Scot Ackerman MakerSpace at Tulane University Wiki
A MakerSpace has been described as new amalgam of art, craft, and technology. Our goal is to serve all makers, and potential makers, in the Tulane Community. We do so by providing tools, assistance, and ideas.
News and Updates
The Hullabaloo (2/9/2017) reports on the MakerSpace as a place for collaboration
Please watch our new (1/24/2017) video, featuring Maker Ninjas Afsheen, Ben, and Elise.
And while you have a YouTube window open, check out the video of Tulane University's 2016/17 grand prize winning team submission to NASA's BIG Idea Challenge http://bigidea.nianet.org/ MakerSpace users designed and built a scale prototype for a modular spacecraft intended to ferry cargo spacecraft from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) To Lunar-Distant Retrograde Orbit (LDRO). MakerSpace Advisor Prof. Schuler was the team's mentor.
Brad Bell, a faculty member at UT Arlington, will be talking about Digital Thinking and Digital Making in Room 201 of Richardson Memorial (Architecture) on February 24 at noon. Check out his very cool undulating roof structure made with Arduino-driven stepper motors and lead screws at
The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am-5pm at Delgado Community College’s Student Life Center, 916 Navarre Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119. Tulane students get free admission with their Tulane ID card. The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is one of dozens of worldwide events affiliated with Make: Magazine. More information at http://neworleans.makerfaire.com/
Click on "MakerSpace Access" to see our hours for Spring semester.
Over the Mardi Gras break, we'll install a Tormach Slant-Pro CNC lathe to complement our Tormach CNC milling machine. And we'll be upgrading our bending brake to a 52" model. One of the Ultimaker 2 3D printers will be upgraded to a 2+; if it works well, then the other two Ultimakers will get the upgrade as well.
We just installed a Buehler 12" surface grinder, great for smoothing the rough surfaces on 3D printed models. We also just set up two Autodesk Ember SLA printers. Over Winter break, a Jet horizontal band saw and a 36" Eastwood blast cabinet with glass bead media were installed. The vertical mill was converted to a precision drill press. In addition, we've added a Rockler horizontal clamping system to one of the benches near the CNC Mill.
The School of Architecture's large format laser cutters are available to MakerSpace users. Currently they charge $10/hour ($3 minimum) for machine time; payable with Splash card or check. They have extended operating hours. Go to http://architecture.tulane.edu/dol/reserve-laser to schedule time on one of their three 36"x18" laser cutters. File formats are PDF or Illustrator. As with our Epilog laser cutters, use a line width of 0.001" to vector cut. Be sure to set your document size to their bed size of 36"x18" which is different from the bed size of the Epilogs. Bring your material and files (on a USB drive) to room 104 of Richardson Memorial Hall; student workers are there to help you get set up.
The Maker of the Year Award, funded by a generous gift from Lary Walker (G ’76, ’79) will be presented in Spring '17. If you've designed and built something awesome, please take lots of photos and hold them until we announce the entry process.
The inaugural Spring '16 award was presented to Afsheen Sajjadi (SSE'19). His independently designed truss, fabricated on the Maker Space laser cutter, impressed the Award judges, and also Prof. Raymond, his instructor in ENGP1410. Afsheen is now a Maker Ninja in the Maker Space.
Links on this Wiki
- Hours, location, and contact information.
- A list of software programs that are available to students, with notes on their use.
- Links and information concerning the available rapid prototyping tools, including information on training and safety.
- Information and links to training documents concerning fixed (not handheld) power tools and processes.
- A list of handheld tools(including some handheld power tools) that Makers can expect to find in the workshops. The list is a general snapshot and will not be a detailed/comprehensive inventory.
- Tools and equipment for measurement of various properties.
- Supplies on hand at the MakerSpace, and where to find them.
- Information about suppliers and other online resources.
- Samples of projects and instructions for doing them yourself.
- Access the digital library for MakerSpace books and resources
- Examples of projects built in the Tulane MakerSpace.
- Information on those involved in building, managing, and improving the Tulane MakerSpace.
- Connect with the Tulane Makers and Robotics Society.
- Methods for supporting the Tulane MakerSpace
The New Orleans Maker Community
New Orleans has a long history of artistic creation, and that creativity is now expressed in a vibrant maker community. The Tulane MakerSpace is proud to be a part of this community. Other members include
- IDIYA, the community MakerSpace
- Makers of N.O., local Makers group
- The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire
- The Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball