Hacksburg: A Makerspace for Anyone
Established in 2014, Hacksburg is Blacksburg’s first makerspace. With the focus to promote creativity, collaboration, research, and experimentation in science, technology, and art; Hacksburg helps members of the community complete projects that would otherwise be out of reach.
A makerspace is a location or room that contains tools and components to help a person or team come in, build something, and leave with a complete project.
“Hacksburg is a 501(c)(3) non-profit makerspace. We are a full workshop that members can join and use on their own time, during educational classes, and weekly meetings,” said Max Bareiss, Hacksburg board member.
Located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Hacksburg (1872 Pratt Drive, Suite 1620) is a well-stocked and maintained workshop that gives members a space to create and collaborate. Hacksburg offers equipment, mentorship, classes, and guidance to help members build whatever they please while promoting the exchange of information and knowledge between members and the Blacksburg community.
“We cater to all skill levels. If there is an interest in creating something that aligns with one of our classes or equipment, our goal is to make that happen for people,” Bareiss said.
Hacksburg memberships come with a variety of benefits including 24/7 access, training classes, community events, design competitions, and free Wi-Fi. Members also have full access to Hacksburg’s tools and equipment, including their wood and metal shops, 80-Watt Laser Cutter, 3D printers, and an electronics bench.
“There are many avenues to a Hacksburg membership,” Bareiss said. “For some companies, it is a way to get things done locally that they would otherwise have to outsource somewhere far away. For others, a Hacksburg membership gives them the opportunity to pursue a hobby outside of work with the resources and equipment they would not normally have access to.”
To learn more about Hacksburg and how to join, visit their website or attend a weekly open-to-public meeting, every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. both in-person and online.
Hacksburg events and classes are also open to the public. Learn more.
Interested in becoming a Hacksburg member? Get information and membership rates.