The MU I.C.E. (Innovate, Create, Educate) Lab is a Makerspace located in Townsend 101G in the Reflector (Computer Lab and Library) of Townsend Hall. This lab offers all students at MU hands on experience with 3D printing, Scanning, CNC routing, and the Makerspace culture. In lab, students are given the opportunity to see their creations and class projects come to life. By first teaching students how to use the 3D printers in lab, they are then challenged with creating designs and CAD drawings of their own to prototype on the printers.
At the moment, the lab houses two Afinia H800 printers, a Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer, a Carbide Nomad 883 CNC router, a computer to run the modeling programs, and countless past projects and prints to inspire the students.
- Q: How can you use the makerspace?
- A: Come by and get certified by one of our Lab Techs. Certification takes two 10-20 minute meetings where the Lab Tech introduces how to use the 3D printers, and then walks through the process of printing. Once you receive your certification, you are welcome use the makerspace anytime.
- Q: When can you get your certification?
- A: Come visit the lab when one of the Lab Techs are present. Their hours are posted on the door of the lab and in our online calendar (limited time during summer).
- Q: How can you get started with 3D printing and modeling?
- A: Join us for our class, ISLT 4310 / 7710, in the Spring or Fall semester. This class focuses in on introducing CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawing and 3D printing to all degree programs here at Mizzou. The focus in the class is to design and prototype STEM education toys and tools. All experience levels are welcome.
- Q: What programs are used in lab?
- A: At the moment, the lab uses 123D Design as the drawing software, but any software that is able to make an .STL file will suffice. (Software including Solidworks, Inventor, Rhino, etc.) The 3D printing software used is Afinia’s splicer program.
- Q: When was the lab created?
- A: The I.C.E Lab was created in conjunction with our class ISLT 4310 / 7710 in Spring 2016 to give students an outlet to prototype their designs and learn about makerspaces.
- Q:What is the focus of the lab?
- A: At the forefront, this lab was created as an outlet for students to exhibit the three pillars of the lab, Innovate, Create, and Educate. As a makerspace, we foster an environment of Innovation and Creation by prototyping ideas on our 3D printers. And since education is the third pillar, this lab focuses on designing and prototyping STEM education toys and tools used in a school setting.
- Q: How can you set up a Makerspace at a local school
- A: We will be happy to extend our services and expertise to schools within our community. Please contact Dr. Strobel (strobelj (at) missouri.edu) to discuss.
If you have any other questions, please contact one of the Lab Techs. Their contact information is posted on the door to lab. Lab hours online calendar.
All MU students are welcome to use the lab — open to all majors and experience levels. Once certified, the hours of the I.C.E Lab corresponds with the hours of the Reflector.