Our growing research laboratory and makerspace is full of equipment for projects and prototyping from designing intelligent robots to making chainmail to to building the next Facebook or Google. Think of the space as a combination of great stuff from mechanics, tailors, roboticists, designers, and artists.
Browse around Thingiverse, download and try to model something with Blender or SketchUp, or use our NextEngine 3D Scanner to come up with something to print on our MakerBot Replicator. Talk to someone who can use our MakerBot, get trained on the printer, and you can show others how to use it! We have lots of plastic in a rainbow of colors.
In addition, we have Arduinos, ShiftBrite LEDs, tons of single-color LEDs, Craftsman hand tools, 1/4 mile of electric fence wire, and 4 XBox Kinects. For the 2012-2013 academic year, we are planning to add a sewing machine, serger, programmable embroidery machine, and conductive thread. We may acquire a spherical etching machine; we may acquire a letterpress printing press; we may acquire a laser cutter.
Come and say hello to our robot. See what it can do, how to control or program it, and learn a little about Bob Balaban along the way. Think about taking Computer Science 155: Intelligent Systems (it is a QA course) to learn more about robotics and create a project with iRobot Create robots — like making them squaredance — or propose something else like building an artificial intelligence to play a Euro-style board game.