3d-scanning for Custom Shoes!

The TechLab crew is pushing the limits of technology in hopes of bringing footwear comfort to one of our local members.
Last week Nathan helped us create a 3D computer model of a very large (Size 14, 5E width) human foot using an xBox Kinect and some special software called “Scanect”.

Our member's foot, scanned into a 3D computer model
Our member’s foot, scanned into a 3D computer model

By taking images of our subject’s feet from all angles, Nathan was able to create a 3D Model that we printed in plastic using our TAZ4 3D Printer!
3D Printed custom model of our member's foot!
3D Printed custom model of our member’s foot!

In the near future, we hope to work with Sense Of Motion Footwear (they make shoes right here in Montrose) to create a custom “last” that can be used to make custom shoes that match our members foot exactly, allowing them a level of comfort that they cannot find by ordering or buying shoes from a store!
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Announcing Montrose Makerspace TechLab!

Montrose Makerspace is pleased to announce TechLab – Opening July 2015!!!
The first in a series of collaborative high-tech spaces design to help our community materialize their ideas, TechLab will be located at 210 E Main St in downtown Montrose – within the Proximity Space Co-working environment.
Stay tuned for our official grand opening date, and feel free to contact us for more information.

Montrose MakerSpace TechLab is a membership-based space that provides the following resources at opening (with many more to come):

  • High-tech machines for rapid-prototyping and innovation projects
    • Large Format (12″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Small Format (6″ Cubed) 3D Printer
    • Laser Cutter & Engraver
    • Vinyl Cutting Plotter
    • (*TBD) Desktop CNC Router/Mini-Mill
  • Lounge Area for brainstorming and collaboration
  • Office, computing, and meeting resources
  • Classroom Training and Science/Technology based educational workshops
  • Consulting, Design, and Prototyping expertise, advice, and custom project/job work

Our partnership with Proximity Co-Working space allows us to provide access to entrepreneurial resources and facilities which compliment our goals of supporting collaboration, education/vocational training, talent, high-tech resources, and innovative ideas in the local community.

Montrose Makerspace TechLab is only the beginning of what Montrose Makerspace has to offer! Our long-term plans include an expansion into a larger “shop” space, to include Metalworking, Woodworking, Textiles, and many other large-scale specialized machinery. Now’s the time to get involved and start making your ideas into reality, right here in beautiful Montrose, CO!

Thank you to every one of our founders, friends, fans and gracious contributors for your support and enthusiasm! We’re looking forward to changing the way we live and work in this community, and we owe it all to you!
Montrose Makerspace Team

Behind-the-scenes – Film Festival control room

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans recently hosted a film festival  jam-packed with outdoor activities, dance parties, and a large selection of unique films Рmost with direct ties to the local area.

I (Chuck) was fortunate to have the opportunity to manage the technical production for film screening events at the historic Fox Cinema Center right here in Montrose!

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