Hackspace in the capital of China, what is it?

    The weekend begins - time to take a break from work and work for your own pleasure - that is, to do what you love. For some people, it is possible to create robots, flash microcontrollers, encode copters, and much more - all this can be done in hackspace - open clubs for technical and IT creativity, created by enthusiasts, in hundreds of cities around the world.

    Continuing our series of publications about hackspace - today we will take a tour of hackspace in one of the largest megacities in the world in Beijing.

    At the end of the post shall sound the winners of the competition for projects VoCore.

    Hackspace in Beijing ( site ) was founded 3 years ago. In the second year of existence, the state joined.

    There are about 300 participants in the hackspace now, the minimum membership cost is 100 yuan.

    The type of membership depends on the time at which you intend to attend hackspace. It is in detail written in the booklet . But no one checks this - everything remains on the conscience of the participants, the situation is completely informal.

    Types of membership in hackspace:
    • 100 yuan
    • 300 yuan
    • 1000 yuan

    1 yuan ≈ 6.7 rubles.

    Income from participants does not cover the costs of maintaining the hackspace, additional income comes from events. Companies like Lenovo hold events and pay money to the hackspace.

    Two workshops a week are usually devoted to how to do something with your own hands. 70% discount for members. Plus, training is provided on working with equipment.

    Unlike hackspace in Shenzhen (which we talked about), where the focus is the embodiment of ideas in a product. In Beijing, hackspace is more of a place for communication, development and learning. In any case, such an idea of ​​the administration. In fact, this is a combination of both, there are those who come to talk, most of them, but there are members who work full time on commercial projects, which then appear on kickstarter.

    Getting started

    Here's the entrance to the hackspace:

    in the distance is a conference room where something is taking place.

    A look from the conference room (corridor): We

    look closely at the bottom left - we see a 3D printer in the bushes.

    And by the way, there is a room with a 3D printer on the side:

    Here we are in the conference room:

    Now there is a meeting of volunteers to hold MakerFaire (in October in Beijing)

    By the way, if you look closely, you can see information about free wi-fi:

    Here are the speakers ( on the left side):

    There is a storage system behind them.

    Here's what it looks like:

    Here, hackspace participants can store their projects / works.

    And here’s what’s to the right of the conference room - convenient work rooms:

    Next to the conference room, there is another spacious room for work and discussion:

    Now we’ll move from the conference room to the area where you can not only talk, but also work with your hands:

    We see a creative mess - but this means that someone’s idea is being born here.

    There is a 3D printer on the table, and another printer is going to be next to it.

    Also along the walls are convenient and spacious areas for storing components and projects.

    Let's take a closer look at what is in the cells, what the participants are doing.

    Here are some microcontrollers:

    Arduinka and breadboard (and also a USB-TTL adapter that is also in short supply):

    A whole bunch of microcontrollers:

    Here is a small 3D printer, and the results of its work:

    Someone has Steve Jobs with laser engraving:

    Here's a closer stand:

    We see that a delta printer is going on the table!

    Here is a close-up delta 3D printer:

    With this design, you can make fairly high 3D figures.

    Here is the opposite table closer:

    Oscilloscope - without which it is impossible to configure complex electronics.

    There are still areas nearby for work:

    Did you think there was a mess on your desk?

    Another workplace:


    There are all the possible tools for carpentry.

    Drilling machine:



    Milling and drilling machine:

    CNC milling and laser machines

    Two laser machines (laser cutting / engraving):

    CNC machines with a giant blade:


    Here is a plan the table is provided to the hackspace participants for work:

    Enough light:

    Here is a retro TV with an antenna:

    Storage and Food Area

    There are

    left- luggage offices for participants: A small bar where you can have a meal, without going far from the hackspace:

    As a summary

    Hackspace in Beijing - presents a complete set of equipment, convenient areas for communication, and for work, a lot of space, a lot of light - come and create any DIY project with your friends.

    If you also wanted to visit the hackspace, try searching in your city. If you don’t have a hackspace yet - find people like you, and think about how to organize it. Hackspace is an amazing phenomenon - this is a place where people, regardless of age, want to work, want to create, want to learn new things, share their experience and knowledge with others - and they like it.

    Thanks to targence for the photos provided.

    VoCore Vote Winners

    Hidden text
    We will remind, we voted among 15 projects , and readers of a habr voted. To the authors of the projects with the most votes, we send the VoCore microcomputer.

    By the way, we decided to distribute all 4 pieces. We have VoCore, so we publish the first 4 participants who won the most votes (first digit):
    29211. OBR in miniatureDmitriy
    28912. MeshVoCoreIvan
    28613. Smart home platformYaroslav
    2631. Firmware for CyberWrtAlex

    Thanks again to everyone who participated - the authors of the projects, and who voted for one of the projects.

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