[KwartzLab] VeloCity Foundry: new Kitchener Makerspace
doug at moens.org
Tue Nov 19 10:15:26 EST 2013
Yomna said: "announced that he was going to create some sort of student
at the U of W" << did he make any progress on this?
That's a good question. I'm not a U of W insider. I've been talking to some
people at EngSoc, and they would love to see a student makerspace built on
campus, but it doesn't seem that this is going to happen. At least not if
you define 'makerspace' as a place where you have workshop facilities, and
where students have the unrestricted ability to work on personal projects
and engage in self-directed learning. There are other things instead:
* There is a 3D print centre. I'm told that you can't operate the machines
yourself, but you can pay other people to run jobs for you.
* There is the student workshop in E5. I'm told that this is largely
restricted to being used for course work or other authorized projects.
* There is the Student Design Centre, but I'm told this is restricted to
course work and other authorized projects.
* And, the Velocity Foundry.
As a result, we do have students, who are often mechatronics engineering
students, checking out Kwartzlab as a place to work on personal projects.
And there has been talk of getting together a group of people to build an
independent student makerspace on or near the campus.
On 17 November 2013 15:44, Yomna Nasser <yomnanasser at gmail.com> wrote:
> "announced that he was going to create some sort of student makerspace
> at the U of W" << did he make any progress on this?
> On Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM, doug moen <doug at moens.org> wrote:
> > The VeloCity Foundry is a new makerspace opening in Kitchener next
> > with 20,000 sq ft, and all the tools. It will serve as a startup
> > for hardware companies (think Thalmic Labs or Voltera). I heard it will
> > located at the old Manulife building near the Kitchener market.
> > "VeloCity Foundry will be focused primarily on supporting entrepreneurial
> > students from the University of Waterloo's mechatronics, nanotechnology,
> > electrical, mechanical, chemical and other engineering programs who are
> > developing physical products for commercialization with potential
> > impacts on the manufacturing industry."
> > "VeloCity Foundry will provide more than five new engineering startups
> > many aspects of VeloCity's current entrepreneurial programming, including
> > workspace, seminars and mentorship, plus free access to machinery, tools,
> > and prototyping equipment; and testing, wet lab and assembly space."
> > Bud Walker from UW is leading the project. Some people may remember that
> > visited Kwartzlab Nov 2012, and announced that he was going to create
> > sort of student makerspace at the U of W.
> > I've heard nothing yet to suggest if there will be public access to the
> > tools at this new MakerSpace. If anyone has inside information, I'd love
> > hear more details.
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