One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Learn the basics of the "manufacturing revolution" that is 3D printing!

    Whether you are brand new to the world of 3D printing and looking to get started, or if you have a printer of your own and are looking to improve your skill set and print quality, this class is for you.

    This class will last approximately two hours, and we will cover the following:

    - a brief overview of the different types of consumer and professional 3D printing processes
    - a breakdown of the hardware that makes up each type of 3D printer
    - a hands-on demonstration of the prep, printing, and finishing process using Freeside's 3D printers
    - some helpful tips and tricks for improving the quality of your prints

    By the end of the class, even an absolute beginner will be comfortable with the basics of 3D printing.

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Saturday, May 8 at 1:00 PM


    Price: 60.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Make complex contoured shapes in volume using sheet plastic! RC car bodies, custom electronics enclosures, hydroponics pottery, costume armor, robot chassis!

    A class on operation of vacuum formers including our homebuilt 2'x4' vacformer and a small detail former. Several sheets of plastic will be supplied for each participant.
    This class is required to operate our vacuum former, as it is both dangerous and expensive.

    some topics covered:
    -how vacuum forming works
    -how to be safe while vacforming
    -how our vacformers work
    -which plastics to use
    -methods for trimming molded sheet plastic
    -how to clean up after vacforming

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Saturday, May 8 at 4:00 PM


    Price: 90.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check us out, chat with our members, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, take a tour, and check out some of the cool stuff around the space.

    You can also check out our photo tour at:

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, ga 30354 - USA

    Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 PM