Ideas must not just be imagined, they must also be put into practice. The RUB Makerspace on the MARK 51°7 technology campus is being set up as a unique place for teaching and experimentation. In the former Opel administration building, students from all disciplines will soon have the opportunity to put their (start-up) ideas into practice. The 1,800 m² development space marks the change from (coal and steel) industry to a knowledge-based start-up culture.
Once completed, the RUB Makerspace will be one of the largest academic teaching and experimentation spaces in Germany. This is where innovative prototypes will be developed. This is where practice-oriented teaching formats will become a reality. This is where the boundaries between science and industry will be broken down.
The Makerspace equipment will open up almost unlimited possibilities:
- state-of-the-art metal construction and woodworking workshop
- digital and design lab for working with circuit board and sensor technology, robotics, 3D printers, laser cutters, media or textile technology
- film and photo studio including VR and AR applications
- specialist areas for surface and plastics processing, screen printing, casting technology, food, software and coding training, etc.
- project rooms for seminars and group work
- large co-working and event spaces
The services will be aimed at different target groups:
- students who would like to try out (start-up) ideas
- lecturers looking for praxis-oriented and networking opportunities
- companies interested in receiving new impulses from research
- representatives from business and politics
- in the future also all interested parties from the region
New knowledge is created through creative experimentation, interdisciplinary practice and active exchange. The RUB Makerspace will make many things possible, for example
- developing new products and prototypes
- working together in teams
- creative development and networking with like-minded people
- learning and testing new technologies in workshops
- providing and attending practical teaching formats
- experiencing inspiring events and people
The staff of the RUB Makerspace are currently hard at work developing the space, setting up the equipment and putting the devices and machines into operation. The Makerspace will be ready to open its doors by 2022 at the latest. For the latest updates, see the MakerWiki.