maker space website

What are the requirements for the maker space website(used to register a team)? would a facebook page work?

Posted by JpsManCave 2 years ago


Maker/Hacker Space Tour 2009 - The Two Hands Project

Since JetBlue offered a 599$ ticket for a month of unlimited travel a few days ago it was obligatory to use that to do something AWESOME! Hence the Two Hands Project.Two Hands Project is a Documentary on Maker/Hackerspaces that will be shot in a month during a whirlwind tour of as many USA spaces as possible on the JetBlue 600$ anywhere anytime ticket! We're looking for people to join us in our quest to find and document these places.I'm also considering live blogging the event at instructables.com. If there are any suggestions as to locations visit please submit them. You are all awesome, be good, do well._Bilal Ghalib

Posted by lamedust 9 years ago


Starting A Makerspace In Ayer (and meeting some guy named Eric...)

The town of Ayer, MA held a meeting this past Thursday about starting a makerspace. This was sponsored by the Ayer Office of Economic Development. The main presenter was a local software engineer who proposed the idea. His model for the space is Artisan's Asylum in Somerville, MA. For details, including an impromptu visit to Artisan's Asylum and meeting some very interesting people, see http://www.closegrain.com/2014/06/ayer-makerspace-initial-meeting.html.

Posted by sdbranam 4 years ago


Makerspace Contest 2017 is live! Enter today!

**I just want to remind everyone that it is fine to find people to join with to make a team BUT remember that you must be within 150 miles of each other and that you will have to SHARE the prizes. So whoever you choose to be Team Captain will be getting the prizes and will be in charge of making sure everyone gets to use them.** You read that right! The Makerspace Contest will be happening again this year. The contest is open for entries on June 1st and closes on August 31st. It will be similar to last year with just some updates to the prizes including a focus on Featured Instructables and fun new Individual prizes. That's right; you can help your team win some awesome prizes and also win something all for yourself. This forum topic is for you to ask questions about the contest, converse about making as a team, and just chat with other teams competing in the competition. Find more details on the Contest Page. Remember, if you want to participate, you need to register your team, get a team code, and wait until June 1st to start posting. Have fun and happy making!

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 1 year ago


Makers, but not as we know them....

Japanese technology companies are renowned for their innovations. But, really, what completely new products have come out of Japan in the last decade? It seems that Japan has lost its creativity, and slipped into serial innovation, producing upgraded versions of established sellers (sounds like Apple?). There are Makerspaces, but not as we know them. Tokyo is home to a Makerspace stuffed with a 1bn yen ($8.5m; £5.5m) worth of equipment, but it's behind serious security and costs $250/month to be a member. It's more of a tech start-up incubator than the Makerspaces we know in the US & UK. I know Japanese makers exist, they had their own Makerfaire, but the stuff they make is subtly different.  It's "finished".  Every hobby 3d printer, drone or CNC machine I have seen has had exposed workings, loose wires, visible guts that you can see doing stuff.  Duct tape is a styling must.   Japanese projects have hidden internals, sleek, professional-looking enclosures and casings.  Even one-off projects look like they came from a warehouse with another ten thousand stored in crates. I'm not saying this is a bad thing.  It's just a different aesthetic (me, I like seeing stuff do stuff, rather than a polished case flash an LED to tell me it has finished silently doing hidden stuff), but where does it happen? Do all Japanese Makers have professional-quality workshops hidden under their bed? Does anybody know?  Do we have any Japanese makers here to tell me I'm wrong?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


Premium membership for makerspace?

Hi there, I'm currently in the process of building out a small makerspace in Seattle. I was about to purchase a premium membership for myself, and thought this might be a cool thing to be able to share with others at the space. Do you offer any sort of 'site' license or similar that I could purchase? It would be for a small number (<10) people. Cheers, Brian

Posted by BrianA41 2 years ago


Kauai Makerspace @ Firelight Studios open for membership!

Go west, really far west and there is now a Makerspace for you! Firelight studios in Hanapepe, HI is glad to open its doors on Saturdays to any maker who makes it out here! Kauai Makers Make New Friends July 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa. "The Hawaii maker movement continues to grow, with the latest news coming from the west side of The Garden Island. (...more at link) KauaiMakers meets twice a month, second Saturday of each month @ Firelight Studios (4pm) and the second to last Tuesday of each month at Starbucks Coffee in Lihue (7pm). Free to all, come share what you are working on!

Posted by CrLz 4 years ago


LED Build Night at YuKonstruct

Thank you to everyone who made YuKonstruct’s first build night a huge success! YuKonstruct is the first makerspace in Canada's north. We don’t officially open our doors for memberships until September but we’re excited to have already hosted some great events. This past Tuesday we had over 60 people, of all ages, in our makerspace for the Instructables LED Build Night. We had 3 different project kits prepared for people to make: LED Flower Brooch Mini LED Flashlight LED Clothes Peg Tampering Detector In addition to the project kits, we also had a table set up for kids to play with squishy circuits (conductive play dough), and lots of extra LEDs and craft materials for people to experiment with. Everyone left with a smile, some new knowledge about LEDs and of course, the project they built themselves. We’re extremely grateful to Instructables for sending us the LEDs that made it possible. We’re already looking forward to our next build night in September! But before then, there’s our Grand Ribbon Cutting Event happening Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 6-9pm. Mark it in your calendars!

Posted by YuKonstruct 4 years ago


Makers in Northwest Arkansas

Hello all I am trying to organizing some makers , hacker, and tinkers that live the in northwest Arkansas. I would like to start some meetups and eventually start a makerspace.  If interested check out this

Posted by JoeMurphy 7 years ago


Arch Reactor Member Projects

A forum to discuss the personal projects of members of Arch Reactor. These can be individual or collaborative works.

Posted by GeekTinker 4 years ago


Friday Forum: Ask an Editor (Makerspace Program Edition)

Hey everybody! On Friday, June 13th (Friday the 13th AHHHHHH) from 1-4pm PST, I'll be answering your questions about the programs Instructables is running with makerspaces, hackerspaces, student groups, libraries, and fab labs around the world!  Our main program is the Build Night program. Some past build nights include: Bare Conductive, Sugru, Lumi, Jameco, Cool Neon, Voltaic Systems, littleBits, and Dremel.  In case you don't know me: my name is Carley :D  I am the Business Development and Partnership Manager at Instructables. Those are just some corporate-y words that mean: I work with companies that want to introduce cool products to the Instructables community I develop new programs for the community I identify new groups to engage with in the maker community (super boring job I know....) Feel free to swing by this forum on Friday afternoon and ask me questions + submit ideas for new programs. CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


Open Day at Hackerspaces in the Netherlands (and elsewhere!)

