UPDATE 2013-06-27 As you all know, we have successfully closed our crowdfunding campaign on the 14th of June. We reached and passed our goal and ended up raising more than 200% of what we originally intended. This is a great achievement but it’s not ours, it’s yours. Yours who believes in our vision, who trusts and backs us with your hard earned kroners and wants to be part of this journey. We can’t emphasise how grateful we are for this and it obviously raises the bar on what we have to deliver to you. - http://meshmakers.tumblr.com/post/53960631126/mesh-makers-crowdfunding- update-3 UPDATE 2013-05-27 Thanks again for the continuous support, it's really reassuring all the attention we get and now we are close to 60% of our total goal! In the last couple of weeks we got some media attention by Teknisk Ukeblad http://bit.ly/meshmakers_in_TU and MSN http://bit.ly/meshmakers_on_MSN - Please read the articles, and if you want to see a short and fun clip about how exactly a 3D printer works, click here: http://bit.ly/3Dclip We also went to Stockholm to visit our new friends at this awesome platform, Funded By Me and wanted to hear the story of Stockholm Makerspace on how they raised money the same way, and what is going to happen next. You can read about our experiences in the second update on our blog: http://meshmakers.tumblr.com/post/51383311236/crowdfunding-campaign-update-2 UPDATE 2013-05-13 Thanks to all of you for the support, it’s been a great week. We have passed 20% of our funding goal and we are looking forward to meet our new founding members in person soon! The great thing about a crowdfunding campaign is that it allows us to involve our community early on, therefore we are going to shed a little bit more light on the details of the development based on what happened during the week including the questions you have cared to ask. Please continue reading the entire update on our blog: - http://meshmakers.tumblr.com/post/50115293109/crowdfunding-campaign-update-1 --- With this campaign we are reaching out for founding members who want to be a part of the creation of MESH Makers. The founding members will have direct influence in the development of our event-series, the strategies for further development of the space and the acquisition of tools. You will receive a 6 month membership and as a small gesture of appreciation we will laser engrave your name along with the other founding members on our wall. You'll also be one of those contributors shaping the culture and the concept of MESH Makers from early on.
If we successfully raise 50000 NOK from the community with crowdfunding, MESH is going to help the project with a starting capital of another 50000 NOK. With this budget secured, we promise to buy and provide you with the following list of tools: - laser cutter - 3D printer (Makerbot Replicator 2) - electronics lab equipment (soldering iron, power supply, oscilloscope, logic analyzer, basic component library) - basic tools for woodworking, prototyping (saws, drills, dremels) - sewing machine - silk screen printer - vinyl cutter - basic photo studio equipment (lights, backdrop) Hitting 75000 NOK here would allow us to buy: - more 3D printers so more people can have fun at the same time - CNC mill
We are only dreaming of reaching 100000 NOK, but if it happens the founding members are going to decide which tools to upgrade to a better one. The more of you signs up the better the space will be so please, spread the word and support our project! Follow us on... Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meshnorway Twitter: https://twitter.com/meshmakers Tumblr: http://meshmakers.tumblr.com ... and subscribe to our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/yLmtv
-- FAQ -- Hvorfor snakker dere Engelsk? Because we are an international community and we'd also like to share our ideas with the entire world. What is MESH? MESH is an innovation hub in downtown Oslo. We started as a coworking space 1 year ago and we are now turning into a innovation platform with daily events and spaces to suit all types of innovators. What is a makerspace? Hackers meet tinkerers, technology meets design, craftsmen meet artists. It is a place and a community with tools that allow you to work on your creative ideas. Think of a shared garage or shed. We are holding events, workshops, lectures so you can continuously grow your skillset. You'll be able to learn new skills like how to design and print 3D objects, how to do rapid prototyping with electronics, how to use the laser cutter, etc.
