From Red Mountain Makers Wiki
- 1 RMM Online
- 2 Current Listservs
- 3 Old Listservs
- 4 maker resources
- 4.1 3d printing
- 4.2 circuits
- 4.3 materials and tools
- 4.4 Electronic Components
- 4.5 kits
- 4.6 robotics
- 4.7 large equipment
- 4.8 CNC equipment
- 4.9 sewing
- 4.10 safety
- 4.11 Databases
- 4.12 Video Tutorials
- 4.13 Hardware
- 4.14 Code
- 4.15 Software
- 4.16 Mobile
- 5 Makerspace Operations
- 5.1 Makerspace Business Models
- 5.2 How to start a makerspace
- 5.3 Sample Business Plans
- 5.4 The importance of tracking volunteer time
- 5.5 How to find additional volunteer help
- 5.6 Types of Commercial Leases
- 5.7 Alabama Standards of Excellence
- 5.8 How to Start a Nonprofit
- 5.9 Hardcore stuff
- 5.10 Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required
- 5.11 City of Birmingham business license
- 5.12 City Zoning
- 5.13 Organizational Tools
- 5.14 Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)
- 5.15 Insurance
- 5.16 Grants
- 5.17 IRS
- 5.18 Goods for Nonprofits
- 5.19 Local Venture Assistance
- 5.20 Makerspace Media Coverage
- 6 Growing the community
- 6.1 Specific Interest Code Groups
- 6.1.1 Kids's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups
- 6.1.2 Women's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups
- 6.1.3 Hacker Resources and Groups
- 6.1 Specific Interest Code Groups
- 7 Community facilities
- Maker discussion list. Use for general discussion, requests for the membership, questions and group annoucements.
- Members discussion list. Use for stuff related to the running of the space.
- Board discussion list. Use for governance issues and stuff related to the running of the space that requires some privacy.
- Ham radio interest group list
- Teacher's discussion list focusing on Maker activities in education
The google-group that served as our initial mailing list bhamhackerspace[at}googlegroupsdotcom.
- Nation of Makers resources page. This resource is new, as of 2019, will be updated on a regular basis. It should be used as a primary source for finding lesson plans, teaching methods, shop safety, and makerspace best practices.
- Electronics Lab simulation runs your circuit
- Eagle CAD
- SparkFun all sparkfun designed boards are open source with schematics provided
- DIPTrace easy to use free version for non-profit use
materials and tools
- Harbor Freight Tools (in Birmingham)
- McMaster Tools - great for everything including raw materials, parts, tools, and equipment
- ShopBot Tools
- American Science & Surplus
- Woodcraft has local store goto for woodworking
- Fry Electronics - nearest location is in Atlanta
- Forbes Distributing - Birmingham company specializing in IT networking supplies and tools for professionals
- Ham Radio oriented list maintained by the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club
- All About Circuits an extremely active electrical engineering online community that provides both interesting content and useful resources for Electrical Engineers.
- Octopart search many sources for availability, pricing, datasheets by part number
- Mouser Recommended by Rick Curl. Is excellent for straight up electronics. The search function there is absolutely fantastic. Always check spec sheets because occasionally the "product page" info is wrong.
- Digikey is similar. (recommended by Rick Curl - "They carry several million different products. They always have most everything in stock, and ship within minutes of placing the order. You can order as late as 8pm and have the item delivered the next morning. Their website is second to none. I use it for selecting devices to use in my designs.")
- Electronics Goldmine has a lot of mixed packs of things.
- All-Electronics Similar to the Goldmine better organization. Lots of closeout electronic stuff
- Jameco more pricey than Mouser or Digikey but can find some things considered obsolete by the others. Also has good kits and tutorials.
- Online Components Electronic Components Distributor like Digi-key and Mouser.
- Memotronics More like Electronics Goldmine.
Suppliers recommended by Rick Curl
- Circuit Specialists Good selection of tools & test equipment. Great prices. Most equipment is a knock-off of American products.
- http://www.mpja.com/ Marlin P. Jones & Associates]. Low prices on power supplies, prototyping stuff, Arduino & Raspberry pi clones.
- Precision Products. Amazingly low prices on Chinese hand tools & magnifiers. They are in Rainbow city- not too far from the space.
- Servocity. Lots of motors, gears, brackets- general robotic stuff.
- Pololu. Lots of motors, gears, brackets- general robotic stuff.
- http://www.jameco.com/ Jameco]. Like Digi-key, but smaller and aimed more at the hobbyist.
- Sparkfun Kind of hard to define this one. Best to have a look.
- Sciplus. If you don’t need it, they’ve got it. Descriptions are a hoot!
- Halted. Surplus stuff.
- SDP-SI. Precision mechanical components.
- Oshpark does small batch manufacturing of circuitboards.
- I Take Pictures of Electronic Parts. Anything in the suppliers list here.
- Adafruit and Sparkfruit are great for people who are starting out or who are intermediate. They have great information, helpful suggestions and great support forums. They have a lot of eletronic stuff, as well as soft circuitry and some other hobbyist things (like arduino boards) that your average elctronics supply place would not have. But their selection as far as general electronics (resistors, leds, battery holders, batteries, switches, etc.) is somewhat limited to the types of things you would need for certain projects... and the small stuff is usually a little more "retail" priced through them.