This weekend is a great time to visit your local hackerspace, especially if it's participating in the Hackerspaces Open Day. Most hackerspaces in the Netherlands will be and it's worth checking one out. More information on this here: https://hackerspaces.nl/2015/03/28-maart-2015-jaarlijkse-open-hackerspaces-dag/ (in Dutch) Our local hacker- and makerspace, Hack42 in Arnhem, will be open from 10:00 to 22:00 and we have a great programme with something for everyone: lockpicking, computer security, a fun kids activity, free books, lasercutting, 3Dprinting, and soup. All hackers, makers, tinkerers and crafters are very welcome to visit! https://hack42.nl/wiki/Open_dag (in Dutch)

Posted by Moem 3 years ago


Build Night Resources

BUILD NIGHT OVERVIEW Instructables sponsors monthly build nights at makerspaces (and hackerspaces, fab labs, student groups, libraries, etc...) around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night. If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive e-mails when new events are announced in the forums. IMPROVE INSTRUCTABLES + FIRST TIME AUTHORS: Naturally with such a large participation in the build nights (2000 people globally for sugru) there will be some first time authors. Here is some important information to share with your community before (or during) your build night. How to Use the New Editor: this is a handy guide to help you get the hang of the new editor. How to Choose a Title and Keywords for your Instructable: learn how to pick a great title that will give your project as many views as possible. You don't need to include the sponsors name in the title of your project, but I'd recommend including it somewhere in the first step. Feature Checklist: this is the checklist we use to decide if an Instructable should be featured on our homepage. It is a great resource for writing high quality Instructables. How to Take Great Photos with your iPhone: these are some great tips for photography with an iPhone. Basic Photo Editing: improve your images with a few simple tips. It is especially important to have a great main image to improve the quality of your projects. English as a Second Language: If english is your second language check out this series of forums. We encourage people to post Instructables in their native language. If you would like to post in both English and your native language you can use a translator. Author Rimar2000 is a great example of this. MOTIVATING MEMBERS TO POST INSTRUCTABLES: The most common question/issue that came up was how to motivate build night participants to post Instructables and take photos during the build night. I came up with a few tips and solutions. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and if you have any other ideas on how to encourage your members to post projects during their build. Planning ahead of time. Take suggestions from your community on what projects you can make at the build night. This will focus the workshop and motivate people to actually execute on projects. Post projects ahead of time: For spaces that are expecting more beginner/intermediate participants (especially young students) organizers will post Instructables before the event for participants to follow during the event. Demonstrations at the beginning. Have a short 20-30 minute demo at the beginning of the event and use the rest of the time to make projects. Breaking into groups. Split the attendees into groups pairing beginners with experts. Each group can work on a different project. This is especially important for more advanced build nights that have electronics. Designate a documenter. Have a designated ‘documenter’ for each group. They will be in charge of taking pictures during the project build. If someone has an iPhone or Android they can download the Instructables app for free and upload their photos from their phone directly to the website. PUBLICITY: One of my goals with the build nights is to get publicity for makerspaces and individual makers. Here are some ways we’re working to promote y’all! Homepage Promotion: get pictures of your makerspace on the homepage of Insructables. Take excellent pictures from your build night and we just might feature it on our homepage. Your space must also have a group page that we can link back to (see below). Tweet at us: tweet to your followers that you are hosting a build night and we will re-tweet you! We will also encourage our sponsor to re-tweet you as well!! GROUPS: I’m working to get a group page for every makerspace on Instructables. Check out all of the makerspaces with groups (here). The requirements to get a group for your space: You must have 5-10 Instructables published by members of your makerspace before we build you a group. It doesn’t matter if they were published 5 years ago or yesterday. You must agree to post projects on a regular basis. This is just to confirm that the group doesn’t go dead. 1-2 projects every 1-2 months will do! If you are participating in the build nights this should be easy. Contact me at carley@instructables.com if you think your makerspace is ready for a group. EARN A FREE PRO-MEMBERSHIP: everyone that publishes an Instructable will receive a 3-month pro-membership. SUPPORTING MAKERSPACES: Build nights were the result of a conversation I had with Josh from All Hands Active. He was looking for ways to get new people to his space and create new events. What other ways can we help achieve your spaces goals? Here are some suggestions from the hangout. Please let us know if you have more ideas! Live Stream Build Nights - spaces that are hosting google hangouts on the same day could connect via google hangout. Live Instructions: host a series of “how to” google hangouts where we teach you basic skills like soldering, basic electronics, etc...

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Social Network Hackerspaces?

Hackerspaces have gotten pretty popular among makers across the world. They are a great place to borrow tools and share knowledge. But what about people that don't have local hackerspaces? The solution: social network. Digital hackerspaces! Great for people that don't have physical buildings, or can't afford to round one up.  If you think about it, that's what instructables is! The idea is to have video chat and forums to share knowledge for projects. If you guys would voice your ideas, that would be great!

Posted by Robot Lover 7 years ago


January 2015 Build Night with MakeyMakey

#BUILDNIGHT 40 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Friday, December 5. Accepted spaces will be notified by Monday, December 8. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. We are partnering with MakeyMakey, an invention kit that lets you connect to the world around you, for our January 2015 build night. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes the following: 5 MakeyMakey Kits HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a time in January to host a project build night using the MakeyMakey kits. You can host multiple build nights during January to work on your projects. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the MakeyMakey kits. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches. This forum post has guidelines for posting feature worthy projects. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per makerspace. RESOURCES MakeyMakey Project Gallery MakeyMakey How-to Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #MAKEYMAKEY Twitter: @Instructables, Instagram: @Instructables https://www.facebook.com/makeymakeykit https://www.facebook.com/instructables SIGN UP: Fill out this form

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago


MEH! :D A Build Night at Montana Ethical Hackerspace!

Instructables is sponsoring a Monthly Build Night at Montana Ethical Hackers!  Stop by our Open Hack Night to make your own 3D circuit board with Bare Conductive paint provided by Instructables!  We'll have a bunch of fun stuff and Instructables is providing pizza as well! I wanted to embed images in this... but the forum here only allows them to be grouped at the end.  This has certainly made the merry month of May merrier! Big thanks go out to Instructables.com for the equipment and a decent shot at recognition.  It can be hard when your state is as sparsely populated as Montana. Meet us at the North entrance to the downtown walking mall! We're in the US Bank building on the 3rd Floor. May 30th @ 7 PM Check out the details of our event here: http://groupspaces.com/Meh/item/429872

