Learning in the Makerspace

From workshops to simple questions, the Makerspace is here to expand your horizons and explore several different technologies. This is a great time to see what we have to offer and share your ideas!

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Workshops

Join any of our guided workshops covering a variety of subjects on Experience BU. We’re happy to introduce you to any of our emerging technologies and walk you through how these systems work and what you can create with them. Below we’ve listed the subjects of our workshops to give you a better idea of what to expect before signing up.

Curious about 3D printing? Let us tell you more. Do you want to learn how to design 3D models? It’s easier than you think. Discover what 3D models you can design and produce with our printers. Our Services page has printing costs and available materials.

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is used far and wide for producing larger parts. A string of plastic called filament is melted through a hot metal piece called an extruder onto a platform called a build plate. The next layer is then placed on top of the previous layer over and over until the model is complete. 

Stereolithography/Dark Light Projection (SLA/DLP) uses light to turn liquid resin into polymers, and layer-by-layer transform into a solid 3D object that is then dried with ultraviolet light. 

You can find and sign up for any 3D modelling workshops on our page on Experience BU.

Take woodworking to the next level! Design your custom creation using Easel, a free and easy to use web-based software. Our Services page has carving costs and available materials. 

Combining digital software with physical device, Computational Numeric Control feeds a design’s data to a machine via software, which cuts or engraves it into a chosen material, using an array of tools for precision and versatility.

You can find and sign up for any CNC workshops on our page on Experience BU.

Like the Carvey, Laser Cutting has an online digital program feeding data of a design to a physical device to cut or engrave into a material, instead using laser technology reflected by small circular lenses. Our Services page has cutting costs and available materials.

You can find and sign up for any CNC workshops on our page on Experience BU.

Let your voice be heard! Broadcast your ideas to the masses! From conception to publishing, we’ll walk you through the basics to get your own audio podcast up and running. 

Explore different recording tools and equipment. Try out editing tools like Audacity to refine and boost your sound with effects where necessary. Browse hosting services to spread your ideas across the web!

You can find and sign up for any podcasting workshops on our page on Experience BU.

Check out what’s going on in the world of workshops!

Self-Directed Learning

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For working on your own terms, there are several online resources housing tutorials across a variety of disciplines. Check out some tutorials we’ve gathered below to get started. Even when you’re independent you’re not alone! Let us know how your ideas turn out! Never be afraid to come back to us with questions. We’re always happy to help!

Beginner Tutorials

These will serve as great starting points for getting into this discipline. Easy-to-follow and not overly complex, they foster strong learning environments and introduce core concepts that are integral to the craft.

  • TinkerCAD Training
    • This is a perfect starter tool for any level of basic 3D modelling. With their own lists of tutorials and all your work stored online, you can start building from anywhere!
  • SketchUp 2020 Essential Training
    • An excellent tool for constructing mock-ups of various building layouts, this is a great tool for building prototyping interior layouts and reconstruction.

Advanced Tutorials

These serve as more complex, industry-tier software with more features to create more refined work. These are good ways to challenge your craft and help to refine your established skills and generate professional looking work.

  • Maya Essential Training
    • A powerful modelling tool for more organic-type modelling, such as people and creatures.
  • Fusion 360 Essential Training
    • A more mathematical/inorganic modelling tool meant for building exact replicas and models of real-world components or objects.
  • 3DS Max Essential Training
    • A blend of both organic and inorganic modelling, this tool lends itself well to interior design and building layouts.
  • Blender 2.83 Essential Training
    • A free tool that focuses on organic modelling with many robust features putting it nearly on equal footing to Maya.

Beginner Tutorials

These will serve as great starting points for getting into this discipline. Easy-to-follow and not overly complex, they foster strong learning environments and introduce core concepts that are integral to the craft.

  • GarageBand Essential Training
    • A great starter tool for Mac users looking to experiment on music production using pre-established libraries of instruments or recording with their own.
  • Learning Audacity
    • A free cross-platform tool for all forms of audio editing from voice over to podcasting. Rather robust features such as background noise removal and sound effects, it’s a great introduction into the world of editing.
  • Producing Podcasts
    • A good introduction into what makes a podcast from pre-production to post-production. Learn about the technology and environments you can use to give your podcast a quality sound.

Advanced Tutorials

These serve as more complex, industry-tier software with more features to create more refined work. These are good ways to challenge your craft and help to refine your established skills and generate professional looking work.

  • Adobe Audition CC 2019 Essential Training
    • A more intermediate audio editing software, this contains extensive features a stronger variety of effects and tools to refine one’s audio to give a professional sound.
  • Pro Tools First 2019 Essential Training
    • A more advanced music production software, this grants access to more instruments and features allowing you more space to maneuver and customize your sound.

Beginner Tutorials

These will serve as great starting points for getting into this discipline. Easy-to-follow and not overly complex, they foster strong learning environments and introduce core concepts that are integral to the craft.

  • Easel Training
    • An online software dedicated to creating designs for the Carvey machine in the Makerspace. Test out your design on different materials and import your own images into your design.
  • Inkscape Training
    • A free online tool for drawing vector-based images. Experiment in several styles such as pixel art to calligraphy.
  • Vectr Training
    • Another free online vector drawing software. Learn to craft images for all forms of platforms from social media to business cards.

Advanced Tutorials

These serve as more complex, industry-tier software with more features to create more refined work. These are good ways to challenge your craft and help to refine your established skills and generate professional looking work.

  • Adobe Illustrator CC Essential Training
    • A more detailed vector-drawing tool. Gain more control over your design with more templates and features to stylize your work. Perfect for designing custom logos or graphics.

Browse a list of Makerspace books available to borrow.

Consultative Learning

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Attend one of our Virtual Drop-Ins on ExperienceBU or email us if you have maker-related questions.  Virtual Drop-In events are a great space to bring your ideas to life by, connecting with other makers across campus, and getting advice from our knowledgeable staff.  If you cannot join us for a Virtual Drop-In don’t be afraid to get in touch and set up a time to chat 1 to 1.

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