Christina, Old Post Office | October 1, 2019
Most people have the same reaction that I did when I first walked into the 3rd floor Makerspace at the Old Post Office; equal parts amazed and intimidated! The Makerspace staff have made some incredible pieces using the equipment up there from hanging sun catchers, to flexible plastic lizards to metal business cards.
It certainly sparks a million DIY ideas but where to start?
Aside from all the inspiration you can gather from simply visiting the space to see what other staff and members have made, there are a ton of free resources online that you can access to create one of a kind, professional looking pieces.
I took a workshop offered by Idea Exchange to learn the basics of 3D modelling on the free online resource, Tinkercad. Even for someone with absolutely zero experience with a 3D printer, the course made it so simple to create a basic print! My first foray was a custom dog tag.
Feeling confident now, I decided to take on the laser cutter. My friend’s housewarming was coming up and I wanted to gift her something useful that also represented her and her interests. That is when Makerspace staff let me know about Thingiverse - this changed the game! Very kind and technically savvy users post designs – both for the 3D printer and the laser cutter – that someone like myself can download and use completely free!
I found a design for a small jewelry box. With my design skills from the workshop I was able to change the text to make it look like it came from her favourite show, Schitt’s Creek.
After the reception the box got, I was hooked on the Makerspace and all its possibilities!
You don’t need to be an expert to create custom and professional looking pieces! See what others have made and share your own creations at #OPOmade.
Use the Makerspace stamp program to get rewards towards your next project! Ask staff for a stamp each time you buy materials at Idea Exchange, Old Post Office. Collect 6 stamps to receive $6.00 worth of materials free.
Check out our upcoming workshops for inspiration: