Makespace: our first year

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An overview of the first year of Makespace Cambridge, a makerspace/hackspace in Cambridge UK. Including statistics, fun facts and a lot of photos.

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Makespace: our first year

  1. 1. MAKESPACE our first year
  2. 2. FROMTHIS IN 2012…
  3. 3. 210 MEMBERS
  4. 4. OVER 145VOLUNTEER-RUN TRAINING SESSIONSTO HELP PEOPLE USE MAKESPACE KIT
  5. 5. OVER 100TOURS SHOWING MAKESPACE AND MAKINGTO MEMBERS OFTHE PUBLIC
  6. 6. WELL OVER 400 INSTANCES OF PEOPLE LEARNING A NEW MANUFACTURING SKILL
  7. 7. 910 MAKERS IN OUR MEETUP GROUP 43 people taking significant event organising responsibility
  8. 8. SUSTAINED GROWTH AND ACTIVITY ON MEETUP GROUP Makespaceopens
  9. 9. 200+ MAKESPACE MEMBERS and many more have been members for some of the year
  10. 10. STEADY GROWTH OF NEW MEMBERS Current 205 members Founder members Student members Members
  11. 11. ABOUT MAKESPACE MEMBERS • we induct & vet all new members • but we don’t know much about them - we don’t ask demographic questions • all members • are over 18 • can bring guests to the space • can run events • can use some kit without training, and other kit after being inducted
  12. 12. EVENTS • 482 past events • 21 upcoming events
  13. 13. REVIEWS ON MEETUP • “Fantastic” • “Indispensible” • “Great and it seems to be getting better all the time” • “God's own toolshed :-) “ • “Love Makespace, love love love - you don't know how much you have done for me.You are making me feel human again”
  14. 14. TRAINING • over 145 hands-on training sessions on Makespace equipment given by volunteer Makespace members • making over 400 people who have learnt a new skill • many other workshops and training events including • solidthinking CAD • Matlab • Unity 3D • Arduino robots • Well over 100 tours of Makespace to the public
  15. 15. MEETUPS + EVENTS • regular maker nights • student MakerSoc • Meetups+learning+making from: Open DCU + Raspberry Pi-Makers, PCB Makers, K1 co-housing, OCAML hackers, Cambridge Clojure Group, Arduinos&Cake, Modular Synth • Hosting events+meetups: Cambridge internet of things, CamMacDev, CamGeekNight, DorkBot Anglia • PechaKucha lightning talks, project speed dating events • Talks from all kinds of speakers, local and visiting
  16. 16. OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES • Arty Crafty Makers, Instructables Nights, Gaming nights,Theme maker nights, making Marble machines • Big projects: cardboard boat, Chain Reaction, • Trips: to ElectroMagneticWave, to MakerFaire +more • Hosted companies from Springboard Internet of Things accelerator, Spring 2013
  17. 17. FAMILY MAKERS MOST WEEKS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
  18. 18. STUDENT SOCIETY
  19. 19. LOTS HAS HAPPENED
  20. 20. RESPECTED • Keynote address at RSA and many other talks • Directly inspired creation of Madrid Makespace • 3rd largest hackspace in UK by member numbers (?) • Lots of calls from people around the UK and around world wanting advice on setting up something like Makespace
  21. 21. WORKSHOP KIT • BandSaw • Circular Saw - Makita • CNC Router • Drill Presses • Grinder • Lathe - Myford • Lathe - Sherline • Metalwork Benches • Mill - Sherline • Mill - Warco • Mitre Saw - Rage 3 • PowerTools (small) • Woodwork Benches • Woodworking Lathe
