VPR: Making Burlington

Last month Generator, a new maker space in downtown Burlington, opened its doors to the public. Housed in the basement of the old Memorial Auditorium, it sported a clean, open floor plan, lots of tools for jewelry making and wood working, and some very high tech machines including a 3D printer and a laser cutter.

Maker spaces started popping up several years ago in big cities. The intent is to create a place where people can used shared equipment and new technology for creating new things. Some of the people who work in maker spaces are entrepreneurs: they run their design, furniture or engineering business from space they rent. Others are hobbyists: they use the common resources to get better at what they love to do. Still others are learners: maker spaces typically offer a wide range of classes so people can learn how to make and create using some of the equipment. [Read more . . . ]