The High Desert Maker Mill Powered by Cascade Divide will open this spring at 213 SW Columbia in Bend Oregon. The High Desert Makers, a non-profit organization, fueled the DIY spirit in Central Oregon through many events since winning the Bend Venture unConference wildcard in 2013, and will evolve their educational and collaborative programs with this official hub.

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Cascade Divide is developing a multi-use technology campus with world-class data centers at 213 SW Columbia and struck the agreement with the High Desert Makers. “This is a business-focused partnership dedicated to driving Central Oregon’s economy through clean technology and innovation. It’s a strong investment for Bend and Central Oregon’s future and we look forward to watching it grow,” said Jeff Henry, Senior Vice President of Cascade Divide.

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The High Desert Maker Mill will include resources for rapid prototyping, like 3D scanning and printing – and craftsman and artisanal trades including metal shop and woodworking. The primary membership will be $100 per month, offering access to the design center, WIFI community lounge, 10% discount on workshops and classes, tool vault privileges, open workbenches, and basic safety training on larger equipment.

“A dedicated volunteer effort has brought us this far and the bright future of the Maker Mill will be driven by and serve the community,” says Board President Scot Brees. There will be an event at the new location tonight! Monday, April 20th for all those who are curious about membership, volunteering, and sponsorship opportunities. For more details and to RSVP visit http://www.meetup.com/HighDesertMakerMill/ (Full disclosure, I’m on the board of High Desert Makers and hope to see you there!)

 

Tierney O'Dea

Tierney O’Dea is a writer and media consultant. She started her career at NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and worked in various forms of media for national organizations including Scholastic, Yahoo, and NASA. She also served as an executive for two startups, Slooh.com and Medic Mobile, and as a mentor for entrepreneurs in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, photography, and astronomy.
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