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Makebus is an on-demand mobile make lab that goes to you!

New York, NY Technology
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About this project

Makebus houses a full assortment of tools, adjustable workspaces, laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC mill, bed, food and maker goods. Requestable storage and tool supply pods make sure your project is ready for success. Contribute now and support Makebus!   

How the money will be spent:  

  • $7,000 bus purchase 
  • $1,000 build-out 
  • $500 app development 
  • $1,500 gas, insurance, registration and driver pay for one month
  • Stretch Goal #1 if we reach $20,000 we will outfit the bus with a veggie oil burning engine and new 3D printers.

About the team: 

  • Sean Auriti is co-founder and president of Alpha One Labs makerspace, celebrating their 5th year this month. In those 5 years, he has always made sure makers in the area have had an alternative place to go and build their projects. There have been many successes that have spawned from Alpha One Labs. And it continues to adapt to maker's needs by now bringing the show on the road with MakeBus! 
  •  Maurice Bey is an inventor and project manager. He has successfully prototyped and received investment for a revolutionary water filtration system. He'll be helping out with the aquaponics setup.

About Alpha One Labs:

Pictures of the bus:

 About Each Section:

Tools:

Inspired by the Alpha One Labs tool wall, the MakeBus will contain a full selection of hand and power tools.

Work Benches:

The MakeBus will accommodate 10 workbenches.  Each workbench will be equipped with a fold out sturdy durable anti-skid surface with a magnetic tool holder, small part compartments, AC power outlet and back and side roll-off stoppers.

  Laser Cutter:

We'll be retrofitting the Alpha One Labs JCUT-6090 into the back of the bus.  It will feature an add-on suspension system and vacuum table so we'll be able to make accurate cuts while in motion: 

3D Printer: 

We'll have the Solidoodle 2 that Maurice donated to Alpha One Labs running in full force.  We'll get a Makerbot and Form1 printer if we reach a stretch goal of $20,000.

CNC Mill:

We recently received a Shapeoko 2 from Inventables.  It will be going in the MakeBus!

 Beds:

Above the laser cutter in the back of the bus, we'll have crash pods that are rent-able by the hour.  If you need to crash for a few hours because it makes more sense instead of being dropped off at home, you'll have a space to do that.

 Food Area:

The MakeBus will feature a kitchen and food prep area where we'll feature DipaDumpling dumplings and refreshments.  While the bus is parked we'll be selling dumplings out of the side food truck style.

 Maker Goods:

You'll be able to purchase all types of gadgets, gizmos, kits and tools from our maker goods store.  Inspired by the maker shop at Alpha One Labs, here is a sample of some items we'll have:

 An example of what it will look like:

We're holding a design contest for the website, mobile app, outside and inside layout of the makebus.  The best submission will win a cash prize.  Here is our first draft, we'd love to see your ideas and if we pick it you'll win!  Stay tuned for the design contest link.  

Mockup of the mobile app:

Some of the classes we'll offer:

  • Rasberry Pi
  • HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • 3D Printing & Modeling
  • Laser Cutting 101
  • Make Your Own Motorized Puppet
  • 2D Design + 3d fabrication
  • Arduino Camp
  • Eagle Cad 101
  • Intro to SQL / Relational Databases
  • Learn iOS programming (Objective C)
  • Processing Responsive Web Design
  • Soldering & Arduino: Build a Heart Matrix
  • Solidworks

Risks and challenges

Our main risk is the price of the bus. We have one available now for an affordable price. If we can raise the funds in time we'll get it, otherwise we may have to wait a bit longer to find one at the right price.

Also there may be some additional costs if you plan to have a makebus shipped overseas.

We're also hoping to find an affordable body shop that can cut and weld the interior to plans as well as someone to help with the mobile app development.

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    A ticket to the exlusive MakeBus grand opening party! We'll make several pickups throughout the tri-state area for those not near a subway and meetup at the premier party location! We'll have some special guests, food and refreshments to celebrate the new wheels! You'll also be dropped off at the same location you were picked up.

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    Spark Plug party ticket + bracelet. (for early supporters) - A ticket to the exclusive MakeBus grand opening party! We'll make several pickups throughout the tri-state area for those not near a subway and meetup at the premier party location! We'll have some special guests, food and refreshments to celebrate the new wheels! You'll also be dropped off at the same location you were picked up.

