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Including Wood Shop and Digital Fabrication Lab

MakerSpace Wood Shop

Department Overview

Having launched in January 2018, the new Swarthmore MakerSpace & Wood Shop located on the ground floor of Beardsley Hall will act as a physical visual nexus for the MakerSpace Ecosystem and the Swarthmore Innovation Collaborative’s work.  Staffed by a newly hired Digital & Wood Shop Manager,  the space will represent an open and communal facility with resources for making, including tools for digital, mechanical, and manual fabrication.  Whether it is a student exploring Japanese joinery in a studio course, or a group of students building a solar powered speaker, the MakerSpace will be a testing ground for creative innovation.  The goal is that the space will generate 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 imagine significant interest from individual students,  faculty projects and community partnerships working on projects, as well as in attending regular workshops and training opportunities that will be offered in the space.

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

Welcome MakerSpace Manager Russell Prigodich

In this welcome video, Russell Prigodich describes the makerspace, his background in art and design, some of the tools and resources that are available, and the exciting paths we hope to take in the future. Please visit us in Beardsley 101/102.

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