Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a makerspace, creative community, prototyping center and manufacturing business incubator.

We are cultivating a community of makers, innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate creative collisions resulting in economic and personal growth. Our vision is to provide a flexible, well-equipped facility with the tools and space to inspire collaboration and creative confidence; nurture an inclusive culture to enhance innovation among our diverse community of members; enrich the next generation of makers, innovators and entrepreneurs with STEAM programming; and develop and model the role of a non-profit makerspace in supporting its local community. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization supported by members, donors and sponsors. Inside our facility you will find:

  •      ♦ co-working space;
  •      ♦ a board room and community room;
  •      ♦ a full product development kitchen;
  •      ♦ 3D printing;
  •      ♦ laser cutting;
  •      ♦ fiber arts;
  •      ♦ enamel and glass kilns;
  •      ♦ electronics zone;
  •      ♦ model shop;
  •      ♦ wood shop;
  •      ♦ welding shop; and
  •      ♦ metal shop.

 Our new Prototyping Center is under development and set to open to new members in late-January. The Manufacturing Incubator at TVCOG, powered by IMC, is now screening applicants and is also set for official launch in late-January 2018.

Tech Valley Center of Gravity is also home to the ThinQubator, one of the world’s first fully-designated and outfitted children’s makerspaces.

Contact: 518.244.3544 | info@tvcog.net

Hours: Our facility is always accessible to members during the times allowed by their membership level. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. The public is welcome to join us for tours and to explore our facility every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm during our weekly Open House and Social Hour. If you are unable to join us on Tuesday evenings, please feel free to reach out using the information above to arrange an alternative time for a tour. And, be sure to check our Events Calendar for classes and events open to the public.

 

The THINQubator is a kids makerspace inside the TVCOG, specifically designed and equipped with projects, materials and equipment that help inspire the next generation of makers.

We host and organize hackathons for topics as diverse as Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Clean Technology and Civic Smart Hacks.

What's New

Mission & Vision

At the General Meeting on Oct 4th, a draft of our Mission and Vision statements for the TVCOG were presented. These documents are now online on our web site here. Please send feedback to the Board of

Letterboxing at Flag Day Parade

This year we are setting up letter boxes at historical sites around Troy near the Flag Day parade route on 3rd & 4th Streets. The letter boxes contain a stamp, stamp pad and log book for people to

Zero To Maker – RELOADED

The Zero To Maker event was conceived to help new members get up to speed with safety training and equipment usage at the COG. In one shot, we could cover some of the most popular pieces of equipment

Brewers Pod

Saturday, June 4th 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge Back to the Beginning!   Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer drinking in

Letter Boxing At Flag Day Parade

This year we are setting up letter boxes at historical sites around Troy near the Flag Day parade route on 3rd & 4th Streets. The letter boxes contain a stamp, stamp pad and log book for people

Troy By Design

Do you have an interactive project? Rensselaer’s School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Severino Center for Entrepreneurship, Design for America and TVCOG are teaming up to bring “Troy

Brewers’ Pod

Saturday, April 23rd 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge It’s bottling time!   Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer drinking

TVCOG Writers Workshop

Gather for co-writing with the Tech Valley Center of Gravity Writers’ Group. Brown bag a dinner and bring your writing tool(s) of choice and a project on which to focus. All genres and platforms

Scott Carpenter on MakerCast

Maker Cast has a very cool podcast featuring Scott Carpenter (a TVCOG member) talking about his path to making highly customized baseball gloves at his company Carpenter Trade. Scott even gives a

Stitch & Sip Open Crafting

Bring your own project (sewing, knitting, needlework…or hey, anything portable) and a beverage for a fun evening stitching and sipping in good company. The CoG provides an empty table,

First Forge at COG

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Legal Workshop – Founders Agreements

When getting a startup off the ground, it’s critical to have a clear agreement amongst the founders around a handful of key issues that are essential to your ability to safeguard the future

Next Zero To Maker!

The next Zero to Maker event is on Saturday, March 12th from 10am – 1pm! What is Zero to Maker? It’s a great way to get started making things at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity!  Come

Brewer’s Pod

Saturday, March 5th 1 P.M. – 3 P.M. TVCOG Kitchen and Lounge Over the past 20 years, the homebrew revolution has completely changed the course of beer drinking in America. Where once a small

Science Bowl

The Dept of Energy Science Bowl is coming up on Saturday, March 5th, at GE Global Research Center over in Niskayuna. We participate with several tables of project displays and information about the

Membership

Associate Membership

  • ♦ $25 one time fee
  • ♦ Access with Day Pass Only
  • ♦ Membership Card
  • ♦ Eligible for equipment training classes
  • ♦ Safety/Orientation class included
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Full Membership

  • ♦ $60/month
  • ♦ Access during official open hours
  • ♦ Membership Card
  • ♦ Eligible for equipment training classes
  • ♦ Safety/Orientation class included
  • ♦ Eligible for volunteer discount
  • ♦ Voting privileges
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Super User Membership

  • ♦ $100/month
  • ♦ 24 / 7 Access to the Makerspace
  • ♦ Membership Card
  • ♦ Eligible for equipment training classes
  • ♦ Safety/Orientation class included
  • ♦ Eligible for volunteer discount
  • ♦ On-site storage bin
  • ♦ Voting privileges

 

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Family Membership

  • ♦ Additional $20/month
  • ♦ All benefits of the base membership
  • ♦ Includes all immediate family
  • ♦ Access granted after safety training

 

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Coworking Membership

  • ♦ $50/month
  • ♦ 24 / 7 access (**)
  • ♦ Flex seating in coworking areas
  • ♦ Board room for private meetings
  • ♦ WiFi and Wired Internet access
  • ** – no fabrication equipment usage

 

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In addition to memberships, we have ala-carte services and volunteer opportunities.

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