ABOUT THE HUB

The Innovation Hub is a non profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Arkansans by inspiring innovation and expanding opportunities. Since the Hub’s opening in 2014, our state-of-the-art facilities have provided tools and training to entrepreneurs, students and other makers, preparing them to join and grow Arkansas’s economic ecosystem. We see an Arkansas where, regardless of demographic identifiers or geographic location, Arkansans are generating and inspiring innovation in cutting-edge technology, business, and creative fields. The Innovation Hub uses tools, skills, and expertise to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs who expand the range of educational and economic opportunities for themselves, for their communities, in our state and throughout the world.

All Are Welcome

What is a Maker?

Posted by Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub on Friday, August 31, 2018

Why We’re Here

The challenges of the 21st-century startup economy require us to develop, retain, and attract Arkansas’s greatest asset: talent. That goal demands a collaborative community approach: exposing everyone to creative possibilities and offering them access to information, resources and instruction. It also demands we look for and engage that talent everywhere – not just in central Little Rock, but all over the Arkansas region.

At our North Little Rock facility, we have created an open environment full of tools, technology, equipment and support. Through formal and informal programs, we provide makers of all ages, interests and skill levels with opportunities for apprenticeship. Through classes in carpentry, welding, graphic design, laser cutting and more, our visitors gain valuable job training, preparing them to navigate the challenges of the modern workforce.

Our mobile makerspace, the STEAM Roller, takes that learning on the road, tapping the potential of Arkansas’ underserved communities. The result? An acceleration of innovation that spurs employment, job creation, and economic and community growth, lifting up Arkansas and the surrounding region.

Equipment Available for Members 

After certification or training. Check out our Classes & Workshops for education on equipment available for members! Additional equipment is available for Custom Orders & Micromanufacturing. 

 

Advanced Manufacturing

Equipment List
  • 6 Cartesian FDM 3D Printers
    • Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), single Bowden extruder
    • Build Volume: 210 x 210 x 205 mm
    • Resolution: 50 microns
    • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
    • Nozzle/Filament Diameter: 0.4 mm/1.75mm
    • PLA, ABS, PETG, and most other non-flexible filaments
  • 2 Delta FDM Printers
    • Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), single extruder
    • Build Volume: Φ230 x 300mm
    • Resolution: 50 microns
    • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
    • Nozzle/Filament Diameter: 0.4 mm/1.75mm
    • PLA, ABS, PETG, and most other non-flexible filaments
  • 4 80-watt Lasers
    • 675mm x 575mm Cutting Area
    • Capable of Etching:Wood, Glass, Acrylic, Stone, Metal (Using CerMark: https://www.cermark.com/)
    • Capable of Cutting: Wood, Acrylic, Multiple types of Foam
  • 1 EZ Router CNC
    • 4’ x 8’ Cutting Area
  • 2 ShapeOKO CNCs
    • 16” x 16” Cutting Area

Screen Printing

Equipment List
  • Conveyor Dryer
  • Washout Booth
  • Power Wash
  • Exposure Unit
  • Screen Dryer
  • Filtration System
  • Flash 1
  • 6 color press
  • 4 -1 color presses
  • Heat Press
  • Direct to Garment
  • Screen Printing Printer

Carpentry Shop

Equipment List
  • 1 Table saw
    • Table Size with Extension: 27” x 74-¾”
    • Blade Tilt: Left – 45 degrees
    • Maximum Rip Capacity: 49”
  • 1 Sliding Arm Miter Saw
    • Max cross cut: 13-¼”
    • Miter Ranges: 45 degrees left, 50 degrees right
  • Band saws:
    • 1 9”
    • 1 14”
    • 1 resaw
  • 1 Router table
  • 2 Hand Routers
  • 2 Trim routers
  • Drills:  
    • 3 18v cordless
    • 1 12v cordless
    • 1 corded
  • Drill press
    • 1 benchtop (for metal)
    • 1 floor-standing (for wood)
  • 1 16” planer
  • 1 6” Jointer
  • Circular Saws
    • 1 worm-drive 7 ¼,
    • 1 sidewind 7 ¼
  • Reciprocating Saw
    • 1 small
    • 1 regular
  • Sanders
    • 1 4” orbital
    • 1 5” orbital
    • 1 benchtop
    • 1 belt
  • Nail guns
    • 1 18 gauge finish nailer
    • 1 Finish Stapler
    • 1 Brad Nailer
  • Wood Lathe
    • 48” Something Lathe
    • 7 Hand Knife Kit

Ceramics

Equipment List
  • Electric Pottery Wheel
  • Electric Kick Wheel
  • Lockerbie Kick Wheel
  • Kiln
  • Vent Hood for Kiln
  • Slab Roller
  • Table Pieces for Slab Roller
  • Electric Pottery Wheel
  • Electric Pottery Wheel

Metal Shop

Equipment List
  • 1 Abrasive miter saw
  • 1 Band saw, hand-held
  • 1 Plasma cutter
  • 2 Millermatic welders
  • 1 Stick welder
  • 1 Oxy-acetylene Welding Kit
  • 1 Benchtop drill press
  • 2 Hand-held grinders
  • 1 Metal lathe
  • 2 Vertical mills (pending setup)

Printmaking

Equipment List
  • Etching Press
  • Matboard Cutter

Electronics and Prototyping

Equipment List
  • Digital Soldering station
  • Hot-Air Rework Station
  • Function Generator
  • Analog Oscilloscope
  • Prototyping Breadboards

Computer Equipment

Equipment List
  • 8 Desktops with:
    Adobe CS 6 Suite
    RDWorks Laser Etching Software
    6 Wacom Tablets Available for Use

The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is a proud affiliate of Winrock International.

FIND US IN NLR

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
204 E 4th St
North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 907-6570

info@arhub.org

OUR HOURS

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: Closed