State College, Pa- Construction is about to begin on what many are calling a unique space in State College. “The Rivet” will be housed in the Discovery Space off of Atherton Street.
Monday evening, “The Rivet” hosted the last of their “Maker Monday” series, which looked to show community members different things they can create. Monday’s event taught locals how to brew their own beer.
The new space will offer many more options to young entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their business.
“I really can’t think of anybody who can’t benefit from this,” said Camille Sogin, Assistant Director for “The Rivet”.
The concept of “The Rivet’s” makerspace is simple: create a space where people can pay a monthly fee to use advanced technology or tools. The goal is to help many get their start in a specific trade, that may lead to the creation of new businesses.
“Makerspaces tend to be well supported because people coming out of makerspace are skilled. Entering the workforce they become skilled, and they then become entrepreneurs in their own right,” Sogin said.
Currently, “The Rivet” has enough money, through a Centre Inspires Grant, to fund the first couple phases of construction. Phase one starts with a computer lab.
“We’re starting with a computer lab, 3-D printing, and electronics fabrication,” Sogin said.
Phase two will see lazer cutters, vinyl cutters, textile arts equipment, and pottery equipment. When the whole space is finished, there will also be a spot for metalworking and woodworking.
The goal is to have phase one of construction completed by late this summer. An opening is planned for this fall.
WTAJ was told that “The Rivet” is considering charging somewhere between $50 and $80 per month for a membership. Until their new space is open, “The Rivet” says they’ll continue to have community events to show what their program has to offer.
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