From Red Mountain Makers Wiki
Here is a google-group that serves as a mailing list (bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom): https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/RedMountainMakers
- Electronics Lab simulation runs your circuit
- SparkFun all sparkfun designed boards are open source with schematics provided
- DIPTrace easy to use free version for non-profit use
materials and tools
- Harbor Freight Tools (in birmingham)
- McMaster Tools - great for everything including raw materials, parts, tools, and equipment
- ShopBot Tools
- Woodcraft 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.
- Octopart search many sources for availability, pricing, datasheets by part number
- 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
Makerspace Business Models
- Making Makerpsaces: Creating a Business Model
- The difference between hackerspaces, makerspaces, techshops and fablabs
How to start a makerspace
- How to start a hackerspace - series of instructional links at AdaFruit.
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.
- MakerSpace handbook
- How to start a hackerspace checklist
Types of Commercial Leases
- Open source organizer's database tools
- List of sources for grants and application tools
- Tips for non-profits accepting donations
- Non-profit performance tools
- Travel radius mapping tool
- 25-minute driving radius map
- Alabama Association of Non-Profits - resources.
- National Council of Non-Profits
- Open source Seltzer CRM for membership management
- Information and tips regarding insurance, making a space safe for minors, best board practices and more
Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)
- Jame Harris Insurance Agency - insures Maker Local 256 for around $300/year.
- Article in Makezine focusing on Insurance for Makerspaces. Read this - it covers the meat of what we need.
- For schools and student activities
- From Adafruit: Another form of revenue for projects is applying for grants from places such as science foundations, universities, companies, individuals, or even government agencies. In the grantmaking world, there are people who have projects they want to see done whose goals and ideas might align with yours. There are many places to look review this grant organisation list at Science Magazine for a great start. Some might be simple search engine query away. Keep in mind that grantwriting can be a lot of work in many cases, and there are professionals that specialize in grant writing.
Local Venture Assistance
Makerspace Media Coverage
- Makerspaces as venture launches - Miami area
- Maker faires - note major corporate sponsorship, Disney, Ford