Freeside Atlanta

A Nonprofit Hackerspace in Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta, Georgia
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Freeside Atlanta (est. 2009) is a nonprofit work space built entirely by volunteers. We are a community of makers, tinkerers, engineers, programmers, artists, teachers, and lunatics. As a community, we have built out our space with tools and equipment for electronics, 3D printing, woodworking, metalworking, art, design, classes, and events. Everything you see in our space was donated or built by members.

3043 Commerce Way, Atlanta, GA 30354

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  • 3 × Ender 3 3D Printer One for PETG, one for PLA, one for hotter filaments
  • 1 × 40w CO2 water cooled laser cutter/engraver pew pew
  • 1 × Anycubic Photon Mono Resin 3d printer
  • 1 × Grizzly table saw
  • 1 × Lulzbot Mini A battle hardened workhorse of a lil printer, eats 3mm filament

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  • When is a Hackerspace Like a Belt Grinder?

    Carpespasm08/31/2022 at 02:11 0 comments

    I Joined Freeside in 2017, but had known about it years earlier from a friend who'd paid the space a visit in its earlier days. One of my favorite things about the place is how much of a careful and wonderful hodgepodge it can be. When I give open house tours I often end the tour with the belt sander near the forging area. 

    Our belt grinder is a self-built machine and a terribly useful bit of tooling that's not something you can pick up from any old tool store. When I joined, it's drive motor was harvested from some smallish blower fan, connected through a set of pulleys, gas shocks, and linkages that would have brought a tear to the eye of Rube Goldberg himself. It was underpowered, crookedly welded, the rollers sported clapped-out skateboard bearings, and it was all screwed down to some random chipboard.

    Being as it was in poor shape, and I happened to work repairing gym equipment at the time I scrounged a used beefy treadmill motor, A couple other members cobbled together a rough DC supply to feed it, and we tied it together with a variac to control the speed of it all (LA FAWNSEH!).

    Over the years it's become something of a Ship of Theseus with hardly more than some of it's original frame intact, and even that's been reworked some. Occasionally it runs smoother, occasionally it breaks down and needs some love to keep going, or throws sparks all over the place and makes a hell of a noise and mess, but it wouldn't exist without so many people tinkering with it and throwing the ability they can bring into keeping it going.

    So when is a Hackerspace like a belt grinder? In our case I'm thankful to say "basically always".

  • Current location and status~!

    Carpespasm08/31/2022 at 01:21 0 comments

    Hi! Freeside moved in 2020 from near The Met complex near West End Marta station down a couple miles south. We're now in a space of nearly 9000 square feet, with drastically improved facilities for anything you'd ever wanna make and loads of awesome folks creating useful, cool, and weird stuff!

    3043 Commerce Way, Atlanta, GA 30354

    Check our events calendar on Meetup for what public events and classes are coming up!

  • Follow the Freeside Blog

    ssutton445504/11/2014 at 02:17 0 comments

    The best way to stay up-to-date with what is going on at Freeside is to check out our blog -

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Marsh wrote 09/15/2014 at 10:35 point
These Freeside guys and gals are pretty great folks. If you need more proof of their awesomeness, go and check out our Freeside coverage in the Adventures in Hackerspacing column:

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