A Fall Semester in the Makerspace

Early in the semester, we posted the ways in which we have adapted to the pandemic while aiming to provide a safe space for makers on Swarthmore’s campus, as well as provide resources for makers at home. As we draw near to the end of the Fall semester, we are happy to report that we have great projects to look back on. Online Webinar Series We’ve gone remote with our workshops to bring Makerspace resources to you. Some of the webinars we have hosted this semester so far have included 3D Scanning, Wood Finishing Basics, Small Wood Carving: What’s a … Continue reading A Fall Semester in the Makerspace

The MakerSpace Reopens

The Makerspace has gone through some transformations over the summer to continue to provide students, faculty, and staff with resources for making while maintaining the safety of everyone using the space. Here are some of the changes we’ve made: A stylish 3D print pick-up station (shown above). Now, once students have sent a job to one of our 3D printers, they will tag the printer with their email address and job name. Once the print is complete, the tag will be placed on the print, and they will receive an email when it is ready for pick-up. The Makerspace has … Continue reading The MakerSpace Reopens

Makerspace Summer 2020

When the world seemed to shut down back in March, the Makerspace pivoted online with webinars, resources for making PPE at home, a new YouTube channel, student technician interviews, and weekly Teatimes with Makers of Swarthmore, where students, staff, and faculty can ask open ended questions about projects or skills, and share what they are working on at home. We are happy to announce that our proposal was accepted to the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference 2020, originally scheduled to take place at Bryn Mawr College. Instead, the conference has moved online and will be shown as a … Continue reading Makerspace Summer 2020

The Makerspace Goes Online

This semester, along with the rest of the Swarthmore community, the Makerspace pivoted to an online platform. Here’s what we did: We added a page to the Makerspace website to provide resources on how to make face masks at home, tips for best practices, and how Makerspaces are using laser cutter and 3D printing technology to create PPE, like face shields and intubation boxes. We know you want to take the opportunity at home to learn as much as you can, so we conducted a series of webinars over the past several weeks to teach Adobe software skills, DIY and … Continue reading The Makerspace Goes Online

The Makerspace Springs Forward

It has been quite a year for Swarthmore’s Makerspace. This past Fall, a new manager was hired, and over the winter break we moved from Beardsley Hall to Whittier Hall rooms 109-113, giving us an opportunity to expand our workspace and storage, with higher ceilings and great natural light. Our Open House was a big success, and concerns about drawing enough traffic have been put at ease with the new location buzzing with activity. The move also opened up space in Beardsley for a new Idea Lab, a temporary prototyping space complete with a flight simulator, green screen, VR equipment, … Continue reading The Makerspace Springs Forward