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Out of an abundance of caution with respect to the broad range of communities we serve and in service to community health, ATXHS was temporarily closed starting on March 14th in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With confirmed community spread and a growing number of active cases identified in Austin, it would be irresponsible for us to remain open given the nature of our space is centered on sharing surfaces. Additionally, the stay at home orders issued on March 24th by mayor Steve Adler requires us to remain closed during this time. We are remaining active with members digitally and have a focus group of members helping us brainstorm what opening will look like when that time comes. Currently, all events (including classes, meetups, tours, and orientation sessions) have been cancelled, however we are working to provide a means to host events over video conference.
On May 9, we began the first phase of reopening with limited hour access to members experiencing hardship based on their responses to our member survey. This was discussed in our member meeting on May 6 (meeting minutes available here). For the latest details on our reopening, check out our reopening plan document.
As of June 19, we aren't yet accepting new members...
...however prospective members can join our Discourse at yo.atxhs.org and become members of the Members2B group at yo.atxhs.org/g/Members2B to get queued up for when we are ready to accept new members. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please understand the board has spent and continues to spend countless hours accessing the situation and carefully weighing each decision made around this pandemic. We will strive to keep members engaged and connected through digital channels and will continue to work to make sure our reopening is both lawful and responsible.
GoFundMe for COVID Responders:
We have a group of members and other local makers working together to manufacture equipment that will directly assist healthcare workers and COVID response efforts. We will have one individual using our facilities to produce items, allowing us to continue eliminating potential for community spread at the space. We also have an amazing small army of members using their own equipment at home. Many of our members are out of work and producing these essential items on their own time and their own dime. To help with the monetary cost, we have started a GoFundMe to gather funds to reimburse members for materials purchased for these efforts. Please share this GoFundMe page with anyone you think may be interested!
If you have any questions or are a medical facility wanting to receive PPE or other items from us, please email email@example.com.
We have hosted a handful of video conference events and will be updating our calendar with new ones as they are scheduled. Events we have recorded will be posted here. Check out our Calendar for other digital events as they are created. We are currently hosting a weekly recurring Workshop Show & Tell every Saturday at 4pm to give members an opportunity to connect, share what they've been working on, and show their home workshops. Zoom info is shared in the atxhs-announce and atxhs-members listservs.
If there is something specific you'd like to see, please give us feedback here on digital events.
ATX Hackerspace is a member-run collaborative art, craft and fabrication space in Northeast Austin.
These are some of the resources available for members' use:
▪ Metal shop (includes MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutter, grinders, bandsaw and chopsaws)
▪ Industrial woodshop (includes lathes, saws, router, sander, hand tools)
▪ Industrial sewing studio, leather and shoemaking classes
▪ Two Laser engravers
▪ multiple 3-d printers
▪ CNC router
▪ Auto bay and tools
▪ Bio lab
▪ Rentable classroom
We are a community of passionate experts, learners, makers, artists, geeks, parents, children, students, and professionals. You are likely to find expert advice and eager collaborators for anything you're looking to build. As members, we give our time freely to support the space because we believe this space is of value to our community. Since we do this in our free time, response times to ATXHS email and questions will vary. A class or a competency check-off is required for access to many of the resources listed above.
ATX Hackerspace can be found at:
To learn more about our space, come to a Hackerspace Tour: 20-minute tours kick off every Tuesday at 7:00pm and 7:30pm. We will show you the wonders of the space — tools and community — and answer your questions about our tools, methods, and membership. Please be advised that if Tuesday falls on a holiday, there will probably still be a member there who can show you around, but you may not be able to register on that day. If you're not sure if you'll find what you need, just show up and learn the lay of the land.
To join, attend a New Member Orientation every Tuesday at 8pm. If you can't be free then, contact us to arrange an alternative time.
The Calendar lists other recurring events, such as the Member Meeting on the 1st-Wednesday of each month and the Make/Teach/Learn Member meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you have burning questions not answered here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Work Day on Sat Jan 11th 9am to 6pm. Come help improve the space, Lunch served! Stop by for an hour or for all 8 like a hero.We ask that members not use the shop for regular work, though exceptions may be granted as necessary for volunteers.
We held our Annual Meeting on Saturday December 14th from 12pm to 2pm for voting B-share members. This meeting was especially important, as we voted on important amendments to the operating agreement and preparing plans for the long-hoped for transition to non-profit status. We will announce the schedule of Quarterly Meetings near the start of the year for board and enthusiastic members to plan the future of the space.
Membership earns you 24/7 access to the space following a mandatory free orientation class. Several of the tools and areas require a training class. A few of the more popular tools require a calendar reservation so that you can be sure to run your job to completion. Apart from reasonable fees for classes and consumable costs, there are no additional usage fees. We also offer a Family Rate and a Starving Hacker Rate if you're interested. If you have already signed up, come by Tuesday at 8:00 pm for an orientation class and to get your key fob access.
The space is run by volunteers, for volunteers. Members are asked to help us grow, groom and improve the space. Ask around for how you can help!
See our Member Handbook for all the details on community procedures, policies and benefits.
What is ATX Hackerspace?
We are a collaborative industrial workshop full of people who love to learn and make things!
We have over 8,000 square feet of space that is perfect for artists, designers, engineers, makers and hackers, fabbers, scientists, musicians, seminars and workshops, co-working, and a ton of other stuff. We're the perfect place for any project that needs space, involves loud or messy equipment (woodworking, soldering, welding, painting), power (we have 120V, 240V, and 3-phase power), tools that are too expensive or large for your own workshop ( see our laser cutters, CNC mills, and 3D printers ) or meeting with collaborators.
More importantly, we are an established and ever-growing community. Imagine what we can do when we combine our skills, knowledge, ideas, tools, and materials... or see for yourself at our next Hackerspace Tour, every Tuesday evening starting at 7:00pm and 7:30pm.
We're hackers (thoroughly defined here), which means we create things and we put things together in new and innovative ways. ATX Hackerspace is dedicated to encouraging and promoting technical, scientific, and artistic skills through projects, collaboration, and education by all legal means.
Hours and Events
Members are given 24-hour access and may bring up to two guests to the space at any time.
I'm here to work with my hands, and actually complete something."
--Casey, ATXHS member, while laser-cutting a TV Tray with the face of Trey Anastasio on it.It's a TV Trey. Get it?
Sign up for upcoming classes by going to our Class_List and checking out the upcoming offerings.
- Start discussions or suggest projects on our Mailing Lists
- Visit our Meetup page for upcoming meetups
Contact our Board of Directors for any questions you may have.
Prices starting at $325.00 a month, including monthly membership
ATX Hackerspace offers customizable cubicles inside a locked co-working area accessed by key card. Office spaces feature 24/7 access to cutting-edge prototyping and traditional crafting tools in the main workshop. If you're a small business owner, an independent professional, a startup, or a maker who needs dedicated space, come check out our location and network of fellow innovators. Create your own workspace in our ever-changing maker community.
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