Posted by saintmeh 5 years ago


September Build Night with Lumi

No more spaces available Check out these resources for hosting a build night! SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Lumi, the creator of a new DIY alternative to screen printing which uses photographic print dyes on textiles and natural materials, for our September 2013 build night. Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (1) Print Fabric with Light kit (color tbd) (1) 16oz bottle of Inkodye (color tbd) (1) Inkofilm (sufficient materials for 15-20 people) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host the workshop. Since Lumi needs light to work - we suggest hosting your workshop during a time with daylight. At the event create projects using materials from the Lumi kit. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the Lumi products. Anyone from your space is welcome to post an Instructable that counts towards the 2. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from the May build night: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. RESOURCES: Lumi Instructables Lumi.co Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Robots that Draw Circuit Scribe Projects and More @ Knox Makers February Build Nights w/ Circuit Scribe

We had fun for a couple of Instructables Build Nights in February with Circuit Scribe at Knox Makers. We kicked things off with an Intro to Circuit Scribe night so that everyone could get familiar with the kits, go home, and get some ideas on projects they would like to make. We had one guest who showed up and tinkered with the idea of adjusting motor speed by switching back and forth between short and long conductive ink paths in a unique way, and this led to a later project by another participant that we documented and uploaded as an Instructable. We also had a member of our group who wanted to see if they could get our polargraph drawing machine to draw a Circuit Scribe project. This led to a Featured project in Technology >> Robots! This is a list of the Instructables we came up with: Circuit Scribe Drawing Robot Adjustable Speed Circuit Scribe We also created a 123D Circuits sketch here: Masked Hero Blinkeneyes Overall, we had a great time tinkering with the kits. We may have some more ideas floating around, and we were able to get some basic electronics experience into the hands of new learners who needed the exposure to some foundational basics of electronics. The kits helped with that as a kinesthetic approach, because learners were able to follow through exercises and see with their own eyes what happens when they manipulate electronics with their own hands. We ended up adding the kits to our technology outreach cart, which we share with local libraries, museums, and schools in our area. This was an excellent opportunity and a blast.

Posted by smalltortoise 3 years ago


September 2014 Build Night with Sugru

125 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Monday, August 4. Accepted spaces will be notified by August 6. SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Sugru, the amazing self setting rubber, for our September 2014 build night. This is our 2nd build night with Sugru and we couldn’t be more excited! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (8) packs of sugru (1 pack = 8 mini packs) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host a project build night using Sugru. You can host multiple build nights during September and October to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using Sugru. We are looking for these projects to showcase unique uses for Sugru. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Check here for some inspiration. 5 creative ways to improve your kitchen 5 ideas for sugru in your garden 11 ways to sugruify your keys 8 ways to make your GoPro even more amazing 10 ways to refresh vintage finds 12 musicians get creative with sugru 7 clever ideas sugru + velcro 20 sugru holiday hacks 20 ways sugru can improve your crafting kit Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. CHALLENGE The two spaces that submit the Instructables with the most unique use of sugru will receive a copy of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate (first prize) and a Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (second prize). Grand Prize (Autodesk Design Suite): Dynamic Motor Balancing with Sugru and an iPhone by Phoenix Asylum First Prize (DSLR Camera): Poor Mans Fire Works by ShakeTheFuture Honorary Mentions (Instructables t-shirts): Sugru Raspberry Pi Corners by Geekspace Gwinnett Stop Motion Puppetry with Sugru by Hitchin Hackspace SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by August 6 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Sugru materials without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Sugru Website Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when new events are announced in the forums. Please only sign up if you are not already on the build night mailing list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


What's your DREAM workshop

Hello everyone!I am looking to create a local makerspace in my town and I want to know what you guys would like in your DREAM workshop. Anything you can imagine no matter how big or small. Post anything you can think of. If it's something that can be built fairly easily too, even better.

Posted by TheCroug 4 months ago


MAKERSPACE COMPETITION

We are hosting our first makerspace only competition! This is a great way to build up a collection of projects that can be submitted in a build night application. The competition is open to all project themes, but we are looking for feature worthy projects. Rules: The entry must be a featured step-by-step Instructable. See below for more information on what it means to be featured. You can submit an entry before it has been featured, but it must get featured by the time judging starts to be considered (I would recommend doing this!). All entries must be published between 11/11/2014 - 1/19/2015 Only makerspaces are allowed to enter - not individuals. Although, individuals can submit projects on behalf of a makerspace. A makerspace may submit as many Instructables as they like to the competition! If an Instructable has been submitted for a build night it cannot enter the competition. Featured Instructables: This featuring checklist explains everything we look for when we feature an Instructable. Please only pay attention to the step-by-step section. Here are some other resources for posting great Instructables: How to Use the New Editor How to Choose a Great Project Title Take Great Photos with an iPhone Basic Photo Editing Prizes: We have two categories of prizes: Living + Outdoor and Technology + Workshop. Check out the categories to know what section your project fits into. Living + Outdoor Grand: Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera First: Dremel 200 Runner Up: 5 Instructable Prize Packs (t-shirt + stickers) Technology + Workshop Grand: Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera First: Digital Storage Oscilloscope Runner Up: 5 Instructable Prize Pack (t-shirt + stickers) Dates: Submit projects between November 11 - January 19th using the form below. Winners will be announced on January 26th. SUBMIT ENTRY HERE

