TEKVENTURE MAKER STATION:
The First Stop on Your Rapid Prototyping Trip!
In partnership with the Allen County Public Library, the TekVenture Maker Station is located in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library!
Webster Street and West Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.421.1374 - TekVenture Maker Station
260.421-1200 - Downtown Allen County Public Library
Most workshops take place inside the TekVenture Maker Station, a 50 ft., handicapped-accessible, air-conditioned and heated trailer parked at the South side of the South Library parking lot accessible from Webster Street between Washington and Jefferson Blvds. The Maker Station features a number of hand, power, electronics and computer-controlled tools.
Hours Open to the Public*:
Wednesday: 6 - 9 PM Volunteers needed at 1800 Broadway @ Swinney, (former American Sweeper Company building.) Call 432.1095 for volunteer information and scheduling. Due to the need for volunteers to prepare TekVenture's new building at 1800 Broadway @ Swinney Sts. the TekVenture Maker Station will only be open on Wednesdays by appointment by calling 432.1095.
Thursday: 7 PM - ?* (Maker MeetUp)
Saturday: 9 - 4 PM*
All other days by appointment. Please call 260.421-1374 or 260.432.1095 for scheduling.
* Subject to staff/volunteer availability and public need.
Limited Free Parking with Library Card (or $1 per hour, $7 max)
Maker Meet Ups* Thurs 7 PM - (later)
Weekly TekVenture Maker Station members meet to work on projects, learn new tools and talk shop. Interested in membership? Here's your chance to meet the Makers and consider joining.
Makers are folks who have good ideas or necessities mothering inventions in their heads. Makers need to make prototypes, gadgets, specialty tools, electronic devices, images or kinetic art. Makers hunger to assemble things from things they disassemble.
The dawning of the Age of Digital has lead to the development of new, low-cost tools for making things. Tools like laser cutters, multi-axis routers, vinyl cutters, ultrasonic welders, digital audio and video editors, digital sewing and embroidering machines, and CNC milling stations among others. All of them could fit into your living room (well, most of them, anyway.) Meet them as they become available at TEKVENTURE'S MAKER STATION!*
* Programs/demonstrations at the Maker Station depend on availability of tools, machines, and staff to demonstrate/operate them.
"Access" means approval to use tools, hand, digital and power equipment, and to use space for instruction, designing, making, prototyping and assembly.
With the exception of pre-scheduled events with the Allen County Public Library, TekVenture Maker Station members will have priority access to the Maker Station.
Maximum capacity of Maker Station: 10 persons "accessing" equipment at any given time. Because of limited space, access to machines may be by appointment but if machine is not pre scheduled, then on a first-come, first-served basis for members only.
The General Public is welcome to visit and observe Maker Station activities during posted public hours. The Public may not use machines or access tools without first becoming a member of the Maker Station followed by instruction and approval by TekVenture Maker Station Staff.
Kids 6 - 12 must be accompanied by adult/mentor.
Certain demonstrations and programs will be conducted inside the ACPL, some without charge to library patrons or the general public. Visit www.acpl.lib.in.us for further information or call 260.421.1374.
Group tours (maximum of 8 persons) available by appointment. Call 260.421.1374 to schedule. Tours last a maximum of one hour and may include demonstrations of some machines not in use by Maker Station Members.
Commercial access and fabrication time is negotialble.