At 68 years old, Jim Perchard doesn’t stray from learning new things. “You can learn something every day, if you care to do it,” he said, inspecting a shiny, new precision micrometer. It’s part of a pristine, 23-piece mechanical micrometer set, valued at over $2,200. Just one of the many tools, toys and techie gadgets Area 59 has for its members to use. And a small one at that, especially when compared to any of the many top-notch mills and lathes, CNC milling machines or the 5×8 plasma cutter in the building. There is 1.5 million dollars of cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment at Jim’s fingertips as he walks us through his most recent designs, 360 blueprints he’s drafted from scratch on a sleek, dual-screen desktop computer smack dab in the middle of the makerspace. After designing, drawing and 3-D printing his first project, a hinge (he never used it, he admitted, “It’s probably in a drawer somewhere at home”), Jim’s moved on to bigger, more complex projects, most of which have  evolved into trinkets and gifts for his girlfriend’s 5-year-old granddaughter, Lauren. As a member, Jim’s access to Area 59 resources, including “the fun guy” Manager Ian Scott and “t...