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    MakeBus T-Shirt! Show off your awesome threads for the awesome wheels you supported. Make sure to mention your t-shirt size. Pickup at the party or add your shipping costs.

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    Big wheel party ticket - A ticket to the exclusive MakeBus grand opening party! We'll make several pickups throughout the tri-state area for those not near a subway and meetup at the premier party location! We'll have some special guests, food and refreshments to celebrate the new wheels! You'll also be dropped off at the same location you were picked up.

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    5 hours of the crash pod - climb up and nap in style in the secluded nap pod in the back of the bus. You can board it at a designated stop or add membership onto your reward and we can pick you up. (See membership level below)

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    Join us for an Electronics Workshop by Mitch Altman. Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. Also Mitch is a co-founder of the Noisebridge hackerspace. Mitch travels all over the world sharing his knowledge and love of microcontrollers and soldering. He'll be joining us after the MakeBus launch to give his workshop where we'll build kits such as:

    TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
    Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
    LEDcube (cool cube of blinky lights!)
    Mignonette Game (play fun games!)
    Trippy RGB Waves (interactive colored blinky lights!)
    MiniPOV (more cool blinky lights!)
    MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)

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    Join us for an Electronics Workshop by Mitch Altman. Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places. Also Mitch is a co-founder of the Noisebridge hackerspace. Mitch travels all over the world sharing his knowledge and love of microcontrollers and soldering. He'll be joining us after the MakeBus launch to give his workshop where we'll build kits such as:

    TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
    Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
    LEDcube (cool cube of blinky lights!)
    Mignonette Game (play fun games!)
    Trippy RGB Waves (interactive colored blinky lights!)
    MiniPOV (more cool blinky lights!)
    MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)

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    MakeBus T-Shirt! Show off your awesome threads for the awesome wheels you supported. Make sure to mention your t-shirt size. Pickup at the party or add your shipping costs.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    A ticket to any class on the MakeBus! Topics will include technology and arts: electronic circuitry, music composition, 3D printing, computer science and security, screen printing, fashion design, and even haute cuisine. Ticket must be used within 1 year of issue.

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    Be part of our dedication wall. We'll engrave your name on the exterior panel of the bus.

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    Rent the makebus for a day! Have the MakeBus go anywhere in the tri-state area, park, hang-out, have a class, party, whatever! Decorate the interior to suit your event and we'll do our best to accommodate any special requests.

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    3 months membership! The MakeBus will pick you up at your requested location anytime and you will get priority over non-member request. You will also get free storage and have your project pod ready when you board. You also get member rates for classes and a free MakeBus t-shirt. Membership is normally $100 per month.

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    Rent the makebus for a day! Have the MakeBus go anywhere in the tri-state area, park, hang-out, have a class, party, whatever! Decorate the interior to suit your event and we'll do our best to accommodate any special requests.

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    3 months membership to MakeBus and Alpha One Labs! The MakeBus will pick you up at your requested location
    anytime and you will get priority over non-member request. You will also get free storage and
    have your project pod ready when you board. You also get member rates for classes and a free MakeBus and Alpha One Labs t-shirt.
    Membership is normally $100 per month, Alpha One Labs membership is normally $69 per month. (MakeBus members get half off)

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    5 classes! 5 tickets to any class on the MakeBus! Topics will include technology and arts: electronic circuitry, music composition, 3D printing, computer science and security, screen printing, fashion design, and even haute cuisine. Tickets must be used within 1 year of issue.

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    Rent the makebus for a day! Have the MakeBus go anywhere within a 200 mile radius of NYC, park, hang-out, have a class, party, whatever! Decorate the interior to suit your event and we'll do our best to accommodate any special requests.

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    Advertise on the MakeBus! For one month, we'll completely theme the MakeBus to suit your company, giant logos, flyers and a party in your name are just a few of the things we'll do. Have your marketing department go wild with ideas and we'll make them happen on the MakeBus!

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    Membership for one year! The MakeBus will pick you up at your requested location anytime and you will get priority over non-member request. You will also get free storage and have your project pod ready when you board. You also get member rates for classes and a free MakeBus t-shirt. Membership is normally $100 per month.

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    Weekend Educational MakeBus Camp. The MakeBus will come to your location, setup shop and park over the weekend. We'll have 2 classes of your choice to be taught. This reward is good for schools or institutions who have a parking lot and people eager to learn!

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    Become a MakeBus driver! We'll send you to bus school and you will be an official MakeBus driver!

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