What is The HIVE?
The Hive is a makerspace—a membership-driven community workshop. Once we’re launched, members will have access to a variety of tools and equipment, and we will offer classes and workshops as well as public events.
What kinds of tools will be available?
We are equipped with prototyping and production equipment including 3D printers, a 3D scanner, 3D design workstations, a laser cutter, a 4-axis CNC mill, a vinyl cutter, a vacuum former, soldering stations, industrial sewing machines and a variety of hand and power tools. We will also have a community loom, and additional equipment to be determined by space requirements and member interest.
When will The HIVE open?
We are currently in a pre-launch phase. We hope to be open to members during summer of 2022.
How is it funded?
Partial funding for The HIVE has been provided by the Collaborative Workspace Grant Program administered by MassDevelopment. We are pursuing additional grants for start-up capital, and we need to raise an additional $15,000 to cover our current-year operating expenses. Thanks to generous contributions from individual supporters, we have raised about $7,000 so far. Note that all donations are currently received and processed by our 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Progress Partnership, Inc.