Here is a google-group that serves as a mailing list (bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom): https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/RedMountainMakers
- Fritzing http://fritzing.org/
- http://www.electronics-lab.com/downloads/schematic/013/ simulation runs your circuit
- KiCAD http://kicad-pcb.org
- http://sparkfun.com/ all products are open source with schematics provided
materials and tools
- http://www.harborfreight.com/ (in birmingham)
- http://mcmaster.com/ great for everything including raw materials, parts, tools, and equipment
- http://woodcraft.com/ has local store goto for woodworking
Adafruit and Sparkfruit are great for people who are starting out or who are intermediate. They have great information, helpful suggestions and great support forums. They have a lot of eletronic stuff, as well as soft circuitry and some other hobbyist things (like arduino boards) that your average elctronics supply place would not have. But their selection as far as general electronics (resistors, leds, battery holders, batteries, switches, etc.) is somewhat limited to the types of things you would need for certain projects... and the small stuff is usually a little more "retail" priced through them.
- Mouser is excellent for straight up electronics. The search function there is absolutely fantastic. Always check spec sheets because occasionally the "product page" info is wrong.
- Digikey is similar.
- Electronics Goldmine has a lot of mixed packs of things.
- All-Electronics Similar to the Goldmine better organization
- Jameco more pricey than Mouser or Digikey but can find some things considered obsolete by the others. Also has good kits and tutorials.
- http://openlibrary.org/ just posted a machine shop manual
Sample Business Plans
- Student paper study of the hacker ecosystem as a model for a for-profit space Of interest because it looks at so many different hackerspaces.
- General start-up checklist Order of operations for getting an organization started.
http://lists.hackerspaces.org/pipermail/discuss/2010-January/001487.html- State Farm insurance that costs $27/month at Hackerspace Local
- Article in Makezine focusing on Insurance for Makerspaces. Read this - it covers the meat of what we need.