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Tulsa Community College will become the first educational partner for Fab Lab Tulsa, short for Fabrication Laboratory, offering both professors and students the opportunity to work directly with computer-controlled fabrication technology, including 3D printers and laser cutters used in the industry.
Fab Lab Tulsa is a non-profit community workspace in Tulsa that features a variety of computer-controlled fabrication technology, including 3D printers and laser cutters, serving numerous industries ranging from engineering to interior design.
“Working with equipment that you are learning about every day in the classroom when your questions and creativity are at their peak is a phenomenal opportunity for TCC students,” said John Gibson, provost of TCC’s Northeast campus.
Fab Lab, originally developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has expanded to more than 100 different locations on five continents. The Tulsa facility is one of the first in the Midwest region.
The agreement was specifically created to allow Kirk Elliot, assistant professor of engineering, drafting and design technology at TCC, to use the lab with his students.
“You’ve got a lot of creative people there, from studio artists to engineers that can really influence the impact of our engineering technology and drafting curriculum for the student, as well as allow them to see a concept become a three-dimensional reality in real time,” Gibson said
Source: Tulsa Business Journal Online