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


Makerspace Contest

**Entries Here** GROUP PRIZES Most Featured Instructables:  Coventry Makerspace Most Instructables: BrainTrust INDIVIDUAL PRIZES Grand Prize Individual: How to Build A Garden Shed by KurtH3 Second Prize Individual:  Turn a Furby into Krang by ModMischief Simple Vault Mechanism by ThomasJ1 From blank keys to working keys without dismantling the lock by MesiterJos ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This summer Instructables is giving your group a chance to win amazing new tools for your shop. Compete against makerspaces around the world to win over $30,000 in prizes!!! The best part….. Everyone that participates is a winner!!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONTEST DESCRIPTION The object of the contest is to post as many high-quality Instructables as you can between June 1 - August 31. The space that posts the most featured Instructables during that time will receive $20,000 in prizes including an Epilog Zing Laser Cutter, Ultimaker 2, Silhouette Portrait, and Lincoln Electric 210 Welder. Furthermore, every group that posts at least 10 Instructables will receive a prize. Projects can be posted under any category, they do not need to be tech-specific. We also have prizes for Individuals. See full prize details below. Every week we will update the scoreboard above to see how many projects have been posted by each space. Check in every Monday afternoon to see where your makerspace stands. ***Official Contest Rules attached as PDF at the bottom of this forum topic*** What counts as a makerspace? Makerspaces, hackerspaces, fabrication labs, student groups, artist collectives, and any creative group of four or more!  TO ENTER SUBMIT GROUP ENTRIES HERE. To enter as a group submit a collection of Instructables to the google form. Your collection only needs 1 Instructable when you first submit it. You cannot publish a collection with less than 5 Instructables. So please submit your group's unpublished collection ("draft" collection) to the google form and leave it unpublished until you have 5 tutorials. You can add more entries during the contest dates. Instructables posted between June 1 and August 31 are eligible for entry. SUBMIT INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES HERE. You can only submit an entry to the Individual category if it is also entered in the group category as part of a team application, and if the entry was solely created by one team member. Instructables posted between June 1 and August 31 are eligible for entry. GROUP PRIZES All makerspace prizes will be given to groups of people, not individuals. Winners are selected based on criteria below. A makerspace can only win one of the following categories. Most Featured Instructables: one makerspace that posts the most featured Instructables will receive Ultimaker 2 Epilog Zing Laser Cutter Silhouette Portrait Lincoln Electric 210 Welder Lincoln Electric Auto Darkening Hood Lincoln Electric Multi Angle Fixture Lincoln Electric Welding Apron Instructables Prize Pack (up to 8 depending on group size) Most Posted Instructables: one makerspace that posts the most Instructables** will receive Ultimaker 2 Lincoln Electric 210 Welder Lincoln Electric Auto Darkening Hood Lincoln Electric Multi Angle Fixture Lincoln Electric Welding Apron Silhouette Portrait Instructables Prize Pack (up to 8 depending on group size)   10 Featured Instructables: all makerspaces that post >10 featured Instructables will receive $100 3D Hubs printing credits Silhouette Portrait Instructables Prize Pack (up to 8 depending on group size)   10 Instructables Posted: all makerspaces that post > 10 Instructables** will receive $50 3D Hubs printing credits Instructables Prize Pack (up to 8 depending on group size)   **these Instructables don’t need to be featured but to qualify for this contest they must: (1) have multiple steps, (2) have full text descriptions in each step, and (3) have images in each step.   INDIVIDUAL PRIZES All individual prizes will be given to individuals based on merit (a panel of judges will select winners). Grand Prize Individual (1): the individual with the best project will receive: Ultimaker 2 Lincoln Electric 140c Welder Lincoln Electric Auto Darkening Hood Lincoln Electric Multi Angle Fixture Lincoln Electric Welding Apron Instructables Prize Pack Second Prize Individual (3): 3 individuals will receive $100 3D Hubs printing credits Instructables Prize Pack   --------------------------------------------------- If you have any questions please reach out to Carley Jacobson at carley@instructables.com

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago


JULY 2013 Build Night with SUGRU

NO SPACES AVAILABLE Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. JULY BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with sugru for our July 2013 build night. Sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It molds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight. Sign up for the July build night and we will ship you several packages of sugru to experiment with. Details below (please read all the information). HOW TO PARTICIPATE Host a Build Night: pick a night in July (any night) to host the sugru build night. At the event experiment and play with sugru. Post Five Instructables: post 5 Instructables using Sugru. This can include: making products more ergonomic, simple fixes, or more advanced uses. You have 1 week after your build night to post these projects. Anyone from your space is welcome to post an Instructable that counts towards the 5. (Not posting these Instructables may affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from the May build night: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photo on the homepage. INSTRUCTABLES SPONSORSHIP Use the build night as a launch pad to bring your makerspace towards Instructables sponsorship. Individual projects can be included towards the sponsorship AKA get people to post new Instructables to count towards sponsorship. SIGN UP We have 100 spaces available and it’s first come first serve. Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above. You must be associated with a formal makerspace or hackerspace to participate. SIGN UP HERE. RESOURCES Sugru.com Instructables Sugru Projects Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. Questions? post in the forums if you have any questions

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Hydrophobic music, dubstep windchimes, Smash Smash Revolution and etc @ Knox Makers Build Night w/ MaKey MaKey!

Wow, what a month at Knox Makers! We were absolutely invaded by MaKey MaKeys at our hackerspace all throughout January. To start us off, we released a freebie project a little early to help out members and guests get some ideas, to drum up local support for our events, and to offer a fun + easy starter project for the other spaces participating: Oversized Music Chest This ended up getting featured in Electronics! It leaves a lot of room to add extra components and tote the MaKey MaKey around, and we turned ours into a musical advertisement for our first Build Night, a mystery hack night about music. Mystery Hack Night: Music! What a blast! Talk about a weird time.. One family brought a theremin and a circuit bending kit for kids; another group brought an amp and speakers, a suitcase of effect pedals and circuit bent instruments, and a 4 channel mixer; we had a random component table for open hacking; an acoustic and broken ukulele was converted into an electronic instrument; we had painters painting music instrument for the MaKey MaKey with conductive paint; there was a table with our hydrophobic drum pad, bananas, an eggplant, flowers, and a grappling hook all controlling a set of browser based drums through the MaKey MaKey; we had members hooking up tactile buttons and levers to MaKey MaKeys; and we closed with the weirdest jam session this side of Alpha Centauri with all the things playing all the sounds at the same time. Mystery Hack Night: Video Game Controllers! This was a fun night, and we had a few new people show up. We tinkered with a platformer adventure game called Fancy Pants Adventure, where we assigned each person one button. At one point, the whole table was controlling the game's protagonist. Somehow, we made it pretty far into the game, considering. A few people commented that this type of exercise seemed like a really useful team building exercise, so we might look at creating some tutorials with this in mind. We also had individuals and small groups testing out their own inventions and games, again revisiting concepts like conductive ink or simple conductive objects. A two person team tinkered around with some simple fighting games that only use one button for each player, there were people playing Tetris and other games with their inventions, and we again offered a random hack table with an assortment of items and components to rummage through. MaKey MaKey Build Night I: When MaKeys Attack.. We had a nice turnout for this event. This was an introduction to the basic concept behind MaKey MaKey, how to remap the beta v1.2 boards using the web remapper, different applications that make a MaKey MaKey naturally awesome to use, and a few sample projects. We opened up the floor to open hacking, and that day our Adafruit group buy had just come in. We were able to add to the random hack table some awesome components, such as: male/male and female/female jumper wires, various diffused LEDs, slow and fast cycling LEDs, conductive thread, flat LED panels, sewable LEDs, tactile buttons, and other items. We wrapped up and one of our newest members stayed late to craft a thin copper wire into a flat copper instrument using a mallet. He ended up using a breadboard with the MaKey MaKey and Wolfram software to write his own music program. As with our other Build Night events this month, we also had people working on side projects in the background which added to the creative energy of the room. For this event, one of our members tested out a Gocupi that managed to draw Rear Admiral Grace Hopper and Albert Einstein on the whiteboard in dry erase marker using continuous lines. MaKey MaKey Build Night II: Big Projects! We had a decent turnout for this event, but mostly the attendees were there for their own big projects unrelated to MaKey MaKey. We got a few MaKey MaKey projects in around good company, though. We had members working on a large geodesic Airolite boat, someone showed up to work on their 3D printer and print out their first scale model of a scanned person, our Facilities Director was able to get some critical inventory done, a couple members mounted new shelves that had been donated that day, and one member's daughter wanted to play around with hydrophobics. We also were able to get electronic musical wind chimes made that work very nicely with the MaKey MaKey, and the same member who tinkered with Wolfram software at the prior event made more progress on some of his own MaKey MaKey ideas. MaKey MaKey Build Night III: Advanced Reprogramming! This was one of the build nights I was most excited about, and we had a nice turnout. We walked members through reprogramming the older MaKey MaKeys using the MaKey MaKey sketch for Arduino IDE. We bested Windows and its infernal resistance to unsigned 3rd party drivers, and we advanced onward. We looked at basic reprogramming of the settings.h key bindings, and we also looked at other Arduino programming such as delay, Keyboard.print, Keyboard.press, Keyboard.release, and some other concepts. A father team duo that are also involved in a local high school robotics club showed up and schooled us a little on Arduino with some tricks they had up their sleeves, another father son duo showed up to experience the MaKey MaKey for the first time together and it seemed to blow their minds, and we talked about the new web remapping tool for the beta v1.2 boards. Mad Science Bingo For one of our educational outreach events, we attended hijacked bingo night at a local senior citizen community center. We let everyone have their bingo fun without interruption, but as bingo concluded we invaded with a MaKey MaKey, our hydrophobic drum pad, fruits and veggies, and some flowers. The senior citizens loved it and have invited us back. At one point, we had three participants record themselves singing into a Scratch program that we mapped to the flowers. The room erupted with laughter when the community center manager went to touch the flowers and they sang at her in her patrons' voices. She even lent her voice to be recorded, which sent the room into mad howls. We also made a chain of about dozen people between ground and the triggers. We didn't really invent anything unique here, but it was a fun bonus event for the community center patrons. We ended up tinkering around a little with hydrophobics and electronics. So far after all our events, we ended up with a few more Build Night projects: Hydrophobic Drum Pad (featured in Science and then Homepaged!) annoy friends with this party game: Wonky Pong Smash Smash Revolution ... black acrylic, conductive paint, and conductive thread Electronic Windchimes sewable Cardboard Feet DDR (featured in Video Games!) We've also set out our MaKey MaKey kits for space use now that our January Build Nights are over with. We have a few members with projects they are still working on at the space, a few projects that are still being documented to upload to Instructables, and a few people batting around their own ideas. If we come up with anything else, we'll be sure and update. A couple "lessons learned" here: Random hack tables are awesome. But.. if they are too chaotic and without the right presentation, these can be intimidating to beginners that may want more direction. Multiple Build Nights rule! But.. it is probably best not to hijack every Saturday of a shared workspace like a hackerspace. This could have been orchestrated a little better (my fault). Overall, this was a blast to participate in. Thanks to Joylabz and Instructables! PS.. with two features and one homepage, that gave us 1 and a half years of Pro. One got used, but we're giving away the remaining year of Pro and 3 months of Pro. The bounty: quick connect projects for MaKey MaKey. Ends 3/1 EST. You know what to do..

