Generator, a New Maker Space Opens in Downtown Burlington, Champlain MakerLab Opening Soon

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Burlington, Vt. — Burlington City Arts, Burlington Parks and Recreation, the Burlington Community and Economic Development Office and the Generator Board of Directors are excited to announce the opening of Generator, Burlington's first Maker Space. Generator, located in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium on Main Street, is a combination of artist studio, classroom, and business incubator focused on the act of making things. Generator exists at the intersection of art, science and technology and as such creates a community of collaboration between artists, engineers, entrepreneurs and artisans.

Working in partnership with Generator, the Champlain College MakerLab is set to open in late April as part of the Emergent Media Center's expansion at the Miller Center building on Lakeside Avenue. The Champlain MakerLab will give Champlain students, alumni and Generator members access to 3D printers and scanners — including the ProJet 4500, the most sophisticated 3D color printer available — laser cutters, computer-controlled milling machines, electronics and ;microcontrollers, along with a range of traditional fabrication tools.

"I believe Generator has a powerful role to play in the education of our youth, the empowerment of our entrepreneurs, and as a primary driver of Vermont's larger creative economy," said Ken Howell, vice president of the Generator board of directors, and assistant professor in Champlain College's Division of Communication & Creative Media.

Champlain College plans to preview its new MakerLab with a visit to campus by Intel Corporation's Futurist Brian David Johnson Wed., April 2. He will give a public talk about the future at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium. Johnson's work focuses on developing an actionable vision for computing in 2020, amd future casting —using field studies, technology research, trend data and even science fiction to provide Intel with a vision of consumers and computing. Johnson "forecasts" what the 2020 consumer will be looking for in the world of technology.

Maker LabOne of those future-looking projects is Generator and Champlain's MakerLab, community space that will offer events, workspace, state of the art tools, cutting-edge software and education for anyone interested in creative endeavors. Monthly membership at Generator starts at $50, giving access to tools and workspace. Studio membership starts at $100 a month and includes a private workspace. Classes for adult and teens, programmed and managed by Burlington City Arts, begin in April and will feature subjects like Laser Cutting and 3D printing. More information about programming can be found at generatorvt.com.

The public is invited to a launch party on Saturday, March 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring demos, tours, tomato soup and grilled cheese bar, cash bar and music by Disco Phantom — all are invited to attend to learn more about what Generator has to offer.

"The Generator is the first of its kind in Vermont where people have a place and space to really be creative with access to state of the art tools and to each other," said Doug Webster, Generator board member and director of the Champlain Maker Faire.

When speaking about the creation of Generator, Peter Owens, director of Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office said, ""Generator is our future. Its new economy orientation on collaboration, invention, rapid proto-typing and open platform community building will help write the entrepreneurial code of Burlington's economic future. And most importantly.... have fun doing it!."

Generator tools for member and class use include advanced rapid prototyping capability (Stratasys uPrint 3D printer, Epilog Fusion 32" laser cutter, Roland CNC milling machine), a 24" Blackcat Cougar Vinyl Cutter, Mac and PC workstations with software for data visualization, 3D modeling and app development, electronic test equipment, circuit assembly, Arduino and electronic fabrication supplies, six soldering stations, gigabit Internet access (some of the fastest in New England) and the hardware required for next generation high-speed Internet application development jewelry design and production, as well as a variety of hand and power tools and more to be added.

Generator partners include Champlain College, Burlington City Arts, Burlington Parks & Recreation, The University of Vermont, CEDO, Smith Buckley Architects, Burlington Telecom, Vermont Makers, Logic Supply, Champlain Maker Faire, Lab B, Gravel and Shea, Vermont Woodworking School, Burlington College, Surdna Foundation, Peter Swift and Diana McCargo, Metz Family, Mary and Tom Evslin.

For more information about studio space, membership, events, classes and workshops, please visit www.generatorvt.com


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.