Prototyping a Fablab
While the space itself may not be much to look at, the students’ creations certainly are.
In DiGiorgio’s prototyping class last semester, students created items ranging from LED hangers to a chess set to a robot. Students in the freshman physics intensive worked with DiGiorgio in the Fablab to design and create their simple circuit project; one student laser cut a stop light; another laser cut pieces of a puzzle. Most recently, students in Ms. Delia and Ms Lupo’s Middle School Insights class, “How to Make it in the 216: Innovation and Design in Cleveland,” visited the Fablab to create a box for displaying their vision of an original, creative concept designed to make the city of Cleveland better for its residents.
The maker space includes a Shotbot CNC Mill (computer numerically controlled), which cuts shapes out of wood; a laser cutter, which has the ability to etch the top layer before cutting out the designated shape; a vinyl cutter, which can be used to make stickers; and a 3D printer, complete with a rainbow of plastic color “inks.” The final component of the Fablab is an electronic station for soldering and building simple circuits and PCB boards.