- Snap Circuits - snap together electronics components suitable for teaching introductory electronics
- Open source robotics list.
- Machinio - new 'Craig's List' for industrial equipment sales and purchases.
- The Equipment Hub, Stone Mountain, GA
- CNCZone discussion forums focusing on CNC-controlled equipment.
- Moved off to the Fiber Lab/Resources page
- Flammables storage cabinets, local Birmingham suppliers
- http://openlibrary.org/ just posted a machine shop manual
- Basic science demos
- I Fixit teardown videos and written instructions for computer part replacements and repairs
- Linus Tech Tips - electronic product reviews, testing, explanations and tutorials
- Webopedia - a useful compendium of software, internet and hardware concepts, terms and explanations.
Instruction and tutorials
- TED's list of instructional resources
-  - get started, learn webframeworks and mobile development. Get deadly. Ties in with GitHub, LinkedIn, social media. Egg on your friends.
- Dash documentation framework for multiple programming languages, frameworks, code references. Integrates with other programming environments and tools. Velochicdunord recommends
- DevDocs] - on and off line language documentation tool.
- Processing -- Simplified programming language used to program the Arduino. Prefab java (lots of built in functions). More advanced students can 'pop the hood' and take a look at the libraries.
- Arduino -- prefab microcontroller
- Sublime text and package editor that you'll fall in love with. The smooth integrated development environment (IDE)
- Over The Wire - games and challenges for learning about code and online security
Makerspace Business Models
- Making Makerpsaces: Creating a Business Model
- The difference between hackerspaces, makerspaces, techshops and fablabs
Finetuning the business model
How to start a makerspace
- How to start a hackerspace - series of instructional links at AdaFruit.
Sample Business Plans
- General start-up checklist Order of operations for getting an organization started.
- MakerSpace handbook
- How to start a hackerspace checklist
The importance of tracking volunteer time
How to find additional volunteer help
Types of Commercial Leases
Alabama Standards of Excellence
How to Start a Nonprofit
- Checklist of steps required to complete a non-profit set-up
- Small Business Administration look-up page for business licenses required by ZIP code
- Our results as a general business (not a no-profit - there was no non-profit option
Alabama and Birmingham Licenses Required
- Do we need to apply for state business license? Reference - The Everything NonProfit Toolkit, page 109.
- From Small Business Administration page - Alabama Zip Code 35212
- Step 1: Tax Registration
- Notes moved to Business License page.
- The Art of Community - how to organize your community and keep things working well
- Open source organizer's database tools
- List of sources for grants and application tools
- Tips for non-profits accepting donations
- Non-profit performance tools
- Travel radius mapping tool
- 25-minute driving radius map
- Alabama Association of Non-Profits - resources.
- National Council of Non-Profits
- 501 Commons - tools and best practices for nonprofits
- BoardSource - information on best practices - membership required.
- Open source Seltzer CRM for membership management
- Information and tips regarding insurance, making a space safe for minors, best board practices and more
Bigger Better Meeting Space (when needed)
- Article in Makezine focusing on Insurance for Makerspaces. Read this - it covers the meat of what we need.
- Non-profit organization and volunteer liability, including for the State of Alabama
- See Insurance page for required documentation for getting insurance
Moved to Non-profit application page.
Goods for Nonprofits
Local Venture Assistance
Makerspace Media Coverage
- Makerspaces as venture launches - Miami area
- Maker faires - note major corporate sponsorship, Disney, Ford
Growing the community
Specific Interest Code Groups
Kids's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups
- Black Girls Code
- Change the Equation
- CoderDojo - Chris's friend works with the Seattle group
- Computer Clubhouse
- Curiosity Hacked. National nonprofit STEAM program, merely needs leadership to bring to Birmingham. Runs in the form of local guilds.
- FOSS Outreachy
- Girls Develop It
- Girls Teaching Girls to Code
- Girls Who Code
- Google Made With Code
Girl's instructional materials and activities
- List at Tech Girls - more focus on wearable tech, games, web development.
Women's Programming, Coding and Engineering interest and development groups
- A list of women in technology interest groups
- the Ada Initiative
- Amazon Women in Engineering (AWE)
- the Anita Borg Institute
- Change the Equation
- Dames Making Games
- Digital Sisters
- FOSS Outreachy
- Girl Geek Dinners
- the Google Anita Borg scholarships
- Google Made With Code
- the Grace Hopper Celebration
- the Hackbright Academy
- HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship
- Ladies Learning Code
- Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholarship
- Palantir Scholarships for Women in Engineering
- PyLadies; Red Hat Women in Open Source Award
- FEM Inc.
- She’s Geeky
- the Society of Women Engineers
- Tech Lady Mafia
- Tools For Change in STEM
- Women 2.0
- Women in Games
- Women in Technology
- Women Who Code
- Women Who Tech
Hacker Resources and Groups
Publications and websites
- FLOSS manuals - open source manuals that you didn't know you needed to get up to speed on open source software.
- The Hacker's Choice
- Free Code Camp - there is a lot of introductory material. If you have the time, this is a structured step-by-step learning path that will get you up to speed over the course of six months to a two years.