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Maker Place Tour

  • May 13, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Maker Place will be offering special tour of their facility for Robotics Club. 

MakerPlace is a complete metal, wood, and electronics shop, classroom and work area. The do-it-yourself workshop, opened in March 2012, is designed to offer its tools and work space to members who wouldn’t otherwise have the means or workload to justify buying the tools. The facility, the first of its kind in San Diego, is fully equipped with over $750,000 worth of tools, including 3D printers, laser cutters/engravers, a CNC router, an industrial sewing machine and many more. The shop was established by Brian and Michael Salmon, brothers who own a San Diego custom-fabrication business, and Steve Herrick, a retired Silicon Valley engineer. MakerPlace is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, at 1022 W Morena Boulevard. To learn more, visit or call [masked].

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  • Hansol H.

    Hey guys,

    Sorry that there was a confusion about our tour with the MakerPlace. It looked like there was a miscommunication between the owners and their front desk people. I am glad that people still enjoyed the tour!

    Hi Hansol,

    I'm so sorry to hear that. Definitely not an impression we wanted your club to have, especially since you and I have had this planned for quite some time. I reached out to the owners and shared your email with them and they sincerely apologize. Apparently the front desk ladies were signing up 15 other members at the time and didn't have it on their calendars the club was coming since I have been in communication with the owners about the tour, not the front desk. Either way, it's unfortunate.

    We're glad to hear that they members still found it to be interesting and enjoyed themselves despite the mix up. Thanks and sorry again!

    Have a nice weekend,


    May 16, 2014

  • Jim H.

    The staff at The Maker Place was very helpful and accommodating despite some confusion regarding the tour reservation.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The MakerPlace staff was exceptionally helpful, providing a most interesting tour of their facility despite the fact that they didn't know that the Meetup group was coming or who we were.

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I'm new to the meetup group. I've attended the last couple meetups and have been thoroughly impressed by the depth, breadth and enthusiasm of the group. Is there a forum or google group where I can post some basic questions I may have about my first steps into robotery? I have three projects (2 rover-esque and 1 quadcopter) that I'd like to start but want to make sure I buy the right kits (I was going to go with the basic parallax + arduino kit on adafruit but after seeing ROS, I'm wondering if there's a better kit to start with?) I also live on a sailboat and don't really have the hackerspace I dream of, does anyone have some garage space that I could potentially use, I'd happily trade for some weekend sails :P These are the kind of questions I would like to ask (and believe I just did)...

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • James N.

      ROS is based on Linux, so unless you have a good Linux background, I would start with the much simpler Arduino system. In fact, the tiny little Adafruit Trinket is a great low cost start that takes up almost no space, and can do a lot with servos. Also, ROS is designed to work as a distributed system, e.g. with many different devices. Google for "ROS Arduino" and you will see that the Arduino can be used with ROS. So again, start with Arduino. Or with the Trinket. I have an intro you might find useful here:­

      May 12, 2014

  • Dylan V.

    Remember to wear closed toe shoes!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • James N.

    I've been and I really recommend it. If I wasn't so far north, I'd be a member. Just a fantastic place, and great people. They were also sponsors of the 2013 SD Mini Maker Faire and a major exhibitor with some lovely projects on display.

    May 2, 2014

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