Space Captains

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What is a Maker Space?

A Maker Space fosters creativity, innovation and design. It’s a workspace where students can be more hands on and where 'anyone can make anything'.

The Blaster Design Factory at Mines welcomes all students, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors with no barriers to entry, even if you've never made something before. This space is operated by the student organization Maker Society with support from TA's and Space Captains. 

Who Are the Space Captains?

Space Captains are the core student workers of Mines’ Maker Spaces. They provide access to and instruction for using many of the makerspace tools and resources, including:

  • 3D printers
  • laser cutters
  • Glowforge
  • heat press
  • soldering
  • resin printing
  • SolidWorks
  • sewing, knitting, quilting and embroidery
  • car repair
  • and so much more!

They also provide insights for project ideation and direction and serve as a campus-wide informational resource.

“The Mines Space Captain program runs and maintains 14 3D printers in the Blaster Design Factory Maker Space which are used by hundreds of Mines students each year. Space Captains are an essential campus resource to help students prototype components for class, club, personal, and entrepreneurial projects.”

– Dr. Jeff Ackerman, Mechanical Engineering

Your Support

Your gifts will help expand the financial support for our Space Captains. Thank you for enhancing their work, encouraging a campus-wide innovation mindset and helping anyone make anything!



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