Setting up your makerspace
Now we have all the tools and equipment we need, how should you set it all up?
Our Setup: Design Workspace
Design Tips - Sketch First!
I'm not very good at drawing, however I always take the time to sketch down concepts and ideas before moving to the computer.
The ideation stage is really important, never skip it! I use thick markers and cheap paper to note down ideas as well as a pencil and pad to sketch out concepts. Now is also a great time to use your ruler and pair of calipers to note down important dimensions.
My workbench is a low cost folding table from Kmart Australia. It's small, portable and durable.
To hold the tools in place I fitted a metal pegboard using two L brackets and some bolts. It holds the tools I use regularly at eye sight which is far superior to them being hidden away in a tool box! Use a table or bench you don't care about as it will get damaged, so why not try and pick one up for free during council throw outs or by looking for freebies on Gumroad or Craigslist? IMPORTANT: Always attend craigslist collections with a friend, or parent if you are a minor.
As noted previously I have gone with the TronXY X1 3D Printer for this space due to its low cost. This machine does not come with a spool holder, a critical component. I printed this spool holder out to use with the 3D Printer and it works great. It only JUST fits on the print bed of the TronXY X1, but can be done.
The 3D Printer is powered by a power strip mounted to the pegboard at the back. I chose a board with fault detection and surge protection in the event of power issues. This board also has a switch to ensure all tools are powered down when the space is finished with for the day.