Local educator, architect trained designer, animator and visualizer, Christopher Yonge came into the KZSC studio July 18, 2011 to talk about his newest project, MakersFactory, opening in October 2011.

Chris started his career in Scotland studying architecture and then designing furniture before moving to Santa Cruz over a decade ago. Specializing in the use of 3D computer graphics, Chris has run Studio Cruz since 2001, creating 3D animations, interactive media, and digital models for a wide range of clients including Google, Microsoft, and the US Navy. He teaches 3D computer modeling and animation part time in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC.

Along With partner/collaborator, Dave Britton, they have envisioned a space that pioneers access to exciting new technology for the Santa Cruz community. MakersFactory will be a facility equipped with computer controlled 2D and 3D fabrication equipment. MakersFactory classes will include: Electronics and robotics, Business and entrepreneurship, Using computerized machines, 3D modeling and animation, Designing low volume products, Using open source software.

These classes will be affordable and flexible. Students will become part of the MakersFactory community, a center for integrated hardware/software training and projects. Classes will be in the Cruzioworks building (old Sentinel Building) at 877 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz.

MakersFactory is your teaching/learning/making opportunity. What do you want to make or change? What do you want to learn – and teach? Let them know. Because the program is now being formulated, this is your chance to shape an exciting part of the Santa Cruz creative/tech community by giving input. Talk about MakersFactory with your friends and send them your ideas to MakersFactory.com. You can also reach Chris at chris@makersfactory.com.

Press play button below is to hear our show: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/chrisyonge.mp3″ title=”Chris Yonge” graphical=”true”]


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