How does this work?
Hammerspace is a Makerspace or Community Workshop. We are a membership based organization for creative people of all kinds. By joining our community, you get access to all of the tools and resources we provide for our members: Classroom, Electronics Lab, Video Conference Room, Craft Room, 3D Printing Lab, Assembly Bay, Woodshop, Metalshop, Jewelry and Black Smithing, Artist Alley, Paint Booths, and Little Maker's Room.
Can I drop by and just look around?
We have an open house every Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm.
We turn off all the tools and spend the evening giving tours to visitors and encouraging our members to show off their work and socialize with prospective members. If you drop in at another time, we would be happy to provide you with some reading material, but we may not always be available to step away from assisting our members to lead a tour.
Do you supply everything for my project?
You provide your own materials and consumables, or you can purchase them in our handy supply store.
What about tool training?
Safety staff are on duty from 11am to 7pm every day. We are here to answer questions, provide safety training and suggest materials and tools for your project.
We train new members on woodshop tools as they become necessary to a project. We do not believe you can certify safety into someone by lecturing them ahead of time. Each new operation on a tool can be learned when you require it for a project.
What if I don't know how to make the thing I'm trying to make?
If you require more help than basic safety training, we offer classes to teach you important skills that you may need in order to build your ideas. Classes are not included with membership, but you also don't have to be a member to take classes, simply select a class from our calendar and RSVP to hold your spot. The class fees cover materials and pay for your instructors time. This is a great way to try out the space and learn a new skill without any commitment.
If you have advanced training needs outside of what is offered in our schedule of classes, we -may- be able to schedule an appointment with one of our mentors to assist you with your needs. Mentoring is not an "on demand" service and must be scheduled with your mentor ahead of time. Mentors set their own hourly rate based on your needs as a student.
What if I need something Laser cut? Or CNC milled?
We also offer Digital Fabrication Services. You can bring in digital files and have your ideas fabricated on our laser cutters, CNC routers, CNC plasma cutter, CNC vinyl cutter, 3D printers, and more! Think of our Digital Fabrication Service as a printshop for THINGS.
What do you mean by digital files?
Depending on the process, we use 2D vector drawings and 3D models. For 2D art we recommend Corel Draw, Illustrator, or any commonly available CAD software. For 3D models, we recommend Tinkercad and Fusion 360. There is a guide on our digital fabrication page to help you set up your 2D art. Or check out our 3D file guide for submission guidelines for 3D printing.
We also offer classes to help you learn how to render your ideas.
But I don't know how to draw. Can someone draw it for me?
If you don't have digital files, but have an idea for something that you would like to have fabricated, we can connect you with one of our Digital Draftsmen who can help you by rendering your idea in 2D or 3D digital files. Our draftsmen offer extremely competitive rates.
So once I'm a member, when can I use the space?
Use your RFID membership card to access the space from 7am to 11pm. 7 days per week. Classes may occupy the classroom, art room, woodshop, assembly room, metalshop, or forge area, and this use supersedes the use of the area for personal projects. New members may access the workshop from 11 AM to 7 PM. These are the office hours and are the time when tool training is available. The gates unlock as soon as staff are at work, and you may enter the workshop at any time there after. Tool training may be requested beginning at 11 am. Extended hours and gate codes will be available to new members after some general training has been completed and shut down and emergency procedures have been reviewed. Extended hours are enabled at the discretion of the staff.
What are maker ranks?
We use a color coded ranking system to differentiate novice members of the space from the more experienced users. All new members begin ranked as a Space Cadet. Once a user has demonstrated that they are safety conscious and respectful of the rules, they may be nominated by the staff and/or space officers for a promotion to the higher rank of Space Officer. Space officers are trained to shut down the space, handle emergencies, and provide light assistance to other users. Space officers are granted longer hours and supervision free access to the tool workshop.
Click here for details on our ranking system.
I just need to use the space for one day, why don't you have daily rates?
We are a community oriented membership organization. Our only source of funding comes from our members. We set our membership rates so low to encourage ongoing participation in the space. When we provided Day-pass access, these members were responsible for nearly 100% of the damage to the space and tools. We decided to prioritize our community users and limit access to dedicated members of the space.
Can I work on a project car and leave it at the space?
No. Not at this time. Any automotive work done at the space must be completed and removed from the lot by the end of the day. We are not zoned for this kind of work.
Can I store my project at the space?
We provide banker boxes for complimentary perpetual storage of your personal tools, supplies and projects. There are areas for larger projects that have glue or paint that must dry provided as well. Larger projects may be stored at the space at the discretion of the staff. Parking Permits are issued for such large item storage at a rate of $1 per day. We feel this is an incentive to members to minimize the length of time such large item are stored at the space without it becoming a dumping ground for "useful stuff I'm probably going to use one day maybe". Materials and supplies left unmarked in common areas may be disposed of without notification. Who would we notify?
Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but guests are limited to the digital fabrication and classroom area only for safety purposes. Guests are allowed to observe, but are not allowed to operate or use resources of the space. Please encourage your guests to become members of the space.
I want to start a Makerspace, can I just look around for a bit?
Every week we get contact by folks who want to run a makerspace and just want to come by and "pick our brains for ideas". Please make an appointment for consultation.
Who provides funding for your organization?
You do. We are 100% funded by our members and clients, just like any other business. We receive no grants, tax exemtions, or any other support to speak of from our city, state, or federal government.
Who are you people?
We are a hard working community of makers. Check out our Staff Bios to learn more about our Space Commanders.