News release from TekVenture:
TekVenture Opens New Rapid Prototyping Center – Come See What You Can Make!
(February 26, 2015) – For nearly 4 years, TekVenture has operated the Maker Station, a 50 ft. trailer in partnership with the Allen County Public Library.
We are excited to announce TekVenture now has a building and will soon open Phase I of Fort Wayne’s only full-service public art and technology lab & workshop. The new space is located at 1800 Broadway in the former Allen County Sweeper Co. immediately south of the General Electric complex. With this location, TekVenture is pleased to be part of the Broadway Corridor Revival.
We invite those who have engaged with and supported TekVenture over the years to join us for tours of the space and to see results of your volunteer time and donated equipment, materials and funds.
TekVenture Open House
Friday, March 13 – 5-8pm
1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Indiana
(Tours include dirty work areas – close-toed shoes encouraged)
Exterior work on the building was completed late fall resulting from a City of Fort Wayne 2014 Commercial FaÃ§ade Grant. Throughout that process TekVenture Makers and Volunteers have been working to clean out the building while bringing the former retail space to code. After months of hard and dirty work, we are excited to begin operation in the new location while building out additional phases of our project.
The TekVenture Rapid Prototyping Center is dedicated to providing tools for designing and fabricating models of all sorts. It offers digital tools for design; imaging; audio/visual media; CAD/CAM; 2D and 3D scanning and printing; vacuum-forming; laser engraving and cutting; sewing, and digital drawing.
Much like a gym, TekVenture is a member-based organization offering access to a huge variety of tools and materials. As importantly, TekVenture is a place where people go for fellowship with other like-minded creative people whether making art, technology or other projects or prototypes. 24/7 access to Maker Members is our goal.
The general public also has access via unique hands-on workshops, demonstrations, community building projects and events.
Now that Phase I will soon open, attention will turn to securing specific tools while building out additional labs such as the TekVenture Robot Factory, Hot Shop, Machining Center, Woodworking Shop and TekGarage (including a hydraulic car lift.)