Posted by smalltortoise 3 years ago


Hackerspaces and Makerspaces - your opinions, please.

I'm thinking about persuading my new employer to start a hackerspace or makerspace. As an aside, do you think the two terms mean different things, or are they interchangeable? If they are different, what is that difference? If they mean the same thing, which is the better term? Why?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago


Is the Makerspace Contest Effecting 'Ible Featured Times?

I was just curious if the Makerspace contest is effecting the time it takes to get your 'ible featured? And if so, by how many days? For example, my last featured 'ible wasn't featured for a few days after posting (and I didn't post it over a weekend or holiday or anything). Usually, the featuring (if it happens) happens much sooner. But I was just thinking maybe the Makerspace contest is effecting the times because there are so many more instructables getting published right now (some of the prizes in the contest are for highest number of instructables published and highest number of featured 'ibles).  Your thoughts? Has anyone else experienced this, too? Thanks!

Posted by Meglymoo87 2 years ago


Help with mobile makerspace

I work at a technology center. We teach a variety of skills at our school such as welding, culinary arts, and animation. I am trying to get a program started where we go to various schools in the community with a simple project for students to build. We walk them through the process and at the end they have something cool and have learned something. In time I hope to get a sort of mobile makerspace started, but that is further off. I was thinking that I could get community sponsors to donate surplus materials or funds. The students at our school could help in the creation of these kits. We could have kids putting together birdhouses that have been cut and predrilled, or created a simple flashlight with an led, some batteries and a roll of duct tape. Do any of you know of any programs similar to what I am describing? What sort of problems might I encounter? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. This is a project I am very excited about.

Posted by ehudwill 3 years ago


August 2015 Build Night with Cheng Concrete

#BUILDNIGHT **You must be located in the United States to enter this event** 30 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Friday, June 19th. Accepted spaces will be notified by Monday, June 22nd. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. AUGUST BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Cheng Concrete for our August 2015 build night. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes the following: (10) 20lb Buckets of Shapecrete HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a time in August to host a project build night using the Cheng Concrete Shapecrete. You can host multiple build nights during August to work on your projects. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the Shapecrete. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches. This forum post has guidelines for posting feature worthy projects. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per makerspace. RESOURCES: Cheng How-To Center Shapecrete Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #Shapecrete Twitter: @Instructables, @CHENGConcrete Instagram: @Instructables www.facebook.com/chengconcrete https://www.facebook.com/instructables SIGN UP: Fill out this form **You must be located in the United States to enter this event**

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago


March 2015 Build Night with Brown Dog Gadgets

#BUILDNIGHT 20 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Friday, February 6. Accepted spaces will be notified by Monday, February 9th. Read our FAQ to learn more about the Build Night program rules and how to make the most out of this event for your space. MARCH BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Brown Dog Gadgets, maker of DIY kits and products, for our March 2015 build night. Sign up to participate in the build night and we will ship you a package that includes the following: (4) 5W Folding USB Solar Cells HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a time in March to host a project build night using the Brown Dog Gadgets solar panel . You can host multiple build nights during March to work on your projects. Post 2 Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the solar panels. Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. REWARDS: If your submitted Instructable for this event gets featured by one of our editors we will send you an Instructables Prize Pack which includes: Instructables t-shirt, stickers, and patches. This forum post has guidelines for posting feature worthy projects. Be sure to let people at your event know so they can win a prize pack! Limit 3 per makerspace. RESOURCES: iOS and Android REACH OUT TO US ON SOCIAL MEDIA #BUILDNIGHT #INSTRUCTABLES #BROWNDOGGADGETS Twitter: @Instructables, @BrownDogGadgets Instagram: @Instructables https://www.facebook.com/BrownDogGadgets https://www.facebook.com/instructables SIGN UP: Fill out this google form

