Gillette College added to the growing number of maker spaces when it opened the Center for Innovation and Fabrication, also known as Area 59, in 2018. Area 59 serves Gillette College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students and the community at large.
The sky’s the limit at Area 59
Area 59 is Wyoming’s largest maker space. The facility includes a traditional wood shop with several CNC routers, which allows 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 houses a five by eight foot plasma cutter.
The building offers 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
Gillette College also utilizes Area 59 to host camps for K-12 students to explore STEM fields in a creative setting. Gillette College students and local entrepreneurs are able to test out innovative ideas without the financial risk of purchasing their own equipment. Area 59 is a place where anyone and everyone can come in with an idea and leave with a finished product.