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Working with the Town of Purcellville, we will convert the Old Town Shop into a makerspace for the community
Working with the Town of Purcellville, we will convert the Old Town Shop into a makerspace for the community
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Makersmiths is launching our newest makerspace - in Purcellville!

Here's a short Makersmiths that the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce produced about us: 

Makersmiths is Loudoun County's maker organization. We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 2014, and we exist to help people make things. We've successfully operated our current 3,000 sq ft makerspace in Leesburg for over a year and a half now, hosting over 100 public classes, events for organizations, and providing many members of the Loudoun County area with regular access to tools, space, knowledge and resources to learn and make things.  

A makerspace is a community shop, much like many of us had back in high school, but unlike a high school facility, ours is open and available to the community. The makerspace tools are both "old school" like wood working, metal working, ceramics and crafts, but also "new school" platforms like CAD design, CNC manufacturing, new electronics platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino, laser cutting, and other emerging fabrication techniques. 

Woodworking class
Woodworking class

 You can make a quilt in makerspace, but you can also create your very own carbon fiber drone, complete with all of the electronics, from scratch. And lots of other stuff.  

Making a custom circuit board for the official Leesburg ornament on the Governor of Virginia's Christmas tree
Making a custom circuit board for the official Leesburg ornament on the Governor of Virginia's Christmas tree

We serve 5 populations:  

  • Enthusiasists. People of all ages who like to learn how to make things, and have a place to make those things.  
  • Students (of all ages). We allow students to "hang out, mess around, and geek out" with hands-on, problem-oriented collaborative learning. 
  • Entrepreneurs.  A makerspace pools the resources of a community, making tools, knowledge and space available to enable entrepreneurs (both large and small) to flesh out their ideas
  • Community Organizations. We serve Loudoun in large part by making our resources available to other organization who already provide quality programming to targeted populations. 
  • Artists. looking for a space to create their latest inspiration

 At this new location we will be creating a future-proof community of diverse, passionate and capable people that have interesting and meaningful lives and jobs, and their children will be enabled to follow them. 

Elementary student 3D printing parts of her "3D Cell project". Yes, that's a tiara. No, that's not a real fur coat.
Elementary student 3D printing parts of her "3D Cell project". Yes, that's a tiara. No, that's not a real fur coat.

 

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks, and doing a makerspace is no different.

The biggest risk this specific project faces is that our facility will be a reflection of the community support we receive. Makersmiths is bringing a lot of donated tools to the space, and the Town of Purcellville have been creative in making a space available to us. But it needs a lot of work. This Kickstarter will help us get some supplies, and get the basics up and running in this space, but all of us will need to roll up our sleeves and lean in if we want to make this an effective and enjoyable space for us to work in.

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    Supporter

    Every dollar counts! And you get our heartfelt appreciation with every dollar. You also get the satisfaction of knowing you helped make the pooled tools, resources, and knowledge in our community available to others here who can take advantage of that. Thanks!

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    Partier

    Every donation of $10 earns an invite to our grand opening party!

    The party is planned for August 2017, but we'll ship you your tickets as soon as possible after the Kickstarter campaign closes.

    If you are a regular Makersmiths Month/Annual Member, then your ticket is included in your membership and you'll be receiving an invitation anyways.

    If you have a non-membership pledge, increase it by $10 per party goer and send us a note that you'd like to come to the party.

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    Makersmiths custom keychain

    With a $25 backing you'll receive a custom "Makersmiths Purcellville" keychain with your name on it, handmade by the folks at Makersmiths.

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    Makersmiths custom ruler

    Maybe you are not a keychain person? For $25, you can choose instead a handmade "Makersmiths Purcellville" laser cut ruler, with your name on it.

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    Makersmiths Purcellville, T-shirt

    Every $50 donor will receive a "Makersmiths Purcellville" T-Shirt.

    Anyone wearing the T-shirt to the Grand opening party receives a complimentary ticket!

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    Makersmiths gift month membership

    Gift membership. $50 provides a 1 month associate membership for you or someone you think will be interested in this. Great surprise gift for any occasion!

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    Makersmiths sign

    Every $100 supporter will receive a "Makersmiths Purcellville" metal logo, handcrafted at Makersmiths, appropriate for the bumper of your car. (Also looks great in other places, like on your desk, or your kayak, too!)

    You'll also receive an invite to our grand opening party.

