A “makerspace” that got its start in the garage of co-founder Liam Ellerby moved this summer into a 20,000-square-foot building on the campus of Nevada City School of the Arts, becoming one of the largest such facilities in the world.
For the uninitiated, a makerspace is “a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.” The Curious Forge’s members, who call themselves “a community of builders, tinkerers, artists and professionals who love to make,” have access to training and more than $100,000 in equipment.
On Thursday, The Curious Forge hosted an open house to show off its new digs, complete with spaces dedicated to making jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, metal fabrication, sewing and more, a wide variety of equipment including CNC equipment, 3D printers and a laser cutter.
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“What we’d like to do is become a creative and technical hub for Nevada County,” Ellerby said. “We’re hoping to kick-start an economic ecosystem.”
Many of Nevada County Applied Technology business got started in the garage, the guest bedroom, or the barn. The Curious Forge in a high tech alternative to a garage with a lot more space and high tech tools to create a new business.