While in Atlanta a few weeks ago for the third annual Atlanta Mini Maker Faire, I had the opportunity to return to the Invention Studio, a student-run makerspace where I spent a few years honing my skills and meeting other makers. The Studio is a five-room space full of tools, parts, and students working on academic or personal projects. The space and the 60+ students who run it are providing a service to the school that’s invaluable – the ability to create and learn how to work with your hands.
While I was there, I talked to a lot of current students about their projects and snapped some photos of the space:
I’m welcomed by a glowing, color-changing entry into one of the five rooms.
A well-stocked electronics bench with some new Hakko tools.
Dan Hammer’s combat robot, aptly named “The Hammer”.
Two Dimension machines stand outside the doors.
One thing that there isn’t a shortage of in the Studio are 3d printers. Here’s a Type A Machine Series 1.
All three Replicator 2s are named after Star Wars creatures.
The Afinia is encased in a warm, comfy plastic home.
Lots of filament.
Chad Ramey shows off his Spartan helmet, which was 3d printed and assembled together.
Chad even added a few LEDs on each side, and plans to install a cooling fan inside for Con-going.
Chad’s also working on a cart, inspired by Charles Guan’s [Chibikart](http://www.instructables.com/id/Chibikart-Rapid-Prototyping-a-Subminiature-Electr/).
Laser Master Billy Allen created this handy guide for choosing a good etching power and speed in acrylic.
Billy cuts gearboxes out of acrylic. He uses 1.5mm 3d printer filament as shafts!
I hope I can afford tool drawers and organizers as gorgeous as these one day.
A senior design project in the works, designed the create foam cutouts for tools, similar to the prior photos.
With the [Atlanta Mini Maker Faire](http://makerfaireatl.com/) right around the corner, the Studio was full of lasercut Maker badges.
The machine I miss most — the WaterJet. This beast can cut through inches of steel, foamcore, and everything in between.
This is what your scrap area looks like when you own a WaterJet.
A brand, shiny new CNC Lathe.
A small, student-built quadcopter.
There definitely isn’t a shortage of tools here. A student-built air system adorns the wall.
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