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Innovators | Engineering

Plenty of space for invention

Gui Cavalcanti, Artisan’s Asylum

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Gui Cavalcanti’ Artisan’s Asylum has been called many things: hackerspace, vibrant artist’s community, new age factory, community workshop, makerspace, and even Santa’s workshop.

The 40,000-square-foot facility in Somerville fulfilled Gui Cavalcanti’s dream of a shared space for small workshops with big tools — milling machines, lathes, sewing machines, welders, and more. Artists and engineers alike hack, build, and design in the DIY incubator, whether it’s a toy developer creating a portable 3-D printer or a mod sculptor working with traditional media.

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