Kentucky Movers and Makers is a Makerspace or Community Workshop. We are a membership based organization for creative people of all kinds. By joining our community, you get access to all of the tools and resources we provide for our members: Classroom, Craft Room, 3D Printing Lab, Woodshop, Metalshop, Welding, Artist Alley and Laser printers.
CAN I DROP BY AND LOOK AROUND?
Once we open we will have specified days that are open to the public to do tours. We turn off all the tools and spend time giving tours to visitors and encouraging our members to show off their work and socialize with prospective members. If you drop in at another time, we would be happy to provide you with some reading material, but we may not always be available to step away from assisting our members to lead a tour.
DO YOU SUPPLY EVERYTHING FOR MY PROJECT?
Each member is responsible for their own materials with exception of the 3D Printer.
DO YOU OFFER TRAINING ON EQUIPMENT?
We are here to answer questions, provide safety training and suggest materials and tools for your project.
WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAKE THE THING I WANT TO MAKE?
If you require more help than basic safety training, we offer classes to teach you important skills that you may need in order to build upon your ideas. There are several classes that are included with membership. We will also have classes for specific items that will be made at the space. Those classes can be taken by anyone. The class fees cover materials and pay for your instructor’s time. This is a great way to try out the space and learn a new skill without any commitment.
If you have advanced training needs outside of what is offered in our schedule of classes, we -may- be able to schedule an appointment with one of our mentors to assist you with your needs. Mentoring is not an "on demand" service and must be scheduled with your mentor ahead of time. Mentors set their own hourly rate based on your needs as a student.
WHAT IF I NEED SOMETHING LASER CUT? OR CNC MILLED?
We also a service that allows you to design an idea of what you want created or made. You can bring in digital files and have your ideas fabricated on our laser cutters, CNC routers, CNC plasma cutter, 3D printers, and more! Think of our Digital Fabrication Service as a printshop for THINGS. We put your request on our job board for experienced members.
ONCE I'M A MEMBER, WHEN CAN I USE THE SPACE?
Once you have read and signed our terms and agreement, pay your first month and you’re ready to go. Classes may occupy the classroom, woodshop, metalshop, or forge area, and this use supersedes the use of the area for personal projects. Check the calendar before you head to the space to prevent surprises. We have not set our office hours yet but are working on it as we come closer to opening.
Extended hours are enabled at the discretion of the staff.
CAN I BRING A GUEST?
Yes, but guests are limited to the Classroom area only for safety purposes. Guests are allowed to observe, but are not allowed to operate or use resources of the space other than project classes. Please encourage your guests to become members of the space.
I WANT TO START A MAKERSPACE IN MY COMMUNITY. CAN I COME LOOK AROUND?
Yes! Every week we get contact by folks who want to run a Makerspace and just want to come by and "pick our brains for ideas".
HOW DID KENTUCKY MOVERS AND MAKERS GET HERE?
Kentucky Movers and Makers was started and is operated by the Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1994.
This initiative from MHCEDC (Kentucky Movers and Makers) is helping to anchor the economic and cultural revitalization of Hopkins County, Kentucky. We are inspired by the Maker Movement that has taken hold nationwide as a vehicle for enhancing entrepreneurship, job development, community development, science and the arts.
130 North Seminary PO BOX 745 Madisonville, KY 42431 270-825-8144