Makerspace at Luther College, Decorah, IA
This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!
From the Luther College website, 2023: “The Luther College Makerspace is a place where students, faculty, and staff can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools, technologies, and materials. We bring together a cross-disciplinary community of students, faculty, and staff who all share a passion for creation and collaboration.
“Equipment and services available include:
AR/VR (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality) equipment (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive systems are capable of multimedia functions in full virtual reality. Educational programs such as 3D Human Anatomy tours and building 3D space templates are all possibilities for students, faculty and staff looking to create and learn in using VR technology. Using an app on any phone, augmented reality features are available to create surreal works of art, or to simulate ideas in the real world. Virtual reality systems can be used for immersive learning, movies, gaming, product and object designing, and social networking. Augmented reality apps can be used to visualize art projects and connect with others in the same community to share ideas.)
“Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing equipment (e.g. 3D Printing) Additive and Subtractive manufacturing enables classes or students to quickly create objects out of various materials. Additive manufacturing uses 3D printers to create an object from plastic filament layer by layer. Subtractive manufacturing removes material from a block to form the object.
“Additive manufacturing has been used to make 3D models that students have designed into real world objects for 3D modeling classes. In addition chemistry students have used this technique to create Spectrophotometry objects for their lab experiments.
“Luther College Makerspace is equipped with FDM & SLA 3D Printers, CNC and Laser Cutters. Laser cutter with the ability to engrave, score, and cut various materials. A Brother LS 590 sewing machine is available for those looking for fabric projects.
“Project Consultation: Students, faculty, or staff are able to consult with the Makerspace staff on projects to determine the projects feasibility or options on how to integrate technology into the project.”
Luther College is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):