What is Great Plains MakerSpace? 

The Great Plains Makerspace is a community center for people to gather to create, invent, collaborate, explore, teach, and learn.  Focus areas include: shop (wood and metal), fabrication (lasercutting, 3D-printing, and computer-aided design), electronics (circuitry and programming), textiles (sewing and embroidering), arts (pottery and stained glass), communication (video and audio), and food (commercial kitchen and hydroponics).

Who is it for? 

Everyone is welcome at Great Plains MakerSpace, but the focus is on adults and older teens.  Children under 15 are welcome given they are closely supervised.  For a kid-centric space please check out the Finney County Public Library’s Idea Lab.  Both experienced and novice are welcome in all areas (with proper training), as well as the inventors, tinkerers, dabblers, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs.

What does Great Plains MakerSpace provide?

  1. Access to tens of thousands of dollar’s worth of common and specialty tools.
  2. Both large and small spaces for projects.
  3. Opportunity to learn about different areas as well as proper use of the tools in that area.
  4. A vibrant community in which to learn, teach, make, and collaborate.

What if I don’t know how to use a specific tool?

You can sign up for a class!  Great Plains MakerSpace will hold regular classes, taught by volunteers, about using the tools in a lab (such as woodworking or stained glass 101).  For more technical equipment there will be a certification process which, when completed, will grant access to that tool.

How much does it cost?

Currently the business model that we are looking at incorporates free public time for anyone to come into the MakerSpace and use the tools.  There will also be extended hours for paid members as well as an option for 24-hour access for enterprise members.  Great Plains MakerSpace will purchase many consumable materials at bulk to be resold to patrons at a reduced price.

Why is this important?

In a world built on disposable and virtual goods, the satisfaction gained by designing, making, and collaborating is often lost to instant gratification.  The Maker Movement looks to bring back the skills that we have been losing over the last few decades such as woodworking, sewing, metal working, cooking, and repair.  However, it also includes new technology and tools for creation such as laser cutting, 3-D printing, and electronics.  Further, many people who would like to learn about these areas simply do not have access to the tools, space, or knowledge to be able to adequately pursue these skills.  The Great Plains MakerSpace is a community solution to these problems.  It removes the barriers for people to starting working again with their hands and with each other.

For more information contact:

Chris Turpin
(620) 277-5035