Mobile Makerspace Selects Location

We are excited to announce Mobile Makerspace has selected the Hive in downtown Mobile Alabama as its location. The Hive is a community arts studio located one block off Dauphin St. at the corner of Warren and Saint Francis.

561 Saint Francis St.
Mobile, AL 36602

Get involved now to help shape this community resource. Join us at an upcoming event:

June LoDa Artwalk

Sparks a Reaction! 

 

June Business Meeting

The business and planning meeting for June will be held Tuesday May 27th. Business and planning meeting for June. Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to help lead the Mobile Makerspace, attending these meetings will give you a chance.

Business for June include:

  • The Hive
  • June LoDa Art Walk
  • Spark A Reaction Event at the library
  • Memberships and other organizational items

Location is Panera Bread on Airport Blvd at Montlimar Dr. Further venue information is included in the event details.

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March to May

I’ve been remiss in updating the latest happenings with the Makerspace.

Here’s a few things that have been going on since the last update.

Teen Tech Extravaganza!

Our second collaboration with the Mobile Public Library was a lot of fun.

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We then had a planning meeting for April, we came to the decision not to have any events in April.

A couple weeks later we found out about Mini Maker Faire New Orleans.

Several intrepid members trekked to Louisiana to participate.

It was really great to see such fantastic support for our nearest Maker Faire.

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Stay tuned for more pics and links and reports….

That brings us around to today, when we made our way out to Downtown Mobile and got the know the Rumor Union at their meeting this evening. They are doing some really cool things to promote Art and expose the work of more creatives and artists, our goals seem almost parallel. I think there will be more developments to come out of this meeting of groups.

http://www.rumorunion.com/

Members: if you have pics from these events, please consider sharing them, email me a zip file of pics or something!

 

NextFab Tour

I was in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago and I got a chance to check out NextFab.  I was really impressed with their setup to say the least.  It was a 20,000 square-foot warehouse that had been renovated.  It contained a cafeteria (under construction) as well as offices, woodworking shop, welding shop, electronics shop, a paint booth, a camera studio, and an assortment of 3D printers.

The first thing to know is that this is a for profit makerspace.  Their business model revolves around many different sources of income including paying members, corporate memberships, government memberships, renting conference rooms for presentations, renting classrooms for teaching, and business incubation.

Electronics Shop

They have about 300 paying members.  When I asked about the popularity of the different shops he said that the woodworking shop was the most popular.  The people working in the wood shop consisted of mostly hobbyists, but some were people who built furniture or custom woodwork who needed extra capacity or space to complete a specific job.  While I was there the busiest area was the electronics shop and product design.  Lots of projects and various forms of completion.

Membership Levels:

  • Community(1day/month) – $30/month
  • Weekends – $79/month
  • 7 Days a week – $130/month

One thing my tour guide warned about was space.  While he liked having a camera studio, it went unused quite a bit.  When they needed it, it was really useful, but otherwise it was wasted space that could have been used for something else.  He also said that they would take large deliveries and store them for a fee.  This allowed people to have their materials delivered to the shop instead of their house.  As he explained all of this, I began to realize that their ability to monetize space was very important.

Computer Lab

Nextfab also offers their conference rooms for rent.  I wish I had a picture, but it was really professional.  People who needed to present to venture capitalists, or give any kind of presentation can rent the room, which had a long conference room table and a projector mounted to the roof.  He also said that they would host corporate team building exercises as well.

In addition, they host a business incubator.  For a fee, a person can rent a small office and have access to the resources of the makerspace and 24/7 access.  They were hosting about 3-4 businesses while I was there.  My tour guide also said that several smaller firms and some government agencies had memberships.  Mostly to get access to the massive 3D printers onsite for prototyping and design.  This included a Z-Corp full color 3D printer!  All told, they had about 10 different 3D printers onsite.

Z-Corp color 3D printer

 

 

All together it was a great visit and I really learned a lot.

You can view the full gallery of my visit HERE.

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