One of the challenges that face makers, inventors, hobbyists, tinkerers, and artists is locating an area or space to create their projects. Ideally, it would have lots of equipment, supplies, and other individuals that share their interests to collaborate with and form a community. In the past, they would have to set up their own workshop or beg for space at a local machine shop or other woodworking shop. Now they can go and pursue their projects at the Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. will provide its members with a huge variety of tools, machines, and equipment in a 7,200 square-foot workshop environment. The equipment at Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. is not likely to appear in the hobbyist’s home workshop. The range of tools and equipment covers machining, sheet metal, rapid prototyping, CAD, CNC equipment, electronics, sewing, plastics, 3D Printing, Lasers and more.
Membership is modeled after a fitness center, and two levels of memberships are available including individual and family. The initial planned hours of operation for Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. will be 10 AM to 10 PM, 6 days a week. The plan is to eventually be open 24/7.
One of the guiding principles of Franklin Center for Innovation, Inc. is to make it affordable and accessible to everyone. Monthly Memberships are priced at $35 for an individual pass (one person) or $55 for a family pass (four people).
These are all access passes. You can come to the shop anytime we are open (10 AM to 10 PM, 6 days a week, with plans to eventually be open 24/7), and call in to book the equipment so you know it will be here waiting on you.
You also get discounted training classes on the equipment, and help from our staff whenever you need it. Join now for only $35 per month! Start making projects, expanding your business, or learning something new today.
When’s the last time you made something or took something apart to see how it worked or to turn it into something else? Unless you have a hobby that requires you to be hands on, you probably haven’t made anything in a while. For many of us, making something is both a difficult and rewarding process. While the motivation is there, finding the time and place to tinker can be a whole other barrier to entry—unless you have access to a makerspace.
You might have heard of a makerspace. It’s a buzzword that’s been floating around for a few years now. But what, exactly, is it? A makerspace is a room that contains tools and components, allowing people to enter with an idea and leave with a complete project. The best part is that makerspaces are communal. The goal is to work together to learn, collaborate, and share. Most importantly, makerspaces allow us to explore, create new things, or improve things that already exist.
Makerspaces are part of what we call the maker movement, which started in the early 2000s. Of course, scrapbooking, tinkering, and other arts and crafts activities have been around for quite some time, but the maker movement emphasized hands-on discovery in a world that had become increasingly automated.
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