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? 

You! Joining a makerspace is like joining a gym, but with lasers and sewing machines instead of ellipticals and free weights.

Inventors, tinkerers, dabblers, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs of all skill levels are welcome to join, provided they have received the necessary equipment/safety training from our staff or volunteers. Children under 18 are welcome in some areas, with proper training and supervision. And don’t worry: if your new hobby turns into the next big thing you still are welcome—we encourage members to continue to use the MakerSpace for their
own money-making ventures!

What does Great Plains MakerSpace provide?

  1. Access to tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of common and specialty tools.
  2. Both large and small spaces for personal projects.
  3. Opportunities to learn about different disciplines and to be trained in the proper use of the tools in those disciplines.
  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, covering a wide variety of vocations, such as woodworking, stained glass, and robotics. For more technical equipment there will be a certification process which, when completed, will grant access to specific tools.

How much does it cost?

A standard membership will be $40 a month. There are also options for families and corporate rate discounts. Click here to learn more about our membership options.

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. Great Plains MakerSpace is a community solution to these problems. It removes the barriers for people to start working again with their hands and with each other.

For more information contact:

Chris Turpin
(620) 277-5035

Shannon Dick