CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The campus of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi features a lab called the I-Create Lab that gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning. The equipment ranges from high-tech equipment to a 100-year-old letterpress printing machine.
“We have a 60-watt CO2 laser, we have our 3D printers, we have a 3D scanner, we have a large format printer, which is by far the most popular device,” said Davis Jones, I-Create coordinator. Laboratories. “We have our seed drill, we have our embroidery machine, we have recording studios.”
Jones said it was unique to have a mix of different equipment in the same room, but it was beneficial to have different people working next to each other.
The best part? The devices are relatively inexpensive to use and are also open to the public.
“Although we have an online reservation system, we constantly accept spontaneous guests. But when you show up with a project or an idea, for some things you have to bring materials, for others we provide materials,” Jones said.
James Ta, a second-year student at the I-Create Lab, said he uses the equipment and that it needs a little more use.
“Anyone can just jump in and do it. I think it’s something everyone should get their hands on. It’s very accessible and also extremely affordable,” Ta said.
Information about prices for various devices and operating hours can be found on the I-Create Lab website.
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