Introducing: The Makerspace HD

The Makerspace HD

So here it is… I’ve been wanting to start a makerspace ever since I heard the term “makerspace”. I am hoping that this dream will become a reality, and you can help.

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a place where makers of all ages can get together to learn new skills and meet others who share their passion for making things. Makerspaces provide training classes and resources to help makers, novice to expert, with all their project ideas.

What is a maker?

We are all makers at heart. Anyone with the desire to see how things work, to better understand the world around us is a maker.

Why do we need a Makerspace?

Have you ever had a project that needed a specialized tool, but you did not know where to get the tool or even know how it was to be used? Have you ever wanted to build something, but did not even know where to start? Have you ever wanted to be part of a community of people who liked to think outside the box? Makerspaces help build communities of people who want nothing more than to make the world a better place and to understand the world a bit better.

How do I get involved?

Well, the first step is easy. Spread the word. Let people know that there are people out there that want to start this great adventure. Next, contact me at the email above to express your interest in helping to get this venture off the ground. Thirdly, if you have any old electronics or equipment (tools or computer equipment) that is just lying around collect dust, please consider donating them to the cause. We will need resources to get started. And lastly, if you have a skill (i.e. welding, computer programming, electronics, etc) please contact me. We will need qualified instructors that can pass on their knowledge to the next generation of makers.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the information provided above. If you want more information, please visit http:/jerthemaker.com/the-makerspace-hd.

Hmm… So much to do so little time.

Wow! So much has happened since my last post. I have gotten a new 3D Printer, printed too many projects to count, uploaded my own designs to thingiverse.com and gotten in the adventure of leather working.

I know, right! So many things to talk about. Let’s start at the beginning.  My Anet A8…gone. That is right, I have gotten rid of my Anet A8 and replaced it with a Prusa i3 Mk3. There are many reasons for this change, but the most important reason is safety.  I did not feel safe about leaving that printer running at night.  And I have so many print ideas that take many hours to print.  I researched many printers and found that for the price the Prusa i3 Mk3 printer was going to be the right printer for my purposes.  And after 400 or 500 hours of print time put into the printer, I still feel I made the right choice.

Let us talk about the projects that have been happening the past few months.

First project that cam down the pipe was my Totoro Cosplay that I built and wore to Anime California. The cosplay took over a month to build and sew. I will be making a detailed blog, about what I did and how I did it, in the near future. Needless to say I had a blast building and wearing the cosplay.

After the Anime California convention, I began getting ready for the Maker Faire in San Diego. I started by making a large batch of my Maker coins.

Once I had the coins made, I felt as though it would be fun to make a bag of sorts to carry the coins around in. After some research I found a couple of tutorials on how to make leather bags. One of the tutorials said that it had a pattern that could be downloaded. So I downloaded the pattern and began work on making a hip bag to hold the Maker coins. It took couple weeks and I had a decent bag.

After the bag was complete I was hooked on leatherwork. Every day I was looking new things I could make with leather, from wallets to hats, and I began to make everything. The first thing I made was a Maker’s mark. You see, I wanted to be able eventually sell the leather goods I was making and I felt I needed to mark those goods so that people could tell who made them. Having a 3D printer and a bit of design skills helped in the process of creating my Maker’s mark.

After making the mark I started making other projects, which lead me to gathering more tools. At this point I didn’t have any place to store the tools, so I made one. LOL

I made this tool rack to hold all the different leatherworking tools that you can use to make your leather goods.

My first big project after the tool rack was a steampunk style top hat and goggles. The only problem with the project is that I printed the pattern one size too small, but it turned out great!

So there we are, caught on the months of silence.  And what am I doing now? Well as we speak I am making my own top hat and goggles to where to the MatterHackers meetup on the 1st of November.

As always, let me know if there is anything you have questions about. You can find my contact info on this site.

Take care and keep making.

Jer “The Maker”