Grünwalder Philip Flavio wanted to see an innovative impulse come true in his community. At a citizens’ meeting at the beginning of October, he proposed the “Maker Space” run by the municipality. This is an open workshop with a 3D printer, laser cutter and more, enabling a new dimension in small scale production.
Grunewald – Linking to schools can create additional added value. The head of the office, Tobias Dietz, dealt with this idea and made no secret of his skeptical position in the Administrative Committee. Not only because the costs of a company in the form of an LLC would be very prohibitive. According to his research, the equipment alone will amount to about 109,000 euros, not counting the personnel. But at the moment, the community does not have any suitable space for implementation. Ingrid Reinhart Meyer (Greens) didn’t want to discard the very good idea right away. But she prefers a smaller project initially. During her summer vacation in Finland, she visited a workshop that was incorporated into a library. It contained a 3D printer, and advanced sewing machines for heavy fabrics or leather, all in the hands of the municipality. She could have imagined setting up an association in Grunwald with volunteers looking after such a space for makers – with the support of the community. The orphanage in the Romerschans community center can be considered as temporary accommodation for them. In her opinion, it is quite possible to start the test here. Management should think about this and then advance it.
The institution will go beyond the municipal framework
Oliver Schmidt (PBG) was somewhat more cautious about the project. First of all, he would have been interested in whether there was a need for such a relatively privately equipped workshop in Grünwald: “What is needed here, that is, high-tech equipment, I can work only if I have the appropriate programme.” For Robert Zettel (CSU), the implementation of such an interesting idea is not very feasible. It is a commercial enterprise that has regulations and requirements that must be adhered to. After all, pollutants will be produced here, too. In short: this institution, in his opinion, goes beyond the municipal framework.
Afraid of the huge package
Fellow parliamentarian Cindy Luce agreed with the words: “It’s a huge package that needs to be put together here.” She could easily imagine a maker space like the one already in Garching due to its proximity to the technical side of the university, but not in Grünwald. The majority at Hubertus Lindner Hall saw it, too. The motion was rejected by 8:4 votes.
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