One of the ways in which Romich Foundation supports the local community is through the Romich Foundation Makerspace. A makerspace is basically a shop with a variety of tools that range from hand tools to high tech instruments and machines. Operation of the makerspace is consistent with the Romich Foundation values of STEAM education and promotion of entrepreneurship in the area.
The Romich Foundation Makerspace is open to the local community at no charge. Most activity is oriented toward schools and various non-profit organizations in the area, with projects being signs, placards, awards, nametags, fabrication of items for fundraiser activity, keyrings, tokens, etc. When the organization contact is unable to fabricate the desired items directly, Romich Foundation can hire local school students to do so.
Use of the Romich Foundation Makerspace is generally by appointment. Visitors are welcome. Contact Barry Romich by email (email@example.com), text or phone (330-464-7877).
The resources available in the Romich Foundation Makerspace facilitate creativity, making, repair and more in the areas of woodworking, metalworking, electronics and beyond. Resources include the following:
- Hand tools
- Power tools
- Bridgeport mill
- Metal lathe
- 3D printers
- Laser engravers
- CNC routers
- TIG welder
- Assorted hardware
- Various materials
- Electronic instruments
- Electronic components
- Raspberry Pi
Romich Foundation also supports makerspace activity in local schools and other makerspaces. This creates some familiarity with other resources in the community.
A modest lending library of EasyThreeD 3D printers is available to allow for an introductory 3D printer experience. The working volume is a 100 mm (~4") cube and it works with PLA filament only.
Inspiration for the Romich Foundation Makerspace came in part from Thinkbox at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. When Barry Romich was a student at Case, he spent time in the student shop, when he probably should have been studying. However, his time there eventually led him to meet Ed Prentke and what is now PRC-Saltillo is the result. Around 2010, at the prompting of CWRU development people, Barry agreed to enhancing his financial support of the university, with the condition that such support would be used to create a modern high tech student shop. The idea resonated with others in the Case School of Engineering and Thinkbox, now also supported by many other donors, was the result. Thinkbox is now the premier innovation center among universities worldwide. The prototyping area is the Prentke Romich floor. Visitors are welcome and Thinkbox is open for use by the community.
Romich Foundation Makerspace is one of a number in the area. This list was prepared in 2019 by Tom Hammond of the Wayne College 3D Lab.
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