We did it!

We are officially open! The Grand Opening was a big success, with a constant stream of people coming in from the time the doors opened until around 8pm, when it quieted down.

MakerLab open door

We had a wide variety of people come through, families, teens, adults, people who have been in makerspaces before, and people who had never heard of one.

We had some simple activities set out for people to try, including creating monoprints from styrofoam plates on a homemade “printing press” (in it’s previous life it was a panini press):

 

And making custom buttons with our button maker:

We had three contests throughout the day to see who could build the tallest toothpick structure. The heat didn’t help with structural soundness when marshmallows are involved, and several engineers were thwarted at the last minute when their buildings slumped over at the last minute. Take-away lesson: design for your environment!

The two 3D printers were printing non-stop, and we showed off our laser cutter that’s still under construction.

We tried to get everyone to leave their mark on our artwork that is now hanging on the wall. What a bunch of creative people!!

We had so much fun getting to know the people in our community and spreading the word about the Maker Movement. We gained 3 new members, and had a great write up in My Edmonds News. It was a VERY successful day!

 

 

 

Grand Opening

GRAND OPENING! Sat. June 24. 12-9pm

Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Makerlab NW: a local community makerspace in South Edmonds, MakerLab NW is a non-profit organization that brings creatives of all sorts together to invent and learn. Artists, tech enthusiasts, cosplayers, crafters, hobbyists and makers of all ages will have access to 3D printers, soldering stations, a laser cutter and more, as well as a community with shared interests.

We also offer classes and workshops to the public on a variety of creative subjects, such as leather working, jewelry, microcontrollers, 3D design and printing, and much more!
Drop in and check us out at our grand opening on Saturday, June 24th, from 12pm-9pm! There will be snacks, and activities for adults and kids! Be a maker!
We’ll see you there!

MakerLab NW is located at 23931 Hwy 99, #101, Edmonds, 98026, just north of Burlington Coat Factory.

Update

We are getting so excited about our space! We will have a 3D printer by the time we open, and we are working on building a laser cutter for the space! It’s a 50W laser and the cutting area will be 16×20 (ish…still to be determined).  The awesome crew at SnoCo makerspace in Everett is helping us get up and running, and we owe them a HUGE thanks!

Other tools we know we will have:

  • Sewing machine (Singer Rocketeer: this thing sews through 9 layers of denim, so it’s pretty heavy duty!)
  • Dremel Variable speed rotary tool
  • Rockwell Blade Runner X2
  • Soldering irons (we could use more if you have one to donate)
  • Drill
  • Multi-use tool with sander, jig saw, router and more
  • Various hand tools
  • Frame looms
  • Spinning wheel
  • Vinyl cutter

We will be in Edmonds, just over the county line, in the old Guitarville building (our suite is on the bottom floor, accessed from the back of the building. There’s plenty of parking too!

Our fundraising is going great…we’ve raised almost $1500 so far! Thanks to those who have pitched in for 6 month or 1  year memberships up front, and to donations! Those of you purchasing advance memberships: your renewal dates will be moved to 6 months or a year from when we open, not when you purchase!