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Opportunities to use new technologies, for a small monthly fee
MADISON - Away from the talking heads in the Capitol Building, and far from the bustle of the UW campus, lies a somewhat hidden gem tucked away on Madison's east side.
An 8,500 square foot warehouse full of inventions big and small.
What is this place? It's called Sector67.
"It's a nonprofit community work space where anyone can come in and use the equipment for a monthly fee," founder Chris Meyer explained. "Just like a gym club."
Techies, engineers, computer science geniuses, and others come to Sector67 to work on prototypes. They use a large variety of laser cutters, 3D printers, drill presses, shop equipment, etc.
"Many times people come in with a concept but don't know how to build it," Meyer explained. "That's how we can help with what type of tool to use or training is necessary."
Sector67 users have found success. A skydiver designed a wrist-mount camera that he created using 3D printers. He sold the pdocut to the Red Bull Skydivers.
An artist from Milwaukee used the cast iron furnace to make cast iron kitchen ware.
"She makes Wisconsin state skillets," said Meyer. The product is taking off. The artist was even on the Martha Stewart Show.
"Martha Stewart has a New York state skillet that was cast in our parking lot," Meyer said proudly.
There are countless tools available, but Meyer believes the members are the biggest asset of Sector67
"It's about the people who are here," he said. "The people will figure out a way to solve an issue or challenge."