TinkerMill Maker Space Review

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When visiting family in Colorado over Thanksgiving break I spent an afternoon at TinkerMill, the state’s largest maker space. I was really impressed by the vastness and diversity of projects taking place there. Within a giant industrial warehouse and a large garage there were many project stations including 3D printing, soldering, sewing, glass bead making, woodworking, blacksmithing, ceramics, stained glass making, laser cutting, and more. The breadth was amazing, and each station had a “captain”, someone with expertise and who is able to provide guidance. Unlike most maker spaces, besides it’s size, TinkerMill has more than equipment. It also has meeting spaces for video call conferences, workshops, and trainings, as well as a kitchen and lounge. Despite its fancy equipment and extensiveness, TinkerMill has an extremely relaxed and homey environment. Though we didn’t schedule a tour, a kind man who was in charge emerged from his soldering to give us a detailed tour, engaging our questions and telling us all about the resources and history of the space. I felt at home at TinkerMill and hope to be a part of maker spaces like it in the future. Check out the photos I took below! 

 

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