MKRLAB Is Restructuring!

Update As Of Sept 1st, 2019

MKRLAB has been busy this summer! We’re proud to announce that thanks to the hard work of our staff, friends, and the generous help of many volunteers, we’ve expanded the makerspace into the garage and can now accommodate wood and metal working.

As we roll this new phase out, MKRLAB is making some changes to how we make stuff with you. We’re not alone – the Makerpace business model is a new one, and no one has yet to come up with a perfect version. Here is a link to a recent Globe & Mail article describing the state of many makerspaces, including our own: https://tgam.ca/2OrCVsB

So what does that mean for MKRLAB?

Well, we will be temporarily taking a step back from many of our public offerings, such as having open retail hours and various types of adult & kid programming. Instead, we’ll be exploring the ability to help incubate new ideas, support amateur and professional prototyping and creating.

WHAT’S STAYING
We will still be doing fun stuff, like community repair nights, birthday parties (woohoo!), and private/corporate events.

WHAT’S GOING
$50 MEMBERSHIPS. We won’t be taking on any new memberships and won’t be open during retail hours.
ADULT WORKSHOPS. We’re reducing the number of workshops being offered during Fall/Winter 2019.
YOUTH WORKSHOPS. We will no longer be offering our weekend MKRCLUB, after-school programming, PED days or camps during Fall/Winter 2019.

WHAT’S NEW / CHANGING
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS. There will now be 24/7 access for professionals and entrepreneurs who are looking for a space to build, prototype or create. Professional members will have access to all tools and equipment in the space. Usage of certain shop tools are limited to 8am – 8pm. No cost for machine time use. BYOMaterials.

There will be a limited number of Professional Memberships being offered, so if you are interested please email or message us on FB.

APPOINTMENTS. Making stuff is now by appointment only. If you have an existing membership, you’ll still have access to the space until September 30, 2019. During this time you’ll have to email or message us on FB to schedule a time in advance.

ONE ON ONE. If you still want to make stuff but need a bit of help, we are happy to arrange 1-on-1 or small group tutorials by the hour.

PROTOTYPING AND DESIGN IDEATION. if you are a company requiring prototyping or design ideation, Dan Aronson is your guy. With over a decade experience in toy design and development, Dan is well-versed in design, fabrication, prototyping and ideation. Contact him at dan@mkrlab.ca or email anyone else in his family and they will make sure he gets in touch with you.

Rest assured, we will also be working with the City of Montreal and applying for various grants to enable MKRLAB to continue to serve the community. We will keep you informed as things progress.

Thank you for your understanding.

-The MKRLAB Team

 

WHAT IS IN THE MKRLAB?

​Conveniently located in the heart of NDG, MKRLAB is a makerspace, community workshop and tool library, designed to be a welcoming space for you to discover and explore your creative passions using raw materials, tools, technology, repurposed items, and imagination. We are a hub for innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial endeavours.

We will provide facilitation, learning resources and a space for our members to work and access tools and equipment for 3D printing, printmaking, electronics, culinary sciences, and more.

 

WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?

A makerspace is creative community workspace where people can gather to create, invent, explore, and tinker with a variety of tools, materials, and technology. It is an experiential learning space for members to develop and advance their skillsets, gain experience with new techniques, and work on a wide range of personal and facilitator-lead projects. A makerspace invites members to explore materials, methods, and equipment that are difficult to access outside of traditional educational environments.

If you are an entrepreneur looking for a workspace and specialized equipment to produce your craft, it can also provide the means of production to turn your labour into capital!

One of the key aims of our makerspace is to offer workshops and programming to develop our community members’ DIY skills and experience. We also aim to encourage youth to develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills in a blended learning environment by offering STEAM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) oriented after-school and weekend programming for kids and teens, as well as 4-hand projects for parents to do with their children.