Hammerspace, One Year Later

IMG_5501Thursday nights are Hammerspace’s Open House night, and the Thursday night before Maker Faire Kansas City is especially hopping. The 2.5 year-old makerspace’s members were socializing but also putting finishing touches on projects they have committed to show over the weekend.

It was inspiring to see the progress and range of improvements Hammerspace has made since our last visit a year ago. There are not only new members but new tools (a giant new laser cutter!), new offerings (a supply store!), new workspaces (tear out the walls!), and an overall improved layout.

Here’s a survey from our tour—plus a preview of one really awesome Maker Faire exhibit—with Hammerspace’s amazing proprietors Dave and Beck Dalton:

What’s next? Both Dave and Beck mentioned expansion (construction of more shared workshops and rentable private spaces in the adjacent parking lot and grass areas), as well as a new super-cool outdoor metal foundry area. Oh, and a plasma cutter is on the list.

Both MAKE and Hammerspace will be in full force this weekend at Maker Faire Kansas City. Don’t miss it!


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Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's global licensing program for locally and independently produced Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.

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