Potteries Hackspace

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Tool up!

 Jan 5, 2017 | Comments

Hope you’ve all had a nice break over the festive period and are looking forward to the New Year ahead.

As you may know, we’ve moved the Hackspace to the city centre.

We’re now at:

50 Broad St, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 4EU

We’ve been here for a few months now and are pretty settled in now and we’re raring to go.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is, while we were were moving space, our equipment was in storage at a shared facility.

Much to our dismay, it seems that during this time, many of our tools and much of our equipment have unfortunately gone walkies.

In hindsight we should have been a bit less trusting and a bit more cautious.

So we now find ourselves in a new space with very few tools.

We are a not for profit volunteer organisation and community workshop in the heart of North Staffordshire, currently operating out of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

We need your help

We are looking for people who would be interested to provide what they can for the greater good of the community.

Our space provides access for people to use tools, learn new skills and share their interests.

Equipment

  • 3D Printer
  • Laser Cutter
  • CNC Milling Machine
  • Vacuum Former
  • Woodworking Lathe
  • Metalworking Lathe
  • Soldering Stations
  • Pillar Drill
  • Oscilloscope
  • Multimeters
  • Bench Power Supply
  • Bandsaw
  • Scroll saw
  • Chopsaw
  • Belt/Disc Sander
  • Hand drills

Tools

  • Screwdrivers
  • Screwdriver Bits
  • Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Craft Knives
  • Antistatic
  • Soldering Iron Holder
  • Lighting
  • Files
  • Drill bits
  • Tarpaulin
  • Storage Boxes

Consumables

  • Solder
  • Desoldering braid
  • Flux Paste/liquid
  • Tape
  • Isoproponol Alcohol
  • Soldering Sponges
  • Wirewool Solder cleaner
  • Tip Cleaner
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Screws/Rawlplugs/Nails

Can you help?

If you have or can acquire any of this stuff or know someone who can, please get in touch.

By sharing what you have, it will open up access to other tools you may need for your projects all under one roof.

Potteries Hackspace is a hackspace is a place for people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science or art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate.

Our aim is to provide and maintain a shared community workspace and equipment, to further our skills and share experience with the community around Stoke-on-Trent and the wider Potteries area.

The best way to get involved is to become part of our community online and join the discussions on our mailing list. We’d love to get to know you, so the easiest way to get started is by introducing yourself to us on the Potteries Hackspace groups mailing list.

Renew Your Membership

 May 15, 2016 | Comments

Hi all,

We’d like to share with you the current situation for Potteries Hackspace membership subscriptions and how we have arrived at an annual based model for basic membership with a monthly opt-in for full access to the space.

In our recent meetings, we’ve reviewed our budget for the coming year and put forward a proposal that reflects the changing needs and wants of the group.

There was also a problem identified in that there are a number of interested people who want to contribute to or support the Potteries Hackspace organisation but may not require space.

The proposed solution is to have a basic membership option without any benefits of a space.

Potteries Hackspace has evolved since we moved out of the former Newcastle-under-Lyme based garage space in 2015. Our initial reaction to moving out was to try and find a similar space, but having searched high and low, we’ve struggled to find a space like that within our budget.

Our budget depends entirely on the number of active members we have and how much they are prepared to pay each month.



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Hackspace Meetup in Stoke

 May 10, 2016 | Comments

Since January we did a soft announce to let people know that we will be meeting up at Wavemaker, a sister project in the City Centre.



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New Space Survey

 Apr 20, 2016 | Comments

Greetings all,

As many of you know, we’ve been on the hunt for a new space.

Good news! We’ve found a suitable space.

If this is the news you’ve been waiting for, then now’s the chance to get involved.

We’ve sent out a survey to our subscription members and we’ve managed to get a budget that is 90% of the way there.

With your help, we’ll hit our target and be in a comfortable position to establish Potteries Hackspace in the new space.

Please let us know your answers to these few questions on our survey:

The new space, based in the Hanley, our city centre…

Potteries Hackspace is a hackspace is a place for people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science or art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate.

Our aim is to provide and maintain a shared community workspace and equipment, to further our skills and share experience with the community around Stoke-on-Trent and the wider Potteries area.

The best way to get involved is to become part of our community online and join the discussions on our mailing list. We’d love to get to know you, so the easiest way to get started is by introducing yourself to us on the Potteries Hackspace groups mailing list.

New Membership Fee Rules

 Dec 8, 2015 | Comments

In light of our on going efforts to find a new space, a new decision has been made by the group to introduce new membership fees:

The rules for membership fees are as follows:

  1. We’d like to say that you can pay what you like on a monthly basis, however in order to reach our aim we’ve introduced standard rates.
  2. Members found to be paying less than they are taking from the Hackspace will be asked to up their contributions.

For example: If you are found to be using more space than just your storage box, then you will be asked to contribute more.

£25 is the new recommended standard rate, as a regular member you will be expected to pay this as a minimum.

£15 is the “starving hacker rate”, these will be people who may not be able to afford the standard rate at that time and will receive all the normal benefits.

Space is at a premium, so you will be expected to pay more if your project takes up more space. The same goes for water, electric and Internet bandwidth.

If you have any questions about this, please use our online discussion group or speak to us in person at the next open meeting.