Some dedicated Nashvillians have just opened up a new community workshop. This workshop, or makerspace, is a place where members make physical things. The building is outfitted with an array of different machines, project lockers, and a few classrooms. According to Make Nashville’s website,
…after years of planning, fundraising, and the efforts of dozens of volunteers we have opened Nashville’s first all-ages non-profit makerspace! This over 9,500 square foot facility shared with two nonprofit partners enables us to host workshops, builds, events, and provide members with the space and equipment to create some truly amazing things. We expect to see inspiring art installations, innovative inventions, incredible feats of science and technology, market-changing entrepreneurial prototypes, skills-strenthening projects, crazy and fun maker builds, and awesome feats of education in the space. We hope you will join us.
Tonight, they held a grand opening celebration. There were a bunch of people there to check it out:
— Bri-Bri8 Reed (@nerdettedesigns) July 31, 2016
— Freddie O'Connell (@freddieoconnell) July 31, 2016
Make Nashville even took us on a Facebook Live video tour of the new space:
The coop-owned space will have tools for a number of different types of projects, including:
- Electronics benches
- Metalworking tools
- Laser cutting and CNC router
- Sewing and leather working spaces
- Classroom space
- Meeting/performance/gathering space
- Digital dome and projection lab
Even though Make Nashville has been around since 2012, holding annual Mini Maker Faires, this is its first physical location. The makerspace will only be open to dues-paying members (they estimate $50-75 a month) and class participants. It’s located in East Nashville at 947 Woodland St.