Equipment Drive

Hi all,

We’ve got a good bunch of people, a large (but often cold) space and a few projects in mind.

We need your equipment!

What we’re lacking is the right tools and the right equipment to actually get things done.

Some of the guys have started putting together an Equipment Wishlist spreadsheet of stuff we need to get, which looks a little like this:

Equipment

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

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

If you have or can acquire any of this stuff or know someone who can, we’d be eternally grateful!

We hope that by sharing what you have it will open up access to other tools you may need for your projects all under one roof.

Please let us know by either adding a comment to the post or contact the group.

Update

Hi Guys,

Just a quick update after our weekly open night.

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We’ve got the steel rods now for the 3D printer, so we’ll be cutting them up next week. Must remember to bring down the angle grinder. We’ll just need the hot end and the “extruder” next.

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We had a few more people than normal so thanks to everyone who turned up and turned it from a night with no agenda into a real good refresh as to why we’re doing this. I think we all agreed that it’s an excellent resource. We hope that we only keep growing!

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Thanks to DanW (@circitfied) for his excellent idea of putting up a “skills board”, putting up our names, skills and goals, which also turned out a great way to introduce ourselves to each other.

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There’s still lots to do at the hackspace to make it great and sometimes it can be difficult because of other commitments, however, slowly but surely we’re making progress.

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Although the “social area” is warm, a job for next week will be to get the gas heater back in action so we can heat the workshop again.

That aside we’ve now got internet access, working computers, tea and coffee making facilities, lots of workshop and storage space, toilets, plenty of hardware to hack and a real good group of really great people. And this is only the start.

Thanks again for everyone who came down, hope to see you all next week!

Open Tonight

We have open meetings every Tuesday from 7PM.

You’ll find us in the old valeting bay of the former Randles car dealership in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Whether you’ve got a project you want to stuck in with, or even if you haven’t, anyone is welcome to come down and have a brew.

It’s free to come along, there’s no obligation to donate but it is encouraged (usually £3).

Visit the Potteries Hackspace website for more information.

See you there!