Makerspace

What's a makerspace?

 

A Makerspace allows you to have access to space, tools, equipment, and expertise.

It's also a great networking opportunity.

"It's like a gym...but for your mind!" Jamie Leben

Why a makerspace?

We want to foster an environment

of learners and doers, at any age.

Everyone has ideas!

Not everyone gets the opportunity

to bring their idea to life.

Here, you can learn how to build a prototype,

get feedback, safely fail and innovate.

Go ahead and try it

...you may discover a new passion.

How to get involved:
 

- Volunteer

- Be a volunteer mentor

- Sign up for a workshop

- Get a membership

(1 month, 6 months or a year)

- Get a punchcard

 

Check out our

"Membership" page here.

How it works:

We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization. 

Our goal is to fulfill our mission and serve the community, while trying to be sustainable. You can see why we do what we do here and how we do it below.

  • Free MeetUps and clubs

Our Co-op meetings are an innovative way to bring people with similar interests together, to share tips and tricks and help someone out in the process.

These events are free but if you would like to help support us, we welcome voluntary donations on site or on our website here.

Our current meetups and clubs: The weekly CoderDojo for kids 7 to 12; the weekly  Raspberry Pi club; the sewing meetup; the woodworking meetup; the jewelry meetup.

  • Walk-In and Day-Passes

You can just walk-in and seek assistance. If we can help, you can just get a $10 Day-Pass.

Our walk-in hours are now limited to Fridays 2 to 7PM and Saturdays 10.30AM to 3.30PM)...but if your project cannot wait, just shoot us an email, or open a chat on the website. We are always a click away.

  • Introductory classes or 1-on-1 on-demand instruction

If you are new to a particular activity, our introductory classes are great.

No membership is required. You just pay for the class (usually around $20 to $30, but the price may vary depending on the cost of materials).

You can also request 1-on-1 special instruction, usually for a similar price depending on availability. Just email us at Hello@LosAlamosMakers.org.

  • Become a member

Members get an RFID badge that allows for 24/7 access to the shop.

If you love to tinker and want the ability to freely have access to the space and tools, you can become a member ($30 a month). Members are typically expected to be able to work safely and independently but obviously you can also benefit from help when needed. 

Membership is also a great way to help support the Makerspace, even if just for one month. 

  • Volunteer

If you have a skill you'd like to informally share, please let us know. You could help mentor someone for a particular project. Volunteering grants you a membership discount or free access to the space, depending on your involvement.

  • Rent a dedicated bench

If you need your own space within the makerspace, we also rent a couple of dedicated benches and a desk, with storage included.

Please inquire for availability.

  • Teach

If you want to teach a class and be paid to do so, you can charge for the class, you just need to provide your own materials. We just charge $5 per participant for the use of the space.

  • Services

If you're not much of a DIY person, or just are in a hurry, you can submit an order (3D printing, sewing, laser engraving, laser cutting, computer design, graphic design, woodworking projects). Email your request to hello@losalamosmakers.org and we'll send you a quote and timeline. Our prices and quality are usually very competitive... and that way you also help support the makerspace.

  • "Library of Things"

This is our loaner program...still a work in progress.

If you need a specific tool for a project but would rather work on it at home, you can check our list of available tools for rent. We are currently working on a database.

All it takes is $10 for the rental + a deposit check for the replacement value of the tool you borrow.

The deposit will not be cashed unless the tool is irreparably damaged or lost.

We are currently accepting donations of all kinds of items in working order. Your donation may be tax-deductible.

What does one do in a makerspace?
 

It is up to you!

The cardinal rule is "Safety".

As long as what you do is safe and legal, you can tinker and be creative.

 

Sewing, crafting, engineering, building or even DNA testing are a few examples.

 

 

Although it is not all about what tool or equipment is available, we have a growing list of tools available:

 

Sewing machines, prototyping tools, electronic testing equipment and molecular biology equipment.

For a more detailed list of equipment, please refer to our "Equipment" page.

The DIY community is growing and there are many ressources to help you get started and get you inspired. Here are a few:

 

- www.instructables.com (a personal favorite)

 

- Makerspace.com tips and inspiration

 

- Hobby Lobby workshops for the "craftiest" among us.

 

...there's a lot more...but that should at least get you started!

Creating can be lonely.

This is a unique opportunity for beginners and experienced tinkerers to learn from each other.

 

When a diverse group of people come together, great things can happen.

Check out our "Membership" page here.

Let’s be creative together!

We'll post some Intro-videos, How-To videos and more on our YouTube channel. Check it out here: