While attending UCSB in 2001, Mike Hexter founded Hexcorp, a product design and consulting firm with a reputation for passion and for cutting edge technology. Over the years, the company has developed a wide array of specialized skills such as rapid prototyping, research and development, product design, manufacturing and business consulting. The company works with its members and clients creating a collaborative environment for new ideas.
Recognizing a real need in the community for access to this cutting edge technology, Mike created Hexlab in 2013 and recruited makers as staff and volunteers. By the end of the year, Hexlab officially opened its doors to the Los Angeles public giving makers access to technology previously unavailable to them such as 3-D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines. Hexlab transformed from an office space to a makerspace and co-working facility.The makers have created a home like atmosphere at HexLab fostering a collegial environment where people who may never have met before are now collaborating on new projects every day.
Hexlab offers classes including free 3-D printing and laser cutting intros on Wednesdays alternating between them every other week. HexLab’s other classes include intermediate 3-D printing and laser cutting classes, metalworking classes, mold making classes, intro to electronics classes, and Arduino classes among others.
Hexlab professional services division helps makers with product research and development and small-scale to large-scale manufacturing. Mike hexter, “I have always enjoyed guiding others to create successful business’ of their own.” This openness to new ways of doing things has evolved into a new approach to creativity. There are only a very few makerspaces in the world that offer similar services.