We are Swindon Makerspace. We like to break and make things. Many different things – robots, aircraft, computers, electronics – anything goes.
How we Began
Originally formed as the Swindon Hackspace in June 2012, as a weekly meeting for those interested in making, breaking, and fixing things. Up until March 2016, we were hosted by the Museum of Computing, and had free use of the basement space. However, our expansion was held back by the limited space available and no 24×7 access.
After nearly 4 years, we took the plunge and signed a lease on a dedicated industrial unit to allow our membership and tool base to grow. We’re now working hard to make that space as functional and well featured as possible, whilst drawing in new members to make sure we’re sustainable.
What our Members Get Up To
Members work on a range of projects that usually involve electronic hardware, software programming, and mechanical assembly.
We encourage each other to run informal workshops on topics such as Solar Power, Laser Cutting, OpenSCAD, and 3D Printing. We also run workshops for the public several times a year – check our Events calendar for details.
Weekly Open Night
We meet regularly on Wednesday evenings from around 6:30pm for our open and social evening – anyone that’s interested in visiting the space is welcome to pop in for a tour/chat and see what’s going on.
If you’re not quite ready for a full membership, you’re also welcome to pay on the door to use the space – it’s £5 for the evening, or for an entire day if escorted by another member (i.e. if you’re friends with an existing member).
You’re strongly encouraged to bring along works in progress, new and interesting hardware, or any other projects or shiny gadgets. We love to help with other peoples projects (much easier than working on your own) and are more than happy to introduce you to the various tools.
The site has free parking, and we have free WiFi and tea/coffee facilities in the space.
I Am A…Maker, Engineer, Teacher
Tools I Use…
Printers: Prusa Mendel I2
Design Programs: OpenSCAD, Thingiverse Customizer, Inkscape, Blender, Illustrator, MeshMixer, Sketchup, Photoshop, Catia V5, FreeCAD
3D Design Skill Level