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.


Mobile Makerspace Community

ShapeOko Mother’s Day Project

As a member of Mobile Makerspace I like to share personal projects with the group as way to teach and inspire. I recently made a couple of Mother’s Day gifts using the ShapeOko 2 CNC milling machine. This post will highlight wooden wall art relief carved using the ShapeOko 2 mill and open source software. The web application was used to generate the gcode necessary to program the ShapeOko. The piece is a nautilus image that has been converted in to a vector drawing and then carved in to stained Baltic birch plywood.


The material is 1/4″ Baltic birch project plywood purchased  at a local home improvement store. I prepped the plywood by first cutting it down to size for the work area 12″x12″. I then applied Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain kona using a hobby sponge and immediately wiped off the excess with a paper towel. I let it dry for a couple hours before doing any milling.

The relief image was created using Gimp and Inkscape. Both are open source packages replacing Photoshop and Illustrator.  The image processing reduced the nautilus photo to a black and white image in Gimp. I trimmed and reduced the image to just the nautilus. Loading the image in to Inkscape I used the Path Trace Bitmap tool to create the initial path drawing. This takes experimentation to find a good baseline set of paths. From this point until milling the final job I did several iterations of simplifying the paths in Inkscape, generating the CAM gcode in, and visualizing the gcode output in Universal GCode Sender. The output from Inkscape was a set of paths I used to create the gcode.

A key step to remember when working with Inkscape and is to set your SVG import preferences to 90 pixels per inch BEFORE you load the SVG file in

This project used a single CAM toolpath – follow path operation. My depth was 1/16″ using a ball endmill. This time-lapse video shows the milling process.

Our goal at Mobile Makerspace is to provide the tools, knowledge, and workspace so that anyone can learn and create. Please sign up for our email announcement list or check the Contact Us page to get involved.

Lots to Discuss: Meeting Tuesday May 6th

Join us for another meeting this month.  We’ve had a continuous email discussion this week, and we would like to act on what we’ve discussed and work more on structures and roles, so we’re calling another meeting this Tuesday.

Please attend if you can, we have lots to discuss.

6:30 pm

Tuesday May 6th, 2014

Panera Bread on Airport in Mobile, AL

Panera Bread


Here’s the meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda


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