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MakerSpace makes great first impression

Dec 3, 2014 1:46 PM

Image of 3d printerInformation Technology and Services (ITS) unveiled Syracuse University’s first MakerSpace to the University community on Friday, October 10, 2014. At the open house, guests mingled with ITS staff, interacted with the equipment, and gained special instructions on operating the zSpace Virtual Reality Simulator from Jenny Gluck, associate chief information officer for Academic Services. The open house was hosted between noon and 5 p.m. and featured an RVD IDEA Juicer.

Following publication of the open house announcement by SU News, MakerSpace was featured in coverage by several media outlets. The Daily Orange, NCCNewsOnline, News Channel 9, and Syracuse.com carried stories about the University’s newest teaching and learning space

Already MakerSpace has become an avenue for self-directed learning for students like Nick Danyluk and Timothy Meyer. Both students have used MakerSpace resources extensively to develop prototypes for their latest explorations. During the open house, Danyluk and Meyer displayed their devices.Image of the RVD Idea juicer presentations

“I never thought Kimmel would become what it is now. When you have people from different disciplines coming together, collaborating and building stuff, crazy things can happen,” said Danyluk, a senior electrical engineering student. “Personally, the accessibility offered by the space helps. I am able to use the 3D printers and equipment to build parts for my circuit board. There isn't a space like this anywhere else on campus.”

The circuit board Danyluk referred to is one of the four created for his BeamBreak device. BeamBreak attaches to his computer’s monitor and converts it into a touch screen. Working in MakerSpace, Danyluk was able to build and add to his creation.

Meyer, who, like Danyluk, was a winner in last April’s Emerging Talk conference, got involved with SU’s MakerSpace when it was just getting underway. “Early on when MakerSpace was just starting, my partner and I were working through SU’s IDEA program. We came in, met John Mangicaro from ITS, anImage of ITS Staffd got going. I had never 3D printed, but an hour after that meeting, we walked out with an intricate prototype. This is unheard of in the manufacturing process. From there, we took off and continued with our design and control interface,” said Meyer, a senior engineering student. 

Meyers and his team used the 3D printers to create a robotic hand designed to mirror the tendons in a real hand. A glove controller operates the hand, which allows the user to transmit hand displacement data directly to a computer.

“John’s help went beyond 3D printing.  He helped us to understand 3D printing, but also the stuff we are working on that is electronic.  He has a wealth of knowledge on circuitry and on how things work,” he said.

Various students, faculty and staff, and a few alumni from a range of departments and colleges on the SU campus visited the open housImage of student at the MakerSpacee. The equipment and the vibrant, lively environment Makerspace offers impressed all those in attendance.

“It’s exciting to know that the campus is progressive. It’s amazing to see the campus heading in the right direction providing an outlet for creativity and innovation. SU is building better students, better leaders and better workers. It shows great initiative on ITS’s behalf. It shows they care about the campus and the students,” said Melissa Montanez, class of 2011 and production assistant for the Huffington Post.

For more information about MakerSpace visit MakerSpace.syr.edu or contact Don Little at dmlittle@syr.edu.

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Article by: Christopher Finkle

Contact Information: ITS Service Center, help@syr.edu, (315) 443-2677