MAKER CONSULTANTS 

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Our members are glad to spend a few minutes helping another member solve a problem, but sometimes those problems are too complex for a quick answer.

Maker Consultants are a flexible resource to help our members overcome specific obstacles with their projects. These consultants are available at an hourly rate to cover anything they are knowledgeable in, no matter what your skill level is.

Maker Consultants can help overcome your project's obstacles by:

  • Walking through how to operate a piece of equipment
  • Describing in detail about how to perform particular equipment operations

    

MAKER CONSULTANTS 

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Our members are glad to spend a few minutes helping another member solve a problem, but sometimes those problems are too complex for a quick answer.

Maker Consultants are a flexible resource to help our members overcome specific obstacles with their projects. These consultants are available at an hourly rate to cover anything they are knowledgeable in, no matter what your skill level is.

Maker Consultants can help overcome your project's obstacles by:

  • Walking through how to operate a piece of equipment
  • Describing in detail about how to perform particular equipment operations

    

HOW IT WORKS

  • COG members looking for expert advice on a project should submit a consultation request, detailing the issue.
  • TVCOG staff will then review your request and match you with a consultant who has experience in the appropriate field.
  • We will provide you with a detailed estimate of the pricing and services to be provided based on your request form and the recommendations of the consultant. Please allow 3-5 days after request submission for your estimate to be delivered.
  • If you accept the terms of the estimate, TVCOG will send an invoice via email. Once payment is received, you will be connected directly to the consultant for scheduling purposes.

WHAT WE CAN HELP WITH

Our consultants are experts in various fields, and can help you work with many of the various pieces of equipment we have in our Makerspace. Some possible topics of assistance include: CAD and CAM Programs, 3D printing, beginner welding (MiG&TiG),woodshop basics, laser cutter usage, and mill and lathe operation.

PRICING

Consulting is available at an hourly rate ranging from $40/hour to $100/hour; as these services are individualized, hourly pricing costs and timing estimates vary depending on details of the member’s request. Detailed service and pricing estimates are provided after Staff review within 3-5 business days of submission.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

There are no refunds or cancellations after payment has been submitted; rescheduling must be negotiated with the consultant. Detailed service estimates are provided after Staff review within 3-5 business days of submission, but TVCOG Staff reserves the right to bill for additional hours should the consulting session extend beyond the estimated limit. Scheduling varies depending on consultant’s availability; consultations may take place anywhere up to a month after your invoice is paid.

Services are to be rendered at Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Members must have completed the necessary Work Zone safety orientations before the consultation session. This service is available for Prototyping Center equipment; applicable machine usage rates will be added to the pricing estimate, and prior training is required.

RIGHT OF REFUSAL: TVCOG reserves the right to recommend other services (classes, workshops etc.) should they feel that the consultant program is not the right fit. TVCOG also reserves the right of refusal, should any request be deemed ineligible for recommendation.

 *This service is only available to current TVCOG members.