Meet the Maker: CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab

By Kristen Lomasney

The CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab is a digital fabrication lab open to both students AND the public.

One takeaway from Project Egress -- we hope -- is that you makers are not alone, and also that there are resources out there for you. The CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab, for example, is a digital fabrication lab open to both students AND the public.

Continue on for this Fab Lab's awesome contribution to our build.

Bio: Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). The CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab is a digital fabrication lab open to both students and the public. We have a variety of machines such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and vinyl cutters. The staff is more than happy to teach people who have no prior experience how to use the various machines around the lab.

PART #15-A: LEFT HAND LATCH ASSEMBLY A

About the Process: During the build, the CSU Bakersfield Fab Lab team was struck by how challenging it must have been to design and fabricate many of these parts without modern tools. Even with modern 3D modeling software and component simulation it wouldn't be a walk in the park to design the door components, and we cannot fathom designing the rest of the spacecraft. The team caught a glimpse into how monumental an undertaking it was to design and build the Apollo rocket, and we now share an even deeper respect for all the engineers involved in the Apollo program.

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