Pittsburgh Business Times
March 7, 2018
by Stacey Federoff

The University of Pittsburgh will open an innovation lab and makerspace in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood.

The Manufacturing Assistance Center Makerspace, located at 7800 Susquehanna St., will feature small business development courses and will be equipped with a laser, 3-D printers, woodworking and a soft textiles area, according to a news release.

A grand opening is planned for the space from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16, the release said.

“The Manufacturing Assistance Center and Makerspace are true success stories of what happens when a university invests in the community and America’s workforce,” said Dr. Bopaya Bidanda, chairman of Pitt’s Department of Industrial Engineering and professor in the Swanson School of Engineering, in a prepared statement. “These public-private partnerships are crucial for Pittsburgh’s manufacturing sector and growing tech economy.”

First begun in Harmarville in 1994, the Manufacturing Assistance Center, or MAC, relocated to the Bridgeway Capital building in Homewood last year, according to the release.

Classes at the center will be taught by staff of Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and experts in the field.