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- Billing Issues (my badge doesn't work, etc.): [email protected]
- Administrative questions ("someone bit me!"): [email protected]
- Main Discussion Site/List: https://talk.dallasmakerspace.org
- Dallas Makerspace Facility Map (1825 Monetary Ln. #104)
What is a "dallasmakerspace.org" account and when would I use it?
"The dallasmakerspace.org" account is your gateway to the paradise of electronic interaction with Dallas Makerspace and all the wonders thereof.
Check this page for information on "the dallasmakerspace.org" account, its creation, and troubleshooting.
The "dallasmakerspace.org" account may be used for any of the following:
Dallas Makerspace Ethos
- Dallas Makerspace is an organizational structure in which individuals choose roles and tasks for themselves and execute them. Responsibilities attach to people who do the work, rather than elected or selected officials.
- Be excellent to one another
- Foster an environment that will help others grow and learn about the fantastic projects originating from the makerspace community in Dallas and beyond.
- Maintain a safe working environment for yourself and other members. If you are unsure of a particular tool, machine, or device contact a Committee or Board member.
- Electronics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Blacksmith, Photography, Arts and Crafts, Radio Control, Computers, Gaming, Robotics just to name a few. Dallas Makerspace has a wide area of DIY interests to explore. Be sure to check the Events Calendar.
- Who can teach classes? Anyone! Check out the Teach page on our main website. See the wiki for more on the process: Class Making Process
- We have a system in place which allows for teachers to teach classes for profit: Class Rules
- We have access to video courses at Lynda.com. Sign up here...Discussion...
- Member Projects
- Members are constantly working on new ideas and may need your help.
- Tool Certifications
- Tools that require training will have a stop sign above them. The Plasma Cutter, Laser Cutter, Table Saw, HAAS Mill, and CNC Router require training.
- Keep in mind, the tool certification classes are taught by volunteers. If one is not already on the calendar, send an e-mail to the mailing list. This helps to promote the class and is an effective way to round up the people qualified to teach.
- Improve your skill sets by certifying on power tools and equipment. Certification classes occur on a fairly regular basis. If you don't know how to use a tool or machinery contact a member of the specific Committee.
- Becoming an expert on a tool and training other members is one of the best ways you can help the makerspace.
- Thursday weekly public meeting
- Learn and share your projects with Dallas Makerspace. The weekly public meeting is a great way to get to know the Dallas Makerspace community.
- Discuss with other members about specific areas of interest within Dallas Makerspace. The Forums are great for project ideas, notes, and discussion.
- Help to make the Dallas Makerspace a better environment for its members. Organization, cleaning, installing, repairing are needed from time to time. Committees will frequently need assistance on their projects.
- Join a Committee of interest or need. Be part of the decision making process to improve a specific area within the Dallas Makerspace. Committees include Warehouse, Electronics, Photography, Security, Public Relations, Classroom to name a few.
- An explanation of committees can be found at the top of this page: https://dallasmakerspace.org/wiki/Category:Committees
- Be part of the Board of Directors to contribute to the decision making process as a whole and help lead the Dallas Makerspace community.
Voting is typically used in two scenarios:
- Voting on agenda items presented at Regular Member Meetings (2nd Thursday of each month)
- Votes handled by our voting system at https://dallasmakerspace.org/voting. This system is used for items that fall outside of the scope of a single member meeting.
Explanation of voting rights:
- DMS has two types of memberships, "Supporting Members" and "Regular Members"
- You become a "Supporting Member" when you first join DMS
- After 90 contiguous days of membership you are eligible to become a "Regular Member"
- You must notify the Secretary or the President to become a "Regular Member". Email [email protected] and [email protected] with your request.
- Only a "Regular Member" may vote
- If you want to become a "Regular Member", you add to the # of voting members required for a Regular Member Meeting to reach quorum (1/3 of voting members). This means it is especially important for regular members to attend the monthly meetings. If you find yourself unable to attend the Regular Member Meetings, please switch back to being a "Supporting Member" (even if only temporarily) or assign your vote by proxy to a member you know will be attending. Again, email [email protected] or [email protected] with your request to switch back, or with your assigned proxy.
- The Dallas Makerspace is not a storage facility, projects and materials that do not follow these rules, will be considered donations.
- Projects (and materials for them) can only be stored in designated Project Storage Areas.
- Projects (and materials for them) stored in the Project Storage Areas, must follow the rules and policies created by the Logistics Committee. Details are in the Project Storage section of the wiki.
- Projects can be stored in committee controlled rooms, as long as they follow the committee's guidelines.
- A project may be stored elsewhere with the approval of a member of the Board or by a vote of the membership.
- Projects stored in committee rooms or other places outside of the designated Project Storage Areas must follow these additional rules:
- Projects must be labeled, and include the names of the members working on the project.
- Projects should be presented as active at the Weekly Meetings.
- Projects are urged to create a page on the wiki and place it in the Projects category.
- Individual storage areas will be available for members:
- Each storage area is approximately 16"L x 12"W x 9"H.
- The appropriate storage box is supplied as part of the one-time fee paid for use of this storage. If you wish to purchase a different color box, we recommend using this IKEA Trofast Box, Article Number: 102.525.73
- The individual storage area is located in the Snack Room/Galley.
- Details are in the Personal Storage section of the wiki.
- Firearms, gunpowder, primers, and assembled ammunition can not be stored at the Makerspace.
We only have so much usable space, so please don't just bring stuff up and leave it sitting on a table/the floor. Please contact the committee you think could use your item BEFORE bringing it to the space.
We also have a "freebie shelf", where you can drop off things that other people might be able to use. If the shelf is full, please don't pile things in front of it or leave them elsewhere in the space. Do NOT leave CRT monitors, paint, or anything that can't be thrown away legally on the free shelf. The dumpster is only 10 feet away, please place items accordingly.
For more information, please see the Donation Section of our Rules.
New Member Signup
- You can sign up new members yourself by having them sign a liability waiver and following this procedure to have their badge activated: Badge Activation Procedure