The Makerspace celebrates its birthday

May 26, 2023

On 24 May 2022, the Makerspace opened on the Vaihingen campus and has since offered a place for creativity and inspiration.

Colourful balloons decorate the area in front of the Makerspace and arouse curiosity about what there is to discover inside. Tables with materials and exhibits invite visitors to get creative and, for example, build plastic bodies or admire the works from the 3D printers and the embroidery machine. If desired, Sannah König, head of the Makerspaces, or her staff will also give you a short tour and introduce you to the available equipment. The whole room is bright, colourful and bursting with creativity. A large timetable with instructions on the different machines hangs on the wall. This goes down well with students; more than 2,000 instructions were given in one year and the average time spent in the Makerspace is over two hours. This is probably also due to the fact that there are always competent staff on site who are happy to answer any questions about machines and give tips on how to realise projects.

Another highlight awaits in front of the Makerspace. Dr.-Ing. Nguyen-Truong Le from the Fraunhofer IAO presents the ZeroLab, a mobile Makerspace that can be borrowed by students for student research projects and theses or by companies. A self-propelled bicycle trailer can be loaded with boxes containing equipment needed for the project at hand. The boxes in this creative laboratory then contain, for example, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics kits or metaplan walls. An integrated work surface, a whiteboard and stable 5G internet enable mobile working, indoors as well as outdoors. Through this new mobile and portable form, the innovation effort can be reduced to a minimum, the focus is on doing. If you have any questions about the ZeroLab, Dr.-Ing. Nguyen-Truong Le will be happy to help.

The Makerspace invites you to get creative from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to students of all disciplines and university staff.


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Melanie Minderjahn


Career Service - Inner Development, Public Relations

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