We are a membership composed of Builders, Tinkerers, Engineers, Artist, Entrepreneurs, Designers, Educators all mashed up and revolutionizing creativity in the Pikes Peak Region. It is to provide a facility with space and equipment for people to create physical items for fun and for education. It also is a place to gather interested people for all manner of classes and instruction.
We are happy our first location is a mash-up of Tech, Art, Teaching, Metal, Wood, Electronics and Community… The Manitou Art Center. We have 2 locations now. Downtown and Manitou Springs.
We are tapped into and support the Colorado Springs startup community.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Chris Vestal – 3D Printing, 3D Modeling, Safety, New Member Orientation
Nicolas Ordahl – Intro to welding / Sunday Metal Shop Builds
Jordan Kerr – EPILOG laser engraver / cutter classes, New Member Orientation
Age : Unknown
Unholy Offspring Of : Coffee and Apathy
Brandon Hall – Vinyl Cutter classes / Adobe Illustrator Class, New Member Orientation
Tohm Judson – Blender 3D Modeling Classes
Landon Descamps – Electronics Meetup , New Member Orientation
Harry George – Electronics Meetup
Hello my name is Chris Vestal,
President of the Pikes Peak Makerspace.
Started tinkering in the garage and restoring classic autos with my father since 11 years old.
Restored and sold classic cars until leaving for college.
AS in Mechanical Design
1994 Forward and rear lighting designer for General Motors (my start in 3D Printing)
1997 Mechanical Engineering firm where I developed a curriculum & trained 30 designers to draw in 3D.
1997 to Present. I founded and still operate Concept Vision LLC. A Digital 3D Computer Animation company, specializing in product visualizations. I have 3 employees with the company.
1999 I taught an AutoCAD 3D night class. Group of 20, age range 13 – 50 years old. First time beginners to intermediate.
2013 I started MotoMinded LLC. A motorcycle accessory company. I design, manufacture, promote ship products. Current products are produced from additive manufacturing (3D Printers)
I have been tinkering, designing, building for as long as I can remember. I enjoy teaching and inspiring new products and companies.
My wife and I have restored and sold several homes over the last 15 years.
Proficient in: Woodworking, Metal Fabrication, 3D Printing, Computer Assembly, 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, Graphic Design, HD Video Recording, Video Editing.
Dabble in: Motorcycle Racing, Robotics, Home Improvement,
Hello I’m George Ott,
Treasurer of the Pikes Peak Makerspace
Electrical engineer by trade, have worked in semiconductor industry locally, currently with Aeroflex
Have run a small consulting engineering business
Have taught at Intellitec & Colorado Technical University
Eagle Scout, currently troop committee chair (ask me about Seabase sometime)
Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Interested in electronics, speculative fiction, blacksmithing, woodwork, welding, landmine detection, sustainable civilization, boat building, films, storytelling, steam engines, rockets, gardening, using organization and thought to do good things, teaching, learning and doing stuff not just talking about it.
Maker, builder, hacker, dreamer by inclination, big fan of whiteboards really big fan of turning ideas into clever arrangements of atoms.