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TinkerMill

A designated Colorado Enterprise Zone Contribution Project, TinkerMill is the largest makerspace in the Rocky Mountain region. Our talented membership provides STEAM education and support innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development, and community growth.

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Advanced Prototyping Manufacturing Facility

Class

Science & Technology 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

TinkerMill provides an industrial facility which includes tools, equipment, and materials for emerging advanced industry business entrepreneurs, STEAM students, and members of the public to explore creative, scientific, educational, and entrepreneurial projects and ideas. The capabilities of this facility include full CNC metalworking, professional woodworking, electronics and electrical design, software, metal casting, ceramics, 3D printing, laser cutting, and a full range of welding. By providing this facility, TinkerMill has grown a community of career professionals from existing advanced industry in the greater Longmont and Boulder areas.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Dozens of new companies have been created with the resources available at TinkerMill. Several have outgrown TinkerMill facilities provides, creating numerous high-skilled jobs in the Longmont area supported by international product sales.

Creative Educational Workshops

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

TinkerMill offers educational workshops to anyone who is interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (or STEAM). The program fosters creativity and encourages creation of new products and tools. Activities include education and instruction on prototype development and creation, as well as basic electronics, robotics, programming, and more. We also provides access to woodworking and metalworking tools for prototype creation. Each workshop is dedicated to a certain skill set, based on community interest and need. TinkerMill holds approximately 100 workshops and events each month serving more than 4,500 members of the community. The workshops typically last between one and two hours and are typically lead by volunteers who are professionals in their field with the goal to share their knowledge and skills. TinkerMill workshops are open to youth and adults are are held in our facility. Classes are available at extremely low cost or are free of charge and we publicize our events through schools, colleges, churches, and community centers. Our facility is open seven days a week and anyone with the appropriate safety training can come in and use our facility and most of our tools and equipment free of charge. We continue to acquire power tools, hand tools, machinery, computers, and cutting-edge software which introduces new technology to the community and encourages education, experimentation, and collaboration.

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Evidence of Program's Success

TinkerMill workshops and classes are very well attended. Participants frequently progress to more advanced topics within TinkerMill, in higher education, and employment opportunities.

Innovate Longmont

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The community of advanced industry professionals that has developed at TinkerMill ensures accessible technical and commercial expertise for early stage entrepreneurs and provides a connection to individual and group investors. In partnership with the Longmont Community Foundation and Longmont Economic Development Partnership, TinkerMill has created the Innovate Longmont program providing customized small business acceleration and early-stage grant funding to innovative startup businesses.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Innovate Longmont has provided grant funding to several early-stage startup companies who continue to grow their revenue and operational size.

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