Sparks will fly as Mayor Rogero cuts a metal ribbon to kick off the grand opening of Knox Makers new community-oriented maker space on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 11 AM.  The event, located at 116 Childress Street, is open to the public and will include tours of the new workshop spaces and displays of projects made using the tools in the space that consist of 3D printing, laser cutting, wood working, metal working, and more.  


Knox Makers is a place for the Knoxville area's engineers, artists, hobbyists, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs to work and play. It is a technology and art collective dedicated to the promotion of creativity enabled and informed by science. Knox Makers provides lectures, workshops, and outreach programs that inspire and educate both members and the general public.  The nearly 7,000 square foot workshop enables projects ranging from making your own costumes to building your own furniture to designing your own electronics.  


“Knox Makers is more than just tools and a workshop,“ says Knox Makers President, Doug Laney.  “We have almost 100 members who come together and share what they know.  By combining skills and working together, they can make things that they wouldn‘t be able to make alone.  That collaboration brings a real sense of community to the space. Being a part of that community is the best thing about Knox Makers.“


The Grand Opening will begin with the ribbon cutting at 11AM, with tours and demonstrations continuing until 4PM.  Knox Makers will be signing up new members and selling t-shirts during the event.  Mean Mama‘s Burgers and Such along with Big O‘s Famous Barbecue food trucks will be on site serving lunch.