AS THE END OF THE YEAR

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

is near­ing I wanted to ex­plain the new engi­neer­ing fa­cil­i­ties cre­ated this year dur­ing the engi­neer­ing build­ing ren­o­va­tions. The engi­neer­ing depart­ment is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a four-year project to re­build the ma­jor­ity of the engi­neer­ing build­ing. Un­for­tu­nately for me, my study co­in­cides with this ren­o­va­tion so I will not get to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits from this project. How­ever, the al­ter­na­tive learn­ing spa­ces set up dur­ing this pe­riod have been great in my opinion. One main is­sue as a re­sult of the ren­o­va­tions was re­lo­cat­ing lab equip­ment and pro­vid­ing a space where all engi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines can have their labs. In re­sponse to this the Multi-Dis­ci­plinary Learn­ing Spa­ces ( MDLS) were set up right next to the engi­neer­ing build­ing. These spa­ces are ideal as they cover a range of dis­ci­plines and can be used for a range of pur­poses, e.g. f luid dy­nam­ics labs. A new fa­cil­ity that has re­cently opened in the engi­neer­ing build­ing is the Un­leash Space. This space has ma­te­ri­als, equip­ment, and sup­port avail­able for free to all Univer­sity of Auck­land stu­dents and staff. This space pro­vides equip­ment such as sewing ma­chines and tools to more tech­no­log­i­cal equip­ment such as 3D print­ers and laser cut­ters. It also pro­vides all ma­te­ri­als to use with these ma­chines, e.g. woods, plas­tics and craft sup­plies and work­shops in or­der to learn how to use the spe­cialised equip­ment. I have not yet made use of this fa­cil­ity but it is an amaz­ing space to have avail­able as it allows peo­ple to ex­per­i­ment, in­vent and work on per­sonal projects with­out any re­stric­tion.

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