Clean and safe work in the Makerspace

TEKA donates extraction systems and Airtracker to open workshop in Bocholt
"Careful, it's getting dirty here!" warns Joris Bijkerk before pushing aside the red slatted curtain to reveal his "dream come true". Here, in the "Welding and Cutting" room, amateur craftsmen can work on metal parts to their heart's content. But that is by no means all that the open workshop in Bocholt, Münsterland, has to offer amateur craftsmen and DIY artists. When using the machines, safety and health of workshop visitors play a major role.

On 530 m² and two floors, the 47-year-old from Bocholt has fulfilled his dream of the Makerspace and set up workshop areas for electronics, woodworking and metalworking, among other things, which can be used by members. There are already more than 300 such places throughout Germany where "makers" can pursue their passion. How did he get the idea? "At some point, the home workshop was simply too small," says the managing director of the non-profit enterprise, founded last autumn, with a twinkle in his eye. In fact, I want to offer people of all ages the opportunity to work and build together," he says. "Just do it" is therefore the motto for hobby craftsmen and all those who want to become one. For a small fee, the engineer also offers start-ups not only space and tools, but also expert knowledge and the opportunity to network with each other.

"Safety is paramount"
"The safety of workshop users is paramount. Before getting to work on the equipment and machines, everyone receives a detailed safety briefing. The necessary protective equipment is also ready," Mister Bijkerk emphasises. Two "filtoo" units by TEKA now ensure clean air that is harmless to health in the cutting, welding and electronics areas. They remove smoke, dust and gas produced during welding, cutting and soldering directly at the point of origin, filter the polluted air and return it to the work area in a purified state. The W3-certified unit even absorbs health-endangering smoke and dust particles that are produced during the processing of stainless steel. "The units equipped with a four-stage filter system work reliably and can be used at any workplace thanks to the swivelling extraction arm and castors", says Mister Bijkerk with satisfaction.

Icing on the cake in the safety concept
Up on the pedestal, the Bocholt native, who has been building things since he was a child, has a small-format LMD that is directly connected to a laser unit for cutting and engraving wood, cardboard and plastic and extracts all the particles produced in the process. And just a few steps away, an Airtracker by TEKA monitors the indoor air in the large hall. "The monitoring device is the icing on the cake in our air safety concept and shows us anytime what the air quality is like in the Makerspace," says Joris Bijkerk.

TEKA, a company based in Coesfeld, has a great deal of experience in the field of ventilation technology. For more than 25 years, it has been manufacturing mobile and stationary extraction and filter units, having a particular focus on special machine construction. TEKA Managing Director Simon Telöken is enthusiastic about the project: "I am a passionate amateur craftsman myself with my own small locksmith workshop at home. I think the idea of an open workshop where everyone can live out their craft and artistic potential is just fantastic and I'm glad that we were able to support the start-up here."

Caption: TEKA Managing Director Simon Telöken (on the right) is enthusiastic about Joris Bijkerk's newly founded Makerspace in Bocholt.