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Himes visits Fairfield County Makers' Guild

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Norwalk, CT | Added on March 31, 2014 At 04:09 PM

They may just look like wires and plastic, but the materials used by the Fairfield County Makers' Guild are bringing the world of 3D printing to Norwalk's fingertips

Vladimir Mariano, Co-Founder of the Fairfield County Makers' Guild said, "the idea is to get a place where you can get all the garage inventors, and the tinkers and hobbyist together in one space to be able to share ideas and work on projects together."

Congressman Jim Himes took a tour of the Makers' Guild's space Monday afternoon, discussing how the community can benefit from maker spaces.

"So much of what we see people do these days is stare at their laptop or at their device and to actually work with your hands and getting a sense for the properties and materials and actually building something that you can "drop on your foot" I think is a really critical skill for everybody but it will also inspire young people," said Congressman Himes

"You don't have to be an electrical engineer or a chemical engineer to create some very innovative stuff and we try to demystify the way a mircocontroller works or a robot for example works," said Mariano.

Since opening in February 2014, the guild has started to offer classes to makers' young and old, sparking new ideas and helping each other solve problems.

Co-Founder Chuck Allen said, "We have a variety of tools. We have a variety of expertise and platforms and because of the number and varitey of people that come in here, there is always somebody that can help you with your project whether it is microcomputers or robotics."

Mariano added, "We have such a creative community here. It's just getting us together, sharing from one another because otherwise I'd have to go to New York City to try to find groups like this so why have to travel outside when you can have it right here?" 

The Fairfield County Makers' Guild will be the Westport Mini Maker Faire on Saturday April 26th. For more information about the guild, visit

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