Penn State Opens Maker Commons

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technologies

Penn State students and faculty all over the world can now design and 3D print their own materials at a new 3D printing lab known as the Maker Commons. The facility is housed in the Pattee Library’s Knowledge Commons at the institution’s University Park campus, but individuals from all Penn State campuses — including the online Penn State World Campus — can upload and print projects at Completed projects are delivered via the same system used for intercampus library materials requests. The Maker Commons is equipped with 32 MakerBot desktop 3D printers and includes the Invention Studio, an exploration lab for rapid prototyping developed in partnership with littleBits. LittleBits’ electronic building blocks snap together with magnets to create circuits, and allow students to connect objects to the Internet of Things.

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