Hello! Welcome to Manhattan Makerspace! This first article is going to explain what a "Makerspace" is particularly, the aims of this makerspace in Manhattan, and the facilities that we have available. For those familiar with the Hackerspaces of the late 1990s and early 2000s, this is a very similar concept. Hackerspaces were collaborative environments for people to share their expertise and technology in expanding what can be done in the hacking community. Makerspaces often make use of 3D printers, CNC machines, soldering equipment, and in some cases - welding or sewing machines. The limits are mostly set by the community surrounding the makerspace as well as the facilities available to the makerspace. Manhattan Makerspace aims to bring about a collaborative space where people can share their expertise in doing repairs on items, creating new inventions or replacement parts, or anything that can be done with the tools afforded to us. In this time of COVID-19, it makes it difficult to have a revolving door of people, but we're committed to making our facilities as accessible as possible to people who want to make things. What do we have available? There are a number of machines that we have to offer to the Manhattan community. 3D Printers
Manhattan Makerspace makes use of two 3D printers currently - one FDM and one resin-based. The FDM printer (a heavily modified Prusa i3) uses PLA plastic to form items as large as 18x18x18cm in size, and has a resolution of about 0.08mm at maximum. The resin printer is an unmodified Elegoo Mars Pro, with a potential minimum layer height of 0.01mm, but generally functions in the 0.04-0.05mm range. The prior 3D printer functions better for low-cost, higher durability, and rapidly prototyped parts, whereas the resin printer functions with higher detail items such as DnD figures or low-stress, high accuracy parts. Soldering We offer access to soldering services and guidance for simple repairs (such as through hole components or large-component boards), SMD rework (via hot air rework, solder paste, etc), and use of solder for things such as jewelry-making or joining wires. 3D Modelling, Advice and Expertise 3 years in the mechanical engineering curriculum and with a Solidworks Associate Certification, we are able to design custom-solutions and rapidly prototyped parts for things that may not exist or take too long to come from the original manufacturer. That extends into determining material properties for projects, putting together electronics (from classes circuits and controls, electromagnetic theory 1 and 2, as well as other practical classes), and otherwise determining the efficacy of any such parts designed. Long and short, we can see if a proposed designed solution will work for any given problem. We're excited to show off the projects we're working on, information about 3D printers, and being able to support hobbyists and professionals alike. From DnD to diorama making, jewelry to mechanical systems, we're here to help!