are subject to IP restrictions defined in MSU OP 76.01; however, use of the MSU Idea Shop does not solely constitute grounds for rights for IP.

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Our Location

114 E. Main Street
Starkville, MS 39759

How Can We Help?

(662) 268-6612

Summer Hours

Sunday: By Appointment Only

Monday: By Appointment Only

Tueday: 11:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am-2:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am-2:00pm

Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am-6:00pm

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