ImagineSpace Lasers

We are partnered with the Ottawa Public Library makerspace called ImagineSpace. We have one of the lasers booked for our meetups. You must take the safety certification and use the our queueing process within the meetups. Once you’ve completed the safety course you can book it (and other equipment) anytime you want as well (Mini, Helix).

Ottawa Public Library – Nepean Centrepointe
101 Centrepointe Drive
(613) 580-2940


We’ve got a house laser (and a Community “A” below). These are lower power solid state lasers. Great for cutting light material and engraving on may materials. They’re quiet but make lots of fumes.

To install, always keep the laser itself unplugged for safety. That means unplug the laser module from the controller so it can’t fire up by accident.

Install Benbox software. It’s fairly self explanatory but you can find lots of youtube video and Web pages explaining how to use it.

Other software may work.


Here’s our first “Community A” machine.

3D Printers

We have a BFB 3D printer with dual heads and a cubic foot build area. Also a Printrbot with an 8x8x8″ build area.

Overhead Projector

Fusion 360 workshop.

We’ve got an overhead projector for sharing and meetings.

Also four furnished board rooms and 20 chairs with lots of table space.

Sewing Machine

We’ve got a sewing machine. I had no idea how much fun these things were!

In the pictures below we are doing freehand sewing. You flip a couple of switches and then you are able to move the fabric manually in any direction.


We will post the manual and instructions later.

I’ve been poking around and this might be “KENMORE SEWING MACHINE 158.14100” and it may be from the 60s.

Or it’s something not very far off from this:



One of the purposes of Hack613 is a stable place for meetups.

Be sure to check the events calendar and sign up to the newsletter for alerts!

I have purchased 20 chairs plus tables plus Atomic Rooster can lend up to five. There are another five chairs in the four boardrooms that can be used as well. I’ve installed an overhead projector, internet and have paper and pens on the main tables.

There are four boardrooms where people can break off as well.

Not a Store

Way back in the old days at Artengine, there was this very cool initiative called something like “Have a Part, Need a Part” or something like that. I believe it was initiated by Ryan Stec and it was a repository of parts and materials that people shared.

At Make613 Dave Hunt initiated a similar project (right) except the items were labeled and priced. The idea was if you had extra stuff (like when you order 100 of something but only needed 20), you can place some of them on the parts share board. Other people who need the parts can avoid mail order plus you can reduce your inventory.

This was great for Arduino and electronic parts since those activities are so parts oriented. And it facilitated a bit of trading and sharing of extra parts.

So lets set this up for our new makerspace.

Anybody can put parts on it. Simply label them and then place the details of how people can get those parts (you can recover the cost, donate the money or whatever you want they’re your parts).