Take a look inside a gorgeous inventor's paradise in a remote part of Brooklyn that used to be a deserted, rotted-out machine shop
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An inventor's treasure trove lies tucked away in a remote part of Brooklyn.
New Lab, in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is an oasis for artists, engineers and entrepreneurs, serving as a hub where they can quickly mockup products and test their ideas.
The two-year-old New Lab, which is the home to over 100 NYC startups today, was once Building 128, a machine shop that created parts for ships used in both World Wars, and had since fallen into disrepair.
New Lab's creators, David Belt and Scott Cohen, turned the 84,000 square-foot facility into a space that would help the entrepreneurs make their ideas into physical products.
Today, the site houses a 3D printing lab, laser cutters, wood and metal shops, a fabrication shop, an electronics shop, and casting and finishing equipment. This full set of equipment, worth $5 million total, gives creators everything they need to develop a working prototype.
The shops also come staffed with experts and resources that can help creators learn and troubleshoot. In addition to being a one stop shop for product development, New Lab also serves as a platform where startups can collaborate with each other and seek partnerships with larger companies.
Since its inception, New Lab has attracted people working in disciplines like robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotech, environment, energy, biotech, and urban design.
Take a look inside the immaculately designed New Lab, with mini museums and innovation showcases around every corner and vibrant colors that pop when contrasted against the building's steel skeleton.