With the implementation of the new Maker Lab, the Mechanical/Architectural Design department collaborated on some projects across the college this semester. Using the technology in the lab, we were able to have some conversations with other departments on how we could join together, centered around student learning. Three projects that came out of this were working with Scott Garrard from the Visual Arts Department, Chef Gilles Renusson from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and John Dersch from the Math Department.
Working with Scott, the students were able to cut their chairs on the laser out of cardboard to make a prototype of their idea. Chef Gilles brought in both chocolate and sugar to be etched for their state competition coming up at the state capital this month. John brought their calculus equations to us and we brought them into our 3D CAD software and then were able to 3D print them.
Overall, it has been a great year and we look forward to more amazing ways to use the lab.