Maker Station offers several levels of membership to accommodate members needs and budgets. All shared facilities need to be pre-booked on-line, bookings work on a first come basis.
Maker Station is not:
- A design consultancy: we won’t provide you with professional design services, but amongst the members there is years of experience … and opinions.
- Manufacturer: we won’t build your projects for you but we will help you build it
- A training institution: you will learn and your fellow members will guide and teach you, but you will not get a gold certificate.
- Marketing agency: we will all sing your praises and claim you and your project as one of ours, if you do a good job
- Retailer: we won’t actively sell your products for you
- A dump: as much as we really appreciate useful materials and tools for our community, please don’t empty your garage into ours when the missus gives you grief.
Maker Station is a space to, DIY, design plan and plot, Make and DIY, learn and teach, share and encourage, trade and barter skills and goods, and have fun.
All payments are processed off site through a secure payment gateway
All facilities and equipment are available on a 1st come basis through our booking systems, all discounts and special concessions are at the MS managements discretion. We have a “Membership” based system, where MS members can sign up for the membership package that suits their needs, book and pay for access to spaces and facilities based on the duration and size of their projects.
– Only pay for the time and space you need when you need it. –
*All spaces need to be booked in advance on the website or at reception for walk ins.
To book a Workstation/s you need to be register as a Maker Station member. The spaces available are: 1st floor Workstations, Ground floor Workstations and 3 private studios (see the price lists on makerstation.co.za for updates). Workstations are open work spaces divided up in 4 msq blocks on the 1st and 8 msq on the ground floor. This is to provide flexibility to suite the size and duration of your project, we allow you to book as many Workstations, and for as long as you need.
- Free to use tools are available to all members and can be checked out from the Free to Use Tool board, when you are booked to use a works-station. (i.e. Hand and power tools including a Drill-press, Guillotine, etc).
- A 4msq Workstation will accommodate a team of max 2 makers , and a 8sqm space will accommodate a team of max 4 makers . If your team is bigger then you will need to ad additional blocks.
- You book Workstations and Facilities per hour.You can bring guest in but they need to sign all indemnity documents and won’t be allowed to work in the space under any circumstance. Guests is 100% the responsibility of the member.
Apart from the small power tools and hand tools, we have specialised Facilities and equipment Members can rent or access depending on their membership level.
While booked out the safety and use of the tool is the Makers responsibility, any cost to repair damage due to abuse will be billed to the members account.
No Maker Station tools are to leave the building EVER.
Makers must book their private tools in at the reception desk please.
- Full members with dedicated Workstations are allowed to store projects and materials in their spaces, additional storage is limited and can be arranged with management. No flammable or hazardous materials may be stored in Studios or Workstations.
Facilities are dedicated workshop spaces, Makers need to be ‘’qualified’’ or assisted by a technician or qualified Master Maker, to work in or access these spaces and on the equipment (health and safety 1st)
The spaces are divided up and screened off for:
Laser Station – 2 makers and a stand by technician
Metalwork Station – 4 makers and a stand by technician
Woodwork Station – 2 makers and a stand by technician
Motorbike Station – 2 makers and a stand by technician
3D printing Station – 2 Makers and a stand by technician
Sowing Station – 2 Makers and a stand by technician
Sandblasting Station – 1 Makers and a stand by technician
More to come..
Machine stations are booked out by the hour (we limit the number of people in each space for health and safety)
We have 3 small long term private Maker Studios with 24h access available. We will give preference to tenants that will also be prepared to either provide services, training, equipment or materials or training workshops to the members of Maker Station. Studio Tenants will be register as Basic Maker Station members and get access to the rest of the Maker Station facilitates, this can be upgraded to Full membership.
Private Studio spaces available are:
Studio 1: 30 msq (with Kitchenette and toilet)
Studio 2: 15 msq (open up on front door landing)
Studio 3: 15 msq (Opening up on the ground floor)
(see the price lists on makerstation.co.za for updates)
Maker Café: (this is open to the public)
This is our public lounge, WiFi, meeting, Coffees shop, library, chill, and public friendly space.
