I found out recently we have a local makerspace. Only problem is it's the only one and it's $100/mo. for membership. I assume it's for rent/electric.
>inb4 that's expensive and such
>any makers, what fees do you typically pay and what kinds of things do you work on?
Makerspaces aren't just for wood and metal work. They also usually have arduino/robtics, arcade cabinets, and various other electrical projects as far as hardware is concerned.
Many also have software programming/hacker counterparts, which is where I would most fit in.
Though, it does seem like few people partake in them overall :( Thank you for your input though.
On top of that, you'll also encounter other maker-minded people to collaborate with. So if you got an idea for a device, but don't know micro controllers too well, someone else there might be able to help. If you know metalworking, you might be able to lend your knowledge to someone else. So it's not just a place to rent the use of tools.
Oh that actually sounds kind of fun and constructive, if you have a strong interest go for it. Building a MAME cabinet would be loads of fun if you have the money for it. For the software side would you just go there and bring a laptop and just shoot the shit/collaborate on projects with whoever else is there?
Well, furnishing a tool shed cost quite a lot and it doesn't feature a CNC lathe or a reflow oven or anything, so a $100 makerspace membership might be the thing to go for if you are serious about that.
Well, assuming they at least have a CNC lathe.
I live 3 minutes away from my local hackspace, its fucking great.
Our membership costs $25/month
To get the keys to the place is another $25/month ($50/month total).
I do all sorts of shit there...
I do my job from there on occasion. (I'm a sysadmin).
I fix random computers/laptops/electronics there.
I use the lazer cutter when I'm engineering/building stuff for projects.
Sometimes at 3AM I walk over, fire up the bandsaw and hammer away at one of my various projects.
Sometimes I drink there, or have an afterparty there after a night of partying.
I live in apartment, I don't have room for all the tools I have, let alone want.
I'd need to rent like a 2 car garage at least to house all my shit, and that's like $300/month in my area.
I pay $50, and I get all the space, all the tools I don't have (Lazer cutter, CNC machine, Lathe, Welder, Air compressor), and every single resistor/capacitor/chip/screw/nut/bolt/wire/led/or other part that I'd need to build something.
>tfw NO makerspace in your city (population >100,000)
>tfw NO local computer or music scene at all
>tfw everyone you knew who were remotely interested have moved and/or refuse to talk to you anymore for some reason
>posting an actual technology thread that requires education and skills above what teenagers have on /g/
>expecting /g/ to know anything about technology except mainstream electronic dicking that any teenager is capable of like posting desktops, OS ricing, jerking on headphones and peripherals and just general casual baby tier shit
Yeah, since I found out about it a few days ago I've been considering checking it out since I've wanted to learn more of the hardware stuff and want to see what things I can pick up from other people for sure.
Thank you for your responses. I guess I'll have to just go check out their shop and see how it feels and whether I'll get my money's worth.
Still interested in other people's experiences and etc, so any other makers, please post :)
>but im a socially awkward wanker so ive never built up the courage.
Mate. It's fucking Cardiff. Have a bottle of whisky or Jaeger in your hand, and you'll fit in just fucking fine, as long as it's past 9 in the morning.
Stuff I've worked on....
watercooling a dual opteron server (making my own water blocks)
Building antennas/satdishes for wireless adapters/repeaters/routers.
Using a Nvidia Jetson TK1 for wireless hacking and cracking (with it's keplar gpu).
Building a 12x1TB communal NAS box for all our data
Building a communal VMware server so members can have their own VMs
Setting up our PFsense firewall, the network, our 96 port rackmounted switch, cables such.
Setting up OpenVPN and so members can use network-capable devices remotely.
Building/maintaining/standardizing all the desktops/laptops we have in the space
Built our 3d modeling computer, for solidworks/autocad (2k monitor, Quadro 4000, 32gb ram, 8 core, 4 SSDs in raid)
Setup a windows domain too, so roaming profiles and such.
Another member built our VOIP system ( our PBX is a VM, on the vmware server I built).
We also built a big LED wall as a group.
Other dude does quadcopter workshops where you build a quad copter from scratch. lazer cut the air frame, code everything.
We made this doorchime robot thing thats lights up and plays sound files when the door opens. (quotes from marvin from hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, or bender quotes from futurama).
We have a vending machine that has arduinos and raspberry pies in it.
Other dudes are building 3d printers and always meet up there.
Sometimes workshops happen, like python night, or building SMD dev board stuff.
My university has a fablab which anybody can use freely. You have to pay for your materials of course but other than that you can use whatever the fuck you want. They got 3d printers, laser cutters, and pretty much every tool you can think about. And the guys who are running the lab are extremely helpful and knowledgeable
>but im a socially awkward wanker so ive never built up the courage.
Everyone is socially inept there, it's normal.
Normal people are the weird ones.
You can pretty much talk code there and everyone will understand what the fuck you are talking about.
>Not just owning some tools...
Shit man, about the only thing I don't have and would like is a CNC mill - but I highly doubt these 'maker spaces' would cater for that without charging extra for use.
