FAQ

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact us.

About the Makerspace

What is a Makerspace

A Makerspace is a place/workshop for members to make things. It’s a vague definition because there are not many limitations as to what projects can be worked on here. Some examples: woodworking, metalworking, electronics, software, 3D printing, and alternative energy.

What are your hours of operation?

Members have 24/7 access; non-members and those interested in membership can get access during public events or arranging to meet a member at the space.

Do you offer courses or workshops?

Yes, but we’d like to offer more.

Currently, we periodically offer a soldering workshop. Keep an eye out on our blog or Facebook for upcoming events.

If you would like to host a workshop, please contact us.

Parking

Any unlabeled parking spots or in the gravel parking lot behind the building.

You can park in the business reserved spots provided the business is closed. Please check the hours of each business as some are open on weekends.

Can I lock my bike?

We currently don’t have a bike rack, but you can bring it inside.

Do you have internet?

Yes, we have free passworded WiFi and wired access.

Is the Makerspace wheelchair friendly?

Mostly. Some areas are a bit tight, but overall the main areas are accessible. We have one larger bathroom, but it’s not officially wheelchair friendly.

Can I bring food and drink?

Yes, but please clean up after yourself.

What kitchen appliances are available?

We have a microwave, kettle, popcorn maker, coffee maker, Keurig, and toaster oven.

What food/drink is available at the space?

We have a fridge that is kept relatively well-stocked with soda, and a small snack bar with chips and chocolate bars.

What kinds of projects am I allowed to work on?

Almost anything.

Currently, we cannot allow automotive or similar work at the space due to insurance and environmental concerns.  However, if you’re simply making car parts (for example, welding some exhaust piping when it is not attached to a car), it’s usually okay.

 

About Membership

How do I become a member?

  1. Register here: http://members.makerspacenanaimo.org/apply
  2. Purchase your membership
    • Online via PayPal – start a monthly subscription for a discount
    • In person via Cash or Cheque
  3. Sign our liability waiver at the Makerspace
  4. Allow us to verify your ID

How old do I have to be to become a member?

To become a member and use the space independently, you must be 19 or older.

Can I bring kids? Can my kid use tools?

Due to safety and insurance we have the following restrictions around minors:

  • Ages 14-18 may use the space and tools under direct guardian supervision. The guardian must be a full member and must know how to use the tool in question. For example, a minor may not use the lathe if the guardian has not been approved to use the lathe.
  • Ages under 14 may accompany a member, but may not use any tools. Some exceptions apply, please ask.

Is there storage for my project at the Makerspace?

Yes. We have many filing cabinets and we assign drawers to members for storage. For larger projects, we can typically accommodate them provided they don’t impede other members. We do ask that larger projects be completed in a timely fashion.

 

About the Equipment/Tools

What tools/equipment is at the Makerpsace?

The following list is not exhaustive and may vary, please stop by and see for yourself.

3D Printers

  • PrintrBot Simple Metal + heated bed
  • A variety of coloured filament

Woodshop

  • CNC Router – 48″ x 48″
  • Drill press
  • Lathe
  • Bandsaw
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Skil Saws
  • Table Saw
  • Planer
  • Routers, table & handheld
  • Spindle & Belt/Disc Sanders
  • Jigsaw
  • Scroll Saws

Metalshop

  • Engine lathe – 12″ x 36″
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill Press
  • Power Hacksaw
  • Bench Grinder
  • Hot Chop Saw

Electronics

  • PCB Engraving Machine
  • Soldering irons + ventilation
  • SMD Reflow Oven
  • Various Power Supplies
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Function Generators

Are there extra costs for using certain tools?

Yes.

3D Printing costs $0.10 per gram.

Do I need training to use tools?

Yes, some tools can be very dangerous if you don’t use them properly. Please ask for assistance in person or online if you are unsure.

Tools that require training:

  • Metal lathe