Calling all makers!

Whether your focus is on wood products, outdoor gear, fashion, robotics, health technology, metals, art, food or so much more, this Friday, August 25 come out to the Mountain CoLab for a free community presentation by Brad Pommen and discussion on how the makerspace movement is creating new opportunities in innovation.

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File photo: A 3-D printer.

The future of work is changing and emerging technologies change how we view manufacturing. Whether your focus is on wood products, outdoor gear, fashion, robotics, health technology, metals, art, food or so much more, this Friday, August 25 come out to the Mountain CoLab for a free community presentation by Brad Pommen and discussion on how the makerspace movement is creating new opportunities in innovation.

Pommen’s nickname is “Mr. Technology” and he’s the real deal. The lab director at MIDAS, the state-of-the-art digital fabrication, applied research and commercialization facility in Trail, BC, Brad will be here to walk folks through what MIDAS is all about, how Revelstoke residents and businesses can use that robust facility for invention, prototyping and collaboration, what’s happening in the makerspace movement, and why we need to be paying attention. This meetup is happening from 6:00 – 8:00 on Friday night and there’s going to be free beer and appies. You can find more info at meetup.com/Revelstoke-Tech-Meetup/events/242201203. This event is part of the ongoing monthly Revelstoke tech meetup series, aimed at bringing together anyone working or interested in technology for fun, informative networking nights.

Try out high tech equipment like this 3D scanner at the maker weekend. Photo: Contributed.

If you haven’t heard of MIDAS, you’ll be blown away by what our neighbours to the south are up to. MIDAS (Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies) is a multimillion-dollar technology lab full of advanced specialized equipment like 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC milling equipment, laser cutters, woodworking equipment and an electronics lab. It also has teaching and co-working space, and offers its members the skills and courses required to operate that machinery. It’s like a giant makerspace on steroids and they want you there getting in on the action.

MIDAS runs certification workshops to use all their equipment, and on Saturday they’re bringing two of those courses to Revelstoke: 3D scanning and 3D printing. These certification courses are on safety and orientation of the tools, which will give registrants access to those machines at the MIDAS facility.

Registration is limited to 12. At the time of publishing the 3D printing workshop is full but there’s still room in the 3D scanning workshop. The workshops are for ages 16+, or 12+ with an adult. Cost is $30 per session and both take place at the Mountain CoLab.

The Creaform Handyscan 700 3D Scanner workshop runs from 9:00–12:00. Register at bit.ly/3Dscannerworkshop.

The Ultimaker 2 3D Printer workshop runs from 1:00–4:00. See more at bit.ly/3Dprinterworkshop.

Have you dreamed of 3D printing the perfect bike component? Maybe you want to 3D scan a specific part for a machine that you can no longer get so that you can fabricate a new one. Are you curious about the applications for 3D scanning in building, architecture, or engineering? Did you know you can 3D print food? Maybe you want to 3D print a whole house someday! This technology is for you.

Right after the workshops, meet us at the Mountain CoLab at 4:00 p.m for a tour of several local businesses using makerspace tech to manufacture their products: Lortap, USED Recycled Seatbelt Bags and Trapper Snowboards.

Thanks to the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology for bringing Brad to Revelstoke, and to Community Futures Revelstoke for sponsoring the event.

Email me at karilyn.kempton@gmail.com with any questions.

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