The following article, Cabrillo Fab Lab: Building Ideas by Payson McNett, Cabrillo College, Adjunct Faculty, Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat, was originally published in Santa Cruz Tech Beat on April 13, 2017.
(Photo Above: Santa Cruz Tech Beat and Cabrillo College Fab Lab. A scene from the Cabrillo College Fab Lab. The lab is equipped with state of the art technology to assist students with learning skills for 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting and engraving, vinyl cutting, and CNC router capabilities. Contributed.)
Cabrillo College is participating in the CCC Maker initiative and contributing to the statewide Community College makerspace Community of Practice.
The article begins:
“How the Cabrillo Fab Lab came to be
Payson McNett, adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College. (Contributed)
When I attended Cabrillo College, I was one of many students who thrived in the art department as a result of the nurturing environment and quality instruction I received in classical techniques. I was a student at two universities and several community colleges in my 11 year pursuit of an MFA degree, and Cabrillo’s fine arts faculty are some of the most talented instructors I have had. They were able to demonstrate their commitment to the community by offering quality art instruction – while working in sub-par studio classrooms.
I returned to Cabrillo in 2014 to interview for an adjunct instructor position in the ceramics department. The facilities at the Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts (VAPA) complex were new to me and so was Dr. John Graulty, the Dean of VAPA. During my interview, I demonstrated a technique to apply texture to clay using a laser-cut stencil. This small portion of my presentation sparked Dr. Graulty’s and other committee members’ interest and opened up a new and exciting direction for the Cabrillo Studio Arts Department: digital fabrication.”