They call it a gym for thinkers and builders.
“We are here to help and facilitate,” said Cody Wilson, a member of the public relations committee for the business called QC Co-Lab. “We offer help for everything from electronics, programming, even blacksmithing. We even have a studio, mostly for podcasting, but really for anybody who wants to record anything.”
Robots, high-voltage displays and more can be found at various times at the new 4,000-square-foot facility at 1033 E. 53rd St., Davenport, near Hamilton Technical College.
“What we’re about is taking things apart, learning how they work, and doing something neat with that knowledge,” said Steve Hamer, QC Co-Lab president. “We’re excited to open the doors and provide space for people to learn and collaborate.”
QC Co-Lab is an independent “makerspace.” It also is referred to as a “hackerspace” or “projectspace.” It was created by local technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
Wilson explained that QC Co-Lab is a community driven non-profit organization and physical space, formed as a haven for technologists, entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, educators and hobbyists to meet and create.
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“We are striving to create an atmosphere of collaboration and entrepreneurship, where a diverse group can gather, grow, design, create, build, engineer, innovate and all around have fun,” he said.
The space includes a classroom, recording studio, library, conference room, kitchen and workshop space, and is accessible 24-hours a day for dues-paying members. It also will host public events that groups can reserve all or part of the space.
Wilson said the facility offers tools ranging from a drill press to a table saw. It has equipment for soldering, and eventually will have computers and servers, wireless Internet, a library and lounge area.
He said members pay $30 a month and have 24-hour access to the building. Members are fingerprinted, which allows them into the building when they work on projects.