Early in 2018, Gillette College will add to the growing number of maker spaces with the opening of the Center for Innovation and Fabrication, also known as Area 59. Area 59 will serve Gillette College science, technology, engineering and math students and the community at large.
The sky’s the limit at Area 59
When it opens, Area 59 will be Wyoming’s largest maker space. The facility will include a traditional wood shop with several CNC routers, which will allow the maker to add computer aided design and production to projects; a modern machine shop with traditional mills and lathes and four CNC milling machines; and a metal working area that will house a five by eight foot plasma cutter.
The building will offer state-of-the-art equipment including:
– Two robotic arms
– Six large 3D printers
– 3D scanner
– Three laser cutters/etchers
– 20 laptop workstations equipped with AutoCAD and the Adobe Suite
– Classroom space
– Woodworking shop
– Metalsmithing shop
Hands-on-learning for students and the community
The facility will host camps for K-12 students to explore STEM fields in a creative setting. Gillette College students and local entrepreneurs will be able to test out innovative ideas without the financial risk of purchasing their own equipment. Area 59 will be a place where anyone and everyone can come in with an idea and leave with a finished product.
Jed Jensen, Dean of Technical Career Education
3207 South Highway 59,
Gillette, WY 82718