A small crowd hovered over a desk as purple plastic slowly wove into the distinctive shape of a chain bracelet. People who went to the Creatorspace open house in May watched the 3D printer create a complex structure before their eyes.
League City now has a space at 144 Park Ave. for residents interested in learning how to use technology and build gadgets.
Creatorspace, a nonprofit organization, offers workshops and creative services through projects and education. The organization hosts an open house at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the 4,500-square-foot space in the city-owned blue building.
“Makerspaces in general benefit the community because they provide an outlet and a set of resources that are otherwise difficult to come by,” David Overland, vice president, said.
Creatorspace allows residents all kinds of opportunities, Overland said.
“We’re a resource for people who are just beginning to explore a particular industry or job space,” he said. “It lets you learn that you can do things.”
Creatorspace is a place for people who enjoy making anything creative, Overland said.
“Some people like electronics, other people like software, some people like woodworking,” he said. “Everybody likes making things. What we bring to the community is a place to explore those kinds of things and to learn.”
The organization offers residents a team with wide-ranging skills, Overland said.
“We have a lot of expertise,” he said. “We have a really broad set of skills and a very deep set of skills among all the members here. We love helping people figure stuff out.”
Creatorspace allows the community access to resolving any technology issues, board member Mike Chrismer said.
“I’m emphatic that we need to help people with their prototypes, solve their problems, get their project going,” he said.
It’s a rare resource because it offers access to advisers with a wide background of experience.
“David is from NASA and my actual formal training is I was an underwater welder,” Chrismer said.
The organization’s hope is to teach residents, member Jared Williams said.
“We’re right here by a couple of schools,” he said. “We want to get out there and actually teach the community that we’re here, that we’re available and we can show them how to do stuff.”
Not many places like Creatorspace exist to help residents work with technology such as 3D printers, Clear Lake resident Leslie Eaton said.
“There’s a lot of stores that carry them, but unless you got something that they sell, they are not going to help you,” Eaton said. “They don’t have any interest in it.”
Creatorspace is an asset that creates a dedicated space to support entrepreneurship and resolve technology issues, Director of Economic Development Scott Livingston said.
“Creatorspace is a great fit for League City because it offers assistance to business startups and entrepreneurs and supports many of the qualities the citizens of League City value,” he said. “It provides a forum in which its members may experiment, build new things and collaborate to solve problems by using technical, scientific and artistic skills.”
In the next year, Creatorspace hopes to be more involved in the community, Overland said.
“We want to be able to do more stuff with students,” he said. “We’re in the process of talking to some people about summer programs, possibly sponsoring a robotics team and basically growing in membership.”