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, November 18 at 11:00 AM

    4

    Price: 120.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/244064209/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will:

    - introduce you to Arduino,

    - walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino,

    - explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software,

    - discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and

    - provide information about next steps and sources of support.

    Are you interested in making electronic gizmos and gadgets? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment.

    - You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino!

    - You will make LED's blink as you wish!

    - You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control!

    - You will use a switch as a sensor!

    - You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    The class fee is $45. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components.

    If you want, you can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures!

    IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED :: A laptop computer with WiFi is required for this meetup, since the IDE must be downloaded and installed. We will do this during the meetup. Or, if you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snickers. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.

    Previous Students Have Said This About Instructor Jud Taylor:

    "Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner

    "This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC

    "Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!" -- Matthew Read

    "Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials." -- Streetcat

    "Knowledgeable and patient instructor. Well-paced class." -- Erin

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 PM

    2

    Price: 45.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/245174762/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Get hands on experience with the most versatile tool in the wood shop!

    This class will demonstrate the operation of a table saw starting with safety procedures and setup, on to more complicated topics. We will cover basic cross and rip cuts, common jigs and accessories, blade choice, angle and taper cuts, and more. No experience required.

    This class is $20 for non-members and FREE for Freeside members (if you are a Freeside member, please contact AC@freesideatlanta.org (ac@freesideatlanta.org) so you can be added to the class).

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 PM

    2

    Price: 30.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/245006367/