Back in April, I proudly joined the Dallas Makerspace. Makerspaces or sometimes called hackerspaces are basically community workshops where members can go and use equipment and supplies that they might not have the resources to purchase themselves.
At the Dallas Makerspace, we have a laser cutter, a brand new MASSIVE CNC mill moving in next week, a plasma cutter, multiple 3D printers, 2 electronics workbenches, woodworking equipment, and so much more. If you’d like to see a not-so-brief “Brief tour of the Makerspace,” check out this video on YouTube.
What I’ve enjoyed about the space is not as much the tools (although those are pretty cool) but the community. The approximately 250(?) members of the space are are so incredibly diverse and wonderful. There are hard core engineering types closer to myself but there are also artists creating anything from pottery to welded sculpture to spray paint art. We have pinball machines that have been lovingly rebuilt by a member and enjoyed by all. There are groups interested in robotics and other groups that work on cars. Really, the sky is the limit.
If you’re ever in the area and want to check us out, every Thursday we hold an open house and anyone is welcome to come on by and get a tour and meet a group of lovely people.