My Trip to NOVA Labs’ MakerSpace in Reston: An Uplifting Experience!
January 2, 2015
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Nova Labs in Reston with a few other members of the Washington CTO Council. Nova Labs is part of the maker movement which is sweeping the country – there are currently over one thousand such makerspaces throughout the US. The makers movement is a confluence of 1) open-source hardware that promotes advancement in hardware design through common standards and crowdsourcing, 2) increasing availability of 3-D printers and high-precision laser cutters to private hobbyists, and 3) the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset that encourages participants to create their own hardware – hence the term “makers.” In this post, I discuss some of the machines that I saw during this trip – high precision laser cutters, 3-D printers, CNC machines – and I also discuss the reasons for my excitement about the makers movement.