One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Michael Jeffries of Near Chaos Robotics will be teaching the basics of Robot Combat. Learn how to find parts, how to build, control, power and compete in your first event. Learn about the different weight classes, weapons, styles and what works and doesn't. Avoid rookie mistakes and save money in the long run! 

    This class will focus on building 1lb (Ant Weight) and 3lbs (Beetles Weight) class robots. These classes offer a lower cost of entry to new builders and let you get your feet wet, as well as being a lot of fun to build and fight.

    You've got time to build a bot before the May 9th Freeside Atlanta Robot Street Fight event, and plenty of time to repair and improve it before Dragon*Con on Labor Day weekend!

    Michael is a Mechanical Engineer, a regular contributor to Servo Magazine, and past winner of the 1lb, 12lb, and 30lb Robot Battles competition at Dragon*Con. Event videos and robot builds can be found at

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PM

    Attending: 11

    Fee: Price: USD 20.00 per person


  • Freeside Atlanta

    We are building Colonial Marines and Xenos from the Aliens franchise! Our goal will be to complete this costume build for MomoCon 2015, an Atlanta cosplay convention held the weekend of May 28th.

    Are you an experienced prop or costume builder, or are you a novice wanting first had experience working on a large project? Come join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup for a group costume build!

    61 days remaining!

    This build session should last 3-4 hours but may go on later in the evening dependent on interest and tasks to finish.

    At this build session will begin at 6pm sharp, and we will work on the following tasks:

    • TBA

    The following items need to be purchased:

    • None this week! Thanks to everyone who has helped so far =)

    We need the following tools either loaned for the day, or donated to Freeside:

    • None this week! Thanks to everyone who has helped so far =)

    If you will be buying or loaning any of these items, please leave a comment so we can remove it from the list!

    If you are a photographer or videographer who wishes to help document our progress, feel free to attend as well!

    Snacks and drinks provided (but feel free to BYO!), with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta for hosting the event.

    Join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup here on Facebook: https://www.facebook....

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, March 28 at 6:00 PM

    Attending: 6


  • Freeside Atlanta

    This class is designed as a 3D printing 101 for anyone who has never used a 3D printer or seen a 3D printer operate first hand. If you are curious about the technology and want to learn how to use one, or if you are planning on purchasing your own 3D printer and want to see one before taking the plunge, then this class is for you!

    The class will be approximately 2 hours of lecture and hands on demonstration - we will not be spending time going over the history of 3D printing or how to build one from scratch. This class is designed to jump right into learning to actually use a 3D printer for those with no experience using them.

    This class will go through several topics regarding the basics of using a 3D printer, including:

    - An overview of the mechanics of how 3D printers actually work
    - Using the 3D printing software tool chain
    - Printing your very first 3D object!

    We will be using Freeside Atlanta's two 3D printers, the LulzBot AO-100 and "The Kraken", to demonstrate using different types of machines and outcomes when printing the same object.

    After the class, Freeside members will then be able to schedule up to an hour of one-on-one time with an instructor to supervise and assist them with their first 3D printing project, and receive sign-off to use the 3D printers.

    Not yet a member of Freeside? You can still take this class to learn the basics of 3D printer operation, all about how our 3D printers works, and you may have an opportunity to operate the 3D printer when participating in a public project in the future. You also won't have to wait for another session after becoming a member to be on the approved 3D printer users list.

    Price: $30 non-member/ $24 dues paying Freeside member

    Materials: Class demonstration materials included

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 5

    Fee: Price: USD 30.00 per person