The Future of Making Things Workshop


Get hands on experience with Autodesk Fusion 360, the next-generation 3D CAD/CAM cloud-based tool 

Tomorrows Engineers, Artists, and Makers will be designing self-driving cars, personalized wearables, and connected devices for the Internet of Things.  Making these future things requires modern tools that leverage new practices such as 3D printing, cloud computing, and digital simulation.  Tomorrow’s tools are being developed today, and this workshop will put them in your hands!

Prepare to make your mark when you graduate and join us for hands-on training on Autodesk® Fusion 360TM software from an Autodesk product specialist.


When: Wednesday, April 8th @ 5p.m.

Where: UMass Lowell – Olsen Hall, Room 102

RSVP: Google Form (Takes ~1 minute)  – Please respond here so that we can have enough pizza

Prior to Attending: Please install and log into Autodesk Fusion 360 on your Mac or PC prior to the event.

At event: Bring your laptop, power cord, external mouse, and creativity!

About Autodesk:

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Students, educators and academic institutions have free* access to all Autodesk software including Fusion 360.  Go to for more information.

Presenter: Mike Alcazaren, Application Engineer

Mike is a graduate of University at Buffalo (ME, AE ’12).  As an engineering professional, Mike has experience developing mechanical designs for department of defense applications with Raytheon.  Mike is also on the Engineers for a Sustainable World National Team, as Chapter Relations Director.  Mike is passionate about getting the latest technology into the hands of design & engineering students to help build their technical skillset and build a career solving today’s most challenging problems


Apply to the EforAll Pitch Contest & Accelerator!


Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) has two exciting opportunities coming up that will help you take your business or non-profit to the next level! In the past, many DM students have taken part in their FREE programs and have had a great experience. You can apply to both.

All Ideas Pitch Contest | One-day event to pitch your business or non-profit.

  • Win thousands of dollars in cash prizes
  • Get feedback on your idea from industry pros
  • Network with potential investors
  • Deadline to Apply: April 2 @ midnight

More information here.

Summer Accelerator | Twelve-week program to help you take your business or non-profit to the next level.

  • Win $30K in cash prizes
  • Receive personal mentors
  • Take part in workshops from industry experts
  • Get nine months of additional support after the program ends
  • Deadline to Apply: April 30 @ midnight

More information here.

Questions? Email Emil Kuruvilla at


Congratulations to the 2015 Idea Challenge Semifinalists!

Congratulations to the 2015 Idea Challenge Semi-finalists!

  • Solar Electric Vehicles
  • Affordable Dentures through Additive Manufacturing
  • Merrimack Walkway Project
  • NetLane
  • Pneumatic Tick Remover
  • Hydraulic Walker
  • IV Site Savers
  • KEnDERS Athletic Body Armor
  • Mayday
  • Integrative Health and Fitness Online Services Platform
  • Word Builder
  • Love of the Game
  • TargetSensor
  • Homework Center to Help Students in Low-Income Communities
  • Early Birds
  • Buster Cast
  • Kinect Ninja Physical Therapy
  • Know your Narcan
  • Everybody’s Everything Project
  • Indoor Gardening Hydroponic System
  • Buddy Project
  • Incubator Initiative
  • 33a
  • Clinomax
  • Space Guard

The next step is for the semi-finalists to pitch at the Preliminary Pitch off on April 3rd in the Saab ETIC building on North Campus from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The finalists that move on from this event will continue on to pitch their ventures at the Idea Challenge on April 15th in University Crossing from 3:00 to 6:30pm. Good luck all!

We look forward to seeing all DifferenceMaker Teams, even those who aren’t semi-finalists, at our last workshop of the year tonight. The topic is Rocket Pitch Presentations to help teams learn how to pitch their ideas. It will take place in Alumni Hall from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. All are welcome!