Workshop

DoES at it’s heart is all about making, and we like our kit, so naturally the DoES Workshop is a most exciting place to be.  We have a range of tools and equipment, which are designed to help you create amazing things.  We’ve listed some key ones below, along with some of the communities that go with them that you might like to try-out.
Maker Night (link) is core to our maker community, and the best place to learn.  A community of makers and hackers who love new stuff, and are happy to talk and offer support.  Makernight is free and open to all.
Workshop access is £10 a day or £5 a half-day, or you can buy anytime access for £50 a month.
Electronics, Arduino, Shrimping
DoES is an unofficial centre of excellence in all things Arduino and Internet of Things and we have all the gear you need to get started.  As well as maker Night, you may be interesting in the Internet of Things Meet-up, and the Liverpool Drones User-Group, and the Liverpool AI and machine learning group.
Laser Cutting – Find out more here.  Available for tinkering during Maker Night.  If you want a more structured learning experience contact Defproc for his next course.
3D Printing
We have a Rep-rap and a CupCake 3D printers.  They’re lots of fun, though do have a steep learning curve, both technically and in what prints well.  Most people start with a model from Thingyverse, and progress from there.  Maker Night is a good place to start.
CNC Mill
Our Italian intern Stephano has just restored our small CNC mill.  We’re still finding our way around it, though do have couple of CNC experts in our community.  Come and play.
Sewing Equipment
As well as hosting Liverpool Sewing Club, (a subscription club) the machines are available to use as part of the workshop.  Come along and make great stuff!
Vinyl Cutter
Recently donated, we had our first user in Febrary and it looked great.  You’ll need to email to arrange an induction from the right person, but we’ve seen great results.
Vacuum Former – Essential kit for ingenious makers
Bandsaw – Some extra help for those intricate projects
As well as the big stuff, we have a enough cutting, fixing, mending, and creating resources to make any good maker rather excited.  Join us and have some fun.

22 thoughts on “Workshop”

  1. Hi,

    I am looking to build a coffee table I have designed over a couple months.

    Does the workshop include power tools such as drill, sanders etc and basic tools like hammers screwdrivers etc?

    Thanks

    Liam

  2. Hi,

    I am looking to build a coffee table I have designed over a couple months.

    Does the workshop include power tools such as drill, sanders etc and basic tools like hammers screwdrivers etc?

    Thanks

    Liam

    1. Hi Jo,

      I’m afraid we haven’t got any SMT capabilities at DoES at the moment. We haven’t quite tipped over into anything needing it just yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time 🙂

      Cheers,

      Adrian.

    1. Hi Jo,

      I’m afraid we haven’t got any SMT capabilities at DoES at the moment. We haven’t quite tipped over into anything needing it just yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time 🙂

      Cheers,

      Adrian.

  3. Do you have a jig saw machine and table buffer wheel for plastics?

    Wanting to make an acrylic insert for a box, will be there for maker night 🙂

  4. Do you have a jig saw machine and table buffer wheel for plastics?

    Wanting to make an acrylic insert for a box, will be there for maker night 🙂

    1. Hi Eric,
      That’s right, at the moment we don’t have a lathe. There has been discussion about getting one (and more woodworking kit) but we’d need to work out how to separate out different parts of the workshop to manage that first.

    1. Hi Eric,
      That’s right, at the moment we don’t have a lathe. There has been discussion about getting one (and more woodworking kit) but we’d need to work out how to separate out different parts of the workshop to manage that first.

  5. Hi was wondering if you may be able to help me please, I have a 13 year old son who is desperate to investigate the world of 3D printing and was wondering if you hold any workshops or you can possibly point me in the direction ? Many thanks Paula x

    1. Hi Paula,

      We don’t have any workshops as such, but under-16s are welcome to attend the regular Thursday Maker Nights and Maker Days (second Saturday each month) if accompanied by an adult. There’d be plenty of people at those who can show him the 3D printers and help him get up and running with designing and printing things himself. (If you can bring a laptop along that’ll work best for him designing things, but it’s not essential)

      Cheers,

      Adrian.

  6. Hi was wondering if you may be able to help me please, I have a 13 year old son who is desperate to investigate the world of 3D printing and was wondering if you hold any workshops or you can possibly point me in the direction ? Many thanks Paula x

    1. Hi Paula,

      We don’t have any workshops as such, but under-16s are welcome to attend the regular Thursday Maker Nights and Maker Days (second Saturday each month) if accompanied by an adult. There’d be plenty of people at those who can show him the 3D printers and help him get up and running with designing and printing things himself. (If you can bring a laptop along that’ll work best for him designing things, but it’s not essential)

      Cheers,

      Adrian.

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