The new Gregory School fabrication lab opened in August after a period of renovation over the summer. Called the “Fab Lab,” the space is the first in Arizona based on the MIT Fab Lab Network.

It houses cutting-edge machines like 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, and a laser cutter on campus along with several new educational programs.

With these machines, students can ‘print’ various shapes, experience the design process, and learn valuable STEM skills. Last year, TGS physics teacher Dennis Conner proposed the idea to transform his physics room into a space for innovation to Head of School Dr. Julie Sherrill.

New 3-D printers in the Fab Lab. Photo courtesy of Sam Groskind.

New 3-D printers in the Fab Lab. Photo courtesy of Sam Groskind.

The school secured a $75,000 anonymous donation to fund the construction and setup for the new space. Sherrill said that “there were very specific protocols for the types of equipment that needed to be in the space,” since the school wanted to be a part of the MIT Fab Lab network.