I've worked as a carpenter for most of my life, but like the chef that doesn't cook for himself I barely make anything for myself in my spare time, I have made a few tables and birdhouses for family though. But when I'm making shit I'll usually just use my dads garage, I've never even heard of the concept of a makerspace, $100 a month doesn't sound too bad for a workshop though
They are particularly good for diy minded people who live in cities where space is a premium so owning a garage big enough to fill with tools will be hella expensive
The community aspect is nice too.
I'm doing just fine thanks
Back in my day we called it "woodworking" or "electronics" or "tinkering" at the very worst. We don't need new names for this stuff, you miserable fucking wannabe hipster. Lay off the buzzfeed for a while, your brain is damaged.
Maybe he just doesn't understnad why kids have to make everything 'EDGY' and 'NEW'
The word 'workshop' would've done fine and happens to be the name everyone else calls such a space.
I haven't considered having to pay for something like that, but at $100/mo it's cheaper than tools, provided they give you free rein and you don't have much space for them at home.
I build on occasion, knock the occasional thing up, but I can do most of it with the tools I accumulate over time.
Having access to some CNC stuff might be nice though.
Sadly nothing like that round where I live.
>unlike the typical unthinking sheeple who use hand tools for conventional (probably religious) purposes, I use my intellect to enlighten myself before creating creative made makestuff make hackerspace hacked stuff
More 'Edgy' 'Cool' 'Special Snowflake' shit, a Workshop is where work gets done, a workshop is where all the technology for this 'creative' was developed.
From your descriptions and your contant need to distance yourself from the word 'Workshop' it sounds like in a 'hackerspace' nothing of actual worth will ever be done, it's just for idiots with too much money to play with their new overpriced toys...
Me too, never heard nor thought about it earlier. Thanks OP for bringing it to my attention.
"Workshop" is a very general term. A private carpenting company can have its own workshop, as can a robotics section in a university, some guy in his garage or an artist in their apartment. Every single one of them is radically different. The closest equivalent you could use would be "community workshop" which still doesn't paint the full picture. Meanwhile terms like "hacklab" or "makerspace" immediately tell you: informal, community-based workshop with public tools for construction, computing and/or art, often with a social aspect involved.
Thanks for clarifying that. I was mistaken. You aren't dumb or stupid. You are just one of those people that nobody really likes, or enjoys listening to. I'm guessing that there are lots of people who just want to be around you, right?
Turning a good discussion on the pros cons and anecdotes about hacker spaces into a pointless angry discussion over semantics fuelled almost entirely by lame insults that all sound like they are coming from the mouth of a 12 year old.
I really don't know what else i expected.
>Every single one of them is radically different.
Right, because it's general. So why can't the general term be used here? Answer: because edgy twats feel that they need their own word to show that they are intellectually superior to other people who work with their hands.
$100 a month sounds really quite decent if you don't own most of the tools you'd have access to there. If you have you're own tools its not worth it just for a work area. Otherwise I'd jump on that in an instant.
>Answer: because edgy twats feel that they need their own word to show that they are intellectually superior to other people who work with their hands.
Sounds like someone's feeling jealous that somebody else is getting all the attention.
Here, I'll pay attention to you, cause no one else will.
My city's hackspace is £10-£25/no (depends if you're poor or not) and £2 for fob to the place, so I can go in whenever. We've got a shitload of power tools and machines, 2 3D printers, a laser cutter and electronics bench.
Everyone's friendly and kind, we do a open day on Wendsdays each week so we get new people coming in all the time with ideas and stuff, always some fun banter happening and it helped land me a job. Probably the best decision I made joining a hackspace.
"The Core". When I downloaded that webm the /g/ consensus was that the movie is absolute dogshit. Only part worth watching is this:
You can safely skip the rest.
That's awesome, thanks for the input :)
I live in dorms and only own a few screwdrivers currently, all my other tools are back home. So really hoping they have a full shop with lots of space and tools.
I've been thinking that a cooperative workshop would be more suited to my liking (ie, getting a few mates together and sharing a space + buying tools, rather than throwing the doors open).
I joined my local hackerspace for a while, but found it didn't meet my needs. I was contemplating making huge donations of time and materials to get stuff like a spray booth, or raising money for some better metalworking tools, but decided it wasn't worth the time.
It entirely depends on if you think the tools provided at the hackspace is worth the amount you're paying to use them. At mine, £10 a month is fucking amazing for access to a laser cutter and 3D printers since I can use them to make things to sell on Etsy.
my university has one with 3d printers, arduinos, stuff like that. materials are free and there's a pretty generous time limit, so it's nice. sometimes it's crowded though
I live literally beside my old highschool and I'm friends with the shop teachers, so they let me use the mills, lathes, and CNC machines when I'm in town
it's funny, I have access to a fair amount of tools but I can never think of anything to make
you can do a fair bit of work with just a grinder, mig welder, and drill press, but if you want to do anything more intensive, you're gonna need proper equipment, so I'd recommend at least $5000 to make a decent shop eg milling machine and maybe a cheap metal lathe