The Foothills Community Workshop (FCW) is a group of people who enjoy making things, discovering how things work, creating new projects, and sharing skills and knowledge with others. We are classified as a Hackerspace.
A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, or digital or electronic art (but also in many other realms) can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, labs, workshops and studios where people can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
There are over 150 hackerspaces in operation in the US and dozens of others being formed. In our area, the largest is Hackerspace Charlotte (hackerspacecharlotte.org). There are others in the Winston-Salem Durham, Greensboro, Asheville, and Raleigh areas. New hackerspaces are constantly being formed wherever a group of like minded people exist.
A national and global list of hackerspaces, as well as more information can be found at www.hackerspaces.org.
We have equipment, currently a CNC machine shop, a woodworking shop, a Ham radio station, and an electronics shop, model shop/model railroad, classroom, 3D printer, laser cutter, and welder that you can use to develop and build your project.
We have members with skills who are willing to teach you new skills or help with your project.
We are currently adding a glass shop, chemistry/biology lab, and pottery shop.
Members have 24/7 access to facilities.
What you build is yours. FCW does not reserve any rights to your project.
Like minded folks – geeks, technophiles, gadget freaks, etc., share resources and knowledge.
We are set up for prototypes, proof of concepts and custom items, but not for production. Mass production of items cannot be done at our facility. Some limited production of items may be arranged if it does not interfere with our normal activities. Contact the FCW board for details.
Yes, FCW is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Contributions to FCW are tax deductible.
FCW is funded by membership fees. There are also charter members who provided additional startup funding. FCW is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so donations of equipment, materials, property, money, etc. is tax deductible.
Yes, Foothills Community Workshop is a registered vendor for both products and services with the NC e-procurement system
Yes, FCW will not participate in , nor allow any illegal activity. Our hackers follow the original definition of someone who understands the technology and can design, build, and re-purpose items. The “hackers” in the media are considered “black hat hackers”.
We have three membership levels.
Regular members have 24/7 access, can vote and pay $35 per month.
Associate members have access when a regular member is present and pay $20 per month.
Family membership for each additional person in the family of a regular member is $17.50
Yes, guests are allowed and welcome at any of our meetings or workshops. Regular meetings are every Saturday at 3PM and Tuesday at 7PM. For a guest or visitor to use equipment or be in a dangerous area, they must sign a Guest Agreement.
Donate the equipment. It then becomes the property of FCW.
Loan the equipment to FCW. Our insurance may or may not cover it while in our facility.
Lease the equipment to FCW. Our insurance will then cover the equipment and the lease can be terminated at any time.
Yes. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated. FCW is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization so contributions are tax deductible.
No. Training and workshops can be arranged in any of our areas. Anytime we can learn is a fun time. The main requirement is that, if equipment is to be used, a Guest Agreement must be signed by each participant.
We have members skilled in machining (manual and CNC), metal working, electronics, robotics, programming, radio, computers, woodworking, model building, and model railroads.
There are many other interests we wish to explore as time and funds permit. The membership determines the future shops, labs, and studios. There are hackerspaces with professional kitchens, foundries, gardens, even chemistry and genetics labs.
You can help with individual projects. We also have projects for internal use and for the community. There are large projects that involve multiple hackerspaces. Finally, there are monthly project contests that allow hackerspaces to compete with each other.