Hello again! I think I'll start a new thread in this blog of Field Trips- neat places I go that will serve you creative folks for resources and inspiration! This week I'm so excited to share some information about a fabulous discovery tucked away in SoDo. This is Sodo Maker Space.
SoDo Maker Space is a remarkable resource for creatives with a truly honorable business model. It is what it sounds like- a space for makers! They give access to really unique machinery that you can acquire certification for and use yourself. Some of these machines include a large format laser cutter, table top and a very large CNC router, multiple 3D printing machines, sewing equipment, a well equipped wood-shop, vinyl cutter, and electronics equipment. The people who work here are a wealth of knowledge. They even offer classes for a myriad of skills.
One of the incredible ideals that this space adheres to is an open source availability. All of the machines have open software available. The 3D printing machines were built by a member of the Maker Space community and made available for other members to use. And they are definitely not interested in NDA projects. It's incredible the collaboration, intelligence, and creativity that is available when you know where to look. When I was going through school, I never really considered how difficult it would be to learn new skills. The opportunity just doesn't present itself very often without a serious monetary investment. I'm stoked this is available, and I hope you are too! When we can all support each other, the creative community really thrives.
Clarissa, a technology wizard I met through a friend of a friend, was so kind enough to give us a tour this Saturday (thanks Clarissa!). Pictured here you can see the 3D printers. It was great to ask questions, and hear first hand how the space was started and various projects they've worked on. I'm really so inspired by the work they do and the opportunities they offer because it's really the ground floor. It's these kinds of collaborations and hopeful tinkering that allow people to forge their own paths.
I've scheduled a certification class for this next Saturday and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm starting out with learning the laser cutter and table top CNC to make signs and craft goods for Event Script. I was unexpectedly intrigued by electronics and rigging hardware, so I'm keeping that on my horizon as well.
Make SoDo Maker Space a part of your creative community too! Check out their WEBSITE and schedule a tour of your own. I'll update this post next week to follow up with my certification experience and see if I might get to make any thing cool. If you're not in Seattle, look up your local maker space.
Thanks for being inspired with me. I'll be back next week!