Tech Spark facilities

Tech Spark is the cornerstone of the College of Engineering’s maker ecosystem, an integrated set of resources where faculty and students create and develop new ideas, concepts, and products for courses and research.

The space houses a simulation cluster, 3D printers, laser machines, electronic fabrication facilities, and traditional manual and CNC machining to allow students and faculty to design and prototype at the nano, micro, and macro scales.

Calendar and reservation requests
View the Tech Spark calendar and make reservations.

General policies

Safety procedure requires that no food can be in the Tech Spark makerspace. Priority for facility reservations will be given in th orer of courses, research, and extracurriculars. Tech Spark is a communal facility, and reservations will always leave at least one of each piece of equipment available for walk-in use.

 

Facilities layout

The map and descriptions below define the various sections of Tech Spark. 

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MetalShop MetalShop ProShop FabLab Assembly Cluster

 

 

Cluster

Description: project storage, 30 computers with CAD, ANSYS

Policies: excludes food; excludes project assembly; use crates in C101

Detailed equipment list (link to Google Doc)

 

Assembly

Description: project storage, power tools, assorted hand tools

Policies: excludes food; power tools used at designated stations; when using power tools, all people within 5 feet are wearing PPE

Required training: Hand Power Tool Quiz

Optional training: 24-104 Maker Series: Intro to Modern Making 

Detailed equipment list (link to Google Doc)

 

FabLab

Description: 3D printers, laser machines, and electronics stations

Policies: excludes food; power tools used at designated stations; when using power tools, all people within 5 feet are wearing PPE

Required training: Fire Extinguisher Use Part 1and Soldering Safety Quiz 

Optional training: 24-104 Maker Series: Intro to Modern Making

Detailed equipment list (link to Google Doc)

 

MetalShop

Description: manual knee mills, manual lathes, CNC mills, and various other metal working equipment

Policies: excludes food; full PPE must be work to enter shops, machining equipment is used as independent stations that can be checked in and out

Required training: 24-200: Machine Shop Practice or 24-203: Special Topics: Maker Series: Intro to Manual & CNC Machining and Hand Power Tool Quiz and Shop Safety Quiz

Detailed equipment list (link to Google Doc)

 

ProShop

Description: professional staff running a recharge center to support prototyping efforts across the university; walk-in consultations welcome

Policies: excludes food; full PPE must be work to enter shops, upon receiving special permission some machining equipment can be used as independent stations checked in and out

ProShop Request Form

Detailed equipment list (link to Google Doc)

 

Tech Spark Contact information