[KwartzLab] Open-access Fabrication shop
curtis.knischewsky at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 10:14:37 EDT 2013
I finally came in to visit your lab yesterday during the open-to-the-public
night and I am very excited. What you have there is great.
I have been interested for some time in the creation of a similar concept
but more tuned towards metal fabrication. I feel there are many individuals
in the community that, like myself, desire access to the tools and equipment
required for this line of work without either a) having access to them
through employers or family/friends or b) spending the decades required to
accumulate the required equipment individually. I guess the vision I have
for this fab shop falls somewhere in between Kwartzlab and Techshop in the
US. The guy who gave me the tour last night (I am sorry, I must admit that I
am embarrassed not to remember your name) mentioned that there are possibly
some members of Kwartzlab interested in going in this direction. What are
everybody's thoughts on this type of workspace?
The immediate challenges are the high cost of the equipment (lathes, mills,
bandsaws, TIG/MIG welders etc.) and the relatively large amount of required
space (assuming people's projects fall in the automotive realm). Light
industrial space in Kitchener can be found for around $4/sf plus common fees
and utilities (around $9-$11/sf total annually). Keeping membership fees
around the $75/month range would require 10-15 members per 1000sf of space
to break even on the rent.
Anyway, I am just curious as to whether anybody sees Kwartzlab heading in
this direction? Kwartzlab is already well established and making the
addition of fab equipment would be much easier then someone creating a
I appreciate everybody's time and I will definitely be back for another
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