Top Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ‘Makerspace’?

HexLab Makerspace is a membership based community workshop giving people access to learn new crafts and use our specialized tools. We also offer classes, 3-D printing, laser cutting, CNC machines, and professional R&D services. We provide Los Angeles-based professionals, tinkerers, inventors, students and everyone in between a space dedicated to expanding creativity, learning and utilizing emerging technologies while meeting like-minded people.

Our instructors bring their various skills and backgrounds to classes and workshops for beginners and advanced makers alike. Come join us and see where your imagination takes you! Don’t worry, we pack plenty of inspiration and ideas to get things started.

A Makerspace is a community driven space where everyone pitches in to keep the shop clean and safe for yourself and others.

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Can I become a member and start using tools and machines today?

This is a complicated one, many machines require that you take a class to be certified on the machine before using it. Some basic tools are ok to use right away if you are already skilled, for example: dremel tools, sanders, drill press, etc. Please check out our class calendar (insert link here) to see when the next classes are offered for 3D printing, Laser Cutting, Welding and woodshop type skills.

If you are wanting to become a member and can’t wait until the next scheduled class to get approved on a certain machine you have the option to book some private tutoring to get approved to use that machine at the same time, please contact us if you would like to pursue this option as we typically need a few days notice to schedule a private tutoring session to get you approved.

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I want to come become a member, how can I best get started using machines?

Membership to HexLab makerspace gives you access during all open hours to our tools, machines and workspace. However, you must be approved by our team to use our machines by either taking the intro/intermediate class associated with that machine (i.e. 3D printing, laser cutting, welding). If you already have experience or do not want to wait for the next scheduled class you can opt for a private training session to get you certified to use that machine. See our price list for more info here. (input link to ‘private training’ list of costs)

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Additional costs / bring your own consumables:

Membership to HexLab Makerspace includes access to all of our equipment, use of computers and workstations. There are a few machines that have costs to use: Laser Cutters, 3-D printers, CNC machines and Welding. These costs help cover the maintenance, machine upkeep, parts and other costs associated with these items. Please see the full list of additional costs (link).

Members are responsible to bring in or purchase their own consumables (i.e. wood or acrylic for laser cutting / metal for welding / bits for CNC machining)

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Does HexLab offer day-passes?

No, we are not able to offer day passes. If you are looking for a shop to quickly come in and get a single task done then a Makerspace is not a good fit (however, if you need a job done for you we do offer professional services for design, prototyping and manufacturing. Please call us at 818 530-7900 to discuss your project needs). One of the main reasons we do not offer day passes is that nobody is allowed to just join the makerspace and start using advanced tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, welders, woodshop machines and other potentially dangerous tools without going through our classes first.

A Makerspace is community driven and we are looking for members wanting to be a part of the Maker Movement, it takes time to onboard a new member and get a few classes under your belt, learn about how our shop runs and where tools are located and most important of all: take a safety class (for dangerous things like woodshop and welding)..

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Who can sign up for our classes?

You do not need to be a HexLab Makerspace member to join our classes (although please keep in mind that most classes are discounted for members and you do need to be a member to come back and use our tools and equipment).

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What about minors (under 18)?

Students 15-17 can sign up for our group classes with a participating adult or have private lessons.

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Private tutoring:

Can’t wait until our next scheduled class? No problem! We offer private tutoring on a 1-on-1 and/or for a group. This is available For 3-D printing, laser cutting, and most of the tools in our at $55 an hour and +$20 per person if you would like additional people to join your private training session (this is the discounted Makerspace member rate, see the full list of rates below for more info). A non-refundable deposit of 25% will be required to reserve a private session and/or machine time, but if you reschedule up to 24hrs before the reserved time-slot we can apply it to your next session.

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List of private tutoring fees:

3D Printing / Laser cutting (Low/Medium skilled work) - Members $55, Non members $65

CNC / Welding / Engineering work (Highly skilled work) - Members $65, Non members $85

Software training - Members $65, Non members $85

Business / Product design / Manufacturing consultations - $175 (typically +$25/hr for each additional person)

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Group tutoring / tours / project workshops:

Do have a group that would like to take a class, tour or have us host a workshop where you will make something to bring home with you? Fees are on a case by case basis, but for example we charge anywhere between $10-$40 per person for a private event and $5-$10 per person for a 1 hour tour and talk/overview of prototyping methods and discussion about how the Maker Movement and rapid prototyping is changing the way our world works. We have hosted private events from ages 8 - 75 years old and we hear rave reviews of an ‘inspiring and insightful visit.’

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Welding info:

We currently are setup for MIG welding, TIG welding and plasma cutting are both coming soon! Your eyesight must be decent to join our welding classes (i.e. you are ok for night driving and you have effective reading glasses if needed). The welding helmet has a very dark lens and it can be difficult for people who have any issues with night driving or seeing in low light conditions. As long as your vision is within our guidelines then come join us for a class!

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