Open Build Night at the Makerspace!

Want to take a tour of the Powell Makerspace?  Need some help with a project?  Want to see what other people are working on?  Come to the Powell Makerspace this Tuesday from 6-8pm for our first Open Build Evening.  Create, collaborate, and have fun.  Everyone is welcome!

First Open Build Night

The Powell Makerspace is trying something new this week: an open build night.  The idea is simple, open the Powell Makerspace for two hours on Tuesday nights to let people get together and share their maker spirit!  Maybe you have heard about the Powell Makerspace, but don’t really know what it is and would like to chat with the people who run and use the space.  Perhaps you have a project idea in mind but don’t quite know how to make it happen.  Maybe you have taken a class through Powell Valley Community Education to learn our equipment, but want some more help before you feel truly comfortable.  Or maybe you just want to have a chance to talk with creative people who have a passion for making.  Whatever your reason, come and hang out with us tomorrow night for the first of our Open Build Nights!  We hope to make these nights a regular occurrence so come out and get involved with the Maker Community!

In summary:

What?  An Open Build Night to share project ideas and stories, and to build a maker community

When? This Tuesday, June 12th, from 6-8pm

Where? The Powell Makerspace – 328 E 3rd St, Powell WY (in the old Home Economic Cottage)

Who? Anyone who is interested!  This is completely open to the public.

Cost? None!  Open Build Nights are completely FREE!

Introduction to CNC Router Class

Learn how to safely operate the CNC router. This class will cover safety, tool selection, design, control software, and machine operation. As a class project, we will create a flat pack chair from a sheet of plywood. Soon you will be able to create your own intricate carvings, flashy signs, and custom furniture. To receive certification to operate the CNC router, a 1 on 1 session will need to be completed following the class.

Saturday, June 9, 4-6 pm
Instructor: Rhett Pimentel
Supply Fee: $20
Non-member Fee: $10


Laser Cut Art Demo with Jave Yoshimoto

This Monday, April 30th Jave Yoshimoto, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska Omaha will be at the Powell Makerspace to give a demonstration of the technique he uses to create wonderful laser cut art.  Professor Yoshimoto has worked with Fablabs and Makerspaces in several locations to create relief laser cut sculptures.

Professor Yoshimoto presented an art show at Sheridan College earlier in April and is on his way to Jackson for an artist’s residency during the month of May.  He reached out to the Powell Makerspace and offered to make a detour to our space to show us how he makes such incredible works of art.

The demonstration will be from 4pm to 8pm, Monday April 30th and will guide students through his process of using photo editing software such as Photoshop and Illustrator to prepare files for the laser cutter.  

Assistant Professor Yoshimoto

Space will be limited so we encourage anyone who is interested to let us know by phone or email so we know you are coming!


Phone: 307-254-9270

We hope that Professor Yoshimoto and the knowledge he brings with him will inspire many artists our the community to make use of the Powell Makerspace’s resources and try their hand at these laser cut sculptures!

Work done by one of Professor Yoshimoto's Students, done in acrylic.

To see more of Professor Yoshimoto’s work, check out his website:

Update: Tests at the Powell Makerspace

Professor Yoshimoto has been preparing for tonight’s class at the Powell Makerspace and his work is stunning!  There are still a couple spots for this class where you can learn this process for yourself, so don’t hesitate to send a message or call to reserve your spot!

Success: Powell Makerspace Open House

Event Success

This past Saturday, the Powell Makerspace held its second open house in celebration of our two year anniversary that is coming up in February.  We had more than sixty-five visitors take tours of the space and they all seemed quite impressed by what the Makerspace has to offer.

We had some great conversations and people asked questions about all aspects of the Powell Makerspace.  There were people interested in the 3D printers, the laser cutter, the commercial kitchen, the robotics team, and more!  We hope to see all of these people coming back to the space and getting involved in projects of their own.

Quick Stats

10+ Volunteers

65+ Visitors Given Tours

15 Survey Responses

More Classes

The Makerspace volunteers and staff were so impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of the visitors who came to our open house that we have teamed up to offer additional courses this week and next to get people trained up on the laser cutter and 3D printer.  Check out the dates and times below!

Sign up for our supplemental 3D Printer Courses!

Tue, Jan. 23rd : 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thu, Jan. 25th : 6:00pm – 8:00pm
$10 for nonmembers, FREE for members!

Sign up for our supplemental Laser Cutter Courses!

Wed, Jan. 24th : 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Mon, Jan. 29th : 5:30pm – 7:00pm
$10 for nonmembers, FREE for members!

Digital Embroidery Class!

Several of you have expressed interest in the Digital Embroidery machine here at the Powell Makerspace, so we decided to offer a course for it too!

Tuesday January 30th : 5:30pm – 7:00pm

$10 for nonmembers, $2 supply fee for members!

Send an Email to Sign Up Now!

We hope to see you around!

Sample the Seasons Membership Sale

The Powell Makerspace is participating in this year’s Sample the Seasons event held by the Powell Chamber of Commerce.  This year we will have a booth stationed at WOld Brewing Company on main street. The Powell Makerspace will be showcasing our new business cards, giving out Makerspace Holiday keychains, 3D printing a working replica of the Geneva Drive, and demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of our organization with a Gingerbread creation that is controlled by Arduino.

Additionally, the Makerspace is offering a sale on memberships during this holiday event, so stop by to get a 3 month or year membership for yourself or as a gift for someone who loves to make things!

Come by to get a discounted membership, or just to support the Powell Makerspace and enjoy the holiday season.

We hope to see you there!