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Allen PanBy Allen Pan
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Allen PanBy Allen Pan
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$10,472
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 30 2019 4:01 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hexlab Makerspace (soon to be "Sufficient Space") opened up shop about 5 years ago, and since then has been one of the best makerspaces in the greater L.A. area  (we have one member that actually commutes 85 miles every week just to use our space). Unfortunately, in October of 2018, Hexlab Makerspace was in the process of closing its doors for good.

Hexlab's old location
Hexlab's old location

Around that same time, I was looking into expanding my Youtube channel, "Sufficiently Advanced", since I was getting a bit cramped shooting fire in my apartment.

My roommates put up with a lot of this
My roommates put up with a lot of this

So when I found out about Hexlab's predicament, it seemed like a perfect fit. I could take over as director and keep Hexlab afloat with some of my own money, and use the space as the base of operations for Sufficiently Advanced.

Hexlab was already pretty far gone though, so a lot of equipment was already sold off. We had to find a new, smaller location (thankfully in a better area) and move *everything* in a matter of days. It was a pretty harrowing process.

Day 0
Day 0

We retained most of our active members throughout the entire ordeal. Many of our members run their own businesses using resources at Hexlab, and that meant we had to get ourselves back to at least a minimally functional state as soon as possible.

Getting there
Getting there

So while we were able to get a laser cutter and other CNC machines up and running, we're still missing some really essential tools that were liquidated before the move.

We also haven't been able to provide any outreach or kids programming since we've just been focused on surviving. While we don't have any youth instructors or curricula ready to go right now, we know groups that do! We're working with The L.A. Makerspace and Two Bit Circus Foundation to provide a series of 4 kids STEM classes with 20 available seats in each class, or STEM classes for up to 80 kids in the Van Nuys/L.A. area. This campaign covers the costs of instructors and materials, so these classes will be 100% free for the students!

An L.A. Makerspace robotics class from five years ago (taught by me!)
An L.A. Makerspace robotics class from five years ago (taught by me!)

If we reach our funding goal, not only will the makerspace finally officially be saved, but we'll also rebrand it as "Sufficient Space", and begin integrating Sufficient Space into the videos on Sufficiently Advanced. This would be the the world's FIRST makerspace fully integrated with a Youtube channel, and I guarantee we'll be able to make AWESOME stuff.

The upcoming logo
The upcoming logo

Rewards:

Stumpted Art is one of several small businesses that are run from our space, and we've partnered with them to produce a small run of some prototype merch with our potential new logo. We also have discounted classes and memberships if you want to visit our space in-person. Not around Los Angeles? No problem! All of our class and membership rewards can be gifted to someone local if you can't make it out yourself.

Stretch Goals:


$15,000 - We'll be able to get a MIG welder and accessories so we can begin offering welding classes at our space. We'll also be able to afford 4 more STEAM classes from the L.A. Makerspace, for a total of 8 classes or 160 kids from Van Nuys/L.A.

Our welding area has almost everything you need to weld (except for a welder)
Our welding area has almost everything you need to weld (except for a welder)

$20,000 - We'll be able to upgrade the space a bit, such as investing in new work tables and installing a sink in our "kitchen" area. We'll also be able to afford 4 more STEAM classes from the L.A. Makerspace, for a total of 12 classes or 240 kids from Van Nuys/L.A.

Teach ALL The STEM Classes!
Teach ALL The STEM Classes!

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    This wooden backing will protect the board from accidental short circuits and give your board an elegant touch. **This is an Add-on item. Shipping is free as long as you are ordering a circuit board to go with it **

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    Now you can make your very own audio synthesizer! Designed by Mystic Circuits in the makerspace, this is a beginner DIY project to make absurd sounds that you can influence by touching the pads. It's a special design that will only be available here!

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