It can be booked for meet-ups and workshops. It also offers access to the balcony and a great view of the Mountain. We occasional hold workshops and demonstrations. The space can also be booked for events and parties. Kitchen, Rocket oven, Large screen TV and sound system for presentations..
Classes and Courses:
Maker Station is about learning, sharing and teaching. Maker Station offer a wide range of courses that we will advertise on the website and social media. All members will automatically receive invites to all Workshops and Events, MC can be used for booking workshops. We also offer and encourage makers to run their own workshops in the Maker Station [see the “makerstation.co.za/want-to-teach-a-class-or-workshop-at-ms/” document if you are interested]
Leasing tools and equipment or Donations to Maker Station
We welcome all donations of tools, equipment, materials, furniture etc. We have a lease agreement that we sign when something is not an outright donation. We do reserve the right to politely refuse equipment, furniture or materials we feel might not get enough use in our space. Storage is our biggest problem and everything needs to work to earn its keep. If something is an outright donation and we don’t have use for it we will pass it on through our networks to a worthy recipient or cause. But we will still be very grateful for the gesture none the less! Where we can reciprocate we do but any services etc. In kind is at the discretion of the management.
Volunteering to help at Maker Station
We welcome all the help we can get to make this place the coolest maker space in Africa. So we have set up job-cards on a notice board. Each job has a value that you can negotiate and we will give you a coupon code to pass on or redeem with your account in return for your efforts. Non members are welcome to volunteer, but as our reward scheme work with members only, they will need to register to use these, they will get free coffee though!
Master (Honorary) Makers
We have a class of Maker that we honour as Master Makers, they get free reign of Maker Station, free coffee and in return for roaming the building dispensing wisdom, advice, constructive criticism and war stories from their youth, they also get coupon codes for discounts on their account, for every hour here.
They are a rare breed so if you do know of an Oomie or Tannie somewhere that you know about that fitted the under carriage to the 1st steam train, turned the banister posts for parliament, knitted socks for Queen Victoria … or some young buck that can build a copy of the international space station out of Arduino. And you can convince them to come hang out, play and dispense wisdom to us sponges, send them our way.
Rules Policies and Procedures
- Member will gain access to facilities by signing up for a members package, booking in advance paying on-line Pay-as-you-make system, or by redeeming coupons against space or equipment rental, workshops, and other services supplied by MS.
- Maker Station as a rule do not stock consumables and materials, Makers leave off-cuts and consumables behind after projects that we make available when we can.
- Materials, Consumables, Safety equipment, and any other non time related products need to be bought in ZAR.
- Members are allowed to buy other Makers membership subject to that person signing up as a member.
- All honorary members need to complete all the documents regardless of getting free access or services.
- The Member or Maker Station may terminate this Agreement any time with 30 days advance notice.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing paragraph and notice period, Maker Station reserves the right to terminate access to and use of MS facilities at any time, immediately and without notice, if the Member fails to comply with any provision of this Agreement and Maker Station Policies and Procedures.
- Maker Station reserves the right to amend the Policies and Procedures and Services Addendum from time-to-time and at its sole discretion. Maker Station will notify Member of any changes to said rules and regulations in writing and prior to such rule changes taking effect.
- Upon the termination of this Agreement, Member shall thereafter have no further right to use Maker Station facilities in any manner and Member shall make no further use of Maker Station other than to remove personal items. All advance fees, if any, shall be justly prorated and returned to Member, along with any deposits, within 30 days of the termination of this agreement.
- Personal items must be removed from Maker Station within 15 days of the termination of this agreement, after which period Maker Station will dispose of them in a manner Maker Station see fit.
