BELMAR, NJ — Have you been curious about 3D printing? Are you in need of a video production or photography studio for a project? Or are you just looking to tinker in robotics or electronics repair?
The Belmar Community Makerspace will be making these things happen — and much more — from its new home in the Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.
A project of the Belmar Public Library, the Makerspace will host an open house today, October 10 at 6 p.m., giving the public its first look at this innovative hub uniquely designed for creators, builders, innovators and artists.
“The potential for unleashing people’s creativity has no limits at the Belmar Community Makerspace,” said library assistant Luis Pulido, who will manage the Makerspace. “And that’s because it is equipped with the technology and tools to bring their dreams and ideas to life.”
The new facility includes 3D printers, computers, sewing machines, video and photography equipment, basic workshop and electronic supplies, and a large flat-screen television for workshop instruction and presentations.
“While this wide array of equipment is important to any makerspace, a major emphasis is being placed on what people here can do with it,” said Pulido, who has coordinated the effort with the support of the library’s Board of Trustees and the Borough of Belmar. “It’s the Belmar Public Library’s commitment to lifelong learning — a way for the community to educate, enrich and entertain themselves through this invaluable, new resource.”
For example, while workshops and classes will be offered to teach people new skills, there will be open hours for people who have mastered those skills to work on their own personal projects. It also is looking to host Makers’ clubs and organizations, providing a showcase for innovation.
“We’re looking to build a community of makers who can share their ideas and experience in a collaborative environment that fosters teamwork,” said Pulido.
Throughout the project’s development, its planning has been guided by an ad hoc advisory board whose members “are all makers in one way or another,” he added.
They include John Hutchinson, Pat Hutchinson, Marc Natanagara, Donna Falk and Louise Krasniewicz, Ph.D., all of Belmar; Carol Robbins of Bradley Beach; and Laura Segedin of Tinton Falls.
“They have volunteered their time, experience and knowledge to help ensure that the Belmar Community Makerspace is properly designed, equipped and operated,” Pulido said.
During the October 10 open house, there will be demonstrations and refreshments will be served. The Makerspace is open to all Belmar residents, although a Belmar Public Library is required. Nonresidents are welcome once they acquire a Belmar library card for a $25 lifetime fee. For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732 681-0775 or visit www.belmarlibrary.org to send a message.