An array of equipment capable of generating 3D objects is presented to the Ferris State University campus community. The ‘Ferris Maker Space’ is operational in Room 110 of the Swan Technical Arts Building. Bill Koepf, associate professor and program coordinator for Product Design Engineering Technology, says that 3-D printing has been accessible on campus for some time, but 98-99% of the people didn’t know about it. Koepf will visit a number of professors and classes during fall to spread the word about the Maker Space’s four 3-D printers, a number of supporting desktop computers, a desktop CNC router, one 3-D scanner, and a desktop wire bender.
The Maker Space was created with the aim to provide every Ferris student, regardless of their program, with an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and prototyping, by offering the means to create almost anything. Given the current demand for services from the campus community, they are willing to take up all requests to make use of their equipment. Equipment in the Maker Space has already produced collaborative effort and materials for classroom presentations. Three of the 3D printers were acquired with a grant provided by The Ferris Foundation. The Product Design program funded the purchase of the other printer.