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
Pro Tip: Check website for inspiration
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
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.
A wedding is a treasure trove of memories: the first kiss between newlyweds, the toss of the bouquet, the moment when the groom jumps out of the wedding cake. Since 1981, Moonlight Video Productions' videographers have stood silently in the background of these events, video camera in hand, to capture each priceless moment. From weddings to bar mitzvahs, they shoot special events with professional quality—multiple cameras, wireless microphones, and the option to replace distant uncles with a wisecrackin' CGI uncle. Afterward, they create DVDs with custom menus and special effects. When not shooting video, the technicians can be found in the lab restoring photos and transferring old VHS tapes to DVD.
Like the town criers of old, The Creator Studio's printing specialists help businesses spread the word about upcoming sales or new offers. While the staff may not walk through the streets yelling their clients' sale prices, they do create black-and-white or full-color promotional materials that contain logos, special offers, and full text. With large format printers, they forge banners proclaiming a business is open or a litter of puppies is born. Their magnet-printing machinery enables them to form decals bearing logos and slogans that adhere to metal, allowing customers to advertise on their vehicles.