New digital fabrication center at USM available to students, public

New digital fabrication center at USM available to students, public

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A former book store at The Hub at the University of Southern Mississippi has been turned into a digital maker space that is available for both student and public use.

The Eagle Maker Hub is the first of its kind at any university in the state.

Digital fabrication tools at the facility will allow users to make many kinds of products. Some items already produced there include a 3D print-enhanced fiber optic wedding dress, a wheelchair for dogs, prosthetic hands and different types of robots.

“We have 3D printers, we have a laser cutter, we have a large format printer, we have vinyl cutters, we have wood cutters," said Anna Wan, assistant professor of secondary mathematics and founder and director of the Eagle Maker Hub. ”We’re open to the public because we have cool technology that the public can come in and use as well."

A grand opening is set for late January.

To learn more, go online to eaglemakerhub.org.

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