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

    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, December 7 at 12:00 PM

    1

    Price: 120.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/266873627/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is plentiful with great tools that can help you build (almost) anything. With these great tools comes great responsibility, so this class is meant to teach individuals who are new to being in the shop how to properly operate the equipment and use the tools that are in the shop.

    This is a monthly class, hosted right after Welding class, so those who are interested in learning how to use all the shop tools would benefit from this day-long series of classes that teach you how to properly operate the shop tools.

    This class is FREE to Freeside members, and non-members can pay $10 to take this class. Questions? Send an email to ac@freesideatlanta.org

    Required Clothes:
    + Closed toed boots/shoes
    + Long pants
    + Long sleeves or tee shirt
    + Proper eyewear (provided by Freeside)

    Tools that will be introduced:
    + Drill press
    + Table saw
    + Bandsaw
    + Miter saw
    + Drop saw
    + Angle grinder

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, December 7 at 2:30 PM

    2

    Price: 10.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/265148155/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Advanced Shop classes are part of a new education series at Freeside where makers can learn the basic operations of our more advanced and precision forming tool sets inside Freeside's shop.

    Intro to Metal Lathe is an overview of how to operate the metal lathe at Freeside. In this class, you will learn common lathe operations and safety, cutter types, how to take cuts on a small piece, and how to set yourself up for compound cuts.

    Required Clothes:
    + Closed toed boots/shoes
    + Long pants
    + Long sleeves or tee shirt
    + Proper eye wear (provided by Freeside)

    Questions? Send an email to AC@freesideatlanta.org (ac@freesideatlanta.org)

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, December 7 at 5:30 PM

    1

    Price: 120.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/266880847/