From advanced manufacturing methods to the internet of things a new generation is emerging and The Point hails a new era for Otterbein University in experiential learning.
The Point offers students everything they need to learn, tinker, experiment, build, test, and compete in tomorrow’s economy. Valuable transdisciplinary skills born out of today’s fast paced computing and manufacturing environment, yet tied to the principles found in in art, theory, design, and creative thinking, our students are emerging as skilled and workforce ready.
Ignite your opportunity at The Point.
Hands on learning combined with a suite of sophisticated tools, labs and special manufacturing and engineering equipment, The Point is a one stop shop for learning, creating, and building. Built for the larger common good in mind, The STEAM Innovation Center offers an opportunity for students and community alike.
It starts with education. The Point offers unparalleled access to multiple classrooms, outfitted with today’s latest technology- projectors, workstations and 3D printers. Students to learn how to design, model and print all in the same environment. This iterative fostering environment allows students and community alike to attain hands on practical experience from idea to model to printed object- the scope of your imagination is unlimited.
The education doesn’t stop there. Next, students, community and businesses alike will have access to additional rooms and labs, such as the wood shop fully outfitted with CNC Axiom system and additional equipment allowing users to create art, furniture, molds, anything you can imagine.
But wood isn’t the only thing you can manipulate. In The Point’s metal and machine shop a suite of advanced tools allows you to bend, fabricate, and widdle metal to any specifics you desire. Building a robot? Not a problem.
Next up you can take your concepts into the electronics shop where one of the few labs in the central Ohio region will allow you to print your own circuit boards, putting your internet of things ideas to work.
Feeling confident the last stop in your journey of imagination, education and making is the rapid prototyping center, where high end commercial grade 3D printers await, refine your ideas to perfection.
Ever wonder what helps ideas get better- its people, at The Point its community and industry partners. Our center sports fantastic partners and opportunities for our students in the many startups and businesses that will call The Point home.
With community comes engagement, opportunity, possibility and celebration. The Point will host numerous events in the coming months. From business to manufacturing methods, arts, and learning workshops- we will imagine, learn, create, envision and build together.
Curtis R Smith
Maker Space and Laboratory Operations Manager