Opening the Ting Makerspace: Westminster
Andrew Moore-Crispin • May 16, 2016if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
We recently opened the inaugural Ting Makerspace here, in Westminster.
What is a makerspace? Is “a space where people make things” too trite an answer? Well, how about “that’s up to you?” Ultimately, the Ting Makerspace: Westminster is a community resource. We’ve got plans in the works for training, tours, community events and workshops but we don’t want to be overly prescriptive.
What is a makerspace?
At its heart, a makerspace is a place where people of all sorts come to access collaborative meeting spaces, the fastest Internet around and the latest tech tools. But that’s not the only goal of a makerspace. It’s also a place where people come to meet others, see what they’re working on and get inspired with their next new idea.
Inside the Ting Makerspace: Westminster, you will, of course, find crazy fast fiber Internet that levels the playing field between smaller cities and major tech centers. You’ll find shared computers. You’ll also find a 3D printer, a CNC router and a laser etching and cutting machine. There are Arduino boards, soldering irons and everything one might need to experiment with a computer or electronics project.
We’d love for you, the community, to tell us how you want to use it. It would be great if a Scout troop decided to take it over a day when it opens to the public this fall. Not sure if there’s a 3D printing Scouting badge but we could always figure out how to 3D print one together. We’d love for community groups to decide on a use and then put it into practice. It’d be wonderful if a forward thinking Professor at McDaniel College were to tell us how he or she sees the space being used by students.
Already have an idea for an event you’d love to bring to the Ting Makerspace: Westminster? Email us!