Date posted: Sep 27, 2022
Boston College students walking to classes can see through the modern glass walls of 245 Beacon to the array of wooden work surfaces, sleek machinery, and drawers upon drawers of tools of the Hatchery: Boston College’s new makerspace.
The Hatchery kicked off the semester with a week full of training sessions starting on Aug. 29. After students complete an online orientation and safety module, they can schedule trainings on specific machines or reserve time slots when they can work independently with a machine.
“It’s an outlet for students to turn their ideas into reality in a way that BC previously hasn’t really offered to this level,” said Madison Dunaway, the manager of design and innovation at BC and director of the Hatchery.
A team of student employees leads the individualized training sessions on the space’s equipment, including eight sewing machines, a vinyl cutter and a heat press, and a laser cutter. The space is also home to a digital embroidery machine, 3D printers, and wood-working equipment.
The Hatchery is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays.