Makerspace manager Scott Sumner teaches residents about a wood carving machine.

It’s summertime!  Time for kids to swim, sleep until noon, and forget everything they learned from the school year, right?  Not so says the creators of the makerspace initiative in Fort Worth’s newest luxury home development of Walsh.

What’s a Makerspace?

According to our friends at makerspace.com, “a makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.

Okay, but what does that mean and what does that have to do with real estate?

Bringing the community together and inspiring minds of all ages is the goal of the Walsh makerspace.

The makerspace in Walsh, just 13 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth, is run by Scott Sumner.  His job is to showcase all the amazing ways kids of any age can learn how to design, create and produce just about anything.

“If they come with an idea, we can pretty much make it happen,” claims Sumner.  “We have machines for laser cutting, screen printing, woodworking, sewing, 3D printers and so much more.  My job is to teach everyone what’s available and to explore the possibilities.”

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Walsh Parkway Bridge

The Walsh Ranch Parkway bridge is a new addition to I-30 West and leads to Walsh

In Part 1 of discussing Fort Worth’s newest development, Walsh, we looked at how the landscape of West Fort Worth will soon change forever.  With the development opening soon (they say April 2017) there will soon be over 500 new homes under construction.

For Part 2, I would like to tell you about the innovations, schools and planning that will contribute into making Walsh a community for now and for the future.

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The Makerspace at Walsh

Conceptual rendering of The Makerspace in Walsh

A new word is circling the globe.  Well, maybe it’s not a new word but it’s certainly one that you’re going to hear more and more as it pertains to real estate and development.  The word is “makerspace.”

Also known as “hackerspace,” “hacklab,” or “metalabs,” a makerspace is a collection of people with similar interests that congregate in a collaborative work space to make things, share ideas and foster education.

It’s a club with membership based on a common interest.

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