By Amanda Caffey SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Most students go to Kimmel after a long night out to get a late snack, but, during the say, the basement is open to a lab that offers students an opportunity to be creative.
MakerSpace is a room full of computers and printers that print a lot more than essays. Students can create 3D objects, stickers and embroidery almost anything.
Jon Rushmore is a senior at Syracuse University and he said he has been coming to MakerSpace for years. Rushmore said that the best part of coming here is “just knowing that you can come in and create a design of your own and have fun making it.”
Rushmore is a part of an organization on campus called InclusiveU and they spend a lot of time in this lab. These students have some kind of intellectual disability and are generally looking for a place to get away from the stress of classes. Rushmore said that he really enjoys showing the other students how to make things.
Students can make anything for free (up to a certain daily maximum), so Rushmore said that MakerSpace is the perfect place to come make inexpensive (even free) gifts for friends and family members.
However, students do not need to have prior knowledge of any of the software programs because there is always a staff member around to help.
Rushmore and one of the MakerSpace employees made a 3D print of Otto the Orange. Complex prints like this can take a few hours to make, but Rushmore said it is always worth the wait.
MakerSpace is open in the basement of Kimmel (311 Waverly Ave.) to students with an SU ID card Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with shorter hours on the weekend.