  22. 22. MAIN SPACE KIT • 3D Printer • CNC Model Mill • Electronics Workbenches • Fine Metalwork Bench and Flexible Shaft Drill • Glassworking kiln, torch and associated tools • Laser Cutter • PCB Mill • PrimeTest 100 PATTester • Vacuum Former • Vinyl Cutter • General tools • HP 750C A0 Plotter
  23. 23. AND LET’S NOT FORGET • there’s money in the bank • only minor accidents (we’ve used quite a few plasters) • (since we opened) no major thefts • no significant problems with equipment damage • no significant problems with community behaviour
  24. 24. SPACE
  25. 25. WE’VE REARRANGEDTHINGS (a few times!)
  26. 26. WE’VE STARTED SIMPLE and then improved and enhanced
  27. 27. WE’VE ADDED HEALTH AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT - LIKETHIS INTEGRATED EXTRACTION SYSTEM
  28. 28. WE’VE STOCKED AND RESTOCKED OUR CONSUMABLES BANKS
  29. 29. WE’VE INSTALLED NEW KIT
  30. 30. WE’VE SAFETY-TESTEDTHINGS
  31. 31. WE’VE SALVAGED EQUIPMENT
  32. 32. WE’VE RESTORED EQUIPMENT
  33. 33. WE’VE EVALUATED A LOT OF CHAIRS (including quite a few we made ourselves)
  34. 34. WE GREW PLANTS (and made pulley systems for them)
  35. 35. WE’VE EATEN A LOT OF SNACKS (and been honest about paying for them - our honesty boxes run a surplus)
  36. 36. WE’VE BEEN CREATIVE (and a little wacky)
  37. 37. WE’VE CLEANED ANDTIDIED ! (really, we have :)
  38. 38. TOOLS
  39. 39. WEVACUUM FORMED
  40. 40. WE ROUTED
  41. 41. WE DID FINE METAL WORK
  42. 42. WE CALIBRATED
  43. 43. WETURNED
  44. 44. WE DIDN’T ALWAYS USE COMPUTERS
  45. 45. WE MILLED
  46. 46. WE FUSED AND SLUMPED GLASS
  47. 47. WE DRILLED
  48. 48. WE CONNECTEDTHINGSTOTHE INTERNET
  49. 49. MAKING
  50. 50. WE INTRIGUED PEOPLE
  51. 51. WE MYSTIFIED PEOPLE
  52. 52. WE BUILT VEHICLES
  53. 53. WETESTED THINGS
  54. 54. WE DID FINE, BEAUTIFUL DETAILED WORK
  55. 55. WE WENT FROM PROTOTYPETO PRODUCT IN JUST 4 MONTHS NOT 18 MONTHS:THANKSTO MAKESPACE
  56. 56. WE EXPERIMENTED
  57. 57. WE MADE ROBOTS
  58. 58. WE MADE JEWELLERY
  59. 59. WE STARTED WORK ON A ROBOTIC STORAGE SYSTEM
  60. 60. WE MADE GAMES
  61. 61. WE MADE SECRET PROTOTYPES FOR OUR BUSINESSES ! (NO PICTURES, SORRY!)
  62. 62. WE USED A LOT OF LEDS
  63. 63. WE MADE FURNITURE
  64. 64. WE MADETHINGSTHAT MADE US HAPPY
  65. 65. WE ETCHED “MADE IN MAKESPACE” ON WHAT WE MADE WHERE EVER WE COULD
  66. 66. COMMUNITY
  67. 67. WE HACKED
  68. 68. WE SHARED
  69. 69. WE HAD FUN
  70. 70. WE NETWORKED (in more ways than one)
  71. 71. WETRAINED
  72. 72. WETRAINED
  73. 73. WE MADE MARVELLOUS MARBLE MACHINES
  74. 74. WETRAINED
  75. 75. WE LEARNED FROM EXPERTS (even experts from London who said Cambridge expertise had made their products a reality)
  76. 76. WE DID SHOW &TELL
  77. 77. WE MET NEW PEOPLE
  78. 78. WE HADTALKS
  79. 79. WE ADMIREDTHINGS WE MADE
  80. 80. WE SHOWED PEOPLE AROUND
  81. 81. WE COLLABORATED
  82. 82. WE EXPLAINEDTHINGS
  83. 83. WE ATE CAKE
  84. 84. WE MADETHINGSTO PUT CAKES ON :)
  85. 85. MANY PEOPLE MADE ALLTHIS HAPPEN ! IFYOU WERE ONE OFTHEM: THANK YOU
  86. 86. ALSOTHANKYOUTO ALLTHE MAKESPACE MEMBERS WHOSE PHOTOS ARE INCLUDED HERE TOM OINN BRIAN CORTEIL MARKTCHAOS KYLLIKI3 PERFECTPHASE MARK MELLOWS DAVID BAR HAM AND MORE

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