Well, 2015 is almost over so we wanted to give some updates and talk about some of the changes coming in the new year. Some of this information is tentative and subject to change.
If you have attended any of the meetings lately, there is one topic on everyone’s mind. When will we have a space? Well we have great news, we plan on moving into a new space in January! The new space will be located at 207 Coxe Ave. We are currently waiting on a certificate of occupancy for the building. Once we have that, we will announce a move-in date, so stay tuned! For now, here are a few photos of the inside of the building.
Tools that will be available at the new space
- 3D Printers (two with approx 12″x12″x12″ build area, one that is smaller)
- Electronics Tools and Prototyping Equipment (Oscilloscopes, power supplies, multi-meters, circuit prototyping equipment, etc)
- Various Hand Tools
- Soldering Equipment
- Several Desktop Computers
- Engine Hoist (for lifting heavy items)
Tools we plan on having soon after opening
- CNC Router (on loan from a member – assuming that we have an appropriate space for it, and where it can be secured)
- Laser Cutter (hoping to secure funding to purchase one within a few months of moving into the space)
New Membership Levels
With the new year and a new space comes new membership levels. The board has worked hard to create levels that they think will appeal to potential members as well as allow us to provide the space.
A Member is entitled to any member discounts on classes and tool use. Members have full Maker Space access and may obtain an RFID key to give them 24/7 access to the Maker Space. In addition, Members are entitled to store personal items in a storage locker (should these be available) and vote on all issues, including elections. Members who have been continuous members for the past 6 months as of the time of a board election may run for a position on the board.
- $25 – Supporting Membership
A Supporting Member is entitled to all of the above benefits, except for full Maker Space access and the use of a storage locker. Supporting Members may only access and use the Maker Space during designated “Open Hours”, or if accompanied by a Member.
In February, we will be offering a workshop for people who are interested in learning about Arduino. The workshop will focus on an introduction the components, inputs, outputs, and programming the Arduino.
We have more workshops planned for this year, so stay tuned!
The Asheville Makers participated in the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire the weekend of November 6th with one group at the Asheville Mall location on Friday evening and another group at the Biltmore Square location on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Heck brought his hovercraft, and riding that was, as it always is, the highlight of the event for the many kids there.
However, the hovercraft had more competition than usual for ‘most popular’ since Tom also brought a giant air cannon capable of shooting “smoke” rings through the store (not actual smoke, but instead a chemical fog that, luckily, did not set off any fire alarms…). This was also a huge crowd pleaser with one woman coming up to us and asking how much it cost to buy one. When Tom explained it wasn’t for sale but that it was easy to make one, she became quite puzzled and asked “You mean you’re not selling anything?” Overall, the event generated a lot of smiles from the kids (and adults) and some good exposure for the Asheville Makers. We were told that Barnes and Noble hopes to make this a regular event, so those who missed out will have opportunities to join us at the next one!
Well that’s it for now, see you next year!