Posted by Carleyy 3 years ago


Makerspace Skillsets Survey for Improved Educational Use of Makerspaces

PhD student Brian O'Connell at Tufts University is doing research on Makerspaces as interactive learning environments. As part of that research, they have created a survey that will help gather data on how people currently assess some of the skillsets common to makerspaces as well as get an idea of how they wish they could do so. Due to your experience with some of the skillsets common to makerspaces (soldering, 3D printing, woodworking, microcontrollers, electronics, etc), we would like you to participate in this survey. It should take less than 25 minutes to complete, less if you only participate in some of the categories. Please pass this onto anyone you know who has experience with these skillsets. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iRGVNoChCR9uaFVQcdQ1AlHrO9DCqwmpEph-oNzunQI/viewform If you have any questions, please contact Brian O’Connell - brian.o_connell@tufts.edu

Posted by boconn7782 4 years ago


Dremel + Instructables Build Night @ TechShop Chandler

Once again - a great many thanks to Instructables and the event sponsor Dremel for this awesome opportunity!  Our members had so much fun on Build Night.  They sent us five Dremel 4000 rotary tools, and three MultiMax MM30 Oscillating tools, along with an awesome variety of attachments and bits!  What an awesome gift! I structured this Build Night as a challenge.  We provided basic building materials, like wood, PVC, metal, foam, fasteners, wire, glue, tape, etc. to the participants.  I laid out the tools on a table, and gave a brief explanation and safety overview.  I told them to split up into teams, and that they would have three hours to come up with a project, document it and write an Instructable to submit once the project was complete. When I said "go!" there was no hesitation.  I was so impressed with the excitement and creativity of the group.  We had about 20 people show up, they split into about 6 six groups... and immediately started working on their projects. About 45 minutes in, I made an announcement - that they would get one trip to the hardware store... I was surprised again, at how little they needed... They were resourceful enough to use the materials at hand! Halfway into the Build Night, the projects began to materialize... We had a group of guys who made a marionette, we had this really neat Pan Flute Box, a crossbow, a maze, a floating can coozie, and a couple of other small projects on the side. Everyone did pretty well to make it to the three hour mark, and cleaned up after themselves (amazing!!! :) what a great group!) Then over the course of the next few days, the Instructables started to come into my inbox... I'm still waiting on a couple, so I will post these ASAP. Everyone had a great time, and it got our shop buzzing with activity!  Thank you again Instructables!! and Dremel!! You guys rock! <3 Tiffani @ TechShop Chandler

Posted by coercionette 4 years ago


Arch Reactor Hackerspace At Critical Mass & Moving

Be a part of Arch Reactor's Move. Help our Hackerspace Double in Size & Increase Our Community Impact Come & help us to grow through our crowdfunding campaign! Learn more about the exciting things the educational non-profit, Arch Reactor is doing in St. Louis, Missouri. http://igg.me/at/archreactorstl/x/11766633 Arch Reactor is Moving Welcome to Arch Reactor, the St. Louis community educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit hackerspace (sometimes also referred to as a makerspace). We are the oldest and largest organization of it's type in the St. Louis area. We specialize in collaborative learning, a DIY attitude, and inspiring interest in S.T.E.M. related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Our focus is on education and teaching classes in electronics, programming, manufacturing, robotics, woodworking, and arts that are open to the general public. We are currently in the process of relocating to a much larger building about one-and-a-half miles away, at 2215 Scott Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Where we will be breathing a new breath of educational maker life into an old building and local community. This gem of a building at our soon to become new location has a rich history of being home to the Dixie Cream Donut Flour Company for several decades. The building has basically been used as storage for almost 20 years.  However, the expanse of the first floor interior is in need of a complete overhaul in order to be transformed into the new and updated Arch Reactor. Our members and supporters have been planning, procuring, cleaning, and doing everything we possibly can in order to complete this move project. In order to make such a large undertaking possible, we need your support too! Also, please help by sharing this post on your social media! #education #hackerspace #makermovement #community #building #moving #makerspace

Posted by GeekTinker 2 years ago


CityWood: Woodworking in Urban Areas

Our idea is to create a woodworking space called CityWood in urban areas where people can come to unleash their creative side. The problem we have identified is that people want to create, but due to the crowded cities in which we live, prohibitively expensive cost of tools, and lack of resources and knowledge urbanites do not have a safe place where they can create. CityWood is a welcoming environment to experienced woodworkers, and beginners who want to learn. We provide you with a high quality space, community, professional grade tools, professional instruction and storage. Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey below! http://goo.gl/forms/F2VveWLa0b

Posted by bmezzo 3 years ago


January 2014 Build Night with Cool Neon

10 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Wednesday, December 11 This is NOT first come first serve. We will be reviewing your application + past build night participation (does not apply if you’re new to build night program) to determine eligibility. We will follow up with you by December 13 to let you know if your space has been accepted. You must be associated with a formal makerspace or hackerspace to participate. Check out these resources for hosting a build night! JANUARY BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Cool Neon, a great online source for EL wire, for our January 2014 build night. Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (1) Cool Neon Arduino Shield (10) five-foot strands of Cool Neon wire of varying colors, soldered (1) Driver HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in January (any night) to host a project build night using EL wire + arduino shield. You can host multiple build nights during January to work on your projects. Your space must have access to an Arduino and a soldering iron. If you don’t have access you can still Post 2 Instructables: post 2 step-by-step Instructables using the EL wire and Arduino shield. The projects MUST use both elements. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from the May build night: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by December 13 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the cool neon materials without completing this step. RESOURCES: Cool Neon Instructable EL Wire Projects Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month is a different theme and we will send you materials to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


Nottingham Hackspace - Grand Opening Party ALL INVITED

Dear Fellow Makers of Instructables.com You are cordially invited to the Nottingham Hackspace to help us celebrate moving into our new workshops in Nottingham UK. There will be an open day (from 11am) and Party (bring-a-bottle from about 2pm) on Sunday 29th May 2011.  Nottingham Hackspace has on street FREE parking and is just 10 minutes walk from either the Old Market Square in Nottingham or the Midland Train Station. Many of our members are PRO members of Instructables.com and we're very likely to share an interest with you. We're keen to meet makers from all over the UK so if you can make it why not come and see the Hackspace.  There will be representatives from London Hackspace, Northackton, FizzPop Birmingham, Leeds Hackspace and HACMan (Manchester) to name a few!  We hope also to have presentations, hands on projects you can try as well as lots of nifty things to see and do!  We look forward to meeting you and if you are reading this and can make it... you are invited!  Find out more about us at nottinghack.org.uk  We think that makers Should make a point of visiting other people maker spaces... 

