IXR is a new makerspace at the Jersey Shore, located at the InfoAge Science and History Learning Center in Wall, NJ (at the former Camp Evans). We are an open collective of geeks, artists, and techie-creative-types who come together to share tools, resources, knowledge, and ideas.
IXR’s mission is to help lower the barriers to invention, creativity, and innovation - by providing access to resources, equipment, and community - that an individual maker may not have otherwise.
We embrace the sharing of ideas and innovation, and that includes open source hardware and software. We also plan to host workshops, open to the public, on a myriad of topics - from basic electronics, to artisan soap making.
Our relationship with InfoAge allows us to have a space at very low cost, and gives us access to use meeting rooms and halls for holding workshops or special events. In return, we have the opportunity to help InfoAge grow as a learning center and museum by contributing to it’s exhibits. Another benefit to being an InfoAge member organization is the synergy we have with other organizations at InfoAge, such as MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists), Ocean-Monmouth Amateur Radio Club, NJ Antique Radio Club, and more.
Although we are relatively new, we are already establishing a robust cache of resources. Some of the things we already have access to include:
Electronics and Computing Lab: We have a 720 sq. ft. technology lab that is furnished with workbenches, tables, stools and chairs. There a 2 fully equipped soldering stations, 2 computer workstation, internet and Wi-Fi access, 50mHz oscilloscope, a drill press and various power tools. We also have an expansive cache of electronic components. We plan to add a circuit board etching station, surface mount station, and additional computers and test equipment.
Woodworking/Metalworking/Machine Shop: We have shared access to InfoAge’s 1500 sq. ft. machine shop. Along with various power tools, we also have a MIG Welder, metal lathe, and Bridgeport numerically-controlled milling machine.
Some of the other things we have planned include:
Fabrication Lab: Area with a 3D-Printer (RepRap or MakerBot), CNC machining tools, laser cutter, mold-casting.
Physical Security Lab: For those interested in locksmithing, this will be a section with the tools to learn about that.
MIDI/Electronic Music Lab: Synthesizers and computer music studio.
Craft Shop: Industrial sewing machines, silk-screening, and other things artsy.
And we will also have special interest subgroups, for example:
Arduino and Microcontrollers Group: For developing systems on Arduino/AVR and other popular microcontrollers.
Android Group: Those interested in developing applications and accessories for Android-powered devices.
Flying Machines: All about making things that fly - rockets, UAE (unmannedair vehicles, aka “Drones”), near-space balloon missions.
Programming: Exploring specific topics in developing software and code.
If you live in central NJ and think you would like to be a part of this exciting, new movement, visit our website at: