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Published July 12th 2016
Be inspired to create your own invention at HSBNE
Have you heard about HSBNE? HSBNE is a membership funded community organisation located in Brisbane and the Brisbane venue is Australia's first Hackerspace. A hackerspace is referred to a community operated physical space where people with similar interests such as arts and crafts, community labs, studios, workshops etc. can mingle, socialise, make things and learn.
Photo courtesy of HSBNE Webpage
You may be creative yet not have a workshop at home, you may love to teach others your skills but do not know where you can, or you may have building materials at home that you would like to give to someone who could use them but you do not know to whom. HSBNE is just the place.
You can learn many techniques or crafts at HSBNE (Photo courtesy of HSBNE webpage)
HSBNE is open to anyone who would like to tinker and invent. Workshop presenters encourage people to understand how technology works in their daily lives and how they can recycle and re-purpose broken equipment. The campus is situated at 217 MacArthur Ave, Eagle Farm has a large number of tools both large and small for any job you wish to build. If you wish to bring your own tools, a locker room is available to store your tools and projects.
There are two buildings on site which accommodate a general workspace, woodworking room, metalworking room, classroom, a room dedicated to digital fabrication and geeky crafts and the Boneyard which is full of scavengeable parts. The classroom, which holds approximately 30 people, is also available for external groups to book on request.
Enthusiasm mounts as your own creation takes place (Author's photo)
Each work room is fitted with machines and equipment to suit a particular art. The Digital Fabrication room has Laser Cutter, plotter and several 3D printers. The woodworking area has equipment such as lathes, drill presses, table saws, thicknessers and planers while the metalworking area has a manual mill, metal bandsaw, linisher, welding equipment, 2-ton gantry, full sized car grease trap and finishing tools such as grinders. As well the craft room or Craft Punk as it's called is the area for many crafts including sewing, heat press transfers for shirts, mugs, plates, screen printing gear etc. There is something for everyone and every age at HSBNE.
Photo courtesy of HSBNE Webpage
HSBNE also accept donations from members and businesses. If you have anything you think may be beneficial to HSBNE you can fill out the form on their website stating what you have and whether you can deliver or you require them to collect.
Acceptable items are –
Old workshop equipment of any kind
Anything that has a motor in it, printers are good
Office fit-out equipment like boilers, soap dispensers, whiteboards, chairs
Computers or computer parts, monitors, desktops, keyboards, mice
Unused building materials.
They rarely turn away donations, however there are items which they cannot accept and they are old televisions, CRT monitors, inkjet printers and any obsolete electronics.
If you are not a member, yet would like to see if this venue is for you, Tuesdays from 5.00pm are open to the public. You can just come along socialise, meet people and talk about some awesome ideas. Those awesome ideas may just be what will get you inspired to create your own. If you wish to contact the venue, this can be done by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact tab on their website.