Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by Crispy, Nov 15, 2013.
Did you manage to get it with a decent length lease on it?
Yep, 3 years. Should outgrow it by then
We're getting a £xx,xxx laser cutter for free. I am very excited.
Do you know deckspace?
Only vaguely. They don't really go out of their way to introduce themselves very much. Exchanged a few emails with some of them. Friendly bunch, but it seems rather insular.
And we're off!
I was up at one of the manufacturing catapult centres last week, and they mentioned they have some obsolete hardware in the corners they might like to get off the balance sheet by donating it to someone. I think the 20kW laser is off the list, but if they've got industrial robots/milling machines/... who should I point them at?
i can make nothing but this sounds wonderful - good luck with the project
emails to firstname.lastname@example.org will reach myself and 4 others
Cool, had no idea about this! this is just opposite the park, right? Round from what was cafe Provençal? Awesome stuff. Just as I'm starting to do more with electronics.
Yep - the entrance gate is next door to Costcutter. While we're doing the fit-out, we're meeting in the Florence on Wednesdays for a social evening. You'd be welcome to join us
Must get down and do some graft. Don't want to feel guilty turning up after it's all done but my shift work precludes most evenings and weekends. Might have a few hours to spare on Thursday if there is likely to be anyone there?
We're holding tonight's social in the new space. This is the last chance to check it out before we start the construction works, so if you want to see it in the raw state, and see our plans, come on down. There will be freshly brewed beer from our neighbours at Canopy Beer, and pizza. From 7pm, in the railway arch directly behind Costcutter on Norwood Road
Thanks for the invite! it was good to meet you at long last and the other makers. Loved the beer too. You are an interesting group and I wish you every success in doing up the arch.
I look forward to Makerspace and Herne Hill Stitch and Bitch doing something collaborative in the future. I put the general idea of
sewing bees, workshops, skill sharing, to the stitchers in the Effra Social afterwards and they were very enthusiastic.
to be continued....
Forgot to mention this earlier, but right now, we're holding an open day at our new space. There's 3D printing and a BBQ, beer and bricklaying. Come on down! (I'm not there myself, mind )
What a shame I missed it! I've always wanted a go at bricklaying. Hope it all went well and the space is shaping up.
Been a while since I bumped this. We've made good progress on the space and hope to get a load done this weekend. Everyone is welcome to come down and lend a hand. If you know which end of a hammer to hold, you're qualified
We'll finish the lining
And start on the floor
Finger crossed we'll get to a "minimum viable" state by the end of Feb so we can take delivery of our laser cutter
ooo looks exciting
Did I say end of Feb? I meant end of March.
Anyway, we're having an open day this Saturday, 11am till 4pm. Come and see how we're getting on
The floor's going in nicely:
and the design for the front wall is finalised
well done! looking good so far.
So it turns out we have a local makerspace, but it costs £40/ month to belong.
Is this normal? I guess the running costs aren't cheap.
Also do makerspaces generally provide facilities to work with fabric, or is it a bit more hardcore than that?
I talked with them about getting Herne Hill Stitch and Bitch down there to do something when they are up and running.
They seemed open to ideas - but all details are still to be discussed.
What sort of thing are you interested in?
I guess everything from very soft sewing, making clothes, cushions etc through to slightly more "makery" stuff such as working with imitation leather and stuff.
I'm not in South London though.
£40 is expensive. We currently charge £20 and are just about breaking even. If you're on benefits or low pay, we can arrange a discount. Other spaces are cheaper, or more expensive still.
It does depend a lot on what sort of facilities and services are on offer. There's a makerspace in Cambridge for example, which charges £100, but in return they have a lot of sophisticated tools and equipment, and permanent staff to maintain them. Other spaces operate on a pay-what-you-want basis. London Hackspace does this, but the result is hundreds and hundreds of people paying a fiver, while a handful of high-payers carry the weight. It's a long-running debate with many valid arguments on all sides.
The standard answer is "Makerspace is for whatever its members want it to be for"
That said, we do intend to try and broaden our appeal beyond the (by now rather standard) 3D printing, laser cutting, electroncis and computing side of things. We recently put a shopping list together for a funding application (should hear back about that soon) which included an overlocker and a computerised embroidery machine, also screen printing equipment. We already have a bog-standard sewing machine. Ultimately, the members decide how we spend the money, so why not join and add your voice?
EDIT: We also have an A1 printer which is great for printing patterns for clothes
EDITEDIT: Oh, you're not local
I was a member of Hackspace in Hackney and the monthly sub was only £5. That may be though because they are more established and have more members?
Where did you apply to, out of interest?
Have PM'd you
They were able to set their minimum this low because they got very lucky with their first premises, which were very cheap. When they moved to their 2nd home, they nearly went under but the generoisty of their core membership pulled them through. Eventually their rapid growth into the hundreds of members got them the cash flow to be self-sufficient. They've got over a thousand members now. It's too big, IMO.
EDIT: London's gone mental in the intervening time. Lots of industrial property and random backstreet derelicts are being sold off for flats all over the place. The remaining scraps get snapped up quickly. A railway arch is not just all we could afford - it's all we could find.
I hear you crispy and suspected as much. In truth, I believe many memebers, like me before, visit infrequently but have/had a DD set up so we didn't notice the £5 going out each month even if we didn't attend or use the space.
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