Written by: Steve Melito, Industry Blog Writer for FuzeHub
The Syracuse Learning and Technology (SALT) Makerspace is getting ready for its grand opening on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 PM. Housed in the Delevan Center on West Fayette Street, the SALT Makerspace features metal and wood shops, a computer lab with 3D printers, and a lounge where local inventors and artists can connect. Recent presentations and an open house are energizing the community.
Backed by a $29,000 grant from the Syracuse Tech Garden, the SALT Makerspace is the brainchild of Mike Giannattasio, a Syracuse University alumnus with a Master’s Degree in Sculpture. Private donors have also contributed $16,000, along with what Giannattasio calls “countless pieces of equipment”. By sharing tools and knowledge, local artists and engineers can minimize costs while turning ideas into manufactured items.
According to Mike Giannattasio, there’s room at the SALT Makerspace for handcrafting products made of wood, steel, cast bronze, and plastics. Participation requires membership, and there are separate rooms for different production activities. In addition to a “clean” space for 3D modeling, printing, and casting, there’s a “dirty space” for woodworking and metalworking.
Will the SALT Makerspace provide a collaborative, community-based model for shared manufacturing workspaces across New York State? Will the “clean” and “dirty” rooms at the Delevan Center enable local startups to keep overhead low while aiming high at custom-fabrication and short-run manufacturing?
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