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Meet the Makers: Inventors Forge in St Louis.

20170812_145249 We had the pleasure of visiting the folks at Inventors Forge in St Louis recently.

They started the makerspace in this ex-retail space, with a growing group who is passionate about making.  Size constraints of the space did not slow them down- with a cooperative landlord, they haul the table saw out into the parking lot when they need to use it here. 20170812_145251 They have well equipped workstations for electronics, laser cutting, 3D printing and woodburning  that are obviously well used. 20170812_14525820170812_145311

 

 

 

 

 

Social Spaces are an important feature in any makerspace and they have successfully incorporated a nice discussion/snack nook into this space.

There is evidence of their quirky sense of humor and some fun found in many little details in the space.

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20170812_145343Storage is efficient, and closet space is well used at Inventors Forge.  They also added some walls in the space and created a great classroom space that easily works for 12-16 people.  They frequently do workshops and classes in this space both for members and the public. 20170812_14535020170812_14540120170812_14552620170812_155101

 

They were blessed to receive a grant from the state of Missouri that allowed them to expand and add a second space inside the local business incubator.  This grant funded equipment as well as rent in this new space.  They have focused the new space on expanding large equipment, and are still in the process of bringing some equipment online. 20170812_15512720170812_15522320170812_155226

While much of the equipment here is larger, they also have a great collection of hand power tools and have added sewing machines as well, and are hoping to expand membership interested in fabric related making. 20170812_155340

Thanks again to the folks at Inventors Forge for taking time to show us around, talking about your successes and struggles and having a great vision to continue to grow the maker community.

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Maker Events: The Art of Making Art Show

SHAK Makerspace in Kokomo recently opened an Art Show titled “The Art of Making”.  The show was hosted by IUK’s Union Street Gallery, a student managed gallery in downtown Kokomo.  The show was curated by the makerspace members and allowed members the option to mark their creations for sale to the general public.  One piece, a table crafted from a slice of a sycamore table, sold within the first 10 minutes of the show opening.

The show also featured  displays of new marketing posters jointly created by IUK design students and the makers.

The Art of Making will run through August 17.

The Gallery and SHAK have already booked dates for a second annual show in July , 2018.

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A walk through before opening.