New Workspace Caters to Entrepreneurs, Other “Makers”

The Mill is a new collaborative workspace that gives members access to tools and equipment that they don't have access to at home, including 3-D printers, computers with design and drafting software, industrial sewing machines, and a metal shop.

There is a new collaborative workspace in town for entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, and anyone who likes to build, modify, or repair.

The Mill, which opened recently at 2300 Kennedy Street in Northeast Minneapolis, bills itself as a “maker space”-a membership-based workspace that provides access to various tools and equipment, including 3-D printers, industrial sewing machines, sign cutters, soldering stations, computers with design and drafting software, a woodworking shop, and a metal shop. It also offers space for members to showcase their work.

Founder Brian Boyle said in a statement that The Mill offers tools that most people don't have access to at home. Boyle is a mechanical designer who has worked in manufacturing. He has also designed and built his own furniture.

The Mill hopes to attract entrepreneurs, do-it-yourselfers, hackers, engineers, and artists who pursue engineering-oriented activities-such as electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing-as well as more traditional activities like metalworking, woodworking, and arts and crafts. Members can work on individual as well as group projects in the 6,000-square-foot workspace.

Memberships can be purchased on a monthly basis for $125, for a six-month period for $672, or for a year for $1,200.

The Mill also offers classes to both members and non-members on topics including electronics, industrial sewing, woodworking, digital fabrication, metal fabrication, and artistic use of industrial equipment.

“I wanted to create an incubator and community resource with an emphasis on education, classes, and safety that would be accessible to both women and men and parents and children,” Boyle said.

According to The Mill, more than 100 similar workspaces have popped up around the country in recent years. There are at least two others in Minneapolis-Hack Factory and Studio Bricolage.

The Mill will open its doors to the public for open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 25.