The DTech Workshop is finally starting to feel like a true makerspace. Over the last month we have made some huge improvements to the facility, which is important both for the utility of the space and the culture related to it. The first addition that really made the workshop pop are the large "gladiator" adjustable workbenches (purchased on amazon). The workbenches are steel and solid wood. They give the workshop a whole new professional look--which shifts the perception of what happens in the space. Student groups (not just DTechers) gravitate toward the tables because they feel very un-school like. One student mentioned that we should add a barista station because it felt like a hip coffee shop (with tools apparently).
Another fun addition: shelves with 3D printed brackets. We didn't really have any space to display student work, so I drafted up the the brackets using OnShape. They work well and can support a suprising amount of weight. The shelves also help get rid of some of the clutter on the work spaces. I would imagine in the future we will have to build more shelves to display really cool work.
Whenever guests walk in to the workshop they are impressed. I tell them that it is just the beginning.