WeMake — Design & Learn Lab

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wemake design learn lab pdf icon, click to downloadThe WeMake — Design & Learn Lab is a makerspace located in 101A Townsend Hall. This lab offers all students at MU hands on experience with 3D printing, Scanning, CNC routing, and the makerspace culture. In lab, students are given the opportunity to see their creations and class projects come to life. By first teaching students how to use the 3D printers in lab, they are then challenged with creating designs and CAD drawings of their own to prototype on the printers.

At the moment, the lab houses two Afinia H800 printers, a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer, a Carbide Nomad 883 CNC router, a computer to run the modeling programs, and countless past projects and prints to inspire the students.

Q: How can you use the makerspace?
A: Please contact Dr. Cindy Dudenhoffer (dudenhofferc@missouri.edu) for information about accessing the lab.
Q: How can you get started with 3D printing and modeling?
A: Join us for our class, ISLT 4310 / 7710, in the Spring or Fall semester. This class focuses in on introducing CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing and 3D printing to all degree programs here at Mizzou. The focus in the class is to design and prototype STEM education toys and tools. All experience levels are welcome.
Q: What programs are used in lab?
A: At the moment, the lab uses 123D Design as the drawing software, but any software that is able to make an .STL file will suffice. (Software including Solidworks, Inventor, Rhino, etc.) The 3D printing software used is Afinia’s splicer program.
Q: When was the lab created?
A: The WeMake — Design & Learn Lab was created in conjunction with our class ISLT 4310 / 7710 in Spring 2016 to give students an outlet to prototype their designs and learn about makerspaces.
Q:What is the focus of the lab?
A: At the forefront, this lab was created as an outlet for students to exhibit the three pillars of the lab, Innovate, Create, and Educate. As a makerspace, we foster an environment of Innovation and Creation by prototyping ideas on our 3D printers. And since education is the third pillar, this lab focuses on designing and prototyping STEM education toys and tools used in a school setting.
Q: How can you set up a makerspace at a local school
A: We will be happy to extend our services and expertise to schools within our community. Please contact Dr. Cindy Dudenhoffer (dudenhofferc@missouri.edu) to discuss.

Lab hours are by appointment only, contact Dr. Cindy Dudenhoffer (dudenhofferc@missouri.edu) for additional information.

The WeMake — Design & Learn Lab is open to all MU majors and experience levels.

Photos of the WeMake — Design & Learn Lab

Dremel 3D Printer set up with the Lab Computer
Dremel 3D Printer set up with the Lab Computer
The two workhorses for the lab; these 2 Afinia H800’s are the most reliable printers in the I.C.E lab.
The two workhorses for the lab; these 2 Afinia H800’s are the most reliable printers in the I.C.E lab.
The Carbide CNC router with a test part in the top left of the router.
The Carbide CNC router with a test part in the top left of the router.
Afinia H800 Ready to Print
Afinia H800 Ready to Print
Afinia H800 Door Open
Afinia H800 Door Open
Cleaning new print
Cleaning new print.
Pictures of the Lab. From left to right: Carbide CNC router, Dremel 3D printer, Computer, Afinia H800 3D Printer
Pictures of the Lab. From left to right: Carbide CNC router, Dremel 3D printer, Computer, Afinia H800 3D Printer
Pictures of the Lab. From left to right: Dremel 3D printer, Computer, 2 Afinia H800 3D Printers and student visitor.
Pictures of the Lab. From left to right: Dremel 3D printer, Computer, 2 Afinia H800 3D Printers and student visitor.