ToolBus - Make: Community
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By Jeremy Trilling

The ToolBus is a mobile solar-powered innovation studio, built to empower boundless creative freedom.

Type: Commercial, Social Impact, Artistic, Education


State: Vermont
Country: United States
Affiliation: School - Worcester Polytechnic Institute


What inspired you or what is the idea that got you started?

Having set up many makerspaces including the Nueva School Innovation Lab and the MakeX Palo Alto Community Makerspace, I have been inspired to create a fully outfitted, mobile, and off-grid makerspace and machine shop to empower creative freedom where ever I go!

What is your project about and how does it work?

I created the Toolbus so that the activation energy required to start all of my project ideas could be greatly reduced. There is now nothing in the way to be the most prolific maker that I can!
Not only do I use this space for personal projects independently or with friends, but I have also been able to bring the ToolBus to local schools and events to help inspire creative freedom in the next maker generation!

What did you learn by doing this project?

Through the design and creation of the ToolBus, I have learned how to optimize a small space for the most making abilities. Having the creative constraints of a 40ft school bus frame enabled me to source the equipment that would fit and provide the most utility. Learning what it takes to secure equipment and storage for when the bus is in motion was a great exercise as well!

What impact does your project have on others as well as yourself?

I feel empowered to create whatever I can dream of and through sharing the space with my community, I hope to spread this feeling of creative possibility and excitement to make the world even more awesome!