Manufacturing Week: Do it yourself at the Lansing Makers Network

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Whether you want to just get hands dirty, or pick up a new hobby, the Lansing Makers Network has you covered.

Craftsmen at the Lansing Makers Network work on their projects (source, WILX).

"We're giving people an opportunity to learn new things," Executive Director and Board President Brian Adams said.

Its a workspace that is open from Thursday-Sunday, and for just $35 a month, people can experiment with woodshop, programming, metalwork and more. But for $80 a month, you can get your own key, and come in whenever you want.

"It's a wonderful release it's a great exercise. It keeps the mind going and we have a great community of people," Founding Member and former board member Carl Raymond said.

And that community includes people of all different calibers. Rhett Pimental is a sophomore at MSU studying mechanical engineering. He's worked with metal and been trained in woodwork.

"Just a place to come when I'm not doing schoolwork. Just a place to have a break and work on some fun projects," Pimental said.

It doesn't matter if you're a college student, a pro, or a retiree looking to tinker around, anyone is welcome to come in and tinker with some hands-on activities.

"Try it. Part of the reason that a space like this can exist is at the intro level, it's not hard to use a lot of these tools," Adams said. "There's a lot of ways to become an expert...but to get started you don't have to be an expert."

Some members participate in the "Scrapfest" in the summer to show off what they made.

To learn more about the Lansing Maker's Network, click here.

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