Brown University School of Engineering is renovating part of Prince Lab to house a design- or maker-space type of facility to encourage a more creative culture and an interdisciplinary approach to design. This workspace is still in the early stages of planning and the types of equipment, resources and space that it will contain are still to be determined. Nevertheless it is clear that the environment, tools and furnishings will need to support and encourage creativity, collaboration, innovation, visual and verbal communications, interdisciplinary – all while building, fabricating, prototyping and making of every kind occurs.
The goal was to determine one component of the environment that could be built in multiples – a maker-space table ideal for 3D printing modules. Research was conducted on users, context, requirements and constraints; to design the most creative, functional concept. The concepts were reviewed with the possibility of further refinement and potential use in Brown’s new facility.