Hacedores Makerspace

Education - Makerspace creation - Science

402, República de Guatemala 10, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Makerspace

Space size 200 m²

Opened in March 2015

Structure type private company

Explored in May 2018


We're a team of professionals advocated to the promotion of the Maker Movement and the Do It Yourself Learning Culture. At our Makerspace we provide a space to share knowledge and experiences for students, artists, engineers, and every person that needs a comfortable place that has all the tools for working and creating projects, objects and artifacts (woodworking, digital manufacturing, electronics and crafting). Pioneers in Maker Education in Latin America, we are also leaders in design, equipment, technical training and consulting for the creation of Makerspaces.

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This workshop is great for:

Adolescents between 12-18 Every single person & organisation! Seniors Makers pro Schools & universities General public Entrepreneurs Craftsmen

Join our weekly workshops and be part of MeteorITo program !

Don’t hesitate to push the doors of our place.

It is opened to everyone and you will find for sure something interesting for you. If you are curious or if you need specific skill to achieve your project, it exists a workshop for you. Look at our scheduled workshop and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information. See you soon !

You are a teacher ? Discover our open source educational program, MeteorITo, to teach kids science while making a meteorologist station.

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Hacedores from Hacedor(m.) : “Persona que hace alguna cosa” one traduction of Makers in spanish is a makerspace created by Antonio Quirate, Chris and Hans in 2015 after having listened to the deep need of mexicans makers : We want a place to meet makers and create our projects !

The lab is located in the historic center of Mexico city by the metroplitan catedral and closed to streets where it is easy to find materials.

The story of Hacedores started few years before through a blog hacedores.com as a premice of the maker movement in Mexico. Antonio, an autodidacte and early entrepreneur would like to spread the maker culture and animate the young maker community in Mexico by sharing what was happening outside the country. To push further its ambition to gather makers, he organized three very successful events. The first Mini Maker faire in Oaxaca, supported by the regional government and telefonica, the first Arduino day and Drone in the city. All happen in two months ! The craze that followed those events motivated Antonio to create the first makerspace in Mexico : Hacedores.

Open to anyone, it was first about hobby and making. Then it attracted teachers and school directors interesting in the methodology developped there. As a personal conviction more than for business development purposes, Antonio saw the great potential of workshops for education.

Thus, Hacedores specialized its activities in creation of contents and makerspaces for schools and museums. It created 20 makerspaces for private schools so far!

In line with its education oriented spirit, the lab is discussing with the mexican government so labs can be created to help solving social problems and be a catalyst to make education accessible to anyone.

Did you have a workshop in your parents’ home ? You should be prepared to answer this question if you attend a recruitment interview in Hacedores. For the fondateur and director manager, Antonio Quirarte, the most important quality for his team member is the making spirit. That’s why is he offers position to users of his lab and stay tuned to local makers network. Curiosity, social skills, eager to learn are the complementary qualities that fit with the spirit of the place.

Since 3 years, the team has grow from 3 to 19 persons and they expect to open new positions in education. At the beginning, members were multidisciplinary but with the growth, even if it remains necessary, dedicated position has been created to gain in efficiency. Now, you can find a pole of 6 persons for pedagogic courses, 3 members dedicated in makerspaces creation, 4 in design, event and communication and 6 in administrative positions such as human ressource, accountability, etc. During events, it’s not rare that users of the lab, teachers and students who attend the pedagogic workshops are lending their support during Hacedores’s events to share their projects or testify about their experience.

Their motivation to participate in the story of the lab was the non recurrent task and the freedom to make. For the director, it is essential to let member create and experiment their personal or professional ideas. It maintains their creativity and make them share their different background (former employee in big company, artist, scout, …). Team building day, celebrations (birthday, new contract, …), boarding game evening are frequently organized to foster the team spirit.

Antonio Quirate, founder of Hacedores Makerspace, created Hacedores to help makers with their projects but he didn’t predict the growing interest of teachers and educational organization who came by to discover the place and offered him to create similar makerspace in their school. Nowadays, the community of makers are mainly composed of teachers and students (80%) and makers (20%) from different backgrounds (engineers, retired, designers, craftsman).

The community of teachers and kids are animated by pedagogic and maker courses designed and performed by Hacedores educational team within different programs. The core program of the lab is called “From Zero to maker”. It consists of a series of workshops divided in different specialities (carpentry, electronic, textile, etc) and levels. Depending on the time available and their objective, teacher selects projects and organizes sessions himself or with Hacedores members (up to every week during a year) to cover all the skills and knowledge required to achieve them. Meanwhile, in collaboration with Jacaranda Education, they developed 2 programs sponsored by US and UK Embassies : one called “Meterito” to teach around 120 kids from 20 schools about physical principles around climate change, and one called “Chrysalis” to learn to the teachers how to produced interactive content during their courses. Last but not least, the team is involved in non profit actions such as PiTop, to improve educational conditions in poor areas. Through these activities, Hacedores gathered a growing community including existing ones such as edukre@tivos which consists of active teachers in mexican maker mouvement.

