At UTS, we are continually creating distinctive spaces for staff and students, be it to enhance learning or research outcomes or improve the student experience. As part of a series profiling unique and recently created spaces on campus, this month we visit DAB’s Digital Maker Space, which opened in March 2017.
What is the Digital Maker Space?
The Digital Maker Space is a student self-service workshop that facilitates the rapid fabrication of models, prototypes and other design projects. Student digital ‘champions’ are available to assist other students in the operation of the equipment, encouraging a peer-to peer learning experience and environment that empowers students in digital fabrication. As DAB’s hub for 3D printing and laser cutting, it accommodates:
- 7 x 3D printers
- 3 x professional 3D printers
- 3 x laser cutters
- 1 x computerised matboard cutter (CMC) – from late 2017
- 1 x direct-to-substrate UV printer – from early 2018.
Where is it?
Located on level 2 of Building 6, the Digital Maker Space is part of the larger Fabrication Workshop, which accommodates a range of conventional analogue woodworking and metalworking equipment, such as bandsaws, lathes and spray booths. This location now enables students to combine a variety of fabrication techniques, digital and analogue, to produce convincing 3D design solutions.
Why have we built it?
The digital age is revolutionising manufacturing, thanks to technology that can move a product from design to reality with supreme efficiency. Students from all disciplines within DAB’s School of Design and School of Architecture are now able to take advantage of access to rapid fabrication technology, and can efficiently produce models, prototypes and other projects for their coursework – with all the educational benefit that entails.
What was involved?
The Fabrication Workshop was reconfigured and expanded to allow for the introduction of the dedicated Digital Maker Space, with its 3D printers and laser cutters of various sizes, as well associated climate control and air extraction and filtration systems. A meeting room and supervisor offices in the Fabrication Workshop were also built as part of the works.
Further information about the workshop facilities in Building 6, including the Digital Maker Space, is available on the DAB website.