Rutgers Innovators Lead "Maker Movement"

Makers in the lab

ON THE LIVINGSTON CAMPUS of Rutgers University, tucked away off an industrial road, is an unassuming yellow wood frame building. From the outside, it looks like a Shaker house, maybe home to some administrative offices.

But on the second floor is a lab, with a state-of-the-art laser cutter that fills the entire room. Down the hall are 3-D printers, machine shop equipment, a computer lab and a room just for robotics, all open to use by students and faculty. A staff of engineers helps them bring their ideas to life — from student art projects to diagnostic equipment designed by faculty.

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