The Digital Media Commons successfully hosted an open house recently to show off its newly minted Gaming Lab and 3D printing service. The event was well-attended by university faculty, staff, and students, as well as University Libraries Friends. Attendees toured the space and watched demonstrations of the Markerbot Replicator 2X in action. The event was organized by Beth Filar Williams, Interim Head of the DMC, along with the DMC staff; with added support from Professor Greg Grieve, of the Religious Studies Department; Brown Biggers, Libraries’ Makerspace Team Leader; and Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital ACT Studio.
The DMC Gaming Lab was made possible through the generous support of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies, and the University Libraries. Professor Grieve will use the DMC Gaming Lab to teach three courses on religion and video games (HSS206, REL207, and RCO223) this semester. During non-instruction hours, the Gaming Lab the will be open to faculty, staff, and students with a valid UNCG Spartan card Mon-Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The Gaming Lab has four Xbox gaming consoles available for reservation. Patrons may also check out a limited number of games and game controllers at the DMC service desk.
The Makerbot Replicator 2X 3D printer is the first stage of UNCG Libraries’ entry into the Makerspace movement. The Replicator can print models in one or two colors, using spools of durable ABS plastic. During the printing process, ABS plastic filament is extruded through a nozzle onto a heated surface to build up a solid object layer by layer. Patrons interested in learning more about the 3D printer or submitting a design of their own to be printed can find more information at the UNCG Libraries Makerspace webpage: http://uncg.libguides.com/makerspace and more about the DMC can be found on the website: http://library.uncg.edu/spaces/dmc/
Posted on behalf of Armondo Collins of the DMC