If you’ve been dreaming about that day when you could put your hands on the technologies you’ve seen in sci-fi movies, the future has arrived. The Create Space maker lab at Butte College might not have the jet packs we were promised (yet!), but it is filled with all manner of high-tech tools and toys that are just waiting to be used. “Basically, I tried to get it to the point where anyone who comes in here, if they have an idea to do something, we have the equipment to do it,” Manager Daniel Donnelly said during a recent tour. As he walked the CN&R through the colorful, open, high-ceilinged room (plus adjacent enclosed outdoor area) in the main campus’ ARTS building, he showed off the Create Space’s dizzying array of gear. There are three kinds of lasers for engraving/cutting wood, glass, leather, etc.; a handful of CNC (computer numerical control) routers that can cut preprogrammed designs out of wood (guitars, table tops, sculptures, etc.); a Formech vacuum-former for making molds; a virtual-reality holodeck (with a couple dozen Oculus headsets to play with); and multiple 3-D printers, one of which was finishing up a three-day job of carving a replica of a massive gold nu...