By Michael Cuevas

JRNM 151

Submitted photo A rendering of what the Nord Advanced Technologies building will look like upon completion.

Submitted photoA rendering of what the Nord Advanced Technologies building will look like upon completion.

 

The new Fab Lab and Fab Academy, which is currently under construction in the Nord Advanced Technologies Center (AT) at Lorain County Community College, should be completed in mid-December, according to Fab Lab Coordinator Scott Zitek.

Zitek, who’s been a staff member at LCCC for 25 years, said that the construction of this new lab would greatly benefit students in various ways. While the new lab is currently being constructed, students are now located in room PC 107, which is also located in the AT building.

Zitek said the new lab would be more hands-on and students would be able to accomplish more with a wider space to work in.

Another point that should bring more attention to the new Fab Lab will be more appealing compared to the old lab. It will have its own entrance, and will stand out compared to other classrooms.

“The new space is set up to be inviting,” said Zitek. The new lab will include an outdoor area for students to work on lab activities as well.

The Fab Lab also works with private companies because of their wide range of equipment, which lets students and staff create a lot of useful courses.

The Fab Lab isn’t just meant for engineering – digital fabrications, arts and crafts, and wood works are also done there as well.Some of the equipment the lab include; two laser cutters, two 3D printers, and a shopbot that allows people to conduct wood cutting for furniture among other things.