Where to Go in Kansas City to Build, Invent and Create
Hello makers, crafters, inventors, hackers, scientists and artists. Did you know that Kansas City is full of brick-and-mortar makerspaces to help you take your ideas from sketch to profitable business venture?
And here is more info on a few of our favorites:
FabLab: MCC–Business & Technology
1775 Universal Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64120
In the FabLab, you can conceptualize, design, develop, fabricate and test almost anything. If you are an artist, engineer, tinkerer, inventor, student or own a businesses, the FabLab has the tools to make your craft better.
Services include: CNC Router, woodworking, metalworking, hydraulic tube/pipe bender, laser cutter/engraver, 3d printers/scanner, and CADD workstations.
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Hammerspace Community Workshop & Makerspace
5200 E. 54th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64130
Hammerspace is a massive facility, home to Kansas City's community of makers, crafters and inventors. It's like a gym for folks who build and create. From rookies hoping to learn to experts looking for tools, machines and friends, this is the place to be.
Services include: Wood and metalworking, silver and blacksmithing, welding, molding, casting, soldering, electronics, robotics, rocketry, air brushing, classes or just fixing a broken doohickey.
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Black and Veatch Makerspace at Johnson County Library
9875 W 87th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66212
Don't have a 3D printer, recording studio or laser cutter at home? No problem, the JoCo Library has resources for you at the Black & Veatch MakerSpace. There you can use the studio, reserve equipment and let your imagination soar.
Services include: 3D printing, computers and software, electronics, audio and visual equipment, sewing equipment, CNC cutting, and vinyl and die cutting.
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The Device Labs
10316 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS 66203
If you're looking for a community of engineers, educators, problem solvers and innovators, you've come to the right place. Whether you're trying to grow your business from the ground up or need an engineering firm to help take your manufacturing to the next level, The Device Labs can help.
Services include: Coworking spaces, fully equipped workshop, mechanical design and prototype services, pre-production planning assistance, and training.
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Inventors Center of Kansas City
ICKC provides a learning forum for inventors and entrepreneurs and those in allied fields. Their monthly meetings are free and open to the public. They guide their members through the idea development process all the way to distribution and licensing
Attend their next meetup
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Independence Regional Ennovation Center
201 N Forest Avenue
Independence , MO 64050
The Ennovation Center serves as a business incubator and accelerator. General business, technology, kitchen and bioscience startup businesses will find entrepreneurial support, furnished offices, kitchen and lab space at very competitive lease rates.
Services include: Conference and training rooms, kitchen facilities, janitorial services, mail service, notary public, secretarial services and COFFEE.
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Technology Development Institute: Kansas State University
510 McCall Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
The Technology Development Institute employs a number of industry experienced engineers and business professionals that work directly with their clients to identify tasks which need to be completed to move development projects forward. This may consist of designing custom test equipment, constructing the equipment and conducting tests for final evaluation before taking a product to market. The institute also assists with the creation of patent disclosures for product concepts and conducting customer research.
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