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Makerspace: Accelerating Innovation

MakerSpace with Grad Student Di Sun

Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student Di Sun uses one of the makerspace’s 3D printers to fabricate inclination angles for his research.

A new makerspace opened its doors at the University of Washington campus in March 2015, literally making room for innovation. In its first year, the space was used by more than 700 students from more than 50 different departments and schools on campus, such as engineering, medicine and business. Managed by the UW commercialization hub, CoMotion, the innovation space provides the tools, training and space to turn ideas into reality.

The 4,000 square foot space, which will be expanding to 6,000 square feet by the end of 2016, includes 3D printers, CAD software, laser cutters, sewing machines, soldering stations, infrared digital thermometers, Arduino kits and hand tools such as hammers, wrenches and clamps. The CoMotion makerspace is open free of charge to all students, faculty and staff.

For more information on equipment, workshops and open hours, visit the CoMotion Makerspace’s web site.