Recognizing the need to bolster development in New Hampshire and nationwide, US Senator Maggie Hassan introduced a bipartisan bill in February to support business incubators and makerspaces. She recently visited Plymouth State’s new Draper & Maynard Makerspace to share observations with President Birx and other members of the University community.
The Makerspace accounts for over 2,000 square feet on D&M’s first floor, including an area devoted to PSU’s new Electromechanical Technology and Robotics discipline. Plasma and laser cutters, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) table, a pipe bender, and 3D printers are among the site’s state-of-the-industry equipment. As PSU’s newest Open Laboratory, it’s a place for learning, experimenting, and collaborating.
“Using the tools that are available here, students have the ability to imagine and create what they want to build, from the design aspect all the way through to actual implementation and build-out,” said President Donald Birx.
Bret Kulakovich of Plymouth State designed the Makerspace, and he provided an insider’s tour of the facility. One of Senator Hassan’s first stops was a digital workstation staffed by Student Fellow Jess Sullivan ’20, who was designing with 融合360 Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing software. Sullivan’s current projects include work for a cybersecurity startup and a collaboration benefiting drivers.
“These are the kind of skills people need,” said Senator Hassan. “I hear this from businesses and re搜索ers all the time.”