To hack something is to take something apart and change the way it works. Anything can be hacked from appliances, toys, clothing, furniture, vehicles, robots, and whatever else you can get your hands on. It’s a exploration in the way things work, and seeing what interesting ways they can be modified.
At our weekly Open Hack Nights, we invite everyone to come and tinker with us! Whether you repurpose fabric and furniture or tinker with toys and electronics, all are welcome to these events. We have a lot of interesting things to take apart in our Electronics Lab’s scrap bins, plus plenty of workspace for those that just need room to tinker and want to be around others. We only open our Electronics Lab and Classroom for guests at this event, the rest of our shop is off limits for non-members.
Every Friday at 6pm, join other makers, explore the way things work, and make them do something interesting!
Our manager Alex Nunn was featured on the Live Free and Start site! Read this write-up on how our makerspace is a viable resource for innovators and start-ups: Click here to read the full article.
Update July 9th: Thank you to all who have donated equipment so far! We have received donated equipment from various members of the community in the seacoast area and are almost at our goal. We still are seeking replacements for our large table saw and our compound miter saw, but we have gotten everything else for our wood shop. If you know of anyone that is upgrading their equipment or is moving and has to get rid of their equipment please send them our way!
The Makerspace’s wood shop is in need of some new equipment. During the early years of the space there were some generous members that loaned us most of what we use today for a set period of time. We are approaching the time at which we need to give these tools back to their original owners, so we are now seeking donations from the community to help us replace this equipment.
Our current finances aren’t good enough to be able to cover the $10,000 it would take to replace all of the tools, but we know there are tools out there that people aren’t using or want to get rid of that would do just fine for us. Primary tools we are looking for right now are a table saw, band saw, miter saw, and jointer. Any other wood shop equipment would be welcome as well, but those are the main tools we cannot do without.
It’s at this point we’d like to remind people that we are a registered non-profit and can write receipts for any donated equipment, as well as monetary donations (which are also welcome). If you or someone you know has equipment that is in good condition and are willing to part with it please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-988-5798. We also have a equipment donation proposal form that you can fill out here, which provides us with details for review so we can determine if it will work for the wood shop.
If you can make a monetary donation towards this effort you can do so one our donate page. We will provide you with a receipt of donation.
There are a few tools that every makerspace will probably have: a 3D Printer, a CNC Router, and a Laser Cutter. Our space has 2 out of 3, but that last one, the Laser Cutter, is something our members and community has wanted access to for a long time. There is certainly a lot a maker can do with a 3D Printer and a CNC Router, but the the 3D Printer is limited to plastics, and the CNC Router takes some finesse to get good results. A Laser Cutter is more hobbyist and beginner friendly for cutting out designs for assembling or engraving on a wide variety of materials. It’s an excellent design tool for students and professionals. You can see a bunch of sample projects in this video from Origin Laser.
That’s why we’re organizing a fundraising campaign through our website! By going to this page, or scrolling down a little, you can donate money towards the purchase of a laser cutter for the makerspace! There are various donor levels to say thanks and allow those who donated to have access to the laser cutter once we have it. Please check it out today and donate if you can! Even a dollar will help!