New Makerspace Equipment!

We’ve got some exciting new additions at the makerspace thanks in part to funding from CanNor!

In the wood shop there’s two new King Industrial sanders:an oscillating spindle sander and a belt and disc sander.

The sewing room also features two brand new machines: a Janome serger and a Singer industrial sewing machine. A serger, also known as an overlock machine, is a tool that allows you to quickly finish edges on your sewing projects and the second industrial sewing machine promises to be easier to maintain and use than our existing vintage machine.

In the digital fabrication room, between the laser cutters, you’ll find the newly installed Pocket NC 5-axis CNC mill. This machine is part of YuKonstruct’s Instructables Makerspace Contest winnings.

5-axis CNC Mill
5-axis CNC Mill

Finally, the hackerspace now has an EinScan-S desktop 3D scanner, so you can easily make 3D digital models of real objects!

3D Scanner
3D Scanner

See the makerspace’s full list of tools on the Equipment page.

While not exactly equipment, you’ll likely notice that seating in the computer lab is much more comfortable these days with the bonus addition of new-to-us office chairs for all the computer stations.

 

One year ago today…

Happy 2015 Yukon Makers! I figure this is a good time to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Amazing to think YuKonstruct was barely an idea a year ago. Today, we have a space, tons of cool tools (with more coming), a thriving and growing membership, and a small army of passionate volunteers working tirelessly to realize our collective dream for YuKonstruct. The result is a coalescence of a creative community where people are learning new skills, building new things, and in some cases developing new products. What does this mean? It means YuKonstruct is becoming the symbol and vehicle for creativity, skill-development, community-building, innovation and entrepreneurship.

When we look back, we note January 15th last year when over 230 Yukoners showed up to the first YuKonstruct event to share cool projects, a passion for making, and a collective will to create the first makerspace north of 60. A ‘Core Team’ of over a dozen dedicated volunteers emerged becoming the driving force behind YuKonstruct. YuKonstruct became an official Society, launched a balloon into space, hosted Hacking Health, and found a space before the summer. In September we opened the doors of our 135 Industrial Road location with a full slate of weekly workshops and built the membership to over 80 makers, with over 100 others participating in various workshops. YuKonstruct was also invited to speak at Air North’s infamous annual business after-hours where it show-cased the 3-D laser-cut planes built for Winterval. Throughout the year, volunteers worked to successfully solicit funding and support from a variety of government and private supporters.

So where are we heading? From here our initial focus is to continue building our membership, offering a range of great workshops, increasing our tool-base, and ensuring we create a sustainable and well-run organization. We are also keeping our eyes on future opportunities for sustainable growth, creative partnerships, and wicked events that ignite the creativity in every Yukoner.

I would like to make a special thanks to all the volunteers who continue to poor countless hours into our collective dream. I would also like to thank all of our funders who took a risk by supporting our passion and believing in the potential of YuKonstruct. Your investments are paying off. And thanks to our membership: ultimately, it’s people that make our dream the success it is.

Here’s to making 2015 the year we make YuKonstruct the household-name for creativity, innovation, and “yes, that’s possible”.

Yours,
John Glynn-Morris

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NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
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