Hi-tech playground Tampa Hackerspace offers 3D printers, laser cutters for cosplayers and families

"A gym for nerds"

TAMPA, Fla. -- She wanted to make a helmet from a Thor movie.

He wanted to build props from Fallout, his favorite video game.

Married couple Dan and Danielle are both cosplayers who just moved to Tampa. To create their items they headed to a free “open make” night at Tampa Hackerspace, a hi-tech non-profit organization that aims to be a supportive and creative playground for people of all ages.

“I started using the 3D modeling software and it’s really easy,” says Danielle, utilizing such tools as a 3D printer and a laser cutter to help her dress as Hela, the villain from Marvel flick “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Playfully called “a gym for nerds,” Tampa Hackerspace also offers a metal shop, sewing machines and more. 

Special note to Dr. Who fans, there is a life-size TARDIS in the wood workshop. Yes, it’s super cool.

Tips, mentoring and encouraging words are available. However, the Hackers, who come from all walks of tech life and wanted to give back to the community, will not do your work for you.

Kids are welcome and encouraged but this is not a summer camp, either. Parental supervision is required which is all part of the communal feel-good point.

Free “open make” nights at Tampa Hackerspace are on Tuesdays, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Anyone can pay a membership fee to gain 24-7 access to the hi-tech gizmos.

To learn more about Tampa Hackerspace, visit tampahackerspace.com.

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