What is the creative café? MESH has a café that we want to make into a creative meeting point with a bar in the evenings. The idea is to have some of the tools (3D printer, laser cutter) in the café so you can watch your design come to life while sipping a latte or grabbing a beer, cool huh? :) You could also pick up basic materials and components for your project. It will hopefully double as an event space, work space and hangout space for the whole makers- community and it will be a place to interact with the other members at MESH. Am I a MESH maker? Yes you are. We think that great ideas are born when different people meet and work together so as long as you are curious and like to make, build and collaborate you are one of us. What can I make? Almost anything. Using the electronics lab you can make robots, blinking lights, sensors connected to the internet. With the 3D printers you can make plastic prototypes for your product idea, parts for your gadgets or even jewellery. With the CNC mill you can make electronic circuit boards or mill wood or soft metal parts. With the laser cutter you can cut any drawing into acryl or thin plywood and create awesome custom objects in 2D. With the vinyl cutter you can make stencils, stickers or masks for etching electronic circuit boards. With the silk screen printer you can paint fabric so you can make custom t-shirts. But seriously, your imagination is the only limit.
Is it safe? It is but not much more than your garage workshop. We'll only invest in high quality tools but it's your responsibility to use them safely. We'll teach you how to use the specific machines and require to attend on the training before you operate them on your own. Additionally, you have to be more than 18 years old to use the machines without adult supervision. What do I get for my membership? Access to the space, tools, events and the community. What is the timeframe? We'd like to open the space for our founding members in beta from the 1st of June. Regular members will only be able to access the space after this period is over. We are cleaning up the space and start building now but we need support for buying the tools. What have you done so far? We have convinced the owner of the building that this is an important concept and now we have his full support and a secured space. We created the list of tools that we are planning to obtain. We started building the community and organized a couple of workshops, such as the Fixit Night in March which attracted more than 70 people fixing things and the ongoing garden workshop with Growlab where more than 30 people attended and got actively engaged in building a rooftop garden at MESH. Any keywords that helps me in googling to learn more about the maker movement? Sure: makerspace, rapid prototyping, digital fabrication, 3D printing, laser cutting, wearable technology, connected fashion, internet of things, appcessory, Arduino, open source hardware, smart sensors, collaborative design, inclusive design.
Are you going to make money on this? Making money is not the motivator in this project but we want the makerspace to be independent of recurring funding and benefactors: our aim is to be profitable and run the makerspace in a sustainable manner. We need money to run the space, to fix and maintain the machines, to improve them and to buy new ones. Who are we? The whole MESH team supports the makerspace wholeheartedly but there will be three people responsible and involved in building the space and the community. Kriszti - cofounder of MESH, she grew up with printers, vinyl cutters in a family where DIY is a virtue, she has a passion in building creative communities, interior design and social media. She will be responsible for the organization & administration of the space and she will be involved in all things ranging from events to community building. Adam - works as an engineer at Energy Micro, he built an electronics lab from scratch before moving to Oslo but felt lonely there. He's the initiator of MESH Makers and volunteering to get the space up and running in his free time. His main focus will be on getting the right tools and building the community. Loves machines, hacking things and making them work, coding in C, sensors, microcontrollers and wireless gadgets. Anders - cofounder of MESH, also started PramPack, a product startup that was sold to Stokke in 2010. He likes to build things and he is a hands-on doer.
If you think you can help us with anything else, please feel free to contact us! Volunteers and sponsors are welcome!
If we successfully raise 50000 NOK from the community with crowdfunding, MESH is going to help the project with a starting capital of another 50000 NOK. With this budget secured, we promise to buy and provide you with the following list of tools: - laser cutter - 3D printer (Makerbot Replicator 2) - electronics lab equipment (soldering iron, power supply, oscilloscope, logic analyzer, basic component library) - basic tools for woodworking, prototyping (saws, drills, dremels) - sewing machine - silk screen printer - vinyl cutter - basic photo studio equipment (lights, backdrop)