“Tinker|Bristol is a nonprofit manufacturing incubator and makerspace in the historic manufacturing district of Bristol, R.I., where Rhode Islanders can tinker, innovate and create products in a collaborative environment,” says founder Todd Thomas. Tapping into the regional talent pool of experts in applied product development, Tinker|Bristol will offer affordable access to shared space, 3-D printers, rapid prototyping equipment, machines, tools and technologies as well as Business Development services for new and growing manufacturing businesses. (press release on blog October 8, 2015)
Located on the ground floor of a well-maintained historic manufacturing building, the Tinker|Bristol space has large windows with plenty of natural light, 10’-12’ tall ceilings and some high-bay space with 20’+ clearance.
There is 14,000sf of adjacent space available for the partners and affiliates to lease for office and/or industrial use. The building itself has multiple loading docks, a drive-in loading dock and hand-trucks and pallet jacks for communal use. The space has access to 3 phase 400amp min service or higher, depending on their needs.
When fully operational, the 12,400 sf facility will have:
• A full metal shop and wood shop for fabricating and testing parts and finished products
• A ‘wet’ area for paints and resins with fume hoods and spray booth
• Rapid Prototyping equipment and areas for 3D Printers, CNC machines, and related tools
• Areas for fabric arts, work-tables, layout spaces, and other ‘cleaner’ processes
• Shared open office space with desks and cubicles for rent or FCFS use and much, much more
The White House recently hosted the “First Annual National Maker Faire” to highlight “…entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch businesses, learn vital [STEM skills] and lead a grassroots renaissance in American manufacturing.” Rhode Island has launched its own Manufacturing Renaissance with initiatives like the RI Advanced Manufacturing Center, ManufacturingRI.com, and elements of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Make It Happen RI campaign.
Introducing the First Mini Makers Faire in the East Bay!
CALL TO MAKERS
After seven successful years of the RI Mini Maker Faire (held in Providence each year) there is now going to be a SECOND Mini Maker Faire held annually! Announcing the 1st Annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire – East Bay Edition, to be held October 17th – Noon to 7pm at the Florence Gray Center at 1 York Street in Newport, RI. The Call for makers, manufacturers, performers, STEAM* centered organizations, vendors, and crafters is now closed but please call Todd at 413-441-7608 with any questions and to sign up for next year. This is a free event... The Mini Maker Faire – East Bay Edition takes after its enormous parent events, such as the World Maker Faire (http://makerfaire.com) which hosts many tens of thousands of visitors in Queens, NY, but the East Bay RI Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event.
by Joseph Shansky