Imagine a place where you can make your ideas come to life, where you can experiment, prototype, and create without the burdensome overhead of expensive tools and equipment. Imagine a place where you can learn new skills, collaborate, innovate–a place where your dreams can take flight. Then, imagine that this Makerspace is for everyone. We’re making it happen in Columbus, Indiana!
make. innovate. accelerate.
What is a makerspace?
A makerspace is a collaborative workspace for creating, learning, and innovating, equipped with high-tech to no-tech tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering irons, wood working tools, welding equipment, and even sewing machines.
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Who can use Propeller?
Are you a student or entrepreneur, an artist or hobbyist, just starting out, or retired? If so, Propeller is for you! Propeller is an extension of the Columbus Airpark Campus. It will offer formal and informal programming and learning opportunities for people of all ages.
When will it open?
Propeller will begin offering programming and memberships by the fall of 2021.
The facility will occupy two buildings (image above) totaling 10,000 square feet, located just west of the terminal building on the Airpark Campus.
& MAKE IT HAPPEN
For many years this facility has been used by Cummins as an engine testing facility. The company will vacate the test site this summer, making way for Propeller.
During Propeller’s incubation phase, the Columbus Area Chamber Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent and leaseholder. In-kind donations of rent, furniture, equipment, and services will be important to long-term sustainability.
Velocities, a partnership between the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, The Mill in Bloomington, and Elevate Ventures is supporting the space through a $65,000 sponsorship so that Propeller can be its flagship location in Columbus, helping innovators commercialize their ideas.
- Bartholomew County Library
- C-4 Technical Education
- Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
- Community Education Coalition
- Columbus Learning Center
- Columbus Board of Aviation Commisioners
- Cummins, Inc.
- LHP Engineering Services
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Purdue Polytechnic