[hackerspaces] Machines list - buying resources !
raster at gmail.com
Sun May 1 16:34:24 CEST 2016
Milwaukee Makerspace has a long list of equipment and tools on their wiki:
On 5/1/16 8:56 AM, Shirley Hicks wrote:
> Good morning Taner,
> Unfortunately, I don’t think that any one person or organization has
> developed such a list. It would be an interesting (and very useful)
> set of notes to develop, which would take time and a lot of talking
> and probing people to get the information out. If you find one, could
> you share with this list? I would love to find a Consumer Reports (US
> consumer’s product review magazine and website) equivalent for shop tools!
> My suggestions would be to go through some of the larger makerspace
> and hackerspace’s equipment lists, and look to see what models of
> equipment that they are working with, then get in touch with lab leads
> or space leadership and find out what their opinions of the equipment
> I would suggest:
> Dallas Hackerspace - https://dallasmakerspace.org/ (one of the largest
> and most successful makerspaces in NorAm)
> Artist’s Asylum - https://artisansasylum.com/
> Georgia Tech’s Invention Studio - http://inventionstudio.gatech.edu/ -
> has the combination of raw beginners and experienced student leads
> that you’re likely to be dealing with.
> Also, talk to your own membership and find out what their experiences
> have been with this equipment elsewhere in professional lives. It will
> be easier if multiple people are working on this, preferably ones with
> some experience using the tools.
> Makerspace tools have some different requirements than manufacturing
> production tools in that they should have simpler control systems, and
> some versatility of use (not dedicated to doing one specific task
> really really well, as most industrial versions of the tools will be)
> but need more robustness than the consumer version of tools coming on
> the market. I would look at design studio/small workshop versions of
> machines - ones designed for prototyping and small lot manufacturing.
> That should give you the combination of robustness (for multiple
> users) and setup versatility
> Also allow for the fact that you will probably not make perfect
> selections and that you should plan for some replacement eighteen
> months to three years out. (just build it into your financial model
> (write down the value over time) and plan for it). Some equipment will
> just wear out - and others won’t be best fits and should be either
> hacked or sold off. Also, it’s useful to work with entry-level models
> while you get a sense of how your membership will use the tools.
> If you are importing, you have the option of looking for goods in
> multiple markets, from Europe to the Americas.
> Our makerspace in Birmingham, AL is currently researching our first
> big tool acquisitions - we would be willing to share notes as we go if
> you’d care to exchange email addresses.
> On a tangential note - there’s been a lot written on-line regarding
> the design and equipping of makerspace for children and teens in
> libraries and community centers. In part this is because the people
> who are doing it are having to learn themselves.
> (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Evaluations+of+shop+tools+for+makerspaces returns
> the search I just did)
> http://makerpd.weebly.com/2-up-and-running.html has links to some
> great studies with details as to how different groups made their tool
> Shirley Hicks
> Red Mountain Makers
> Birmingham, AL
>> On Apr 30, 2016, at 8:06 PM, Pete Prodoehl <raster at gmail.com
>> <mailto:raster at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> Let the members decide what to buy?
>> On 4/30/16 4:37 PM, Taher Allow wrote:
>>> Thanks for your kind response :)
>>> Mainly our members can teach cnc ,laser cutter, milling, welding,
>>> waterjet and all related tools.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Taher Alblowe
>>> -------- Original message --------
>>> From: Arclight <arclight at gmail.com>
>>> Date: 5/1/2016 12:29 AM (GMT+03:00)
>>> To: Hackerspaces General Discussion List
>>> <discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org>
>>> Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Machines list - buying resources !
>>> I would start by asking: What do you wish to make or teach classes in?
>>> Is there industry (such as Petroluem) near you that has machinists,
>>> CAD operators, other skilled people that can offer to teach? Machines
>>> aren't helpful without knowledge and instruction.
>>> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 1:15 PM, Taher Alblowe <alblowe at gmail.com>
>>> > Dear all,
>>> > I am looking for a good resource that helps me select the right
>>> brands and
>>> > models with the right budget for our new makerspace.
>>> > Unfortunately it is not available in Saudi so I have to check
>>> online and
>>> > decide which are best to buy L
>>> > Thanks J
>>> > Taher
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