Kākāpō Creative | New Zealand's Largest MakerSpace

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Kākāpō Creative | New Zealand's Largest MakerSpace

Project 2019-10-26 22:33:58 +1300

 

Kākāpō Creative is the home of the Wellington Regional Makerspace. Creative people can come and use a range of machines and tools that they wouldn't ordinarily have access to at home; collaborate with other like-minded people in a community space and reap the benefits of wholesale prices, thanks to the power of bulk purchasing.

Great for professionals, enthusiasts or students; this space has something for everyone. Check out some of the memberships we have on offer - if you don't live in Wellington, don't fret! There's an exclusive PledgeMe reward available, this is for anyone who is out of Wellington, but want to enjoy the benefits of bulk purchasing, machining at cost and that warm fuzzy feeling of being part of something big.

Whether you're into laser cutting, graphic design, woodwork, 3D printing, packaging, painting, drawing, office stuff, baking, teaching, sewing, computing, robotics, film making, or something else.... We can help you out.

Every person who uses this space makes it cheaper for themselves as well as the other creators around them.

24/7 Member Access

You'll be able to access the MakerSpace at your leisure; go ahead and burn that midnight oil! With these smart RFID cards, you'll be able to swipe into the building, purchase materials and access the professional workshop areas that you've been inducted into.

We are looking to open the space in the Porirua Paraparaumu area, along the bypass to allow us to keep the running costs low, so that we can spend more money on equipment for the space.

Affordable Prototyping

New Zealanders have always had the know-how-can-do attitude, but now its time to bring it into the 21st century.
With a fast and economic turn around, we would like to make low cost prototyping and short run production available to manufacturers and hobbyists alike.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing in New Zealand has largely been largely outsourced overseas. However with recent gains in automotive technology, we believe it’s time to bring it home.

Because we can buy in bulk, this means that we can offer low risk start up opportunities to businesses around NZ. You won't have to dish out big bucks for a couple of custom made T-shirts, for example. More bang for your buck, as the saying goes.

Education

With a local makerspace, we will be able to provide cutting edge educational facilities. This will be great for sparking  budding creativity, kiwi ingenuity, the local economy, native animals, plant life, new business ventures and most importantly, community connection and friendships for like-minded people. 

Office Spaces

  • Hot Desks and Dedicated Desks
  • Private Offices
  • Meeting Rooms

Computer Lab

  • Both Windows and Mac Computers
  • Individual User Login
  • Professional Design Software
  • CAD and 3D Modelling
  • First 100GB of Server Space for FREE with PledgeMe Membership

Workshop

  • Large Work Surfaces
  • Storage Cages
  • Laser Cutters
  • CNC Mill
  • Lathe
  • Drill press
  • Drop saw, Table saw, Scroll saw
  • Sanders, Metal Finisher (Linisher)

Handheld Tools

There's a short list below - but don't be fooled; if you need a particular star shaped screwdriver, we will have one in every size available.

  • Manual Tools e.g. Hammers, Screwdrivers, Scissors, Pliers, Saw, Tape Measure, Level etc
  • Drills and Drill Bits
  • Hot Glue Guns
  • Handheld Sanders
  • Nail + Staple Gun
  • Oscillating Tools
  • Heat Gun

Electronics Corner

  • Bench PSU
  • Oscilloscope
  • Soldering Station
  • Multimeters / Snips and Hand Tools
  • Free Small Components

free electronic components

Bulk purchasing is a wonderful thing. That's why we'll have a wall of small components available to our members for free. There's a small list below, but don't be fooled - this will be a great big wall of free-ness.

  • LED's
  • Resistors
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Tape
  • Screws
  • Cable Ties
  • Capacitors

Paint, powder, stain and coat

Things can get a bit messy when working with paints and powders, that’s why there’s going to be a dedicated space, just for that. 

  • Airbrushing
  • Paint guns
  • Stencils
  • Kiln
  • Brushes and Pallets
  • Breathing Masks
  • Variety of paints available, e.g. Spray, Acrylic, Poster, Enamel, Water Colour

Printing

Our specially designed print room will be both temperature and humidity controlled so that large professionally finished prints will be achievable.

With a vast amount of resources, your imagination is the limit when it comes to flat bed printing. One-off and short run production will be available at bulk rates to our members.

  • UV Flatbed Printer
  • 1.6m Vinyl Printer/ Cutter
  • DTG printer < This is a very expensive piece of equipment, so we'll need at least $200,000 to justify this purchase for our makerspace
  • Screen Printers
  • Heat Press
  • Proofing Table

Shop

Even when our shop is physically closed, you will be able to order items on the online store, and pick them up from the customer collection bins in our foyer. 

