MIT already has a lot of great makerspace (something like 130,000 square feet!), including for 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting and other high-tech toys. They also have the classic machine-shop tools, and even a ceramics lab, glassblowing facilities, and an open foundry. But not all labs are open to all students. Many are restricted to certain majors, and many others are quite specialized or purpose-built.
So MIT is leveling the playing field. Starting in fall 2016, every MIT freshman will get an open invitation to the new Project Manus makerspace: the MakerLodge. “These programs are designed to welcome and empower the next generation of inventors and innovators,” says Martin Culpepper, MIT’s “Maker Czar.”