BRAMPTON, ON: At the Grand Opening of the MakerSpace Creative Hub in downtown Brampton, a standard ribbon-cutting just wouldn’t suffice. Instead, a robot, powered by VEX robotic technology, wheeled up a 3D printed plaque to be unveiled by representatives from Sheridan College, Brampton Library, the City of Brampton, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and Cimetrix Solutions.
The Grand Opening, held November 4 at the home of the MakerSpace in Brampton Library’s Four Corners (downtown) branch, launched the opening of a publicly accessible space for Brampton residents, businesses and community groups, providing free access to robotics, 3D printing and architectural modelling.
Rebecca Raven, CEO of Brampton Library; Regional Councillor Gael Miles from the City of Brampton; Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan College; Mathew Wilson, Vice President, National Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters; and Sohail Saeed, Director, Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Brampton, all spoke at the event. Each had similar messages about the value of the new MakerSpace – it is a place to inspire innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity in Brampton.
Programming for the MakerSpace is scheduled two weeks at a time and includes public drop-ins themed around the different technologies available, as well as sessions for community and school groups. Visit the Brampton Library or www.brampton.ca/HACE for program details.
Expert support from Sheridan College is on-hand during scheduled programming times to help provide guidance and instruction on using the tools and software.
MakerSpace Creative Hub goals
- Support the creative economy in Brampton by engaging community groups, attracting entrepreneurship and introducing technology resources to a wider audience, thereby helping to foster the development of 21st century job skills.
- Provide residents and community groups with free access to tools and resources to solve household or commercial design challenges, or simply create and play.
- This is the first community-based Library MakerSpace of its kind in Canada to boast a professional grade 3D printer, thanks to a generous in-kind contribution from Cimetrix Solutions, a leading provider of 3D printing technology serving academic, design and manufacturing communities across Canada.
- Residents can get hands-on with technology like 3D modelling and design software, 3D printers, robotics software and tools, and architectural modelling software.
• The MakerSpace Creative Hub is the product of a partnership between Sheridan College and the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Brampton Library and the City of Brampton.
• Brampton has a strong foundation in the creative economy, employing 36,095 people from a broad range of creative and cultural industries.
About Brampton: The ninth largest city in Canada, Brampton has a successful, well-diversified economy and is home to more than 8,000 businesses. The City continues to retain a Triple ‘A’ credit rating by Standard & Poor’s, reflecting its successful economy. Brampton celebrates its diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Offering more than 6,000 acres of parkland, Brampton takes pride in being known as the Flower City of Canada. Brampton has been designated since 2007 as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca
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