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.
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What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a workshop where you can collaborate with students, faculty, and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career.

The makerspace encourages learning outside the classroom and provides state-of-the-art equipment, tools, and raw materials to support that innovation.

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 and utilize a gunsmithing lathe, a drill press, or a vertical milling machine to complete your project idea. The makerspace also has a gas welder and cutting equipment.

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.

The Space

Gilmour Tinkertorium

The Gilmour Tinkertorium contains equipment and resources such as computers with appropriate 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

The Logue Fabritorium covers operations that typically involve cutting wood, metal, and plastics, as well as welding and joining processes. Dirty space operations involve processes that may create dust, wood, or metal particles.

Equipment

High Tech Fabrication

  • MakerBot 3D printer
  • MakerGear 3D printer
  • Laser cutter/engraver
  • 3D scanner
  • Vinyl cutter
  • CNC router
  • Bernina 530 sewing machine
  • Bernina L460 overlocker/surger
  • Brother heavy duty overlocker/surger
  • Heavy duty sewing machine
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi breadboarding

Tools and Equipment

  • Sawstop table saw, band saw, compound miter saw
  • Drill Press
  • Combination belt/disc sander
  • Pedestal grinder
  • Dewalt table router and scroll saw
  • Metal gunsmithing lathe
  • Delta bench grinder
  • Gas welder and cutting equipment
  • Drill press
  • Power and hand tools
  • Electronics gear and soldering workstations
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

Associate Vice President for Instruction

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

News
11.12.2019

Gallery artist-in-residence bridges tradition, technology during workshops

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09.05.2019

Makerspace marks anniversary with forward-looking event

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06.24.2019

From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College ...

06.18.2019

Former provost, ‘Master Teacher,’ innovator dies

Veronica M. Muzic, whose dedicated service as a faculty member and administrator is tightly woven through 50 years of college ...

05.03.2019

Students’ industrial design projects exude creativity

The industrial design major at Pennsylvania College of Technology is intended to elicit students’ creative potential. For three ...

03.22.2019

Turning imagination into impactful reality

“I’m so impressed with what good makers you are!” Sophia Brueckner said at the start of her Technology & Society Colloquia ...

08.23.2018

Crowd Delighted by Boundless Makerspace Possibilities

Wednesday evening’s open house at The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College met with an overwhelming turnout, ...

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.