In this issue:

  • Upgrades on the Laser Cutters, and 3D Printers
  • Preparations for The Makespace Sixth Birthday Showcase
  • Events and activities, events every other day
  • Safety always, PPE in the workshop
  • Growing Makespace, How you can help


Laser Cutters

Some colour has been added to the back of the laser cutters in the way of new vent adaptors (Jim C). The adaptors save some room and make it easier to get around the big table in the main work space.  It is a very good example of how the tools in the space can be used to further improve the space by you the members.


Betsy on line

A new air pump has bent fitted on Betsy. Both laser cutters are now working again at full power. (Diana P).

3D Printers

Flexible Filament!!!

This is a much requested filament, Andy B has been trialing TPU a semi flexible material on the Ultimakers with good results. the 3Dprinter team will be rolling  this out in the coming weeks.  Using the filament will require attendance at a Master class on the subject.  Watch for the announcements. 
  • Initial cost will be 10p per gram with a dedicated iZettle entry.
  • A TPU (Flexible filament)  setting will be available on the PLA Ultimakers. Don’t use it in the ABS Printers!
  • You will need to get instruction from the 3D Printer team to learn the proper settings. It’s not the easiest thing to print with!

Advanced 3D Printing Master Classes

The 3D printing team will be running advanced 3D Printing training sessions:
  • Printing with ABS
  • Flexible Printing with TPU
  • Faster printing
  • Advanced Cura usage
  • 3D modelling tools
To get involved with any of these master classes or to contribute your expertise  please get in touch with the team at 3dpinterowners@makespace.org and watch the meet-up group for announcements.


Sixth Birthday Showcase

The Makespace Sixth Birthday Showcase is on Thursday 21st March, 6-8pm as part of the 25th Cambridge Festival of ScienceWe’re looking for people to get involved with displays and demos of projects large and small, professional and hobbyist, including interactive and work in progress.
We would be very interested in past projects with a connection to science and this year’s festival theme of ‘discovery’.
We also need volunteers to show people around the space and clean up before and after.

Please sign up on Meet up so we can gauge numbers and have enough food!


Events and Training

Even given the holiday season, we averaged well over an event every other day this past month.  However, there are still only 24 members who have stepped forward to be trainers.  If you were trained recently please consider getting in touch with the owners and becoming a trainer your-self.

Becoming a trainer is as easy as watching a training session, doing a training session and  then teaching others; watch, do, teach.  Being an owner or trainer means you have a say in how the equipment is run, what improvements are made, and what materials are available.  

Thank you to the people who have run training sessions in the past month (and to the others who will step forward after reading this):

  • ScienceSource Content Mine meet-up and workshop- Peter MR
  • Droidscript – David H
  • Raspberry Pi-makers – embedded ‘puting Kim SJ
  • Autodesk Fusion 360 – Michael D
  • Laser training – Toby S
  • Fusion 360 Show & Tell – Michael D, Robert K, Petri, Toby S, Andy B, Saffet and Jonathan W.
  • Mitre Saw and Circular Saw Training – Melanie T
  • Robot club – Brian C
  • Wood Lathe – Allen
  • Ruby Meetup  – Ben T
  • Hand Router   – Michael D
  • CoderDojo
  • Global Game Jam – Katy M
  • Sunday sessions – Mr C and Fanny B.
  • Open Graph – Jonathan W
  • Ultimaker – Andy B
  • See the Space – Ward H
  • New Members Inductions – Alaric

As members of Makespace you are encouraged to host events that promote making and STEM.  Please see the item below about booking the classroom.

Safety Always

Fresh safety glass and ear defenders are available in and just outside the workshops. Wear safety glass when working in the workshops.  If you see someone else not using the appropriate PPE say something to them.

We need some members to help create a new PPE rack for the workshop, see next item on growing Makespace.
Makespace is your space, but we do have rules.
Unfortunately there has been another Membership terminated recently due to some serious violations of the Makespace rules. At Makespace we assume that people are intelligent, well-meaning and proactive. We further believe that to meet our aims, Makespace must be a safe and productive environment for everyone. Visitors are very welcome, but only fully inducted, trained and current members may use orange and red equipment. Moreover, you may not bring into Makespace power tools nor heat sources. Open flame is allowed only at the glass and fine metal area and then only using the equipment provided by Makespace.

Growing Makespace

How you can help

Makespace is a volunteer run organisation and was built from the ground up by its members. Your skills can benefit Makespace greatly.  New people are joining our community each month and each new member needs training.  Being a trainer takes as little as 2 hrs per month. If you use a particular item of equipment regularly, please contact the owners of the equipment you use to offer to be a trainer, or via management (at) makespace.org management@makespace.org to discuss becoming becoming a trainer.

Makespace is as economical as it is because you, the membership, make the contributions for which other spaces have to pay.  If we had to pay for all that gets done in the space the monthly fee would be many times higher (well done us!) Thank you to everybody who has helps make Makespace what it is! 

Watch the google group the notice broad in the main space for other things that need to be done around the space.  Right now we need from you:
  • 1 hour every other week on Mondays to give See the Space tours for perspective new members
  • 2 hours every other week, on a day that you can chose, for New Member Inductions
  • The electronics bench upgraded.  An afternoon to organise the components and equipment then 30 min every few weeks to keep it stocked
  • The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) racks upgraded outside the workshops and at the equipment
  • The Makespace website given a face lift
  • These newsletters edited

Booking the Classroom

The number and scope of events in the classroom continues to expand.  This is fantastic and thanks to all who have organised or brought guests into the space. 

A reminder for anyone wanting to book the classroom. As part of the insurance and fire requirements, anyone wanting to book the classroom needs to provide a risk assessment and sign the hosting check-list agreeing to supervise guests. The documents can be found here: Those and other useful documents can be found in the public folder on the google drive.
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