Swindon Makerspace has launced a new community workshop in Cheney Manor, offering multi-interest, multi-purpose creative and engineering facilities under one roof.
Offering the opportunity to create and develop ideas in a mutually supportive environment, Swindon Makerspace combines electronic, mechanical and model engineering with arts and crafts facilities.
Its multipurpose resources, which include digital fabrication, are now available to private individuals, as well as members of specialinterest groups and societies, who may not have the space or technical capability by themselves.
To celebrate the launch of the new facility, the group is hosting an Open Weekend during the May Bank Holiday (30 Apr – 2 May) with the Mayor of Swindon supporting a ceremony at 2pm on the Saturday. Visitors will be able to explore the space, play lighthearted “Beat the Geek” games, see demonstrations of various technologies (3D printing, electronics, robotics, etc), and signup for workshops.
The organisation’s membership covers a range of skills and disciplines, with technical resources that include 3D printing, metal and woodworking facilities, plus computing and smallscale electronic prototyping and testing.
Emphasising its cooperative spirit, Swindon Makerspace is introducing an outreach programme of presentations, courses and workshops, to encourage interested parties to learn as much as possible about its varied resources and how to apply them for maximum benefit.
Damian Axford, spokesperson for Swindon Makerspace, explained: “Our organisation has been expanding steadily over the last four years, and the move to our own dedicated premises is extremely welcome, as is our recent transformation into a Community Interest Company.
“This puts us on a similar footing to a charity, as we are a nonprofit making company, supported solely by our membership and sponsorship. Our new status has enabled us to take on dedicated premises, and continue to make investments in tools, equipment and technical resources, and provide 24/7 access to our members. Above all, our ethos is to encourage like minded people to learn and benefit from each other’s skills and knowledge.
“For example, if you want to work in textiles,make something in wood, plastic or metal, or simply translate an idea into a working prototype, then we can offer the space, the support and the capabilities to help make that happen. We are also forging links with industries in the Swindon area, who may be able to assist us financially, or with equipment donations, and help us to contribute to Swindon’s rich history in engineering and innovation.”