About Maui Makers
Maui Makers is a maker space on the island of Maui – i.e. we provide tools, space, instruction and community to support the making of things.
Our physical location is a modified shipping container co-located with Community Work Day in Pu’unene. (Lat/Lon: 20.862902, -156.448027 E Camp 5 Rd, Pu’unene Maui, HI.) See the map in the right hand sidebar.
Our online presence consists of this blog, a related wiki to provide how-to info on our equipment, and a google group for email discussions. We also have a twitter account (@MauiMaker) and a FaceBook group. The google group is the most active source – subscribe there for updates on activities. There is also our Flickr stream.
We generally have open meetings on Thursday night 6-9pm. Come visit and see what we are doing. Membership information is on this page
Why Join Maui Makers?
A Maker Space provides shared physical resources otherwise unaffordable or unattainable by an individual. It also provides a dynamic workspace with access to collaboration, inspiration & encouragement of others. The idea is similar to “business incubators” or “co-working” spaces, although instead of offering an office space, Maker Spaces provide a group project workshop.
What is a Maker Space?
The Fab Lab grew from an MIT class “How to make (almost) anything.” and retains an academic focus as it has spread around the world. Neil Gershenfeld documents the Fab Lab in his book “FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication“ and articulates it well in a 2006 TED talk. The US Fab Lab Network (USFLN) is a loose association of these in the USA. Most Fab Labs are associated with a college, university or an established community organization. A general tenet of a Fab Lab is public access, and public sharing of anything created. That is, it may NOT be a good place to start a proprietary business.
Hackerspaces are a more organically grown approach, created by a group of friends with the idea of a shared workshop/clubhouse. Makerspace is pretty much the same thing with a possibly easier name for some people to accept. There are as many variations of hackerspace as there are spaces – and there are hundreds around the world. There is a great collection space design patterns on the Hackerspace.org wiki.
TechShop is a commercial franchise variation. There are a small number of these in operation, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. They require a LARGE capital investment with lots of equipment available. Very cool places. but not practical for Maui.
For more on Makers, check out these videos:
Dale Dougherty: We are makers
PBS Newshour: “Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education?”
and check those in the ‘videos’ category in the right side menu.
Our current equipment includes
- an Epilog Helix 24 Laser Cutter,
- a Makerbot Industries Cupcake CNC 3D-printer (with both MK-5 plastruder, and Frostruder printheads),
- a Silhouette SD paper/vinyl cutter,
- an Eggbot (from Evil Mad Science)
- a desktop CNC mill (MyDIYCNC.com)
- Lincoln Electric SP135T MIG welder, (link is to amazon page)
- Air compressor, assorted air tools,
- 5kw gas generator
- chop saw
- wood lathe, scroll saw, bandsaw, disk/belt sander,
- soldering stations
- an inventory of microcontrollers (Arduino, TI, Propeller, etc) and other electronics.
More details of our equipment and areas of interest can be found on the Maui Makers Wiki.