Local inventors gathered at UNCW Friday night to discuss the future of their ideas. Andrew Williams, a local entrepreneur, held the social to get the community's feedback on his newest project, Makerspace.
Makerspace is 6000 square foot building that gives local inventors the opportunity to build their ideas from the ground up. Williams, an inventor himself, admits getting your product off the ground is the hardest part.
"I didn't know who to ask, I didn't know how to source all of the supplies," said Williams. "I had to figure out on my own. That's kind of what lead me to this ‘Makerspace' concept which allows people to use us as a resource, and our equipment as resources to develop their ideas faster and more effectively."
The building is broken into different section to help maximize the inventors work flow.
"Once you walk into the front door there's a room on the left for inventors to prototype their ideas," explained Williams. "The next step after that is the design room."
The design room is equipped with 3-D modeling software that allows inventors to see their ideas in a virtual design. Once happy with their design, inventors can export their prototypes to one of two 3-D printers."
That's not all Makerspace has to offer. There are stations for soldering, welding, and even sewing. Beyond offering a space for inventors to create their ideas, Williams is offering training classes to expand the inventors knowledge of the tools used inside the Makerspace.
"I hope to be one of the resources that helps someone develop their next big idea," said Williams.
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