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After a Frenetic Summer of Construction, the New Makerspace at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Fine Arts Library (FAL)-The Foundry-Opened to Great Fanfare (Literally) on 7 September 2016

Academic journal article Notes

After a Frenetic Summer of Construction, the New Makerspace at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Fine Arts Library (FAL)-The Foundry-Opened to Great Fanfare (Literally) on 7 September 2016

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After a frenetic summer of construction, the new makerspace at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Fine Arts Library (FAL)--The Foundry--opened to great fanfare (literally) on 7 September 2016. More than 300 attendees were welcomed to the renovated area on the main floor of FAL with a flourish of horns by the FivE Euphonium Quartet, as well as performances by Butler School of Music students and director Jerry Junkin, and remarks by Vice Provost Lorraine Haricombe, College of Fine Arts dean Douglas Dempster, and Provost Maurie McInnis.

Fine Arts Library staff and students provided demonstrations of the new tools and technology that inhabit the space, and the centerpiece video wall projected examples of creative work produced by art and design students from across campus. Guests had the opportunity to see the 3-D printers, a carver, sewing and embroidery machines, and to the delight of onlookers, MFA student Jon Haas provided a hologram projection onto a large model of the UT Tower.

Other machines available to students include a laser cutter, a vinyl printer/cutter, a 3-D mill, a 3-D scanner, and six very high-end MacPro computers loaded with game-creation software and other programs. …

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