When Catapult Lakeland moves into its new space on Lake Mirror next year, its 9,000-square-foot “maker space” will be operated by California-based TheShop.build, under a partnership announced today.

Catapult, the incubator for entrepreneurs operated by the Lakeland Economic Development Council, breaks ground on its new 38,000-square-foot facility next month. It’s on the site of the former Lakeland Cash Feed Building, which was demolished after officials said Hurricane Irma weakened the walls too much to renovate.

TheShop.build operates maker spaces in San Francisco and San Jose where members have access to high-tech tools on a subscription basis.

The Catapult “maker space will be equipped with laser cutters, computer-controlled equipment capable of shaping wood, metal, and composite materials, 3D printers in a fully-equipped workshop with access to cutting-edge software design tools,” according to a news release.

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