HexLab Makerspace started as a rapid prototyping firm that used high-tech gadgets to help companies realize their vision for new products. However, it wasn't long before HexLab noticed an increasing public demand for their services and technologies—especially 3D printing, 3D scanning, and laser cutting. This sparked the decision to convert the workspace into a full-blown laboratory and throw open the doors to creative-minded people who want to try their hand at making things.
In addition to advanced tools, the lab now offers guidance on using such machinery in hands-on classes. Students learn how to sculpt or create 3D models, work with metal, and create unique objects as gifts or works of art. Visitors at the space pursue all sorts of projects, including creating miniature replicas of themselves to mail to loved ones.
Established: 2001 as a product design, manufacturing, and R&D firm, establishing the makerspace in 2013
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Month membership
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Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Since 1948, owner Larry Estrin's family has specialized in portraits and wedding picty taking. Studio sessions let participants choose from a variety of professional backdrops, while on-location shoots, either at home or any park, garden, or railroad crossing within a five-mile radius of the Eugene Photography studio ($30 more for within 10 miles, call for specific pricing outside), adds another sprinkling of personality to your shots. There's no limit to the number of subjects in each photo shoot, and the 11"x14" print ensures a perfect fit in an 11"x14" urn.
K2 Snorkel preps divers for aquatic immersion with award-winning dive technology from Kapitol Reef. Swimmers outfit faces with a low-volume, two-lens mask that fits snuggly over noses and eyes with adjustable buckles. Masks are engineered to provide divers with a wide field of vision perfect for spotting school busses full of carp, and also boast tempered glass, a purge system, and silicone skirting. Equipped with Kadence breathing technology, Kapitol snorkels keep airways well stocked through separated inhalation and exhalation tubes that prevent rebreathing of oxygen-depleted air. A snag-free clip reduces the snorkel’s drag and ensures that air flutes stay close to the head, and a silicon mouthpiece helps reduce strain on the jaw muscle. To complete the underwater ensemble, Reef Runner fins with built-in glide channels and drag-reducing vents help divers power through the water with more agility than a cat on a tight rope. The color of each package varies with size: large comes in black or pink, medium in pink or red, and the small/kids size comes in yellow. Call K2 Snorkel for more information about Christmas delivery options.
Racks of frames in a rainbow of woods, colors, and finishes hang from the walls of Frame 2000 and Frames Galore, ready to be custom-fitted to clients’ treasured images. With skills honed during more than 20 years in business, staffers can shield eclectic items, such as needlework, canvases, art prints, and mirrors, behind glittering glass. Specialized printing equipment can also produce full-size posters, transfer images to canvas, or accentuate a favorite alien-autopsy photo with Andy Warhol–esque pop-art effects.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.