TUTLab, a heaven for wild ideas, opens next weekTUT’s brand-new TUTLab will provide the facilities for anything tech students may need for executing their ideas. The lab sports state-of-the-art equipment and software for planning and executing digital manufacture. The new learning environment will be open to the whole campus community.
TUTLab will feature 3D printers and scanners, CNC routers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, an embroidery machine, electronics desktops and various hand tools. Students are free to use the space free of charge for their student work and leisure projects, for example. Employees can make use of TUTLab both for teaching and research purposes. The opening event will take place right after TUT’s Opening of the academic year ceremony on 7 September.
“TUTLab is a place where your imagination basically sets the only limits. Users can hone their skills through trial-and-learn and joint problem solving. The skills students learn will also help them when seeking employment,” Project Manager Jussi Viljanen from TUT says.
TUTLab is located in the Sähkötalo building and it consists of two sections: the ProLab workshop for made-to-order work and FabLab, which is open to all. FabLab is TUT’s own tailored version of the renowned global FabLab concept. The global network currently includes approximately 600 FabLabs.
“The idea is to encourage digital manufacture, trying out craftsmanship and learning through different techniques. I think it’s great that we at TUT are now part of such an international team,” Viljanen notes.
Opens to the public in autumn
In addition to TUT’s students and staff, TUTLab will open to the general public and companies. Various workshops will be organised and the equipment will be made available to different user groups for the mere material expenses. Companies can use TUTLab for product development or workplace health promotion days, for example, or harness student ideas and competence into use through course work and theses.
“We can tailor events and services to meet the users’ specific needs. For companies, the services will be subject to a fee.”