10BitWorks Laser Cutter Fundraiser benefits artists and makers

Submitted by lcarter on September 19, 2014 - 5:06pm

Local nonprofit/collective, 10BitWorks, is interested in providing area makers and artists with access to digital manufacturing technology. The key piece in a recent effort is a high-tech, industrial-grade laser cutter. 10BitWorks is excited to announce a fundraising initiative to purchase a laser cutter for the local maker/creative community. 

What is unique about the 10BIT FAB FUNDRAISER?  The laser cutter purchased through this initiative will be maintained for the benefit of the community. 10BitWorks has gone beyond wanting to just buy new, shiny equipment. They have designed this fundraiser to include the community where both makers and supporters can pay to sponsor laser cutter safety and training workshops for those in the San Antonio area. The workshops will be developed to teach the participants how to design their prototypes using open source Computer Aided-Design (CAD) software, such as Inkscape, to a finished laser-cut result in their hands.

In reaching the goal to provide access to the laser cutter, 10BitWorks is launching an online fundraising platform, dubbed the 10BIT FAB FUNDRAISER.  The fundraiser is set to launch Thursday, September 18 and close on Saturday, October 25. The launch will be followed by an interactive demo night showcasing their latest digital fabrication tool, a CNC router called Shapoko.

The Shapoko Demo Night is Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 10BitWorks, 1020 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio. Visitors can also view the spare parts Mini Art Museum. Admission is free.

10BitWorks is a non-profit garage-like DIY project space and workshop venue in the heart of south San Antonio, Texas.  The group's goal is to share enthusiasm for building and making with the community.  With regular classes in software, electronic hardware, 3D printing, machining, and a whole slew of other hands on maker classes gives plenty of opportunity for makers to meet and socialize, 10BitWorks has been a mainstay for creatives of San Antonio.

Over the past two years, 10BitWorks has worked to acquire other manufacturing equipment such as 3D printers and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mills to offer the maker and creative community advanced tools and an outlet to create and share.

Milling/routing is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a work piece. It is one of the most commonly used processes today for machining parts to precise sizes and shapes. With these tools at their disposal, members of 10BitWorks have been able to affordably design and create custom game controllers, household fish training devices, prosthetics, high-heel replacement parts, and tangible art pieces among many, many other things.

Working with Spare Parts, a local nonprofit that specializes in the reuse of materials for art activities, it is 10BitWorks’ goal to create a truly multi-modal space. The laser cutter and other tools acquired empower the community through open-ended project based learning and making.

Thanks to 10BitWorks' co-founders Mike Perez and Jeremy Zucker and Regina Villalobos-Perez for sharing this awesome effort.