The Gillette College Center for Innovation and Fabrication otherwise known as Area 59 is Wyoming’s largest makerspace. The product of a partnership between community members and the Economic Development Administration, Area 59 gives access to the tools of manufacturing for the community at large, college students and K-12 kids. This 3 million dollar partnership allowed for the purchase of the Optix Shop Inspector 3D Scanner from 3D Digital.
On October 1, 2018, Area 59 opened its doors to the public with a large grand opening attended by leaders in the community and US Senator Mike Enzi, it was here that CEO of 3D Digital Corp, Satish Mysore was able to show what the Optix Shop Inspector 3D Scanner can do for the makers and industries of Wyoming.
Area 59, along with its state of the art manufacturing and design equipment allows individuals and companies to take an idea from the cocktail napkin and into production by enabling community members to prototype, test, iterate, and make a new piece faster than ever before. It is this forward thinking that will provide opportunities for Wyoming workers and inventors to define the products of tomorrow.