  • RAW Materials, e.g. Acrylic, Leather, Felt, MDF, Plywood etc
  • Electronic Components
  • 3D Printer Filament, SLA Resin, UV Curing Resin
  • Screws, Bearings and Hardware
  • Boxes of Blank Printable Items, (singular, carton and box prices)
  • Personal Tools

Blank Printable Items:

  • Clothing: Short and Long Sleeve T-shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops etc.
  • Giftware: Mugs, Photo Frames, Canvas, Coasters, Flasks etc.
  • Branding: Packaging, Sticker Labels, Banners, Stationery, Badges etc.
  • Games: Golf Balls, Board Game Pieces, Drink Bottles, Frisbees etc.
  • Craft Supplies and Starter Kits
  • Portfolio Bags and Cases

We'll also have these services available to our members:

  • Managed Storage
  • Freight and Logistic Services, Container and Pallet Shipping
  • Software Programming and Support
  • Machine Training
  • Professional Photography, (Headshots, Product Photography, Events)
  • Domain Name and Website Hosting

Studio

  • Large Studio for Commercial or Hobby Use
  • Sound Proof to the Outside World
  • Product Photography Booths
  • Sound Recording Booth
  • Editing Suite / Data Wrangling Area
  • Podcast Recording Lounge
  • Gear Hire Available

Gear Hire

  • Cameras and Lenses (Drones, Action Cameras, Professional HD Cameras)
  • Backdrops, Green Screen, Blackouts
  • Lighting Equipment (Ring Lights, Tungsten, LED, Gel, Dimmers, Stands and Cables)
  • Microphones and Speakers (Lepal, Handheld, Stands, Cables, Mic Clips)
  • Slider, Dolly, Jib Arm
  • Apple Boxes, Wedges, Camera Bags etc
  • PA System (Tutorials Available)

Commercial Kitchen

Lots of businesses rely on licensed commercial kitchens, that’s why we’ll have one on site. The ability to prepare fresh food and send out with custom packaging will be easily streamlined to reach maximum efficiency. Same day and overnight courier services will ensure that you’re keeping those hungry customers happy, too.

  • Commercial Kitchen License and Alcohol Brewing Licence
  • Stainless Steel Work Surfaces
  • Large Sinks and Bench Top Mixers
  • Ovens, Stove Top Cookers and Range Hood 
  • Chiller, Freezer and Proofing Box
  • Baking Racks and Sheets, Kitchen Utensils and Crockery
  • Dishwasher & Steriliser
  • Compost and Recycling Bins
  • Brewing Equipment

 Patch, knit, sew and stitch

Costume making, tailoring, cosplay, fashion. 

  • Sewing Machines
  • Cutting table
  • Shears
  • Crochet and Knitting Gear
  • Embroidery Machine
  • Variety of Materials
  • Thread/Wool/Yarn
  • Tailoring Tools

 Packaging Facilities

Custom print onto the packaging materials or leave them blank. Our Packaging Facilities will be used to increase the productivity of everyone at the MakerSpace.

  • Packaging materials e.g. bubble wrap, boxes and bags of all kinds of shapes and sizes
  • Packaging machine
  • Vacuum sealers
  • Heat sealer
  • Guillotine
  • Parcel Drop Box (Cheaper Dispatch for Members)
  • Pockets and Laminator
  • Tape, Scissors, Permanent Markers and Pens

Creator Lounge

A community meeting area where like minded people can come together and talk about what they're working on. This space will be great for club meetings and social events.

Somewhere to work that’s a bit more comfortable. Collect your online purchases, have a cuppa, relax on the bean bags or beat that writers block away with a quick game of air hockey.

  • Couches and Bean Bags
  • Kitchenette and Coffee Machine
  • Big Multipurpose Table
  • Showcase Gallery of Finished Items, e.g. Canvas Prints and Models
  • Table Top Games and Puzzles

Holiday Program

Get the kids out of the house in the next school holidays and let them show you what they've got! These are some of the programs we will be running:

  • Robotics and Programming
  • Photography and Photo Manipulation
  • Film Making Crash Courses

 

ABOUT US

Dom and Alfie co-founded Kākāpō Creative together. It all happened one day when they were sitting in the garage, wondering how they could share their machines with the rest of NZ.

alfie 
Alfred Van de Wiel

  • Graphic and Visual Designer
  • Photography and Filmography
  • Website Development

Dom
Dominic Durrant

  • Machine, Firmware and Software Expert
  • Founder and Owner of Hobby Electronics
  • Freight and Logistics Expert
  • Over 9 Years of Experience Importing from China

 

RISK 1

Safety

Heavy Machinery is dangerous. That’s a fact. Protective equipment will be compulsory when using certain areas and machines. Even though we will have public liability insurance, we would ideally like all of our members to keep all of their extremities intact. That’s why we will program all membership cards to hold an induction validation for each machine and space, so that only inducted members can access the more dangerous areas of the workshop. This will ensure that everyone knows how to safely use the machines they are working with.

