Converted shipping containers have been used for all kinds of purposes lately, from pop-up urban microfarms in London, England to a mobile prototyping lab in North Carolina. The BetaBox is a portable makerspace available for rent and decked out with 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners and other design equipment on the cutting edge. The self-contained hubs are specifically designed to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship on college campuses, including one at Duke University.
From Betaversity, a custom prototyping lab can host classes, community outreach projects, conferences and similar events. The creative community-cultivating shipping container rentals also include Betaversity expert services. These experts can help students with creative work as well as teach workshops.
As Springwise points out, because the tools are kept in one place, students won't lose time or momentum searching for equipment or reserving lab time.
The Shipping Containers for Rent Provide a Portable Prototyping Lab
Alyson Wyers — March 4, 2015 — Social Good
References: betaversity & springwise