Shaping the look of austin
Have you ever had an idea for a new product but didn’t know where to start? Love making things but tired of trying to fit into a tiny garage or too small work space? Want advice on how to take your ideas to the next level? Or need access to a tool but don’t want to purchase it? Austin’s newest resource for creative ideas and projects is Make+SHift.
Make+SHift is one of the first design-on-demand shops for product developers in Texas. It’s an all-in-one design resource center—a sort of one stop shop for those looking to make a product or furniture idea into a reality. Over 15,000 square feet of space is at your disposal at Make+SHift, along with jet edge sanders, orbital sanders, wireless internet access, work benches, a large air compressor, a router table, Dremmel tools, a client meeting space you can rent and a bunch of other tools with purposes that sound very cool and professional. You can rent space in their shop daily or monthly to stretch out and finally finish that project you’ve been putting off (or start).
If you’ve got a great idea but aren’t so handy, or just want someone else to take a stab at it, they also offer modeling (product, not fashion) services, like 3D CAD modeling, mold making for castings and the awesomest of awesomes: CNC prototyping. Along with all the tools to help you create the physical part of your idea, they even offer help with the idea part too, like design consulting in branding, industrial design, engineering and fabrication. You can take classes on safety, furniture design, CAD modeling and more, too.
Brooke M. Davis, an industrial designer and former professor (so she knows her stuff) is the owner and founder of Make+SHift; she along with a shop technician, industrial designer and photorealistic rendering expert (the last two are the same person, making it all the more impressive) stand by to help your idea of a product or piece of furniture (or something we can't even imagine yet?) become something real and tangible.