Pumping Station: One

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Pumping Station: One
Pumpingstation1-logo.png
Motto JFDI
Formation 2009
Purpose Hacking, DIY
Location
  • United States
Origin
Chicago
Founders
Founding Members
Affiliations Noisebridge, HacDC
Website pumpingstationone.org

Pumping Station: One is a non-profit hackerspace/makerspace in Chicago, Illinois. It's modeled after similar organizations located in the United States and Europe. The facilities consists of approximately 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of shop, workspace, and lounge areas.[1]

About[edit]

The stated mission of Pumping Station One is to "foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture." The organization provides a workspace and social group for people interested in learning and exploring all aspects of life including science, technology, arts, crafts, software development, foreign languages, and anything else members express an interest in.[2] Members are encouraged to share the knowledge they already possess and structured classes are very common. A member is not necessarily a "hacker" in the computer sense — some members aren't computer experts — but rather "someone who makes something and modifies it and uses it in a way that wasn’t originally intended."[3] Other members volunteer their professions to support the group, such as through legal support.[4]

History[edit]

Pumping Station: One started as a loosely knit social group of like-minded individuals meeting regularly at local cafes. In April 2009 the lease was signed for 3354 N. Elston Ave. in the city of Chicago.[5]

Since then, the organization has grown to over 270 members[6] and in mid-June 2012, moved to a new location at 3519 N. Elston Ave.

As of the end of 2016, membership had grown to 435.[7] By this time, the shop had become very well equipped, including a large format CNC router,[8] a 150 watt large format laser cutter,[9] a vertical mill[10] and lathe,[11] as well as a number of 3d printers and other equipment.

Involvement in notable events[edit]

  • In August 2010, Pumping Station: One took part in a hackerspace challenge sponsored by Scion.[12] Their entry was a Tron-cycle-powered ice cream maker.[13]
  • Pumping Station: One member Jim Burke launched the Power Racing Series.[14][15] The first season in 2009 consisted of 6 cars, all backed by other Pumping Station: One members. The second season in 2010 was hosted at the Maker Faire Detroit[16][17] with competitors from several hackerspaces throughout the country.[18]

Facilities[edit]

The Pumping Station: One facilities are divided up into areas, based on their function. These include:

  • CNC — All computer controlled tools, ranging from 3D printers, to laser cutters, to CNC mills.[19]
  • Electronics/mechatronics lab — Where most electronics related things reside, such as meters, scopes, soldering equipment/supplies, and mixed electronics devices for hacking and parts salvaging.[20]
  • General area — Includes a lounge room, work table spaces in the shop, and a scanning electron microscope.[21]
  • Graphic Arts and Textiles — The sewing and fiber arts section of the space. This contains equipment for sewing, weaving and other related activities.[22]
  • Hot Metals — A shop space for hot metals work, such as welding, grinding, and forging.[23]
  • Kitchen — The area for all things food and drink related. Beer Church, the brewing group, is mostly hosted here.[24]
  • Cold Metals — A shop space for cold metals works. Tools include mills, lathes, et cetera.[25]
  • Woodshop — A shop space for woodworking projects. Tools include a SawStop table saw, router, jointer, and thickness planer.[26]
  • Small Metals — A shop space for making jewelry, and other small metal sculpture.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Scott Leonard, Charles Berretand Ian Monroe (June 9, 2009). "Lawyer turns hacker and tunes in on hacker legal services". Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Martin Jon. "What the hell is Pecha Kucha?". Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Evan Minsker. "Pumping Station: One brings the hacker space movement to Chicago". Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ David Gialanella (Oct 1, 2009). "What I Did with My ‘Go Away Money’". abajournal.com. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pumping Station: One "About" page". Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Board Meeting Notes 2013-12-03 - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  7. ^ url=https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Board_Meeting_Notes_2015-03-10
  8. ^ "Shopbot PRS CNC router - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  9. ^ "BOSS LS-3655 150w Laser Engraver - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  10. ^ "Bridgeport Knee Mill - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  11. ^ "Clausing Lathe - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  12. ^ "Take on the Machine: Pumping Station One 1". Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "DIY 'Hackers' Tinker Everyday Things Into Treasure". Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Power Racing Series". 
  15. ^ "Power Playing". 
  16. ^ "Make: Online » Power Racing: Grown Humans Stuffed Into Teeny-Tiny Cars (Who Aren’t Shriners)". 
  17. ^ "Power Wheels Racing: Fat Men On Souped-Up Toy Cars". 
  18. ^ "Power Racing Series: Teams". 
  19. ^ "Category:CNC - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  20. ^ "Category:Electronics - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  21. ^ "Category:General Area - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  22. ^ "Category:Arts - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  23. ^ "Category:Hot Metals - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  24. ^ "Category:Kitchen - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  25. ^ "Category:Cold Metals - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  26. ^ "Category:Wood Shop - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 
  27. ^ "Category:Small Metals - Pumping Station: One Wiki". wiki.pumpingstationone.org. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

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