A little over a month ago, a project that another MAG Lab member, Trevor, and I worked on for the 2012 WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge won first place at the competition. For the project,we helped in the design and fabrication of a fused-filament 3D printer. It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.
While this was not specifically a MAG Lab project, it is a good example of the kinds of projects that we are trying to facilitate by creating a hackerspace here in the Pomona area. While there are facilities available for students to work on technical projects at Cal Poly, it can be difficult to attain permission to use the school’s fabrication equipment and even then access hours are limited. That’s also only an option for those who are students and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona, and additionally the facilities are more than likely going to be limited to projects that are associated with some sort of school related activity. However, with MAG Lab, we are trying to create a highly accessible space where makers can meet up 24/7 to work on projects, whatever they may be.
In fact, we would really like to create the absolutely ideal place for working on projects. This includes having the right kinds of equipment, access, social environment and perhaps even aesthetics. We want to create a place that inspires technical creativity. So, if this sounds like the kind of undertaking that you think that you can get behind then please contact us about how you can get involved in helping to make it real.