The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College

Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Collaborate with others. Bring your ideas to light. Tomorrow is in the making.

Carl Building Technologies Center, Rm. 104

The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College
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What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a workshop where you can collaborate with classmates or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career. Most of all, it's a place where you can work on fun projects outside of class. 

 

Create

Computers, CAD software, and a projection display system offer endless opportunities to create whatever you can imagine. A 3D printer, sewing machines, and a vinyl cutter bring them to life.

Connect

Arduino and Raspberry Pi breadboarding materials let you tinker with electronic components and interact with, control, and monitor devices. Learn about embedded systems and make cool projects.

Build

Woodworking equipment including a belt sander, miter saw, and table router, to name a few, prepare wood for use in furniture, shelves, or other projects. Engrave your creation with a CNC router.

Explore

Discover the world of metal. Learn how to use a mill or lathe to shape it and how to fabricate with it using welding and plasma cutting.

Share

The collaborative culture in the makerspace entices you to share ideas, learn a new skill, or teach one to someone else. Gain real-world experience in the process.

Why I Support Penn College

Our People

"The students of Penn College have amazing clarity at a very young age. They come to hone their skills in dozens of majors across a dizzying number of fields. We hope the makerspace will forever add tremendous value to their futures."

Marshall Welch

Entrepreneurship Educator, Independent Director and Investor

Our People

"I’ve always been a tinkerer, and I’m lucky to have the resources to be able to share that passion with others. As an alum it is so important to share your own life experiences with students. The Makerspace creates a synergy within the learning community allowing student to student interaction, exploration, and collaboration. Having a place to go to experiment, to prove a concept or even fail in an effort, can be a priceless experience for students before moving into a hands-on career field."

Fred Gilmour ’66, ’72

Owner at GilmourArts

Our People

"My parents were tinkerers, fabricators and artists. We were fortunate to grow up in a house where innovation was encouraged with wood and metal working tools, sewing machines and parents who taught us how to use them. When Penn College approached me about this project, I was on board right away because it is important that young adults have an opportunity to learn these life skills."

Herman Logue

Real Estate Developer and Senior Construction Executive

The Space

Gilmour Tinkertorium

Gilmour Tinkertorium

The Gilmour Tinkertorium contains equipment and resources such as computers with design and creation software, a projection display system, 3D printers, electronic components and instruments, microcontrollers, vinyl cutters, and small hand and power tools for light assembly projects.

Logue Fabritorium

Logue Fabritorium

This space is reserved for cutting wood and fabricating metal. Due to the nature of the work, personal protective equipment including safety glasses, hearing protection, and dust masks are required.

Equipment

Wood & Metal

  • Scroll saw: Cuts fine, intricate details in thin wood
  • Wood lathe: Shapes wood via turning
  • Router: Carves edging and channeling in wood
  • CNC router: Carves digitally-created designs in wood
  • Bandsaw: Cuts curves in wood
  • Jointer: Cleans and flattens edges of wood
  • Chop saw: Cuts wood to length
  • Spindle sander: Sands curved edges
  • Belt/Disc sander: Sands flat edges
  • Table saw: Cuts straight lines in wood
  • Planer: Reduces thickness of wood
  • Wood drill press: Drills wood
  • Metal lathe: Shapes metal via turning
  • Metal mill: Shapes metal via milling
  • Metal bandsaw: Cuts metal
  • Metal drill press: Drills metal
  • Tool sharpening: Sharpens/hones edge tools
  • MIG welding: Joins pieces of metal together
  • TIG welding: Joins pieces of metal together
  • Metal grinding: Removes metal and smooths surfaces
  • CNC Plasma cutting: Cuts sheet metal via computer controls

Paint, Cut, Sew & More

  • Sewing machine: Fabricates items out of cloth
  • Serger: Uses overlock stitch to finish seam edges and sew knit fabrics
  • Embroidery machine: Sews digitally-created designs onto fabric
  • 3D printers: Fabricates 3-dimensional objects in plastic
  • Sublimation printer and heat presses: Transfers full-color images onto mugs or flat objects
  • Design computers: Software for design and creation on equipment in the makerspace
  • Vinyl cutting: Cuts vinyl stickers, paper, and similar materials
  • Laser cutters: Engraves and/or cuts images into a variety of materials
  • Sandblaster: Uses abrasive sand to remove paint, rust, etc.
  • Spray booth: Vents fumes from aerosol spray painting
Our People

"Makerspaces are an innovative means of supplying students with the resources, training and facilities to invent, experiment, and produce unique products for either practical or aesthetic value. The space provides the means of implementing creative processes for both academic projects and personal inspiration."

Tom F. Gregory

Retired Assistant Dean of Construction & Architectural Technologies

Our People

"With the many students from various majors that will use this makerspace, it is hoped that they take the opportunity to collaborate with others. To create. To explore. To learn about the tools that they may otherwise never have been able to have access to. To try another way of doing something. To invent, and maybe even patent something new! And, as a result, Penn College, the community, and the world will all benefit … from this amazing collaborative effort."

Rob Wozniak

Associate Professor of Architectural Technology

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Need help with something? Just ask!

Need help with something? Just ask!

The staff can teach you how to work with the tools and assist you with projects. Master tool safety, then use them any time the workshop is open. Weekly trainings and demonstrations explore projects from casting to prototyping, cosplay to 3D printing.

Access and Hours

The Dr. Welch Workshop, located in Carl Building Technologies Center, Room 104, is free to Penn College students, faculty, and staff. Check the MyPCT portal for hours and the demonstration schedule.