FAQ – South West Makers (Australia)

What are the South West Makers and what do we do?

We had our first public meeting back in May 2013 in Bunbury.  We are currently an un-incorporated group of individuals who enjoy making things and coming together to exploring and help each other Making things.  You can see the kind of individual projects we build on our log site:  http://www.swmakers.org/blog  and a lot more in our Forum:  http://forum.swmakers.org/   (subscription needed).

We meet on the second Saturday of the month in Eaton.

It doesn’t currently cost anything to join the group. See below for how to join in.

What is a Hacker / Make space?

Do I have to know Electronics and other Geeky Stuff?

No definitely not!  All you need to do is have an interest in making and repairing things.  While some of our members are oriented towards geeky projects, the spaces are also oriented towards art and being creative.  The limit is your imagination and what you want to do, these spaces just help make it happen for you, whether it’s electronics, CNC, robotics, Art, Video, Metal work, Music and just about anything else you can think of.

A make space provides the “how” of what you want to do, most people can’t afford to have expensive tools an machinery at home, where it is usually sitting idle most of the time.   Why not collaborate and have access have to shared equipment and resources.

What’s in the Make Space?

We would ultimately like to get a dedicated 24×7 space available to our members that has:

  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Cutter
  • CNC Milling
  • Work Benches
  • Hand tools
  • Soldering Area
  • Wet Area
  • Library
  • Training Area

What do you currently have?

We don’t have a dedicated space yet, although through our members we have access to some of the following equipment:

  • 3D Printers
  • Desktop CNC Mill
  • Soldering
  • Electronics
  • Oscilloscopes
Where do we Purchase things from?

We are often asked where to start, or where to purchase things from.  Below is a list of some common sites that we use and that you might want to investigate:

How to Join the Group?