A Makerspace is a not-for-profit community of people who share tools, knowledge and experience to make things such as craft items, sculptures, works of art, a robot, or a piece of code. Makerspace tools range from lathes, laser cutters, and 3D printers, to more traditional wood and metal-working tools.
By meeting together in a friendly collaborative atmosphere we can learn new skills, practice old ones, and benefit from each others’ experience. We can also pool our resources to get tools that we couldn’t individually afford or justify, or have the room in our homes to keep.
Members make a broad range of objects from Astrolabes ,Cosplay costumes, digital sundials, wooden bowls, popup cards, crochet and much more, We also have talks on subjects such as Artificial intelligence, Bitcoin,Home automation, internet of things etcAs the community grows the social aspect of making is important. We collaborate on each others projects and when our open day on Tuesday evening ends at 9:30 pm, some of us join up with Basingstoke Friends for a social drink and food.
We are finding that as the community grows, families are becoming involved. The maker-space requires family members under the age of 18 be accompanied by a responsible adult. We try to include interesting activities when we expect family members to be present, At a recent weekend open day we held a competition to build the highest construction using jelly babies and spaghetti.