UNLV students looking to add some technological pop to their studies now have access to 3D printers, laser-cutters and video and audio production equipment as part of a new “Makerspace” at Lied Library.
A $1.8 million renovation turned 3,500 square feet of old offices and storage areas into separate studio pods for different kinds of projects. On one side, the Makerspace offers students and staff access to machinery like seven 3D printers, a laser cutter and a traditional sewing machine, all of which are available for free use after they complete a mandatory orientation.
Across the hall, soundproofed video and audio recording pods are aimed at students looking to develop podcasts or record videos for their classes.
Associate Dean of Libraries Pat Hawthorne said the space is the culmination of three years of planning and design, modeled after other academic libraries that…