Rose State College recently announced public hours of operation for its new fabrication laboratory or FabLab, making it the first at a higher education institution in Oklahoma to do so. Students, businesses and the community are invited to take part in “high tech self-discovery” activities as they design, prototype and create objects through computer-aided design and desktop manufacturing technologies as part of a global network managed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“With 3D printers now sold at local retailers, we’re excited to welcome the community into the FabLab to imagine, design and foster creative thinking for hobbyists and tinkerers alike,” said Dean of Community Outreach and Workforce Development Bret Wood, Ed.D.
The lab also features a polycom videoconferencing bridge, allowing for consultation with FabLabs worldwide such as those located at MIT in Cambridge, University of Nairobi in Kenya, Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and more. The collaborative nature of this network integrates users around the world with common tools and platforms to facilitate the exchange of ideas and designs.
The FabLab offers memberships to the community at a rate of $150 for adults, $120 for seniors and $50 for current Rose State students, valid until May 30. A 10-visit punch card is also available for $100. The FabLab also offers classes in Corel Draw, 3D printing, laser engraving, vinyl cutting and casting and molding.
The Rose State FabLab is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. The lab is closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Tours are available Friday mornings from 10-11 a.m., and a safety class is held Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. For more information about the FabLab or to schedule a tour, visit rose.edu/fablab or call 405-733-7392. Corporate tours, classes and rentals are also available by calling 405-733-7573.