Learn to Make Electronics

If you want to get started with electronics, the Maker-E offers several ways to develop skills that can make you more competitive for technology related jobs, help you in classes, or simply work on projects for fun. To become certified on the main equipment, follow the directions on the Getting Started page.


Equipment offered in the Maker-E includes the following:

  • Espresso machine
  • Vinyl cutter
  • 3D printers
  • Soldering irons
  • PCB mill
  • Pick and place
  • Reflow oven
  • IR rework station
  • Table-top laser cutter
  • littleBits
  • Various hand tools – drills, desoldering guns, clamps, hand tools, etc.

Maker Skill Kits will help you learn the basics of technologies that can used in your own custom projects.   Each kit will walk you through all the steps of a simple project to learn the basics of using one of the technologies below.

  • Electronic Test and Measurement
  • Arduino Programming and Interfacing
  • TI LaunchPad Programming and Interfacing

Software used for making is freely available for use on the Maker-E workstations.

  • National Instrument Circuit Design Suite will allow you to put together schematic diagrams, model circuits, and then turn the circuit into printed circuit board files.
  • Altium Designer is a professional level design package for circuit layout.
  • TI Code Composer Studio is used for writing and compiling C code for embedded processors.
  • Energia is a Texas Instruments-compatible Arduino-like interface for working with TI microcontrollers.
  • Keysight BenchVue will allow you to communicate with and capture data from test and measurement equipment
  • Keysight Command Expert will provide you with full control of test and measurement equipment via the GPIB programming environment
  • SolidWorks and AutoCAD provide 2D and 3D mechanical design capabilities for prototyping on 3D printers and laser cutters
  • PTC Thingsworx is a web-based software for developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications for mobile devices.  To get access to Thingsworx please email Dr. Cheville

On a less technical note, Maker-E projectors can be used wirelessly from your computer running Windows, OS X, or your Android or iOS device.  Follow these steps to access the projectors:

  • Download the EasyMP Projection utility for Windows or OS X.  If you are using a mobile device, please check the App Store or Google Play for the Epson iProjection app.
  • After installing the utility or app, follow these instructions to connect to the projector wirelessly.

If you want to learn how to integrate a specific technology into a project check out the Technology Kits that are available to be checked out.

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