Posted by ChickenGrylls 7 years ago


Build Night at the Banjarapalya Makerspace with Chibitronics

Greetings from the Banjaraplaya Makerspace! We are a small makerspace located in the outskirts of Bangalore (India), in the village of Banjarapalya - https://goo.gl/maps/qz0BX . The space serves as a building as well as an alternative learning space where the local villagers can come and develop various skills in a very self-customised manner. Our participants generally belong to the under-served sections of society and have very limited exposure to technology. We help them develop skills in technology and to get into the habit of making while finding great projects online and using the low-cost equipment available at the space. The build night was a great experience. Almost everyone at the center got involved with the stickers and made greeting cards, wall designs etc. Also, this has helped us to get into the habit of writing more instructables. I feel build nights create great interest very quickly and also give a breather from the regular project work.  We are looking forward to hosting more build nights at our space. Happy Building, Abhijit Co-founder and Makerspace Developer, E4D

Posted by asinha13 3 years ago


Build Nights Mexicanas

Hola compadres y comadres makers de México, Queremos empezar este blog para compartir experiencias con las Build Nights de Instructables en nuestros Makerspace. Nosotros somos Hacedores Makerspace y nos gustaría usar este foro para compartir fotos y experiencias de los Build Nights!! Saludos a todos y nos vemos por acá.

Posted by gmendez3 3 years ago


Brown Dog Build Night at Banjarapalya Makerspace

Hey again from the Banjarapalya Makerspace, Last month we did quite a few build nights on the brown dog solar panels and the makers came up with some amazingly cool projects. It is clearly evident that our little rural makerspace is getting the taste of technology and the folks are loving it.  Some of the cool projects were - 1)a snake made out of paper cups and controlled by arduino run on a brown dog solar panel https://www.instructables.com/id/solar-arduino-snake/ 2)a solar fan that can be clipped to your table or to your hand. Super portable. https://www.instructables.com/id/Nano-solar-fan/ 3)a cute little touch piano, also fed by the sun https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-piyano/ 4)solar powered boat  https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-boat-2/ 5)a beautiful tree with LEDs powered too by the sun! https://www.instructables.com/id/Glowing-solar-tree Have attached some of the images. Please give feedback in comments to these projects so the makers can improve themselves and come up with cooler ideas.  Cheers, Abhijit

Posted by asinha13 3 years ago


Can you add Korean in the language option?

I'm not sure whether this is the right place to ask this, but could you add Korean in the language option? We're preparing to launch a new makerspace in Seoul, and I'd like to use instructables.com to keep our tutorials online.  Cheers!

Posted by Velociraptor Lab 3 years ago


If you are in Korea...

I run a makerspace (http://openbrainhouse.com) in Uijeongbu.  We also have a language exchange on the 2nd and 4th saturday of each month.  If you live in Korea(Seoul/Uijeongbu) you are more than welcome to come and get some help with your Instructable :)  (Not to mention having a place to work on such things ;)  )

Posted by DragonDon 5 years ago


October 2013 Build Night - Creative Reuse

This October we are hosting a creative re-use build night.  DETAILS: There is no formal sponsor for this build night, thus we won't be shipping out any materials. The goal is to use materials such as e-waste, trash, and found objects to create amazing projects during a build night at your makerspace. PRIZES: Submit Instructables from your creative re-use build night and enter to win a prize. We will have a panel of judges from the Instructables staff vote on the projects submitted and the winning makerspace will win 10 Instructables t-shirts and 30 Instructables patches for your makerspace. All projects must be submitted between October 1 - November 10. SIGN UP: Sign up to participate here. Signing up doesn't put you on the hook to submit Instructables. This is just so I have a general mailing list to send updates. It will also help us when picking the winners so we know you are a formal makerspace, hackerspace, school, fabrication lab, or student group. JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list. This build night was inspired by former Artist-In-Residence, long time author, and my good friend M.C. Langer (featured author interview). Check out his projects for some inspiration!

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Google+ Hangout - Build Night Q&A/Feedback/Suggestions

Write Up From Google Hangout We are hosting a google+ hangout to answer questions, take suggestions, and get general feedback on the build night program. If your makerspace has participated in a build night or plans on participating in the future you are invited to attend. This is open to all members of your makerspace community - so be sure to let your community know! Carley and Mike, both Instructables staff members, will go over a few topics (listed below) and take live questions. Instructables Representatives: Carley Jacobson (Business Development + Partnerships Manager): Carley is the creator of the build night program and is constantly seeking out new ways to support the maker community. She connects companies that make cool products to the Instructables community through contests, build nights, sponsorship, and other programs. Mike Warren (Play Editor and Community Manager): Ever contact Instructables service, info, or support e-mail accounts? If so, you most likely received a response from Mike. He has helped hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people post excellent Instructables and has contributed 120 Instructables himself. Time: Join in for one of the following times. We will be on google air so both sessions will be recorded and posted to the Instructables Youtube account. Tuesday, July 30 SESSION 1: 9-10am PST (4pm UTC) SESSION 2: 6-7pm PST (1am UTC) How to Join: Check the google+ air broadcasts and search for the hangout titled “Instructables Build Night Q&A;” and you can opt into the hangout. This won't be live until the time of the event. General Schedule: Build Night and Makerspaces on Instructables: Carley [5-10 mins] Instructables Best Practices: Mike [5-10 mins] Q&A;: Mike + Carley [40 mins] What types of problems have you encountered at your build nights? Have you had issues uploading Instructables Motivating people to upload Instructables Suggestions for future build nights Suggestions on how to improve build nights Suggestions for how to engage makerspaces beyond build nights