RISK 2

Security

We know that most of our members and visitors will be honest, hard working people, but it only takes one instance of dishonesty to ruin the space for everyone else. For this reason we’ll have 24 hour video surveillance, motion sensors, documentation of individual RFID cards entering and exiting the building. This is to ensure that you are safe and all of your work is secure while on the premises.

RISK 3

 Fit for purpose

Demand is important to think about, so we will have a membership survey prior to locking off the final design to make sure we are on the right track. This is because we honestly don’t know what the majority of our members will be using the space for. We just know that we want it to be fit for whatever you choose to make. If we end up having 200% more people interested in 3D printing than we originally projected, then we will make sure that there are enough 3D printers in our space for everyone to use.

 

 

 

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Comments

Updates 2

We will find another way

23/03/2020 at 1:18 PM

Hey folks,

Thanks for all the support we have recieved so far. I think at this point it will be safe to say that the current climate has made this project come to an inevitable halt.

This is devistating for us, but we know that a recession is a hard time to start any business, let alone one with lots of physical contact, like a maker-space.

We will get this off the ground eventually, and we know you'll be there when we do. 

Thanks again from Kākāpō Creative. 

Alfred




What can you do at a makerspace?

22/02/2020 at 3:32 PM

Here's a short video I made to show a few of the activities you can do at Kākāpō Creative if you're into arts, crafts and general geekery.

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    Kākāpō Creative | New Zealand's Largest MakerSpace

    Project 2019-10-26 22:33:58 +1300

     

    Kākāpō Creative is the home of the Wellington Regional Makerspace. Creative people can come and use a range of machines and tools that they wouldn't ordinarily have access to at home; collaborate with other like-minded people in a community space and reap the benefits of wholesale prices, thanks to the power of bulk purchasing.

    Great for professionals, enthusiasts or students; this space has something for everyone. Check out some of the memberships we have on offer - if you don't live in Wellington, don't fret! There's an exclusive PledgeMe reward available, this is for anyone who is out of Wellington, but want to enjoy the benefits of bulk purchasing, machining at cost and that warm fuzzy feeling of being part of something big.

    Whether you're into laser cutting, graphic design, woodwork, 3D printing, packaging, painting, drawing, office stuff, baking, teaching, sewing, computing, robotics, film making, or something else.... We can help you out.

    Every person who uses this space makes it cheaper for themselves as well as the other creators around them.

    24/7 Member Access

    You'll be able to access the MakerSpace at your leisure; go ahead and burn that midnight oil! With these smart RFID cards, you'll be able to swipe into the building, purchase materials and access the professional workshop areas that you've been inducted into.

    We are looking to open the space in the Porirua Paraparaumu area, along the bypass to allow us to keep the running costs low, so that we can spend more money on equipment for the space.

    Affordable Prototyping

    New Zealanders have always had the know-how-can-do attitude, but now its time to bring it into the 21st century.
    With a fast and economic turn around, we would like to make low cost prototyping and short run production available to manufacturers and hobbyists alike.

    Manufacturing

    Manufacturing in New Zealand has largely been largely outsourced overseas. However with recent gains in automotive technology, we believe it’s time to bring it home.

    Because we can buy in bulk, this means that we can offer low risk start up opportunities to businesses around NZ. You won't have to dish out big bucks for a couple of custom made T-shirts, for example. More bang for your buck, as the saying goes.

    Education

    With a local makerspace, we will be able to provide cutting edge educational facilities. This will be great for sparking  budding creativity, kiwi ingenuity, the local economy, native animals, plant life, new business ventures and most importantly, community connection and friendships for like-minded people. 

