History

Roxy, Richard, and Shawn – The Founders

Back in 2013 three friends got together to discuss the local hacker/maker meetups and spaces about what they liked and what was lacking. These initial conversations between Shawn, Roxy, and Richard lead to the formation of TheLab.ms as a new non-profit organization with a mission to foster collaborations between science, art, culture, and technology. The idea was to bring many groups with different interests all together into a single space where their ideas and interests could intersect and spawn new ideas and interests to the benefit of all involved.

What is the best way to determine the initial leadership structure for a non-profit created by friends?   A few rounds of Rock Paper Scissors, of course.  That is how the initial officer positions were determined and it worked out well.  Throughout 2013 this core group of friends flushed out the initial Bylaws and a business plan and filed with the IRS for non-profit status which was approved in 2014.

For more than a year TheLab.ms was a nomadic entity with no space and meetings at various locations in Plano.  During this time, fundraising events and our initial paying members allowed us to raise enough money to open our own space in mid 2015.  Without the communities support and our plankholders willingness to start paying for membership in a space that didn’t yet exist TheLab.ms would not have been able to form and grow into what it is today.


Plano Magazine wrote a great article about us at the time we opened our space.  You can read it here:  http://planomagazine.com/thelab-ms/

Hours & Info

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Meetup Feed

  • Amateur Woodworking 2019-06-18 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) Standing meeting for general woodworking topics, project planning/ sharing and skills transfer. Look for individual events for specific project work. RSVP at this link, not on this Meetup Page.https://www.meetup.com/Amatuer-Woodworking/events/257140192/
  • Blender Basics 2019-06-18 at 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano Education Center (1915 Central Expy #370, Plano, TX 75075) We'll go through a brief introductory training of 3D modeling in Blender. While it's geared toward beginners, all are welcome to come learn, network and enjoy the company of other artists. If you'd like to follow along, feel free to bring a laptop with blender on it. We look forward to meeting you.Room: Classroom
  • Weekly Open House! 2019-06-18 at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) Come see the space and see what we do! Our facility is equipped with: • an electronics lab • a drone / quadcopter repair station • a 3D printing facility with three FDM 3D printers • an 80 watt laser cutter • a vinyl cutter • a 16 seat classroom • a meeting room /…

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