Makerspaces opening across the Triad

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Places called makerspaces, or hackerspaces, are popping up across the county. A makerspace is basically a community workshop where people can use equipment and tools to make things.

There is already one open in Winston-Salem called the Fab Locker. Now, a new makerspace called The Forge is opening on West Lewis Street in downtown Greensboro.

The Forge features a workshop in the front part of the building, then a community area and patio in back.

“The space is about bringing all that stuff together — the physical manufacturing and the virtual manufacturing — then seeing what spins up out of that,” said Joey Adams, president of The Forge.

Adams says entrepreneurs, recent graduates and members of the community can use the space to work, learn, and make whatever they want. For $45/month, members will have 24/7 access to everything from their laser cutter to 3D Printer.

Bennet Harris, a maker in Burlington, plans to open another makerspace in Alamance County too. Harris builds science kits for schools and is also head of the Alamance Makers Guild.

“When we started off, we’d just find a coffee shop and three or four people would sit down. Now we’ve got 20-40 people coming to every meeting,” said Harris.

Because of Harris’ work in Alamance County, he was one of 16 makers invited to the White House to celebrate the maker movement happening across the country.

“It’s about thinking not where can I buy this but how can I make this for myself or for others,” said Harris.

Harris is still looking for a space for the Alamance County makerspace.

The Forge in Greensboro is set to open any day now. For those interested in checking the makerspace out, The Forge holds open houses every first and third Thursday of the month.

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