What we're about

As Pittsburgh’s first Makerspace, also known as a HackerSpace. HackPGH birthed the maker movement as we know it in Pittsburgh and has been involved in Pittsburgh and beyond for nearly a decade.

We have been a self sustained Non-Profit since the beginning. Our focus is on collaboration, education, inclusion and community.

We are all equal here at HackPGH and we want to see everyone come together to make something better.

Membership Model:
- $50/mo Membership
- 24/7 Access
- Teach a class, get a free month membership.
- Volunteer one shop clean a quarter.
- +18 but our classes are open to most ages.
- A place for prototyping and small batch manufacturing (etsy, etc)

Main Tools / Shop Areas:
1. 2x3ft 150w Laser Cutter.
2. Mig Welders / Metal Shop
3. Table Saw / Wood Shop
4. Sewing/Embroidery Machines
5. Electronics Workbench
6. CNC Machines

HackPGH is all about community. We want to see more people come in, collaborate, and learn from each other as well as have access to awesome tools! We have GEDs teaching PHDs and vise versa here. We are the makers making waves in the community.


Upcoming events (4+)

Keep Calm and Carry Yarn


Do you knit, crochet, spin, do needlepoint, or any similar craft? Come join us for our monthly Stitch & Bitch! Second Wednesday of each month from 6-9 PM.

This is free to members, with a suggested donation of $2 for non-members. However, no one will be turned away for being unable to pay. 18+ only.

Our official address is 1936 Fifth Avenue but our entrance is on Jumonville St. Put [masked], [masked]) into your GPS for best results.

Intro to Woodworking - Hardwood Breadboard



This woodworking class will aim to educate students on basic concepts and safe use of wood shop equipment, while crafting a beautiful and custom wooden bread board out of locally sourced hardwoods. Students will leave with an understanding and safety training on the following equipment and skills:

  • Table Saw
  • Planer
  • Jointer
  • Drill press
  • Band saw
  • Palm Sander
  • Palm Routing with templates
  • Applying finish

Structure: This class will have one group session, where the entire cohort will work through one breadboard collectively. The class will then have one month of 24/7 access to HackPGH to compete their own breadboard project. The instructor will offer two "Office Hour" sessions to aid students with their projects and provide further guidance, however students are encouraged to utilize HackPGH at their own convenience.

Students are encouraged to also bring additional personal projects to work on at Hack during this membership period, and highly encouraged to continue their membership after class completion.

Date and time:
Initial class: 9a-12p 2/11/23 (required)
Instructor Office Hours: 6-9pm 2/15/23 and 2/22/23 (optional)

Requirements: No woodworking experience needed. All supplies and safety equipment will be provided. Attendance only required at Saturday session.

Before independent use of the space, Students must complete our standard HackPGH introduction to cover safety and logistic messages pertaining to the space. This will be scheduled directly after the Saturday class session.

Note: Instructor will be available via Slack Messenger and office hours. Please reach out if you need assistance beyond the available listed hours.

Instructor: Spencer Zacher

Cost: $150 (includes materials and 1 month HackPGH Membership)
Class Size: 5 people
Age Requirements: Must be 18+

Advance registration required
Registration: https://members.hackpgh.org/event-5109445

COVID precautions: No one will be permitted inside with symptoms of a cough/fever/cold/chills. Anyone who is unvaccinated is required to wear a mask at all time. No exceptions.

Laser Cutter 101: Valentine Companion Cube


It’s Valentine’s Day. You’re done with dinner. The cake was great – it was so delicious and moist! Now it’s time to exchange gifts. You hand them the Companion Cube that you made yourself. They gasp and cry out, “This was a triumph!” You smile and think to yourself, “Making a note here: huge success!”

In this class students will learn to use a CO2 laser cutter. Skills taught are how to load pre-formatted images into Lightburn, how to format the image for cutting versus etching, and physical operation of the laser cutter. At the end, each student will have pieces to assemble their own Companion Cube. There will be wood glue and optional paint available for students to stay after class to assemble their cubes together, or you may take your materials home to assemble it with your own wood glue and paint. One Companion Cube is included in to cost of the class. Once each student has had a turn using the laser cutter, if anyone has a desire to make an additional Companion Cube they may do so for $15.

Who: Anyone over 18. No experience necessary.
What: Laser Cutting 101
When: Saturday, February 11, from 12 to 5
Where: HackPGH – 1936 Fifth Avenue, 15219 – Entrance is on the Jumonville St. side of the building
Why: Because we love you. M O U S E
Cost: $60 for non-members, $50 for members
Registration link (required): https://members.hackpgh.org/event-5138718

A reminder: The Weighted Companion Cube cannot speak, and will never tell you to kill. In the event the Weighted Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice.

Board Games


Bring your favorite board and card games to Hack for a night of fun and games! We'll start at around 6:30 and go until people decide to leave. BYOB and bring your own food if you want, or we can all chip in for a pizza.

This is free to members, with a suggested donation of $2 for non-members. However, no one will be turned away for being unable to pay.

Our official address is 1936 Fifth Avenue but our entrance is on Jumonville St. Put [masked], [masked]) into your GPS for best results.

Past events (314)

Board Games