Description of Services
Maker Station agrees to provide Member with secured-entry access to non-exclusive, clean, maintained manufacturing equipped workshop facilities, access to individual Work Stations and Machine Stations if booked and paid for, reasonable electrical power, and wireless internet at Maker Station, and range of related services as detailed in the attached Services Addendum. Said attachments and the Member’s first invoice details the specific facilities to be used by the Member and the corresponding service rates.
Member shall only use the facilities in accordance with Maker Station Policies and Procedures. The shared facilities shall be kept in a neat, clean and attractive condition at all times. Member will not cause any damage to any part of Maker Station , including unreasonable or inappropriate wear on equipment or damage to the building in which Maker Station is located (“Building”). Member shall not disturb the use and enjoyment of the Services by any other Member of Maker Station or the use and enjoyment of the Building by any occupant of the Building. Member shall not use Maker Station facilities for any inappropriate or unlawful activity including use of or storage of contraband or stolen property, obscenity and use of material protected by intellectual property laws.
User agrees to make payments in the amount, form and manner as detailed in the package they sign up for before or on the last day of each calender month, or on booking.
Failure to make timely payments as described will result in the termination of this Agreement and revocation of Member’s rights to use the facilities. In addition, Member shall pay all reasonable third party fees (attorney’s fees and debt collection fees specifically included) and other costs incurred by the Company in connection with any late payments or past due amounts.
Risk of Use.
Member acknowledges that he/she is using the facilities at his/her own free will and decision. Member acknowledges that Maker Station does not have any liability with respect to Member’s access, participation in, use of the facilities, or any loss resulting from such participation or use. Maker Station and its respective board members, employees, volunteers, instructors, agents, contractors and officers shall not, to the extent permitted by law, be liable for, and the Member waives all right of recovery against Maker Station and such individuals for any damage or claim with respect to any injury to person or damage to, or loss or destruction of, any property of Member, its contractors, employees and invitees due to any act, omission or occurrence in or about Maker Station or the Building. Except for the gross or will full misconduct by the Company, Member agrees to indemnify, defend, protect and hold the Company and its respective board members, employees, volunteers, instructors, agents, contractors and officers harmless from and against all claims of whatever nature arising out of Member’s use of the facilities and occupancy of the Company. Members are strongly encouraged to carry insurance that covers their personal equipment, materials and projects, while using the Work Stations and Machine Stations at Maker Station.
Interruption of Service.
Member acknowledges that due to the imperfect nature of electronic communications, electrical supply, electronics and utilities, Maker Station shall not be responsible for damages, direct or consequential, which may result for the failure of Maker Station to furnish any of the Services. The Company will, however, act in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner in working to remedy any flaws in the facilities or equipment, or delays in providing access to the facilities or equipment to the Member.
Relationship of the Parties.
Member is not an employee or contractor of the Company. Maker Station has no right to the work produced by Members or guests working at the Company. Members shall maintain all copyrights, patents and any other proprietary rights related to the Member’s works that are created using the facilities.
If any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected, and each remaining provision shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
No delay or omission on the part of Maker Station in exercising any right under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of such right or of any other right of the Company, nor shall any waiver of such right or rights on any one occasion be deemed a bar to, or waiver of, the same right or rights on any future occasion. The acceptance by Maker Station of any payment, or of a sum less than is due, shall not be construed as a waiver of any of the Company’s rights unless such waiver is in writing.
THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT A LEASE AND DOES NOT CREATE OR REFLECT ANY FORM OF TENANCY OR INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY IN FAVOUR OF THE MEMBER.
This Agreement is subject and subordinate to a lease by and between Maker Station and the owner of the Building. This Agreement shall terminate simultaneously with the termination of said lease. This Agreement shall be governed by, interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa.
Photographic and Model release.
You grant the MS permission to use photographs of yourself and your work to promote workshops and MS activities. Photographs may be used by third parties (magazines and newspapers). By signing I agree that I will not be compensated by the MS for the use of these photographs.MS will credit everyone where appropriate.
