Rescued oscilloscope finds a new home in the electronic/robotics lab at Artisan's Asylum. Take a tour of the facilities.
Somerville, Mass. — After testing a rescued 20-MHz analog oscilloscope, I wanted it to have a good home where people could use it to learn how to build things. A little research turned up Artisan's Asylum, a nonprofit maker space for electronics, bicycles, sculptures, and combinations thereof. EE Times visited Artisan's Asylum on March 29, 2017 during the weekly "Circuit Hacker's Night."
While I often think of maker spaces as being for people primarily building electronics, Artisan's Asylum goes far beyond that. Indeed, the Asylum has space for people who make mechanical things such as bicycles, but sculptors use the equipment to make art from scrap metal and old bicycle parts. There's even a business where someone makes prototype models and art from duct tape.
As you might expect, Artisan's Asylum has an electronics lab, 3D printers, and a machine shop. Members can use the facilities to develop their ideas into working prototypes. The staff and volunteers at the Asylum work with makers to develop products and even connect them with a local PCB shop to make boards. There's even a lecture space where members can learn about technology.
Several businesses rent space in the Asylum. One such business is Clipboard Engineering, a consulting company for industrial automation. Principal Engineer, Andrew Anselmo, gave me a tour of the Asylum. Start by taking a look at the floor layout.
The floor layout at Artisan's Asylum consists of renters' business cards. Photo by Martin Rowe. (Click image to enlarge.)
Funding for Artisan's Asylum comes from memberships, rent, and donations. Much of the equipment is donated and the space can always use more test equipment, tools, parts, computers, 3D printers, machine-shop equipment, and so on. To donate, send an email. That's how I connected with them.
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