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Maker Program

Turn your creative visions into a reality.

Maker Program

Generator Makerspace
Generator, 40 Sears Lane, Burlington, VT 05401
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

What is the Maker Program?

The Maker Program provides spaces to the Champlain College community where they can prototype and build whatever their mind envisions.

The Makerspaces provide students, faculty and staff access to maker tools and processes like laser engravers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and more. Art, technology, and entrepreneurship combine in highly collaborative spaces where people can utilize expertise to help turn their ideas into functioning designs.

Located on and off-campus, our makerspaces are ideal for creating prototypes and small-scale production runs.

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Where are the Makerspaces?

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    Miller Information Commons, Main Campus

    The Miller Information Commons currently houses a small Laser cutter (12″ x 24″ bed size) and a 3D printer. The Maker Program has student technicians who will print your files for you.

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    Generator Makerspace, Lakeside Campus

    Champlain College’s partnership with Generator, a local makerspace (open to the public), gives Champlain College students and employees access to a broad selection of maker tools and tech. Here, you can get more hands-on experience with tools for all levels from beginner to expert, as well as a large maker community.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Miller Information Commons Printing Services

    Submit a digital .stl or .obj model to be 3D printed or an Adobe Illustrator file to be laser cut/engraved into wood. Student technicians will print your request and objects will be available for pickup in 1-2 weeks.

    Find pricing, policies, and submit your file
  • Open Lab Hours at Generator

    Anyone from the Champlain community can sign up for an Open Lab Hours appointment at Generator to get help from a trained student employee Maker Technician in using the sewing machines, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, or laser cutters. No experience required!

    Find More Info and Sign Up
  • Group Tours/Workshops at Generator

    Faculty, staff, and student club leaders can bring an academic class or College group to Generator for a tour and/or small workshop with the laser cutters, sewing machines, vinyl cutter, or 3D printers.

    Request a Group Activity
  • Semester-Long Memberships to Generator

    Active students, staff, and faculty have access to free, semester-length Generator memberships after an initial visit to Generator, either through a group visit or open hours appointment. Members can take free training classes and will have access to the space 9am – 9pm daily. Classes in woodworking, metal working, jewelry, and electronics are also available for a fee.

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  • Student Employment Opportunities

    The Maker Program employs a number of students every semester to work as Library Services Maker Technicians or Lead Maker Technicians at Generator. Updated postings are available to current students on Handshake.

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  • Events and Updates

    The Maker Program often hosts events in collaboration with other groups/departments on campus. Keep your eye out for workshops/art days in screen printing, upcycling, and more!

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