Status Update 10/14/16

Makers,
This status update takes the place of the regular monthly newsletter.  Much has happened in a short period of time, but I will try to distill it all into a brief summary.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at info@makerspaceforsyth.com.

The Story So Far:

For those of you who haven’t been following us for a bit, we’ve grown our square footage by about 10 times.  We now have about 1033 square feet in downtown Cumming.  We are located at 327 Dahlonega St #202B which is in the Tanyard Oaks Office Park.  To access the space enter through 202A (BlueSky) and take the stairs down.  You’ll see our sign as soon as you open the door.

Loose Timeline Of Things To Come:

  • Mid October the Tech Lounge will be open (you’re welcome to come in and sit anytime we have the doors open provided we don’t have a special event going on that requires the space).
  • End of October we will have the 3D printer and Laser cutter available by reservation.
  • Beginning in November the lounge will be open to all for free.  Internet service is available.
  • End of November Benchtop Manufacturing goes to RFID access.
  • End of December the CNC machine should be up and running.

Layout:

We now 5 rooms available in addition to the common area with the kitchenette.  From here on they will be labelled as follows, Tech Lounge, Activity Room, Lecture Room, Benchtop Manufacturing Room, and Robotics Lab [01] (yes, it’s named after the Machine City in the Matrix :)).  The benchtop manufacturing area has 3D printing and laser cutting available with the addition of a CNC machine soon.  If you have a Pro membership you will receive a RFID key that will let you in the door.

Clubs:

Robotics Club-
The robotics club is in full effect with members selecting their long term projects and staking their bench space.  We have six seats in the lab proper with overflow seating going to the benchtop manufacturing room.  The robotics lab is a dedicated space so Robotics Club members are welcome to come in and work on their projects any time the makerspace is open.  Please note that a mentor for the robotics club will only be available during Robotics Club Meetings.  At all other times mentors will be available at the space, but their time may be limited due to other activities, so please be patient and considerate of those times.  If you have a membership you are free to use any of the tools available.  If you do not have a membership and want to use the Robotics Lab please ask about our Day Passes.  Day Passes make it possible to maintain the lab and keep the tools in working order.

Strategic Gaming Club-
The Strategic Gaming Club will be on hold until interest is up again.  In the meantime we will schedule strategy gaming nights.  If enough makers express interest we will revisit the Strategic Gaming Club.

Other-
If you have an idea for a club please feel free to contact us at admin@makerspaceforsyth.com and put “Club Idea” in the subject line.  If we have enough interest we will definitely set it up.

Things We Need:

WE almost have everything laid out the way we want, but there are still a few things we’re missing.  If you have one of the items on the list and would like to make a contribution to the list feel free to contact us.  We can even arrange a pick-up if necessary.

  1. College dorm style mini fridge for  the kitchenette
  2. A sofa for the Tech Lounge
  3. Bean bag chairs for the Tech Lounge

Memberships:

Membership is now open.  If you would like to sign up for a membership please follow this link to the membership page.  The page includes a detailed explanation of what you get when you sign up.  Begin using your membership perks immediately.  http://makerspaceforsyth.com/make/membership/

Days and Hours:

As of right now we are open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm to 8pm and Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm.  We are working on adding days and hours.  If all goes well we should have some morning hours in effect by the beginning of November.

Andres

Andres

I’ve always had an interest in electronics and robotics. I have been tinkering ever since I can remember. Running the makerspace was just a natural next step. I like sharing the knowledge and experiences I’ve accumulated over the years.

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