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Including Wood Shop and Digital Fabrication Lab

Department Overview

Having launched in January 2018, the Swarthmore MakerSpace located on the ground floor of Beardsley Hall is a physical and visual nexus for the MakerSpace Ecosystem and the Swarthmore Innovation Collaborative’s work.  Staffed by a newly hired Digital & Wood Shop Manager, local artist Jacqueline Yvonne Tull,  the space is an open and communal facility with resources for making, including tools for digital, mechanical, and manual fabrication.  It is a testing ground for creative innovation, whether a student explores Japanese joinery in a studio course, or a group of students collaborate to build a solar powered speaker, the space generates more inter-disciplinary interaction on campus, particularly between Engineering and Art, but also from such departments as Theater, Computer Science, Biology, and Physics. In addition to curricular uses, we experience significant interest from individual students,  faculty projects and community partnerships working on projects, as well as in attending regular workshops and training opportunities that are offered in the space.

The Makerspace has exciting plans to move to Whittier Hall, allowing for an expansion of Digital Fabrication, the procurement of a CNC Router capable of handling 4' x 8' sheets of material, and the inclusion of a metal shop. The location will be closer to Singer Hall, allowing for more collaboration in an already existing partnership between the Makerspace and the Engineering Department's shop. 

Follow the Makerspace on Instagram and Facebook to see ongoing projects and workshops.

MakerSpace Profiles

Watch our video series profiling Swarthmore MakerSpace student technicians and faculty chronicling their work and the variety of unique projects constructed in the digital fabrication lab and wood shop. 

View the video series playlist

MakerSpace – Workshop Series

Wednesday Night Workshops

Unless otherwise indicated, workshops will take place in the MakerSpace, Beardsley 101/102 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Registration is limited, sign up forms will be posted 1 week before the event.

Jan 23rd  (Open House): Stop by to see the space and meet some of those who keep it running.

Jan 30th  (3D Printing): After a quick introductory lesson into the basic use and interface with Rhino we will export your model as an .stl for printing. In the Digital Fabrications Lab we will learn how to take your file from CAD to print.

Feb 6th    (Tools 101): Tools 101 is designed to train and certify people on the various wood shop machines and tools. Once completed you can use the space during its open hours, which are held by the MakerSpace Student Technicians or the manager.   

Feb 13th   (Laser System:) This introductory Laser System Workshop will cover how to export designs into Adobe Illustrator, set up the Laser System for cutting/engraving and run a print. It will emphasize safety and proper use of the machine and software.

Feb 20th   (Cooking): New to this semester attendees will prep, cook, and eat  the ingredients of a planned dish.

Feb 27th    (Welding): This is an introductory workshop explaining the basics of welding and welding safety. Learn about the various equipment and facilities needed for welding. Attendees will get hands-on experience cutting, grinding and welding steel. Space is limited.

March 6th  (Sewing): Learn the basics of operating a sewing machine and basic hand sewing.  Bring a project you need help with: mending, craft project or something new, or just come hang out and learn.

Student shapes wood in Maker Space