Douglas College creates maker lab in the River Market

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      In recent years, several makerspaces have popped up in the Vancouver area. These facilities are “places where like-minded persons gather to work on personal projects, share tools and expertise as well as learn from each other”, according to a Michigan State University report.

      Douglas College has joined the trend. The Douglas College Maker Lab is found on the second floor of the River Market (810 Quayside Drive), a short walk from the New Westminster campus.

      This high-tech workshop features 3-D printers (MakerBot, Afinia, and PrintrBot models) and other tools. Students can book time to use the machines.

      “While our Maker Lab initiative is still in an early stage of development, it has already become a hub for students looking to engage with emerging technologies. Not only can they come here to tinker with such technology, but they can also explore its place in society and culture,” David Wright, coordinator of research and innovation at Douglas College, said in a news release today (April 23).