The University Library’s new Innovation Space (I-Space), located on the library’s ground floor, is an interdisciplinary design facility available to all CSULB students, faculty and staff. Including 3D printers, laser cutters, digital scanners, and specialized software, the I-Space features advanced machines and technology that unify and expand upon the related labs currently located in various departments across campus.
3D printing – a technology which builds physical objects from digital files – is not just for designers and engineers; it can also be creatively utilized by non-STEM majors (fine arts, theater, business, and anthropology) and other STEM majors (biology, health, chemistry, physics and mathematics to name a few) to help foster the growing interest in STEAM (putting the Arts in STEM). Simply put, all academic disciplines will benefit from using the I-Space to access high-end tools that are currently integrated into many fast-paced industries and being successful adopted by entrepreneurs and leading professionals to rapidly develop new ideas. The I-Space further distinguishes CSULB as an innovation leader and provides a non-biased platform for collaboration across campus and with the professional sector.
The goal of the I-Space is to provide services that accelerate innovation by our students, faculty and staff and to enhance our students’ learning experience and their employability. The I-Space is here to help its clients make the most of their projects and to increase the efficiency and affordability of creating those projects. In addition, the staff is here to assist faculty in implementing the latest tools and technologies in their curriculum and research.
The grand opening of the I-Space is scheduled for August 23rd, 2018. More information is coming soon.