Each week, as we get to know our community and the broader IoT movement, we’re fortunate to connect with some remarkable individuals and organizations. In our “Makerspace Profile” series, we interview makerspace founders to learn more about the maker movement around the world.
In this profile, you’ll meet Loveland CreatorSpace based in Loveland, CO.
How did Loveland CreatorSpace start?
I’d been aware of hackerspaces for a year or two, and had enjoyed a visit to Boulder’s Solid State Depot www.boulderhackerspace.com in early 2012. On hearing of the opening of Tinkermill http://www.tinkermill.org/ in Longmont in mid 2013, I made a visit, and got to talking with founder Scott Converse about how it would be great to have a space in Loveland or Fort Collins. Scott got very serious, pointed at my chest, and intoned “Then Yooou should make one!” He then suggested some startup tasks, such as forming a meetup.com group, which worked very well.
What was the initial response to Loveland CreatorSpace like?
Stronger than I expected. The initial meetings yielded a good core of folks that worked to make events and activities, while working toward getting a space open. Those initial events and activities really help to give members something to do other than “organization meetings”, while making the group more visible. We had good luck with simple, portable activities like introduction to circuit building, introduction to the Arduino, and Maker Show and Tell (bring your projects to show and pot luck food to share). Hold these events at schools, libraries, town meeting centers, whatever place will have you!
What kind of equipment and resources do you provide participants?
10+ Lulzbot 3D printers (thanks Lulzbot!), Sparkfun Inventor Kits (thanks Sparkfun!), a Tormach CNC mill, drones, robots, sewing and textile tools, electronics parts, laptops and desktops, hand and power tools, a wood shop, laser cutter, large projection screen and projector, workbenches and work tables, space to work on a large project, and we’ll quickly be expanding our metal working resources and rental spaces for startups once we move to the new 6500sqft location around Dec 1st.
What does “hacking” mean to you and your community?
I hesitate to speak for the community, but generally it’s about re-purposing something of yours of for someone else to make it do what you want.
What projects are people working on?
Building out the new space for move in! Building walls, pulling cable, etc. Members also contribute to the E-Nable http://enablingthefuture.org/ childrens’ 3D printed prosthetic hand donation program, and we have a great group of members and parents running a kids STEAM program based on the national www.curiosityhacked.org platform. At the recent local Mini Maker Faire, our project to hook a MakeyMakey up to cookie sheets on a board to function as a D-pad to operate Minecraft was a hit.
What are your future plans?
Growing the membership base by growing the resources available in the space for young makers, entrepreneurs, and hackers/tinkerers. We also support STEAM programs in the community.