- What’s it like?
Melbourne Makerspace is a physical location where people can be free to learn new skills, work on projects, experiment with ideas, and meet others who are also excited about learning and making. Many members are particularly excited about 3D printing, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Laser cutting plastic, wood, and paper. We often host volunteer-driven events or classes on these or other topics (based on what people want to teach). When you visit, you’ll find a variety of tools, an area to work, and (depending on the day!) other members. It is a volunteer organization in the model of hackerspaces and makerspaces.
To help everyone have the best environment and experience, Melbourne Makerspace promotes the the mottos
“Be excellent to each other”
be considerate of others in your actions
if you want something done, you’re free to do it yourself! (within the lines of being excellent of course 😉
Here are examples of similar communities. We are not affiliated with them in any way, neither endorse nor oppose their activities, but it may give you ideas for projects you might see here, or organize yourself!
- How much is it to join?
The monthly fee is $50 for the first member of the household, and $25 for an additional partner or household member (within a reasonable limit). Click here to pay dues online (note: membership subject to prior approval, contact us for more information or come to an event to meet us!)
- Is there an age limit?
We currently can’t offer official memberships to persons younger than 18 in the Makerspace, because members are allowed unsupervised access to the space and tools. However, we’ve already hosted a number of free classes and lectures which were open to all ages, and we intend on continuing to provide a supervised hands-on learning environment with no age restrictions. In our Scratch programming class, for example, we noticed that several of the youngsters were much more experienced than many of the adults, and we welcome any knowledgeable teachers regardless of age.
- Where is the Melbourne Makerspace?
The Makerspace is located at 401 N. Wickham Rd. Suite 135 Melbourne, FL 32935. We are located in one of the offices in the back with the garage bays.
- What equipment can I use at the Makerspace?
Currently we have a laser cutter, 2 3D printers, a drill press, scroll saw, soldering irons, and various test equipment. Because this is a volunteer organization, all equipment has been provided by generous donations from individuals and other groups. Also, being a volunteer organization, availability of each tool may change on a daily basis. That’s part of the fun – you’re free to play around with items if you want to learn how they work, and you are empowered to fix things yourself. That’s the beauty of a Do-ocracy 🙂
- There are some events at the space, but some events are at TrepHub. What’s the deal with that?
Melbourne Makerspace is unaffiliated with TrepHub, however we maintain a good relationship with them. TrepHub generously hosted many of our early meetings at their location. If you are interested in a coworking location for your startup in the Melbourne area, check them out!