    Office Spaces

    • Hot Desks and Dedicated Desks
    • Private Offices
    • Meeting Rooms

    Computer Lab

    • Both Windows and Mac Computers
    • Individual User Login
    • Professional Design Software
    • CAD and 3D Modelling
    • First 100GB of Server Space for FREE with PledgeMe Membership

    Workshop

    • Large Work Surfaces
    • Storage Cages
    • Laser Cutters
    • CNC Mill
    • Lathe
    • Drill press
    • Drop saw, Table saw, Scroll saw
    • Sanders, Metal Finisher (Linisher)

    Handheld Tools

    There's a short list below - but don't be fooled; if you need a particular star shaped screwdriver, we will have one in every size available.

    • Manual Tools e.g. Hammers, Screwdrivers, Scissors, Pliers, Saw, Tape Measure, Level etc
    • Drills and Drill Bits
    • Hot Glue Guns
    • Handheld Sanders
    • Nail + Staple Gun
    • Oscillating Tools
    • Heat Gun

    Electronics Corner

    • Bench PSU
    • Oscilloscope
    • Soldering Station
    • Multimeters / Snips and Hand Tools
    • Free Small Components

    free electronic components

    Bulk purchasing is a wonderful thing. That's why we'll have a wall of small components available to our members for free. There's a small list below, but don't be fooled - this will be a great big wall of free-ness.

    • LED's
    • Resistors
    • Beads
    • Buttons
    • Tape
    • Screws
    • Cable Ties
    • Capacitors

    Paint, powder, stain and coat

    Things can get a bit messy when working with paints and powders, that’s why there’s going to be a dedicated space, just for that. 

    • Airbrushing
    • Paint guns
    • Stencils
    • Kiln
    • Brushes and Pallets
    • Breathing Masks
    • Variety of paints available, e.g. Spray, Acrylic, Poster, Enamel, Water Colour

    Printing

    Our specially designed print room will be both temperature and humidity controlled so that large professionally finished prints will be achievable.

    With a vast amount of resources, your imagination is the limit when it comes to flat bed printing. One-off and short run production will be available at bulk rates to our members.

    • UV Flatbed Printer
    • 1.6m Vinyl Printer/ Cutter
    • DTG printer < This is a very expensive piece of equipment, so we'll need at least $200,000 to justify this purchase for our makerspace
    • Screen Printers
    • Heat Press
    • Proofing Table

    Shop

    Even when our shop is physically closed, you will be able to order items on the online store, and pick them up from the customer collection bins in our foyer. 

    • RAW Materials, e.g. Acrylic, Leather, Felt, MDF, Plywood etc
    • Electronic Components
    • 3D Printer Filament, SLA Resin, UV Curing Resin
    • Screws, Bearings and Hardware
    • Boxes of Blank Printable Items, (singular, carton and box prices)
    • Personal Tools

    Blank Printable Items:

    • Clothing: Short and Long Sleeve T-shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops etc.
    • Giftware: Mugs, Photo Frames, Canvas, Coasters, Flasks etc.
    • Branding: Packaging, Sticker Labels, Banners, Stationery, Badges etc.
    • Games: Golf Balls, Board Game Pieces, Drink Bottles, Frisbees etc.
    • Craft Supplies and Starter Kits
    • Portfolio Bags and Cases

    We'll also have these services available to our members:

    • Managed Storage
    • Freight and Logistic Services, Container and Pallet Shipping
    • Software Programming and Support
    • Machine Training
    • Professional Photography, (Headshots, Product Photography, Events)
    • Domain Name and Website Hosting

    Studio

    • Large Studio for Commercial or Hobby Use
    • Sound Proof to the Outside World
    • Product Photography Booths
    • Sound Recording Booth
    • Editing Suite / Data Wrangling Area
    • Podcast Recording Lounge
    • Gear Hire Available

    Gear Hire

    • Cameras and Lenses (Drones, Action Cameras, Professional HD Cameras)
    • Backdrops, Green Screen, Blackouts
    • Lighting Equipment (Ring Lights, Tungsten, LED, Gel, Dimmers, Stands and Cables)
    • Microphones and Speakers (Lepal, Handheld, Stands, Cables, Mic Clips)
    • Slider, Dolly, Jib Arm
    • Apple Boxes, Wedges, Camera Bags etc
    • PA System (Tutorials Available)

    Commercial Kitchen

    Lots of businesses rely on licensed commercial kitchens, that’s why we’ll have one on site. The ability to prepare fresh food and send out with custom packaging will be easily streamlined to reach maximum efficiency. Same day and overnight courier services will ensure that you’re keeping those hungry customers happy, too.

