Innovative technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and e-textiles are being used in cutting-edge research medical research and practices. In order to best provide students with opportunities that will enable them to stand out while applying for research positions, scholarships and internships, in 2018 the CUPS program developed a fledgling MakerSpace.
The MakerSpace consists of
*Both the sewing machine and scroll saw must be used outside of the MakerSpace due to space constraints.
We recently received a grant to purchase a fabric printer and Shaper (a handheld CNC router).
The use of the MakerSpace technologies is now a core component of our curriculum. Starting as Freshmen students gain an introductory understanding of 3D printing, e-textiles/electronics, and the use of the laser cutter. Sophomores choose a specific form of technology to become experts in while becoming proficient in each of the others. Juniors learn how to create and print 3D models of human anatomy from CT scans and MRIs. The senior year is an interdisciplinary culmination of what students learn about the body, health professions, health disparities, and MakerSpace technologies. In groups, students created either a medical device or teaching tool that addresses an element of health inequity.