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    Founding Member - 1 month

    This 1 month membership qualifies you as a "Founding member of Makersmiths Purcellville". This is good at both Leesburg and Purcellville, and is a Full Membership, with a key good for 24/7 access, subject to our operating policies.

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    Makersmiths, SWAG Bag

    If you like "SWAG", (and who doesn't), a $250 supporter receives all of the above (except the memberships), plus four Makersmiths glasses inscribed on our laser cutter.

    You also get 4 tickets to our grand opening for you and your friends

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    Makersmiths, Class Pass

    Maybe you value experiences over stuff? In that case, supporters who contribute $250 can choose a 3 pack of classes. Choose from 3 classes in any of these areas:
    -Electronics (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, basic circuits/soldering, etc)
    -3D 101 (CAD, 3D printing, CNC 101, etc),
    -Woodworking
    -Metalworking (machining, welding, etc)
    -Laser cutter

    Just include a note/comment with your contribution as to which area you'd like your classes in.

    You also get 4 tickets to our grand opening.

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    Makersmiths Big Class Pass

    If you are really eager to learn get started doing something new - this is for you. For $500, supporters get a half day (4 hour) deep dive class into one of our main programming areas. You may not exactly go from "zero to hero", but if you come to the class with no existing knowledge, and apply yourself, after this class you will a sense of competence in a new skill. Choose from any of the following areas, and just note your preference to us:
    -Electronics (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, basic circuits/soldering, etc),
    -3D 101 (CAD, 3D printing, CNC 101, etc),
    -Woodworking,
    -Metalworking (machining, welding, etc)
    -Laser cutter

    Classes will be scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout 2017 (in our current location), and as soon as possible in the new Purcellville location. Class tickets will be sent out as soon as possible after the close of the campaign, and as soon as you receive them, you can begin scheduling your class (subject to facility and instructor availability),

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    Makersmiths 6 month family membership

    Ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in and join us? For $500 you can get a 6 month family membership. This qualifies you as a "Founding member of Makersmiths Purcellville". This is a full membership status (you get a key to both facilities, including our current Leesburg one as well as Purcellville when it is ready, and get to use it 24/7 - subject to our final operating policies) for you and 3 of your family members

    As a member, you and your family members will be entitled to tickets to our grand opening party.

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    Makersmiths 1 year family membership

    Ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in and join us? For $1,000 you can get a 12 month family membership, which is essentially 2 months free. This is a full membership status (you get a key to both facilities, including our current Leesburg one as well as Purcellville when it is ready, and get to use it 24/7 - subject to our final operating policies) for you and 3 of your family members

    As a member, you and your family members will be entitled to tickets to our grand opening party.

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    Makersmiths Benefactors Wall

    You like what we are doing, but don't have the time, or maybe the temperament to make things.

    Don't worry - you can still support us!

    Supporters who pledge $1,000 can choose to be recognized on our "Benefactor's Wall", placed prominently in the makerspace

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    Rent the makerspace

    If you want to support us and be the best BFF ever, you can opt to host a party in the makerspace for you and up to 16 of your friends.

    You provide the friends, and we'll provide the party, complete with demos and lessons throughout.

    Great for "Best Birthday Party Ever!", or business gatherings that are about more than making photocopies of your...faces, and for lots of other occasions, too.

    You'll receive your voucher as soon as possible after the close of the campaign, and we'll work with you and our volunteers to schedule the party according to your needs and interests.

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    Sponsor a Tool

    Sponsor a tool! Help us make the right tools available to our community. A $5,000 contribution gets your name permanently displayed on a key tool within the space. Options include vertical mill, table saw, 3D printer(s), lathe, any large woodworking tool, most of the medium sized metal working tools, kiln, craft lab.

    Have an idea for a tool, and don't see it listed. Just let us know, and we'll see what we can do!

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    Sponsor a platform!

    Be one of our biggest supporters by sponsoring a key platform.

    The only way we make these amazing tools available to the community is through support like yours. For $10,000 your name (individual or organization) will be displayed on a key platform within the makerspace.for 2 years.

    Options include:
    -Laser cutter
    -3D design lab
    -Large CNC mill
    -3D printer Lab
    -Electronics Lab
    -Woodshop
    -Metal Shop

    Don't see something there you'd like, but have an idea? Let us know!

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    Lifetime family membership

    You are ready for the Makersmiths Tattoo, and want to be a big part of helping us to grow and serve Loudoun.

    $10,000 gets a non-expiring (ever!) membership for you and up to 3 of your family members.

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