Maker Movement

Caleb Kraft
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Exiting a narrow, spiral staircase into Caleb Kraft’s basement, the first thing I notice is a pegboard lined with octopodes hanging above a cluttered workbench.

Plural of the sea creature is “octopodes or just octopuses, believe it or not,” Kraft tells me. ”I’ve actually got a whole pile of them somewhere else.”  

The downstairs is equipped with multiple 3D printers. For one device in particular, its test item is what’s called a Rocktopus – an octopus holding up a rock-n-roll hand sign. 

DreamIt Make It / via Facebook

Inventors, entrepreneurs, and artists have become part of a growing movement across the country called The Maker Movement.  One local non-profit wants to help ignite the creative spark in the Ozarks with a documentary showing this Saturday.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has about the movement and its possible benefits.

Have you ever had a great idea for an invention, but did not have any resources to bring it to life?  Stacy Rust is co-chair of the non-profit group Dream It Make It, which she and her husband started last year to create a resource for just that problem.