This Saturday, the good people of LVL1 are hosting a grand opening ceremony to introduce the public to their new and renovated 8,800-square-foot hackerspace in the Pointe in Butchertown.
Formerly occupied by the Alley Theater, the basement space at the Pointe features a full wood and metal shop that are both twice the size as the shops at the old location of LVL1 on Broadway. There is also a work room, a classroom and a huge inventory of abandoned tools and toys for tinkering.
Among the tools that LVL1 makes available to its members are 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering irons, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, large format printers and welders.
There are 75 paying LVL1 members and a large community of non-members. A press release says “Louisville can come to LVL1 to learn, teach, or discover just about any skill on the planet.”
Members pay $50 a month in dues to cover equipment and infrastructure. They meet every Tuesday at 8 p.m. The benefits of membership, according to their website, include:
- Voting rights for issues of LVL1 direction and conflict management
- 24/7 key access to the space
- Access to all tools and equipment owned, donated or loaned to LVL1 (potentially dangerous machinery requires additional safety instruction prior to access)
- Ability to sponsor new members
All new members must be sponsored by three existing members.
The event starts at 4 p.m. with a “ribbon exploding” (yes!) with Mayor Greg Fischer, followed by tours and demonstrations. The space is at 1205 E. Washington St.