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

    Freeside Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check us out, chat with our members, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, take a tour, and check out some of the cool stuff around the space.

    You can also check out our photo tour at:

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Make some chips! This is a class on operation of a Bridgeport vertical milling machine focusing on basic use and safety. The vertical milling machine is a very common machine tool used to precisely remove material from stock shapes, producing durable metal parts.
    This class is required to operate our vertical mill, as it is both dangerous and expensive.

    Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and bring safety glasses.
    Tooling and materials will be supplied by the venue- though you're welcome to bring your own if you have a specific operation/job in mind.
    We will have several sample plans for suggested small project parts if you don't have a project in mind- a coathook, bottle opener, cabinet handle etc.

    Topics covered:
    -safety hazards and avoidance
    -basics of operating vertical mill
    -function of table movements
    -theory of cutting rates
    -theory of cutting type
    -quill/drilling practice
    -simple layout and fabrication with endmill
    -proper cleanup and reset of machine state

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 PM


    Price: 120.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    MIG Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that introduces the MIG welding process for hobbyists and home users. MIG (Metal- Inert Gas) is an arc welding process that uses wire fed from a spool to carry the arc and deposit filler metal, while shielded by an inert gas mixture of Argon and CO2. The class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety, material prep, and tool use for welding on mild carbon steel.

    In this class, you will learn how to prepare and set up a workpiece, set up and safely run the welder, and successfully join pieces of metal together. You will practice running several beads, and then weld small plates together to practice and demonstrate basic joints used in welding. Anything you weld on is yours to take home at the end of the class.
    Meetup Details:
    + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
    + $120 (pay on the Meetup page)
    + Dominic Ryder is the instructor

    What to Wear (required):
    + Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great)
    + Long work pants
    + Leather or closed toed work shoes
    + Hair pulled back
    + No jewelry

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Saturday, April 17 at 12:00 PM


    Price: 120.00 USD