A Visit to the MakerSpace

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The Duluth MakerSpace's business cards are wooden and made with the onsite laser cutter.

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Duluth MakerSpace recently. This former warehouse, located at 3001 W. Superior St., is a space for dreaming big. It’s been a labor of love for the small but dedicated group that has put their own time, money, and enthusiasm into getting this project off the ground. When we stopped by to chat with founders Joe and Miranda, Joe was busy making  an OPEN sign from programmable LED lights, while Miranda was working on resuscitating a laptop computer that needed some serious maker TLC. They were both gearing up for a big Open Make Night event.

We had two big questions for Lincoln Park’s new community workshop, which has offered classes on the Arduino open-source electronics platform, making rubber stamps with a laser cutter, the basics of hand woodworking, and more since they opened up.

Why Lincoln Park? What led you to locate your space in this neighborhood?

Miranda says, “It’s an industrial area already, so we won’t have to worry about making noise! There are lots of areas for R/C planes and quadcopters, too, which is always fun.”

Joe adds that with the local craft businesses and restaurants already here, and the neighborhood’s closeness to downtown, it’s a good fit. The MakerSpace group is excited to be part of Lincoln Park’s renaissance. “If the neighborhood improves, we improve,” he says.

So you have some nifty things to offer the community. What do you need from the community?

“Don’t be scared of this place!” Joe says. “We want science and tech to be awesome, not intimidating.” For the MakerSpace to be a sustainable community asset, people need to get involved. The more members, and the more diversity of experience they bring to the table, the more great things they can make. (A woodworker and a metalworker combined have more possible projects than either does separately.) Memberships are currently available through the winter for $25/month per adult, $35 for couples. This rate is subject to change as more amenities are opened up. As well, there are classes available to both members and nonmembers–the price varies depending on class. If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need to be accompanied by an adult. To see their class schedule, click here or check out the Our Lincoln Park calendar, where MakerSpace classes will be listed. There are also volunteer opportunities available at the MakerSpace–but finding members is a top priority.

“When you get more members,” says Joe, “cooler stuff gets done.”

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys fiddling with things to see how they work, if you think taking things apart and putting them back together is fun, and if the words DIY get you excited, stop by for one of their Wednesday evening Open Make events from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and check the space out!

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