“LCCC now has a one-stop shop for our community to come with their ideas and to invent, play and be creative with all kinds of tools and materials,” Joan Perch, program and outreach coordinator for the Campana Center, said. “The Campana Center is the perfect place for anyone to be creative and to explore digital fabrication technology that can bring their ideas, art or inventions to life.”

Lorain County Community College’s new Patsie C. and Delores Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention ultimately gives the community a place and the tools to bring their ideas and inventions to life. 

Kids, small businesses, local manufacturers, artists, inventors, college students and educators can all use LCCC’s makerspace. With cutting-edge digital and additive manufacturing labs, interactive collaborative space and hands-on education programs, all makers and inventors can thrive. STEAM (science, math, technology, arts and math) and maker programs combine with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, bringing everyone the opportunity to engage with 21st century tools and skills. 

In general, makerspaces are creative, hands-on spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. The makerspace movement brings people together in a community setting where they work side-by-side and learn from each other, as well as from professionals and educators. The collaborative space allows makers to connect while creating their inventions using electronics, woodworking, metal working or traditional arts and crafts materials.   

A fab lab is a type of digital makerspace, a collection of commercial machines that can be used to make just about anything with features bigger than those of a computer chip. Users can conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test with tools including hand tools, laser cutting, 3D printing or vinyl cutting. LCCC’s Fab Lab is both, with a “messy fab” area for woodworking using both hand tools and CNC machinery.

Last month, the college also rolled out the Fab Lab Cab, a makerspace on wheels, for use at libraries, meetings, civic groups, clubs or wherever needed. The equipment in the cab includes a MakerGear 3D printer, Epilog Laser Cutter, Roland Vinyl Cutter and a ShopBot CNC Mill.

In the production development labs, available to entrepreneurs, business and industry, the latest automated commercial grade tools are available for additive and advanced manufacturing including a CNC vertical machine center, water jet cutting, robotic welding and small batch manufacturing.

Many STEAM and maker programs will be offered year-round. Some of the programs offered in the past by LCCC’s College for Kids have included those in Raspberry Pi, CAD, computer gaming, web design and HTML web design. Young Women and Young Men in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math summer camps are also part of the program, and last summer, LCCC launched two new STEAM Makers camps: Rosie’s Girls and the Summer STEAM Academy.

The Fab Lab entrance is located inside the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention in room 160. 

Community members are invited to take tours of the LCCC makerspace and also to use the Fab Lab.
For more information, call (440) 366-7866 or email Joan Perch at jperch@lorainccc.edu.