i too agree that we should not let current membership dictate space concerns, and i think we will see an increase in numbers when we have something “real” to show off. but we should keep in mind that space is something that can be engineered and compromised on. so rather than guess on membership numbers and rates, let’s get a handle on just how much space we will really need/use as we understand it right now.
can we start a conversation about what space concerns we will have? i think that some of us with more industrial type projects in mind will require more space than those of us with more electronics oriented projects in mind. granted, this is just gross speculation and assumption on my part, which is why we should have the conversation.
personally, most of what i want to do to start off is PC/phone/arduino oriented and i can’t imagine needing much more space than a big kitchen table some soldering tools, and some bins for spare/community parts. i certainly wouldn’t need that space more than a couple of times a week. at some point i would like to have a computer/router lab to mess with things, but again, not much space and certainly not used all the time and certianly not an immediate necessity.
for those of us that want to do/learn software oriented things, we can tuck servers away somewhere and access them from a couch with a laptop, so again, not much space.
can we use things with wheels to make the workshop space more flexible/configurable? obvioulsy not every machine/tool should have wheels, but surely some of them can. also, do we all need floorspace, or do we really need wallspace, storagespace, counterspace, or deskspace? can these different types of space be used for multiple purposes?
my major problem in my current living situation is having a place to take things apart. i end up sitting on the floor, losing screws and jumpers in the carpet, or commandering the kitchen table to my wife’s dismay. i would be most pleased with a big kitchen table and a chair with wheels.
so, think about the stuff you want to do immediately, think about what you will realistically need in terms of space and think about the kind of space you will need. what can be done to reduce the requirements for that space? post your thoughts to the need/want/wish list page in the google group in the need, want, wish i had format:
need: i can’t use the space unless i have these things (short, concrete list)
want: i can do fun stuff fairly soon that other members will like if i had these things (longer, not as concrete list)
wish i had: i have always dreamed about doing something with these things (sky’s the limit)
hopefully we can get an idea of what we will be doing in the short, medium and long terms so we have a collective idea of what we all need.