About five months have passed since you may have read about or even discussed the idea of a “makerspace” initiative coming together in Brandon courtesy the folks with the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. This past week it was shared that our local makerspace, dubbed “Creation Nation”, is now open to the public as a space for locals to pursue hobbies with all of the tools, equipment, supplies and support you could ask for.
The 6000 foot space includes:
- a full wood workshop complete with machines such as a table saw, band saw, drill press, laser cutter, CNC router
- an electronics area including a 3D printer, oscilloscope and soldering station
- bike equipment and supplies that can be used for repair, with an intent for there to also be build-a-bike workshops
- sewing machines
- vinyl cutters
. . . all of which training is provided for.
Makerspace is defined as a "collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools." Access is via paid membership in a standalone entrance at the BNRC’s Downtown Rosser Avenue building, with the first 50 members getting a rate of $50/month and subsequent members getting access for $75/month. Members are able to bring a guest, though members would be the ones using the machines.
One would generally bring their own supplies to work on with the exception of 3D printing and vinyl where materials are provided with users paying for them at cost.
As part of membership, members get a key fob which can be used to access the space 24 hours a day.
For those that membership might not necessarily be a fit for, plans are coming together for community programs and workshops that will give the community at large the ability to learn and create.
A grand opening is expected to take place this summer. In the mean time for those looking to learn more about how it works or arrange for a tour of the facility, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 204-729-2490 ext 104.