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

    Whether you've been dabbling with a soldering iron for years, trying you hand with an Arduino project, or just been curious about working with electronics, one thing is for certain; you're soldering work could use some help.

    There's no shame in it, and in this class we'll go over the essentials of soldering wires, components, circuit boards, and the like well. There's no magic, just some good methods anyone can learn in short order to make your work much tidier and more reliable.

    Come learn to not suck at soldering!

    Free to Freesiders!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Friday, April 19 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 25.00 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 30310 - USA

    Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 PM


    Price: 120.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside's Synth Meetup aims to be a group that listens to recorded and live synth music, talks about technology and techniques, and makes components by hand.

    In the last year, we have
    - enjoyed a great, impromptu performance,
    - designed a voltage-controlled oscillator board as part of a project to build out hand-made euroracks,
    - gotten some of these actually working, and
    - used a brain interface as input to generate music (well, noise).

    If you would like to work on building out a modular synth of your own, please join us.

    If you have an idea for another hands-on project, please let us know and join us.

    If you, or someone you know, would like to perform, demonstrate a cool piece of gear, or discuss some new synth thing, please let us know and join us.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 PM