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Video Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video) 27

Metrix Create:Space is full of people busily making electronic gadgets. And shot glasses. And everything in between. Some of them saw the street-level sign and stopped in out of curiosity, while others are long-time createspace scenesters. It doesn't matter which you are, says Metrix founder Matt Westervelt. Come in and make something. Need new skills? They have workshops. And lots of great tools.
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Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)

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  • hackerspaces.org (Score:5, Informative)

    by EricBoyd ( 532608 ) <mrericboyd@ya[ ].com ['hoo' in gap]> on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @02:44PM (#39114175) Homepage
    Metrix Createspace is just one example of a hackerspace. There are lots more all across the world. To see if there is one in your area, check the hackerspaces.org list [hackerspaces.org]. I've been a member at both noisebridge (in San Francisco) and hacklab.to (in Toronto), and it's been a wonderful experience.
  • Eh, it's okay. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @03:07PM (#39114435)

    Metrix is okay. I've been by a few times but it doesn't really meet any of my needs. It's a great place for people to go work on projects who don't have any means to work on them at home, but if you have a workbench or workshop in a room or basement at home you'll probably never feel a need to go unless you want something laser cut or printed. I'd go for the social aspect of working on a project surrounded by other hackers, but a lot of my projects involve soldering and that's only allowed in the cloistered-off soldering room, or require equipment that Metrix just doesn't have and so I don't feel like carting my stuff down there to work.

    I'd go more, and pay a $10-20 fee each visit, to get access to some more hardware though. I really would like to be able to use an LCR analyzer (that can actually apply decent DC bias), variety of stable test oscillators for generating AF and AM RF, a sweep generator/marker that runs at 455KHz, 4.3 and 10.7MHz, and a VHF FM signal generator, and a nice scope like a Tek with a DM44 or something else that does automatic measurements. Stuff I can't afford, do actually need for my projects, and have to do a lot of wonky workarounds to make do without.

    I'd go slightly more if they let me solder in the main room where everyone is.

  • by Sedated2000 ( 1716470 ) on Tuesday February 21, 2012 @03:41PM (#39114869)
    I'm very proud of my local hackerspace, 757 Labs. They always have classes and projects going on, and they've done some pretty cool things.

    757 Labs on Hackerspace [hackerspaces.org]

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