Welcome to the makerspace. We are a very community-oriented workshop that is interested in enabling and encouraging people to make whatever they want! When you come to the space, you can expect to find a collaborative, sharing, and generous community with a lot of creativity.
If you’ve never been to the space before, you should! We have Open Hack Nights every Friday from 6-8pm where people are welcome to visit the space, as well as work in our Electronics Lab and Classroom spaces for free. There is someone on staff at these events that can tell you about our space and things like membership levels and storage options for projects, as well as upcoming classes and events.
Once you sign up for a membership, before you can use power tools like the table saw or the mig welder you need to arrange a safety checkout on the tools you know how to and want to use. We want to be sure everyone has safe working knowledge of all tools they use. Arranging a safety checkout is as easy as contacting the shop through phone or email and arranging a time to go through the tools you want to use.
Want to sign up as a 24-hour member? Contact us for your RFID badge and we’ll have it ready for you when you come in.
Get to know the space and its rules
Working at the makerspace is like working in a friend’s shop. You’ll want to get to know where everything is, what is available and what you should bring, and what the rules are. When you first join up, take some time to look around and get your bearings. Get familiar with our Code of Conduct and know what is expected from working in the shop. There is plenty that is not written down, so it is important to feel comfortable asking questions when you don’t know something.
The best part about the space is that the members are the driving force behind everything.
If there’s a change you want to see, all you need to do is do it and get other people to help! We have various committees for each shop that decide as a group things that affect their respective shops. You can find the monthly Committee meetings on our calendar.
For keeping updated on shop happenings, we have a mailing list which we send out to all active members. We also have a Slack channel for communicating with other members which you can join. You can use this to chat with members, talk about shop stuff, or seek help with projects.
Anyone can join our Port City Makerspacers Facebook group to chat with other makers in the area and share project ideas, things you work on, and seeing what others do.
Talk to people at the shop!
If you haven’t gotten a tour around the shop, make sure to ask whoever is on duty and they will happily show you around! There are many tools and opportunities available at the makerspace, and it can be overwhelming just looking at it all. People are generally very social and helpful when it comes to things around the shop. You can always ask for help with a project too!
The Shop is always improving.
What we have for resources today can be different than what we have next month. We are focused on expanding our usable shop area and branching out into other disciplines as well, like textiles and CNC manufacturing.
We’ll see you around the space!