STEM

NYU Tandon Cuts Ribbon on New Makerspace

On September 20, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering formally opened its new MakerSpace.

The 10,000 square foot, bi-level space includes equipment typically found in a university makerspace — 3D printers, laser cutters, computer numerical control (CNC) machines and a 3D scanner — as well as more advanced, commercial-grade equipment not typically available to undergraduate students.

Commercial-grade equipment available in NYU Tandon's makerspace includes:

  • A water-jet cutter for use on reflective and heat-sensitive materials such as copper or aluminum that cannot be machined with lasers;
  • A high-speed, high-precision pick-and-place machine to place electronic components onto printed circuit boards;
  • A micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) unit that can nondestructively image the internal structure of objects on an exceptionally fine scale;
  • A plastic injection machine used in mass manufacturing; and 
  • An electrodynamic shaker for testing products or models under varying conditions of motion, acceleration and force.

A full list of the facility's equipment can be found on NYU Tandon's site.

The school created the makerspace in support of its "core mission of placing technology in service to society by encouraging an ethos of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship in even its youngest students," according to a news release.

The makerspace will support NYU Tandon's participation in the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) consortium, a multi-institutional program that "provides a multi-year, integrated approach to learning that emphasizes project-based, interdisciplinary, research-active education," according to information on the site.

Engineering faculty members will hold classes in the space, and students will use it for collaborative learning and design projects. NYU Tandon's Future Labs startup-business incubators, and its Center for K12 STEM Education will host hackathons, guest lectures and special events in the facility.

Further information about the makerspace can be found on NYU Tandon's site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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