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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.

Duke's first arts-focused lab

The Badger-Mars Visual Arts Wing at the Ruby is designed for hands-on art making, no matter how messy. It features a makerspace on the first floor operated by Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab with fifteen 15 Ultimaker 3 3D printers, a Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter, a panel saw, and hand tools. By rolling up a large garage door, this art-focused workshop can transform the Ruby’s courtyard into a workyard. Duke students, faculty, and staff can access the makerspace anytime, and the lab will be staffed 2–8pm Sundays through Fridays. To learn how to access Duke’s 3D printers, visit the Co-Lab Studio website and scoll down to “Cloud Service Printing.”

Next to the makerspace is one of the building’s six multipurpose studios—a highly flexible space outfitted with a theater-style lighting grid that can host installations, performances, or student-group rehearsals.

Makerspace: 134

Multipurpose (General): 131

view of a large workspace with long tables, an open garage door, and bank of 3D printers on the far wall
Innovation Co-Lab and Duke OIT staff work on setting up the makerspace on Jan 9. Photo by Katy Clune.
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“I get excited when I see something sitting out there and I don’t know what it is,” Bobbert said. “Maybe it’s nothing. But maybe that’s a potential solution to one of the problems that are out there.” Read more on Duke Today.

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