Wells Fargo Bank donating $6K to 3-D print operationAug 25, 2016 From staff reports
Maker Space 307 received a $6,000 donation from Wells Fargo in June.
Maker Space, located at the Frank B. Wise building in Fort Washakie, is Fremont County's fully equipped art vision studio, equipped with 3-D printers, laser cutters and plotters.
The facility offers formal and informal training and workshops for individuals, students or small businesses, as well as help in sign, award and trophy production, product development, brochure creation, graphic design, and webpage development and support.
Maker Space 307 also holds an eight-station computer lab, a large format poster and map printer, traditional hand tools, a full wood shop, printing presses and paper-making equipment.
"Wells Fargo has been a strong supporter of Maker Space 307 with generous sponsorships for two years," studio director Lorre Hoffman said. "These funds allow us to obtain equipment that really expands the scope and scale of what we can make at MS307."
This year Maker Space is purchasing a Computer Numeric Control Router that will handle 4 foot by 8 foot sheets of material as well as low-relief work up to 8 inches in size.
Equipment like the CNC Router allows for high-quality reproduction of designs for micro-manufacturing, as well as the development of prototypes for large-scale volumes to go to service bureaus.
One of the first projects will be to download a drawing from NASA of the Gale Crater on Mars, which will be reproduced at a smaller scale of 4 feet by 4 feet.
"We have already 3-D printed the rover used to gather data on Mars," Hoffman said. "The reason we are doing this is because Maker Space 307 has been invited to participate in the WILD Festival... an annual international event in Jackson Hole."
The plan is to share the scale reproduction of the crater from Mars andpresent two days of workshops on density and fabrication Oct. 7-8.
The fall schedule of workshops at Maker Space 307 will include "Furniture Making with the CNC Router." More information is available atmakerspace307.org or by calling 335-3848.