A while back we hosted our friends from Radiona on their trip to Dublin. We are delighted to say the Irish Makers Podcast recorded a special minisode in the space all about repair. You can find the podcast on your favourite service here or watch it below.
Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but WEEE, the country’s largest e-waste scheme, has warned that we need move to a more circular economy whereby we repair rather than recycle. But how easy is it to get a washing machine or toaster fixed? And is it worth your while? Henry McKean has been finding out.
Listen back to the interview on this podcast.
Some of our events and classes are members-only. Sadly this is due to insurance and class size capacity. Our recent Lathe skills workshop was one example. Below is Marcelo’s experience of taking the lathe skills workshop.
I found the training very interesting and complete.
We started the training by checking the safety matters. For example, we should always wear the glasses protector, or in case there is an emergency we can stop the machine safely, and also few other ways to deal with an emergency. Then, we talked about the variety of materials we can use for shaping and the kind of tools we have at TOG for using with the machine.
After everybody was trained, we individually tested our skills using the machine on David’s support. At the end of the course everybody had their doubts clarified, and as soon as David answered everyone, we concluded the training.
I had never had an experience with a lathe before, now I know the complexity of using it, and David explained very well with many details about many tools we can use with the machine and how we can manage that.
I hope I can use the lathe in my next projects 🙂
Consider joining and supporting the space by becoming a member to gain access to these restricted events.
Every few years we go on our travels and normally every two years we visit Electromagnetic Field. Due to the pandemic, it has been long overdue.
EMFCamp takes place from the 3rd of June until the 5th of June in Eastnor, UK. We come together with other people with a connection to Ireland to form the Irish Embassy.
We are delighted to announce our grand reopening. It’s been a long road these last two years. A lot has happened in that time. We’ve moved to a new space in Bluebell and we have been running many of our regular evening events online. During Covid, we’ve missed a couple of birthday parties, umpteen Open Socials and so many of our other regular open events. It’s time now to breakout and have one monster re-opening bash. Come along on Saturday 28th May. The fun kicks off at about 7PM. Spread the word….. tell all your friends and colleagues. Expect food, birthday cake of course, and whatever else we can rustle up. Bring beer, food, gadgets yourself!
If you’ve never been to the space, we’ll be delighted to give you a tour. It’s still a work in progress, but that’s part of the fun of running a hackerspace. We get to build exactly what we want. If you would like to get even more involved and have the full use of our space, we would be delighted to have you as a full member. Membership brings many benefits. TOG has no funding apart from our amazing members monthly subs, so you could really help to keep a roof over our head by getting involved and joining us.
We are located behind Mr Price and the Bright Lights store on Kylemore Road. There is lots of parking available.
It was great to welcome a group from Croatia on a site visit to the space last week. The project is called STEM for Sustainable Future (ESF). An exchange of ideas and practises in both directions. Always fun to talk about our space’s approach to informal education.
Plus it’s always fun to hang out with our friends Radiona / Zagreb Makerspace. We even got the crew from Irish Makers Podcast to turn up. Filming a special episode on making in Croatia with Deborah Hustic, Goran Mahovlić & Jeffrey Roe making great contributions with host Nathan Wheeler & Vicky Twomey-Lee on 🎥