Posted by Carleyy 5 years ago


Build Night FAQ

General Resources What is the Build Night program? Instructables sponsors monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night. How can my makerspace get a group on Instructables? Check out this forum post that list the guidelines for getting a group on Instructables. Build Night Guidelines + Best Practices What are the requirements for signing up? Your makerspace must post at least 1 Instructable to sign up for a build night. We look at project quality when deciding on what spaces to accept. I suggest writing a feature worthy project. Check out the feature guidelines. What does the process look like for signing up for an event? Signing up is a 2-step process. You must complete both to fully sign up. Fill out the google form at the bottom of the event announcement. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by a specified date asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the materials without completing this step. What is the selection process for picking makerspaces to participate in each build night? It is not first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build night program we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them on future applications. Do build nights have to happen at night? No! The only requirement is that you host 1 event with the materials provided during the month of the build night. This can be on a weekend, at night, during the day….literally anytime! You can also host multiple build nights during the month. What happens if you don’t submit Instructables by the given date? Not posting Instructables by the deadline will affect your chances of participating in future build nights. We keep very thorough records of who does and does not submit. It is VERY important to let me know if you are not able to submit a project by the deadline. I am much more understanding and willing to waive a missed deadline if I am given a reason. What are the best practices for writing high-quality Instructables? We want to see feature worthy projects! Check out this forum post with tips on how to create great tutorials. As the event organizer the responsibility falls on me to post all Instructables. How do I motivate my community to help? Check out this forum post with tips on how to motivate members of your community to get more involved. How can we get more visibility for our build night event? Use social media! Tweet at us. Mention us on Facebook. Share pictures of events on Instagram. Sponsors love it and will be excited to share your posts! So be sure to use #buildnight. How can we hear about upcoming build night events? If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form to join our mailing list. You will receive an e-mail when new events are announced. Please only sign up if you are not already on the mailing list. Other Build Night Details How many makerspaces participate in the build night program? We have over 350 makerspaces, hackerspaces, fabrication labs, student groups, libraries, etc… subscribed to our mailing list. Each month we decide how many spaces will be able to participate. This depends on the sponsor and materials provided. How many countries participate in build nights? There are 45 countries represented in our makerspaces mailing list. Check them out: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, S. Korea, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Zambia. By what criteria does Instructables measure the worth and success of Build Nights? There are 3 parties involved with every build night: Instructables, makerspaces, and the sponsors. When evaluating the success of a build night I try to consider everyones experience. For Instructables, we're mostly looking at the number of Instructables we get in and the quality (feature rate, topic, pictures, etc…). We also look at the number of new authors and community involvement. Makerspaces that are heavily involved on Instructables have their own group page. The sponsors are looking for brand engagement and authentic examples of their products being used. Sugru was thrilled to see lots of people talking on Twitter and Facebook about their build night experience. Voltaic Systems wanted a lower number of high quality projects made with their solar panels -- so we only accepted 15 spaces and made the acceptance process more difficult. Its not always easy to know the success level for the makerspace because I can't attend the events. From what I've gathered these are the goals of the makerspaces: connect with other makerspaces, learn new subjects, attract new members, free tools/materials, and create more opportunities for their members. In general, how successful have the Build Nights been? (Answered from the Instructables perspective) Most build nights have a 50-70% project return rate. The feature rate has been all over the board. The 2013 sugru feature rate was around 20% (we received 250 Instructables) and the Voltaic Systems feature rate was around 90% (we received 9 Instructables). The more build nights we run the higher I hope to get the project return rate because I'm excluding spaces that don't have a good posting record. In every event announcement I say "Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights" and I'm serious about it. I have a very detailed spreadsheet where I keep track of who has and has not posted. When it comes time to selecting spaces to participate I cross check my spreadsheet. That being said, every build night I give spaces a chance to explain why they weren’t able to post in the past. I completely understand life happens and I like to give out second chances! ================================================================ SUGGESTION BOX: Have questions to add to this FAQ? 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Posted by Carleyy 4 years ago


Tarde de Hacedores "Build Night" con Strawbees

Varios niños asistieron a la Build Night en Hacedores Makerspace a divertirse construyendo con Strawbees. Realizaron una rueda de la fortuna y un tablero de Pinball.  Hubo diversión, trabajo y colaboración, al final se logró un resultado satisfactorio.  Alimentando nuestro espíritu maker desde niños.

Posted by gmendez3 3 years ago


Worthington Libraries Sugru Challenge

At Worthington Libraries, we hosted an "Inventor's Challenge."  We let our users knew all about Sugru, what cool stuff it can do, and how it can be used in unique ways.   Then we hosted an "Inventor's Fair" where we all shared our inventions, hacks and designs.  Take a look at our Sugru-ventions! Tumbler Repair with Sugru Rolled Sugru Beads Sugru Pie Server Fix 

Posted by BibliophilicWebrarian 4 years ago


October DODOCase Build Night at CC Makerspace

This week at the Chesterfield County Makerspace, we were lucky enough to host a DODO Case Instructables build night.  During the week beforehand, Doc and I sat around and brainstormed some ideas for case modifications that would help make the cases better.  We determined that a head strap is mandatory to enjoy any virtual reality games that require a controller. At the RVA Makerfest, we learned that we need a way to be able to clean the faceplate from the hundreds of people that we cycled through our DODOcase, so I designed the front faceplate to be 3D  printed.  In addition to 3D printing the faceplate, I also designed a nosepiece.  I found out, from hard experience, that the cardboard is very uncomfortable for wearing any longer than five minutes; we have access to ninjaflex filament here, so I knew a fix would be fairly easy.  Here are the separate instructables for our mods: Faceplate Nosepad Headstrap Over the course of the night we led two separate groups of kids in constructing their own cases.  We printed out enough nosepieces that everyone could use one, and had enough elastic strap for people to be able to had head straps to their goggles.  Once everybody got their goggles assembled, hilarity ensued as some of the kids almost walked into walls while enjoying their virtual environments.  A few problems we noticed:  not a lot of VR apps for apple devices, some devices do not cooperate with the magnetic switch (although the DODOCase V 1.2 fixes this), and some devices were too small even for the braces to hold them in.  However, everyone had a good time and we cannot wait for our next build session.  Thank you Instructables for allowing us to put on this event.

Posted by docdavies 4 years ago


Clickable Keywords

When logged in and viewing a personal Instructable there is a keyword list.  We can add and delete words very easily.  Nice feature. Until very recently we could also click on any of the keywords in the list and it would take us to a page of similar projects based on that keyword.  This was very useful to track all teammates for the Makerspace contest.   Why does this click option no longer work. Now every link defaults to the "everything" category. Would be nice to have that link feature back. DIYWATERDOG

Posted by DiyWaterDog 1 year ago


Make It @ Your Library

Fantastic news! Instructables collaborated with the American Library Association to build a new how-to website especially for libraries:  Make it @ Your Library This website is tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries.  Fully searchable, Make it @ your library connects users to projects, based on library-specific search criteria: age, price, project time, etc. You can read more about the details here, and if you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to leave them below in the comments.

Posted by kazmataz 5 years ago


Username Search Gone

Where did the username search go? For a while, you could search someone's username and get to their profile page, but it's gone now. I added my username to my business card with the expectation that someone could search my username and find my projects, but that isn't the case now. Not only does my name not come up on the drop-down of the search, but my projects don't come up either. My group's entry in the Makerspace Contest and someone else's instructable in which they mention me are all that come up in a search for Brooklyntonia. This is very disappointing. 

Posted by Brooklyntonia 2 years ago


Recommendations for online vendors of laser cutting materials?

Our makerspace has a few people who are thinking about placing one or more orders for various materials.  Most will be used on the laser cutter, but not all.  Some of the materials we are looking for are: * Wood: basswood sheets, birch (or similar sturdy) plywood, etc * Acrylics * Leather (vegetable tanned) * Paper: undetermined cardboard and/or cardstock What companies are out there that would have a variety of these materials at good prices?  (For comparison, we have been mostly leaning on the local Michaels - probably one of the most expensive options per-piece.) Thanks!

Posted by sing1ejack 4 years ago