Why Maker Lab?
The Maker Lab is a place on the ACU campus where students, faculty, and staff give form to their ideas. The significant opportunity the Maker Lab brings to students is the opportunity to develop skills in ideation, design, creativity, prototyping, and collaboration that allow them to fully participate in shaping the world around them. The Maker Lab is an ideation studio and prototyping shop that reflects a broader concept called “Maker Movement”—a global sub-culture that is focused on rapid fabrication of innovative products that address personal interests and sometimes broader societal problems.
Maker Lab Spotlight
Watch Molly and Kati talk about a group project they worked on as part of a course taught in the Maker Lab for Occupational Therapy graduate students. The short video is a perfect example of how creativity combined with making and applied to problem solving can be helpful in any discipline. They were able to fully grasp the process from ideation to prototyping, and apply it to a very specific issue.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
We would love to see you here making something. But first you need to register and watch our training videos.
All users must first sign up and sync their ACU ID using a card-slider and iPad located at the front desk. This will grant makers access to fabrication areas and all equipment. Please ask for assistance if you have trouble doing so. Any time you come to work on a project you must sign in by sliding your ACU ID. A provisional ID will be issued to outside users.
Training and Safety
We know you can’t wait long enough to start your newest project. But training is our first priority in the Maker Lab. Please watch all required training and safety videos. After you have finished the training sessions, you’ll be asked to perform a few safety procedures accompanied by one of our supervisors (we call them Maker On Duty, or MODs for short). If all goes well, only then you’ll be able to enjoy our tools and facilities on your own.
Please follow this link and read the instructions carefully from our Training and Safety page.
Our Favorite Projects
Below you’ll find a simple collection of projects done by various makers during a normal semester in the Maker Lab. Those projects are usually done by students, faculty, and staff who love making things up. They’ve walked the extra mile, spending additional time on campus, simply for the challenge of working on something fun, and learn from it.
Professor Reeves has been granted a Faculty Fellowship to develop an Honors Colloquium using drones in collaboration with the Maker Lab. He’s using creativity and making while developing quad-copter projects with a few students this semester. They are exploring various materials, aircraft designs, and flying FPV.