Maker Space at The Point at Otterbein is now open to the community
Lauren Heberling ‘19
The Point at Otterbein University is a growing STEAM innovation center that is home to resident companies, academic departments and now the public. The Maker Space, within The Point, is comprised of five creative spaces for Otterbein students, faculty, staff and members of the community to utilize, providing access to industrial technologies not commonly available.
The Marker Space has a design studio with latex cutters, a rapid prototyping room with 3-D printers, woodshop, metal shop, computer lab and an advanced manufacturing lab with a plasma cutter. Each room has multiple machines and resources members can learn how to use in order to create personalized projects. From engraved cups, to 3-D plastic models, to wooden signs, the only limit to what you can create is your imagination.
According to Maker Space and Laboratory Operations Manager Curtis Smith the first step to being able to use the machinery in the Maker Space is to take quizzes, which can be found online at otterbeinpoint.com. From there, you can set up free training sessions with Smith and staff in order to earn Ability Badges which are worn by those who are allowed to use certain machines.
“We want to ensure the safety of those who are using our facilities,” said Smith. “Training and the badge system is a way that we can keep track of who is authorized on what machine or area.”
In order to insure the machinery, community members can choose to pay $75 per month, $25 a day or $850 for a whole year of membership. Payment can be done online through The Point’s website. Otterbein students, faculty and staff need only cover the cost of the materials they plan on using.
The Maker Space is open 3-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Additional hours of operation can be scheduled by appointment. The Maker Space is located inside The Point at 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville, OH, 43081.
The Point is in the final phases of construction, which are estimated to be complete at the end of June 2018. The new addition will feature a café, an event forum gathering space available for rent, as well as industry labs and gaming center for students and community members to enjoy.