Makerspaces Making Innovation

Yukonstruct is a makerspace; a space for makers, builders, tinkers, and hobbyists to gather and let their creative juices flow.

Every so often these elements combine with an entrepreneurial spirit, and creation and business meet.  This phenomenon reached new heights with a stock deal worth $403 million as MakerBot Industries, the most well-known 3D printer brand in the market, was acquired by Stratasys, a Minnesota-based company and leader in 3D industrial printing and manufacturing.  MakerBot was conceived in a Vienna hackerspace, a makerspace more focused on computers and technology than machinery.

Back home in Yukon a similar event recently occurred with the unveiling of a home-buildt tractor at the annual conference to promote advancement of agriculture in the territory.  The Bobcat-like machine named NorTrackTor was created by Arctic Automate, Tom Bamford and Yukonstruct’s facilities manager Logan Sherk’s business, using Yukonstruct’s space and tools, specifically welders, induction forge and metal saw, and designs obtained from Open Source.  The Open Source network is instrumental to the makerspace general concept by providing free blueprints and materials lists for the general public rather than commercializing and profiting from product initiatives.

NorTrackTor is an affordable and basic in design tractor, making repairs easy, that was build for a price points comparison farming in remote locations and the overall goal of encouraging less of a barrier to commercial farming.  So this home-buildt tractor is a solution that is applicable in the North not just for farming but also quite possibly for smaller placer mining operations and other such industries.

65 Members Strong!

Yukonstruct has reached 65 paying members!

Not a small accomplishment considering we’re barely a year old in a small local population. This is proof Yukon is a creative community with people learning new skills, building new things, where innovation and entrepreneurship grows.

Universities are noticing, Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy sees great promise and potential in Makerspace saying how they are “a valuable resource for nurturing students’ personal intellectual discovery, self-education, and entrepreneurial spirit.” Makerspaces are becoming increasingly relevant due to significant changes in “what types of skillsets have real, applicable value in a rapidly advancing world” writes the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition as it concludes Makerspaces will have a profound impact on higher education within the next five years.”

Regardless of your background or intended destination I encourage you to check out Yukonstruct at 135 Industrial Road and perhaps join this movement and ignite that Yukon creativity.

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NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
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NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
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Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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