Milwaukee Makerspace currently offers the following options:
We do not offer any pre-paid gift memberships. If you think a family member or friend would be an awesome new community member, encourage them to show up to a Tuesday meeting and go through our normal member sign-up procedure.
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: Meeting people face-to-face helps you get a feel for our group and helps us get a feel for you. Each new member is formally endorsed by a current member to ensure we've had a chance to answer any questions they may have and adequately review our policies.
Short answer: Yes.
Longer answer: An email address is needed for correspondence and invoices. Remember that we are a volunteer organization and we do not have any employees. At 550+ members, asking us to call by phone or send letters through the mail is something we simply don't have the time or resources to do. Thankfully, setting up a free email account online is relatively easy.
That's cool! There are several people we consider “Friends of the Space” as well as regular guests. Some people have expressed guilt that they can't afford the dues or can't make the time to use a membership regularly or they live too far away. You can still participate on the public mailing list, and attend meetings and events, however for liability reasons you are considered a guest and will not be able to use any power tools or equipment.
Members bring them in and let others use them!
Those are all perfect candidates to be brought in and shared! Nearly all of our tools are either property of members or donations. As a result, we ask that everyone take good care of them treat them as you would your own.
We recommend first contacting the tool's owner. Each machine has a number and an information sheet attached to it. That sheet indicates who owns it and who can train you on it. If you're unsure how to contact someone, post a message to the mailing list and ask to be trained on a particular machine. When all else fails, ask a fellow member.
Milwaukee Makerspace is a 501(c )(3) non-profit educational charity.
Financial donations will be very gratefully accepted! They can be made here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=SSUNJVYKXRZZJ
Equipment and materials donations: Unfortunately, due to limited volunteer resources, we must control any non-financial donations. See this page for info on what we might accept and how.
Great! As you may know we have meetings open to the public on certain Tuesdays starting at 7 PM. Please check our calendar for details on the location of the next meeting. Members can bring two guests to the makerspace. All guests must sign the guest liability waiver. Copies of the waiver are available at the front desk in the lobby. Members must supervise their guests at all times. Guests must be at least 10 years of age.
Unfortunately, due to legal and safety concerns, guests cannot use any power tools or machinery. Your friend can certainly be in the Space and assist you with your project as well as use hand tools provided they fill out the Guest Liability Form.
We occasionally host or participate in events that are open to children. Every event is different and interested parties should contact the member or members planning a specific event to determine if kids are welcome to attend. As stated elsewhere in our rules, guests must be at least 10 years of age and be supervised at all times. For other kid-friendly events and workshops, please consider the following groups:
That's fine too, but we'll ask that you mark your property with your name or initials and keep those tools separate from the rest of the Makerspace/hack racks/project space. You'll need to keep them in your personal storage space.
First, speak with the Area Champion of the shop where the proposed tool will be stored. For small items, their approval is sufficient. The Board of Directors will review any large equipment being proposed, if the Area Champion is in agreement. (i.e. anything that you need help to lift should be discussed before you bring it in) and decide if it's useful to the group. Your proposal may be turned down if we don't have space, don't have the money to install it, don't believe it would be used often, doesn't have the training or maintenance plan, or we already have a similar tool.
The space has many different areas, welding, forging, an electronics lab, a laser cutter lab, etc. For each area we try to have someone who takes responsibility for taking care of the area and training people on how to use the area. We call these people Area Champions. Interested in learning how to use a 3D printer? Talk to one of the 3D Printing Area Champions. But remember, like everyone else, they volunteer their time, so be kind and respect their contribution, process and efforts.
Tell someone! Even if you're not certain it's a problem, it's better to err on the side of caution than let it go. Find a member or someone on the Board of Directors the moment you spot something and let them know. If you're a member and you aren't sure about something, you can post to the message board. Unplug that machine, wrap that sharp edge with tape or foam, or leave a note on that item to let people know what's going on and then tell someone. We also have red, hard plastic “lockout tags” on a peg board outside the Wood Shop that can be zip-tied to tools and machines. See our page here for more information: http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/newmemberpamphlet#shop_rules_and_safety
Short Answer: No one ‘works’ at Milwaukee Makerspace we’re all just members, and we are not a business. If you want someone at Milwaukee Makerspace to make something for you, or help you make something yourself, your best bet is to come down to a Public Meeting at 7pm on a Tuesday and introduce yourself, talk about what you want, and see if anyone is interested in helping you out. Please check our calendar for details on the location of the next meeting. You never know, you might find someone up for a new challenge, or just as excited about your potential project as you are.
Alternately, you can post on our mailing list. If someone responds you can discuss the project with them: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/milwaukeemakerspace We have over 900 people on our mailing list, many are members, but not all of them are. Someone might want to help with your project.
Long Answer: Any agreement you make between a member and you or your organization is strictly between the two parties, and Milwaukee Makerspace claims no involvement. If you hire a member to create something for you, Milwaukee Makerspace has no jurisdiction over the agreement or the member. See Also: http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/2013/03/can-you-guys-build-me-a/
If you are a member you may host a club meeting once a month. Attendance of more than 10 people should be scheduled one month in advance. (Examples include the Milwaukee 3D Printing Meeting, The Milwaukee Electric Car Club, and the Milwaukee Energy Optimization Workshop. See a list of groups/clubs.)
If you are not a member, or your event includes the public, please see this: http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/events/hosting
Pets at the space can be a touchy subject. We have already had several different animals at the space, ranging from kittens to Great Danes. In general they seem to be reasonably well accepted by the membership, but we do want to remind everyone that this is a community with over 300 members in it. Remember to be excellent to each other.
Our advice on how to be excellent to fellow makers:
1. If requested to remove your animal, for any reason, the excellent thing is to do so. Most places do not allow any animals beyond service animals.
2. Please give advanced notice before bringing your pet to the space. Our suggestion would be minimum 4 hours notice. Post it to the members only board.
3. Please clean up after your pet. If there is a mess, or even just hair left behind, it is your responsibility to clean it up.
4. Keep your pet controlled at all times.
5. Pets should not enter the shop areas. Keep in mind that there are dangerous things for pets throughout the space. Just like people, we would hate to see an animal injured
Remember, you are responsible for the actions and health of your animal while they are at the space.
At times, members may need to borrow a tool for offsite use to complete a project. While MMS does not want to have tools unavailable constantly, the following guidelines are asked to be followed in the rare case that a member does need to borrow a tool:
If you have questions or concerns about borrowing a tool, please see an Area Champion or Board Member.
First, read through our Member Handbook here: http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/newmemberpamphlet If you still have more questions, email us! We can be contacted at email@example.com