The MoExcels Workforce Initiative awarded MACC a $935,655.00 grant in 2019 for the construction of a Community Makerspace in Columbia, Missouri. The facility is located on the Columbia campus of MACC and spans over 5,000 square feet.
What is a Makerspace?
This is a state-of-the-art collaborative space that brings innovative top-of-the-line equipment and tools to a community workspace with creative entrepreneurs in mind. Makers and doers of all ages and skill sets are able to develop and improve their trade through the unique space. It is not only available to students, but also to the general community and will offer day passes as well as monthly and annual memberships. Each MACCLab user must undergo MACCLab orientation prior to their first class.
What equipment is available at the Makerspace?
The Makerspace comes fully equipped with state-of-the-art machines and tools including a full service woodshop, metal shop, and CNC shop allowing carpenters, fabricators, programmers, mechanics, and more to build and improve their skills and craftsmanship.
Also, there is a large general space that can be used for a variety of self-starters and creatives. Here you will find 3D printers, computers, electronic equipment, wide format printers, and vinyl cutters for large print jobs and framing.
Finally, there is a large section of the space dedicated to textiles and crafts. This space features sewing machines, a long-arm quilter, an embroidery machine, precision cutters, and more.
This is a truly collaborative space open to all makers, creators, entrepreneurs, and doers, ensuring access to learning opportunities for all students and community members.
Membership to MACCLab is available to those 13 and older. Membership gives an individual access to the equipment they have trained in, reduced rates for classes, and access to computers, an ideation space, and a kitchen area.
Before gaining membership and/or taking classes individuals must attend MACCLab Orientation.