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

    The Atlanta Cosplay Meetup is a monthly social event hosted at Freeside Atlanta, aiming to bring together local Atlanta area costume builders, makers, prop designers, and cosplayers. Whether you are an experienced builder or cosplayer, or you've been interested but never done it before, everyone is welcome to attend! Bring your favorite creation or your current WIP to show off, or just come to meet and network with other builders and costumers in the area.

    As always, feel free to bring any of your props or costumes you have built before to show off to other builders. Or maybe you have a current project that you are stumped on and aren't sure how to finish it off!

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

    In order to enter The Metropolitan complex where Freeside is located, you will need a gate code. You can get the code by filling out this form: http://goo.gl/we3eWP...

    A donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta is suggested for hosting our event!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 PM

    Attending: 12

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/221118099/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Get the most out of your 3D printer!

    This class is an advanced 3D printing usage and maintenance class. This class is oriented towards experienced 3D printer operators and those who own a 3D printer and are looking for a guided workshop to understand and dial in printer settings. We will be working on Freeside's RepRap printer "The Kraken" to demonstrate, but it is strongly recommended that you bring in your own 3D printer for this class!

    This class will be approximately 4-6 hours of demonstration, lecture, and hands on tuning of your own equipment. Due to the nature of the class and the extended one-on-one segment where we will go over your own printer’s hardware and software configuration, this class will be limited to a small size.

    It is also recommended that you bring in a laptop or computer that you use to interface and print with, along with any necessary cables and filament. Your printer will be used for printing during this class, so come prepared!

    In this class we will go over the following topics regarding construction, maintenance, tuning of firmware and software, and upkeep of your printer:

    • Disassembly, upkeep, and reassembly of the extruder cold and hot ends
    • Leveling and prepping print surface
    • Tuning your printer firmware (Marlin printers recommended!)
    • Tuning your printer settings and speeds
    • In-depth discussion and tuning of printer profile settings
    • Personal one-on-one printer calibration for your printer

    It is recommended, but not required, that you have taken our Introduction to 3D Printing class to familiarize yourself with concepts and use of open source printer driving and slicing software.

    Note: Closed source or “plug it in and press go” printers will likely not benefit from this class. Please check with me with your printer type before registering for the class if you are unsure if your printer will benefit from this class. Examples of these types of printers include but are not limited to the following printer families: MakerBot, 3D Systems, daVinci

    The class will have a short break at 3pm for lunch.

    Price: $50 non-member/ $40 dues paying Freeside member

    Materials: 1-3 meters of 3mm Black ABS filament will be provided

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, April 4 at 12:00 PM

    Attending: 2

    Fee: Class fee: USD 50.00 per person

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/221233703/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    **This one is taking place on Easter Sunday, so some folks will be there, but it will be pretty informal.

    Freeside Brainiacs looks at both the technology of brain-computer interfaces and the biology of how the brain works. We have a variety of biometrics tech including a Neurosky EEG, Emotiv EEG (if you can get it working), eye tracker, and Leap Motion.


    Right now there's the there are two big ongoing projects, though we love it when people want to share their own projects or start a new one! The first project is a homebrew EEG using the TI (ADS 1299? Is that right?) chip. We're also trying to use a Neurosky EEG to control other electronics like LED strips.


    On the biology side, we'll have a short presentation each month about whatever research has caught our eye lately. Anyone is free to request topics or talk about things they found, too.

    You can join our Google group here.

    Directions to the space for first-timers are here -
    https://wiki.freeside...

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, April 5 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 11

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/219822826/