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NYCEDC Announces Expansion of Staten Island-based Advanced Manufacturing Lab to Brooklyn Army Terminal

May 18 2019

The Futureworks Makerspace Provides 20,000 SF of Affordable, Shared Access for NYC Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Opening Is Part of City’s Ongoing Strategy to Support Advanced and Industrial Manufacturing in Brooklyn

SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Makerspace NYC today launched the Futureworks Makerspace, a 20,000 square foot prototyping facility that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs affordable access to shared industrial grade machinery.

The new facility, located at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT), includes a wide range of manufacturing and industrial tooling available in New York City, allowing BAT tenants and business owners affordable access to advanced machinery, including industrial grade plasma cutters, 3-D Printers, laser cutters and more. The incubator will also host a collaborative education center designed to support small businesses by providing services to nurture business growth and a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

“We are thrilled to launch the Futureworks Makerspace at BAT, which will offer space and services to assist creative entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses,” said James Patchett, NYCEDC President and CEO. “BAT is already helping hundreds of New Yorkers create and expand small businesses, driving economic development in Brooklyn and throughout the City. The Futureworks Makerspace promises to bring good jobs, support companies as they develop creative products, and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of this historic facility.”

Makerspace NYC has provided preview access to existing members and current BAT tenants in the weeks leading up the May 18th public opening. To date, machinery at the Futureworks Makerspace has been used for a wide range of projects including:

  • Famed Master Chocolatier Jacques Torres created 3-D models using shared 3-D printers to use in making chocolate molds and repairing machinery at the shared metal shop.
  • Stop-motion animation filmmaker Anneke Schoenfeld created sets using shared laser cutters for Cinch Mark Films.
  • Entrepreneur Justin Brock created a customized handheld game console that features any video game from the 1970’s through mid-90s, made in the shared electronics and 3-D printing labs.

All equipment in the shop is available for public use for a low-cost monthly membership starting at $150. Current members include biotech companies, architects, artists, designers, woodworkers, robotics and mechatronics companies, fashion designers, hardware and electronics prototyping companies.

The facility at BAT is the first expansion of Makerspace NYC, a successful nonprofit community workspace that started in Staten Island in 2013, dedicated to supporting a local manufacturing ecosystem. At its Staten Island facility, roughly one third the size of the new facility at BAT, Makerspace NYC has helped thousands of creative entrepreneurs develop products and scale their business.

“We’re thrilled to expand Makerspace to Sunset Park, Brooklyn and work with the entrepreneurs and businesses at BAT and beyond,” says Scott Van Campen, Executive Director of Makerspace NYC. “As a hub for innovation, we feel right at home at BAT and can’t wait to see people start creating in the space.”

“I’m delighted that Futureworks Makerspace is expanding into the Brooklyn Army Terminal and proud to support the growth of quality jobs and opportunity on the Sunset Park waterfront,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “I am particularly excited about Makerspace’s commitment to making these opportunities accessible through quality education and community programming. I applaud EDC for their partnership with Makerspace and their ongoing effort to grow an innovative mix of manufacturing businesses in Sunset Park.”

“I already love manufacturing my products at BAT because it’s an affordable and accessible place to run a business, so it’s even more appealing now that I can use Futureworks Makerspace equipment to supplement what I might not have,” said Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Jacques Torres. “The 3-D printers are perfect for making chocolate molds and the metal shop has been useful in repairing some of our machinery.”

The Futureworks Makerspace is a key component of Futureworks NYC, an NYCEDC-led initiative to help emerging and existing manufacturers adopt advanced technologies and increase local production. Futureworks NYC consists of four programs that will create over 2,000 good-paying jobs over 10 years, and provides key support services for businesses to start, grow, and thrive across the five boroughs.

Through launching the Futureworks Makerspace, NYCEDC plans to:

  • Provide affordable access to workspace, equipment, and storage for individuals and companies interested in using advanced manufacturing equipment.
  • Offer education and training opportunities (STEAM for K-12, skills building workshops for adults) on advanced manufacturing equipment and related tools and software, serving a minimum of 1,200 individuals annually.
  • Support entrepreneurs and small industrial businesses through community programming, events, and prototyping design services.
  • Promote creativity and collaboration across disciplines to make technology accessible to anyone who wants to make something, regardless of skills or experience.

The Futureworks Makerspace will support at least 300 members per year and will create 1,000 good paying jobs over 10 years. The program also provides community access, offering 50 free memberships for local residents each year.

The Futureworks Makerspace was created to address pressing market gaps within the manufacturing ecosystem in New York City. Through community-oriented programming, affordable equipment rates, and hands-on training, the program solves for various challenges including a scarcity of advanced manufacturing education and training; expensive, often inaccessible equipment access for entrepreneurs; and a lack of cohesion within the New York City manufacturing community.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT)
Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) is a 4 million-square-foot modern industrial campus in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, home to over 100 business and 4,000 jobs. At BAT, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has transformed a former US military supply center into a hub of urban manufacturing. The de Blasio Administration has invested $115 million into the Brooklyn Army Terminal to transform the former military supply base into a center for modern manufacturing and good jobs and is now home to some of the city’s premiere Made in NY companies, BAT features artisan food creators, advanced industrial manufacturers, jewelry makers, game-changing 3D-textile weavers, sustainable recyclers, chocolatiers, and everything in between.

The Futureworks Makerspace
The Futureworks Makerspace is a 20,000 square foot facility that houses industrial and advanced manufacturing equipment including a metal shop, woodshop, machine shop, industrial sewing and textile shop, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, CNC technology, and 3D printing equipment. With 15,000 square feet of workable space and 5000 square feet of storage space, the Futureworks Makerspace provides comprehensive resources to local manufacturers. All of the equipment in the shop is available to the public to use via low-cost monthly memberships.

Futureworks NYC
Futureworks NYC is a key component of New York City’s Industrial Action Plan to help emerging and existing manufacturers adopt advanced technologies and increase local production. New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) created Futureworks NYC, an $8 million investment that will create over 2,000 good-paying jobs and provide key support services for businesses to start, grow, and thrive across the five boroughs through a network of shops, resources, and programs that support small manufacturing.

Makerspace NYC
Makerspace NYC is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to building economic growth and supporting innovation. Their education programs open new doors to learning, creative problem solving, and invention through the sciences, new technology, and vocational skills for all ages. The goal of Makerspace NYC is to promote creativity and collaboration across disciplines and to make technology accessible to anyone who desires to make or invent something, regardless of skills or experience. Since 2013, Makerspace NYC has operated Staten Island Makerspace on the north shore of Staten Island, where they helped thousands of creative entrepreneurs get their start, created a sculpture park, provided STEM and arts education to students across the city, and become a cultural anchor in Staten Island.