    • Commercial Kitchen License and Alcohol Brewing Licence
    • Stainless Steel Work Surfaces
    • Large Sinks and Bench Top Mixers
    • Ovens, Stove Top Cookers and Range Hood 
    • Chiller, Freezer and Proofing Box
    • Baking Racks and Sheets, Kitchen Utensils and Crockery
    • Dishwasher & Steriliser
    • Compost and Recycling Bins
    • Brewing Equipment

     Patch, knit, sew and stitch

    Costume making, tailoring, cosplay, fashion. 

    • Sewing Machines
    • Cutting table
    • Shears
    • Crochet and Knitting Gear
    • Embroidery Machine
    • Variety of Materials
    • Thread/Wool/Yarn
    • Tailoring Tools

     Packaging Facilities

    Custom print onto the packaging materials or leave them blank. Our Packaging Facilities will be used to increase the productivity of everyone at the MakerSpace.

    • Packaging materials e.g. bubble wrap, boxes and bags of all kinds of shapes and sizes
    • Packaging machine
    • Vacuum sealers
    • Heat sealer
    • Guillotine
    • Parcel Drop Box (Cheaper Dispatch for Members)
    • Pockets and Laminator
    • Tape, Scissors, Permanent Markers and Pens

    Creator Lounge

    A community meeting area where like minded people can come together and talk about what they're working on. This space will be great for club meetings and social events.

    Somewhere to work that’s a bit more comfortable. Collect your online purchases, have a cuppa, relax on the bean bags or beat that writers block away with a quick game of air hockey.

    • Couches and Bean Bags
    • Kitchenette and Coffee Machine
    • Big Multipurpose Table
    • Showcase Gallery of Finished Items, e.g. Canvas Prints and Models
    • Table Top Games and Puzzles

    Holiday Program

    Get the kids out of the house in the next school holidays and let them show you what they've got! These are some of the programs we will be running:

    • Robotics and Programming
    • Photography and Photo Manipulation
    • Film Making Crash Courses

     

    ABOUT US

    Dom and Alfie co-founded Kākāpō Creative together. It all happened one day when they were sitting in the garage, wondering how they could share their machines with the rest of NZ.

    alfie 
    Alfred Van de Wiel

    • Graphic and Visual Designer
    • Photography and Filmography
    • Website Development

    Dom
    Dominic Durrant

    • Machine, Firmware and Software Expert
    • Founder and Owner of Hobby Electronics
    • Freight and Logistics Expert
    • Over 9 Years of Experience Importing from China

     

    RISK 1

    Safety

    Heavy Machinery is dangerous. That’s a fact. Protective equipment will be compulsory when using certain areas and machines. Even though we will have public liability insurance, we would ideally like all of our members to keep all of their extremities intact. That’s why we will program all membership cards to hold an induction validation for each machine and space, so that only inducted members can access the more dangerous areas of the workshop. This will ensure that everyone knows how to safely use the machines they are working with.

    RISK 2

    Security

    We know that most of our members and visitors will be honest, hard working people, but it only takes one instance of dishonesty to ruin the space for everyone else. For this reason we’ll have 24 hour video surveillance, motion sensors, documentation of individual RFID cards entering and exiting the building. This is to ensure that you are safe and all of your work is secure while on the premises.

    RISK 3

     Fit for purpose

    Demand is important to think about, so we will have a membership survey prior to locking off the final design to make sure we are on the right track. This is because we honestly don’t know what the majority of our members will be using the space for. We just know that we want it to be fit for whatever you choose to make. If we end up having 200% more people interested in 3D printing than we originally projected, then we will make sure that there are enough 3D printers in our space for everyone to use.

     

     

     

    .

    Comments

    We will find another way

    23/03/2020 at 1:18 PM

    Hey folks,

    Thanks for all the support we have recieved so far. I think at this point it will be safe to say that the current climate has made this project come to an inevitable halt.

    This is devistating for us, but we know that a recession is a hard time to start any business, let alone one with lots of physical contact, like a maker-space.

    We will get this off the ground eventually, and we know you'll be there when we do. 

    Thanks again from Kākāpō Creative. 

    Alfred




    What can you do at a makerspace?

    22/02/2020 at 3:32 PM

    Here's a short video I made to show a few of the activities you can do at Kākāpō Creative if you're into arts, crafts and general geekery.

      Michal Salter-Duke
      2020-02-29 17:11:43 +1300
      Graeme Harvey
      2020-02-27 21:35:46 +1300

      "Good luck with the campaign!"

      Followers of Kākāpō Creative | New Zealand's Largest MakerSpace

      This campaign was unsuccessful and finished on 01/04/2020 at 4:00 PM.