What the X_Factory Makerspace Offers

  • Individual tool or space use

    • Personal Use of Makerspace

      • Monthly membership to use certain aspects of the makerspace

        • Select tools and access to classes will differentiate membership levels

      • Project-specific Use

        • Individual pieces of equipment can be rented

        • A predetermined package including materials and guidance as needed to build a target object.

      • Open community time where fees are waived either through grant funding or internal funding

    • School Use

      • Specific collaboration (covered later)

      • Open exploration time

    • Incubator Use

      • As part of rental fees access to the makerspace will be included

    • Outside Business Use

      • Equipment, space or tool rental

      • Provide preferential pricing and easy access to materials

  • Classes/Makerspace Time

    • Some classes will be formal and others will be more of an open forum where makers can come together to learn from one another

    • Format:

      • Learning to use different pieces of equipment

      • Create specific projects with the appropriate tools

      • Makers teaching other makers their skills

      • Opportunities to collaborate with other makers   

  • Certifications Courses

    • Type 1: Nationally recognized certification classes that can be taught and assessed with certification being granted upon completion of the course. These courses will be offered in order to help bolster growth of skilled trade positions within the state as well as nationally.

    • Type 2: Local or statewide certifications or development programs to help promote local hiring and training for specific identified industries or companies.


 

  • Metal, Mechanics, Wood and Circuits will be the four major areas of focus with an appropriate complement of tools and materials to support each one of these areas.

  • This may be a system buildout that takes time to create a full and functional complement of tooling. Though there will be specific tools that are targeted for the initial opening.

  • There will be courses and overall offering in each of these areas.

  • Courses will be designed and offered either directly by the X_Factory or in conjunction with other entities such as individuals, the local schools or business

  • There will be a minimum number of participants to run a course

  • Certification courses and testing will be offered in certain areas per industry demand

  • The following lists are potential courses and tools and may or may not reflect the final configuration

 

  • Metal

    • Lathe, mill, welders, plasma cutter, CNC plasma or water jet, drill press, CNC

    • Courses/Certification

      • Basic Welding

      • Basic Machining

      • Machine Certification

      • Welding Certifications

      • CNC Basics or Certification

  • Wood

    • Lathe, planer, joiner, hand tools (chisels etc.), nailers, random orbit sanders, drills, drill press

    • Courses/Certification

      • Basic Furniture Making

      • Basic Tool Use

      • Advanced Furniture Making

      • Basic Household Carpentry

      • Construction/General Contractor Certification

      • Green Construction

  • Circuits

    • Soldering equipment, Raspberry Pi (several of them), Windows based computers, Apple based computers, Open source computers, oscilloscope, DVOM, networking equipment, Household wiring equipment, HMI(human machine interface) equipment, 3D printers, drones

      • Courses/Certification

        • Basic applications

        • CAD certification

          • SolidWorks

          • AutoCAD

        • CAD courses

        • Basic soldering

        • Circuit basics-household

        • Coding basics

        • Application certifications

        • Coding certifications

        • IT certifications

        • Drone construction courses

        • Drone flying courses

        • Drone flying certifications

  • Mechanics

    • Hand tools, air tools, precision tools, lift, small engine repair tools

    • Courses/Certification

      • Basic Engine Operation

      • Small Engine Service

      • Small Engine Certifications

      • Automotive applications

      • Other mechanical systems​​​

Makerspace Areas of Focus

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