The Fishers Maker Playground offers tools and tinkering for you to create without limits. The Maker Playground features several zones throughout the space for you to tinker and create, including a community workshop, metal shop, 3D printing space, welding, CNC routers, a laser cutter, and more.
Complementing this space are three classrooms with S.T.E.A.M. experiential learning, and a large gathering and collaboration space.
The Maker Playground is a community-oriented makerspace. Because we want to make our equipment available to as many people as possible, we have limited individual reservation times to 90 minutes per day per machine. Please visit our Equipment Reservation Catalog to book your equipment usage, prior approval is required for Basic and Young Entrepreneur members.
Housed along with the Fishers Parks office, you’ll find three Maker Lab classrooms to teach, train, and inspire makers to craft their next project. In any of our Maker Labs, you might see in progress a camp, program, or training taking place. Maker Labs will be used primarily during the day for our Maker First program with HSE 5th graders.
The Think Tank invites members to map out the beginning stages of their idea. This area is equipped with several tables to imagine, collaborate, and create the blueprint of your design. In addition, our 3 Ultimaker 3D printers are located in this studio area. Members can reserve our Makerbot, Ultimaker S3 and Ultimaker S5. Ultimaker Cura software (free to download) is needed to design and format your file. Makerbot requires an SD card and the S3 & S5 require a thumb drive for your file storage and input.
The Wood Shop houses a Sawstop Professional Table Saw, 20" planer, 17" bandsaw, miter saw, and various sanders as well as our 4' x 8' Shopbot CNC router. In addition, we have a large variety of powertools and handtools available for member checkout on site.
Whether your new to metal work or a licensed professional, our metal shop has the tools to help your fabrication project come to life. The metal shop features two welding bays capable of MIG, TIG, and Stick welding, as well as plasma cutters, metal lathe, vertical mill, and various benders and grinders.
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Controlled machine. The machine computes numbers and measurements to control them through a motor system. This machine is used to route, cut, and create small and large components typically used in manufacturing. Here you can find our Boss Laser Engraver as well as our Plasma cutter. A full 4' x 8' CNC router is also in our Woodshop.
Using CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) technology, a 3D Printer creates a physical object from filament extruded from a nozzle. Designs are on a computer with CAD (Computer-aided Design) software and are communicated to the machine to begin printing a physical form.
When you arrive to the Fishers Parks Headquarters and Maker Playground entrance you'll be greeted with an open area of exploration. Here anyone can use materials on our carts to tinker, cut, build and create! It's a great place for mini makers to be introduced to the art of hands-on projects. Visit us during Fishers Parks office hours 8:30am-4:30pm M-F to tinker!