The Hack Factory is what’s known as a “maker space.” Operated by Twin Cities (TC) Maker, the Hack Factory is a community-shared workspace that offers a cornucopia of tools and machinery for members like Harrison to take their do-it-yourself urges to the extreme.
TC Maker is one of two such operations in the metro area. The Mill, in northeast Minneapolis, opened early this year.
The two organizations are part of a larger maker movement, a broad term that refers to individuals from varied creative and technological interests who are united by their insatiable desire to create — anything.
“There is this drive among makers to always be kind of creating something,” said Brian Boyle, president of the Mill, “making something better, tweaking it for their use. Whether it’s a bit of computer code. Whether it’s a footstool.”
I happen to spend a lot of time at the newly opened MN Mill, and it is such an amazing space. There is some great equipment, such as laser cutters, 3D CNC machines, and plasma cutters, that I would never had access to. Even with all that great equipment, the best aspect of a maker space is the community. There are tons of these maker spaces popping up all over the country. If you don’t already belong to one, do a quick Google search, and it is likely you have one close by.
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I just had a question in general about the liability/insurance/legal issues regarding maker spaces? Forgive me if this is not the proper forum. Back in the early 70’s, when I was training to be an Industrial Arts (shop) teacher, the state that I lived in would not let students use any of the equipment or tools.