MakeHartford.com - We are a new and growing "MakerSpace" which celebrated its 2nd anniversary in January 2015. MakeHartford.com is Hartford's first and largest MakerSpace community of artists, technologists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to hands-on innovation. We are where minds create matter.
MakerSpaces are community centers with tools and people to help you use them. The concept started in the late 1990's and there are now thousands of them around the country and the world. We started as just an idea in 2012, but now we have a space, tools, members and are growing rapidly.
Makerspaces, like ours, combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling any member to design, prototype and create almost anything they want. We can make things that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to most individuals working alone. We have some impressive equipment such as 3-D Printers, Laser cutters, milling machines as well as simple saws and hammers. And not everything we do uses tools, since our members are also involved in knitting, Origami and bread-making. We are a space for people who want to do something and if it involves "doing" then we "do it."
Best of all, we help each other do and get better at what we do. Got "Know-how" and want to show us? Whatever it is, we have members who are interested in learning about it: Origami, soldering, wood working, knitting, pottery, programming, brewing beer, Lasers, drones/UAV, arduino, electronics, jewelry, business startups and prototyping, and/or deconstruction. Let's share tools, skills and space and most of all - knowledge!
We are located in the basement at 30 Arbor Street, next door to the Hartford Arts group, Real Art Ways. Almost every Wednesday night, we have a free Open House at 6 PM. (See the schedule of Meetups.)
Some activities and meetings are free as public Meetups, while some other activities and classes have a small fee to compensate the instructor and to pay for materials. There is also a variety of memberships, which enable you to access and use any of the equipment at the space. We are non-profit and not commercial, a volunteer community group - like a club or a small group of friends and we work together as a team to keep costs down. Any fees are used strictly for our workshop rent and other associated costs only. We reduce costs by volunteering, donating, and sharing.