Maker Station Policies and Procedures
Maker Station strives to provide a safe, productive and fun work environment for its members.
Our mission is to give Makers the best access to Work space, Tools and Materials and expertise to build successful projects, whether at Maker Station or outside. In light of this mission, we ask you to obey the following policies and procedures for working in our facility.
Failure to obey these policies and procedures can make our facilities dangerous or unwelcoming to others, and such actions on your part may result in your Membership being terminated without notice. Please take them seriously. We reserve the right to change these policies and procedures as needed and with sufficient notice to members.
Obey all posted signs, instruction from staff and literature pertaining to safe use of our facilities.
These include but are not limited to signs regarding appropriate shop clothing and protective gear, techniques for safe equipment use, material-specific precautions for equipment, and machine tool lockouts.
Do not use equipment you are not comfortable with or trained to use.
We do not allow any Member to operate heavy machinery after staffed hours without a MS staff member in the facility; operate it individually at your own risk.
Default to asking for help if uncertain.
This is not the Burn, here safety and security 1st.
In a shared and open facility like ours, it is possible for less experienced members to operate equipment dangerously without knowing it.
Please stay on the lookout for unsafe behaviour, and approach and offer feedback to fellow members if you believe they are working unsafely.
Please notify staff immediately if you believe any piece of equipment or infrastructure to be unsafe.
In both in-person and electronic interactions, behave respectfully, courteously, and professionally to your fellow members.
No discrimination, harassment, or hate speech of any kind shall be tolerated.
Courtesy of Individual Spaces:
If you are booking workstation or facilities from us, please keep your individual space relatively orderly. Do not enter any Dedicated or occupied Work Stations that are not yours without explicit permission.
Maker Station staff is not responsible for cleaning Studios or Workstations during or after occupation, please maintain a safe clean space.
Courtesy of Shared Spaces:
Keep noise levels to a respectful minimum for the comfort and enjoyment of those in the immediate area. No loud music, tool use or other noise will be permitted in the Work Station areas without the explicit permission of the members around you, especially on the 1st floor.
No fumes or flames are permitted in un-ventilated areas, use the where provided, or the extractors in the Machine Stations. Restore the shared spaces to be as clean as or cleaner than when you found them. Please respect and do not interrupt any official Maker Station activities or classes in the shared spaces.
Attendance and Cancellations
Members need to cancel bookings 24h in advance, in order to give Makers Station the opportunity to release bookings to other Members, your account will be debited with the booking amount if you fail to cancel in time.
Training Workshop cancellation policies will be determined by the presenter of each workshop, please take note of that.
Please inform us of any extended absences or extenuating circumstances that might prevent you from attending, participating or settle accounts.
Abandoned projects, materials or equipment (30 days without payment) will become the property of Maker station who retain the right to dispose of the content in a manner we see fit to defer costs.
Non-member/guests are permitted in the Maker Station so long as they are
1.Accompanied by a Maker member or a member of staff,
2.and do not use or operate Maker Station or the tenant equipment or facilities,
3.Enter Machine Station areas or interfere with other members.
4.Guests and their actions are the sole responsibility of the host member.
5.Guests will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.
Tolerance of Feedback:
Please be open to constructive feedback from fellow members, Master Makers and Maker Station Staff, especially as it pertains to safe use of our equipment and disrespectful communication or behaviour.
Excursions with Maker Station
From time to time Maker Station will go on excursions to events, visit suppliers, go dumpster diving etc. All members are expected to follow the same guidelines around safety, courtesy, tolerance, co-operation and fun described in the rest of this document. All events will be posted on the website, social media and notice boards in Maker Station. Any member can suggest and help organize excisions.
Sharing and Co-operation
Sharing is what it is about, ask for advice and help from fellow Makers, and give it freely, after all sharing is caring. You can walk in and book at reception, but we suggest you check availability on the booking calendar to secure your space. All purchases at Maker Station can be booked and paid for in ZAR.