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Berks LaunchBox open for membership

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Berks LaunchBox open for membership

The Berks LaunchBox is accepting members from the local community. Members will enjoy access to 3D printers, laptops, a laser cutter, and other high tech equipment; training and education on equipment and software; mentoring; access to such software programs as Tinkercad, Fusion 360, and SolidWorks, among others; discounts on classes and workshops, and free wifi.

The membership fee also includes one spool of Dremel PLA filament and five prototypes from the laser cutter per cycle. Additional materials can be purchased at cost.

Community members can join for one year or for a four-month period. There are several categories of memberships including:

Fees may be waived at the discretion of the Berks LaunchBox Manager when a member is willing to volunteer five hours per month and undergo necessary training, and background checks. Responsibilities include training, certifying and assisting members on use of tools and equipment.

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About the Berks LaunchBox

The Penn State Berks LaunchBox is located within the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Berks LaunchBox offers a makerspace with 3D printers for prototyping; entrepreneurship workshops; co-working space for startups; an Idea Test Lab accelerator program; Meetups focused on topics related to business development and technology; and special youth programs. The Berks LaunchBox is supported by Invent Penn State — a $30 million, commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student success, launched by Penn State President Eric J. Barron in 2016. Today, there are 21 innovation hubs across the state. For more information, visit