Even if the director adapted its activity to fit the educational needs, the makerspace stays a reference for the community. Along with its first mexican lab status, the objective of Antonio is to create a maker trigger in the mind of most Mexican. The objective is to increase and strengthen the existing maker network. To achieve this goal, he hires a member dedicated to events organization and often communicates in TV and magazines. Curious people can then come in Hacedores to discover a makerspace and attend workshops for a symbolic fee. He also helps to reveal makers and develop their activity by connecting them with his network. It is not rare to see makers from different makerspaces in Mexico pushing the doors of Hacedores place to find advices about their activities and projects.

One goal of the lab is to be open to all makers whatever their resources. Thus the lab did the choice that memberships and revenues from workshops would be accessible at low fare. It attracted users and allowed the lab to understand where were the needs.

As more teachers and school directors were coming into the lab, Antonio, founder of Hacedores, decided to orient its strategy to education. Today 70% of the recurrent revenue come from the services provided to this sector. The main part of it is the creation of Makerspaces for private school. As an extension, the lab provide training for teachers to know how to teach in the created makerspaces. It even created a book for that purposes. Also, the lab do consultancy when needed and helps the schools to find fabmanagers.

In addition, Hacedores helps schools by giving courses to student on specific makers topics like Arduino, 3D printing, etc. It also developed on demand school programs like the Meteorito project financed by the US embassy. This part of the business represents 20% of the revenue.

Finally, 10% of the revenue is generated from the online store where one can buy an electronic kit, a cardboard and their educational book.

Today, the lab is sustainable as it earns as much as its recurring cost: 15000$/month. 90% of the cost are the human resources (Team of 19 people). The rest is the rent (1250$) and the maintenance, electricity and materials.

The next step is to be profitable. For that Antonio is thinking about an offer that allows the lab to earn recurring revenue like a service & support 3 years warranty.

Hacedores from Hacedor(m.) : “Persona que hace alguna cosa” one traduction of Makers in spanish is a makerspace created by Antonio Quirate, Chris and Hans in 2015 after having listened to the deep need of mexicans makers : We want a place to meet makers and create our projects !

The lab is located in the historic center of Mexico city by the metroplitan catedral and closed to streets where it is easy to find materials.

The story of Hacedores started few years before through a blog hacedores.com as a premice of the maker movement in Mexico. Antonio, an autodidacte and early entrepreneur would like to spread the maker culture and animate the young maker community in Mexico by sharing what was happening outside the country. To push further its ambition to gather makers, he organized three very successful events. The first Mini Maker faire in Oaxaca, supported by the regional government and telefonica, the first Arduino day and Drone in the city. All happen in two months ! The craze that followed those events motivated Antonio to create the first makerspace in Mexico : Hacedores.

Open to anyone, it was first about hobby and making. Then it attracted teachers and school directors interesting in the methodology developped there. As a personal conviction more than for business development purposes, Antonio saw the great potential of workshops for education.

Thus, Hacedores specialized its activities in creation of contents and makerspaces for schools and museums. It created 20 makerspaces for private schools so far!

In line with its education oriented spirit, the lab is discussing with the mexican government so labs can be created to help solving social problems and be a catalyst to make education accessible to anyone.

Did you have a workshop in your parents’ home ? You should be prepared to answer this question if you attend a recruitment interview in Hacedores. For the fondateur and director manager, Antonio Quirarte, the most important quality for his team member is the making spirit. That’s why is he offers position to users of his lab and stay tuned to local makers network. Curiosity, social skills, eager to learn are the complementary qualities that fit with the spirit of the place.

Since 3 years, the team has grow from 3 to 19 persons and they expect to open new positions in education. At the beginning, members were multidisciplinary but with the growth, even if it remains necessary, dedicated position has been created to gain in efficiency. Now, you can find a pole of 6 persons for pedagogic courses, 3 members dedicated in makerspaces creation, 4 in design, event and communication and 6 in administrative positions such as human ressource, accountability, etc. During events, it’s not rare that users of the lab, teachers and students who attend the pedagogic workshops are lending their support during Hacedores’s events to share their projects or testify about their experience.

Their motivation to participate in the story of the lab was the non recurrent task and the freedom to make. For the director, it is essential to let member create and experiment their personal or professional ideas. It maintains their creativity and make them share their different background (former employee in big company, artist, scout, …). Team building day, celebrations (birthday, new contract, …), boarding game evening are frequently organized to foster the team spirit.

Antonio Quirate, founder of Hacedores Makerspace, created Hacedores to help makers with their projects but he didn’t predict the growing interest of teachers and educational organization who came by to discover the place and offered him to create similar makerspace in their school. Nowadays, the community of makers are mainly composed of teachers and students (80%) and makers (20%) from different backgrounds (engineers, retired, designers, craftsman).

The community of teachers and kids are animated by pedagogic and maker courses designed and performed by Hacedores educational team within different programs. The core program of the lab is called “From Zero to maker”. It consists of a series of workshops divided in different specialities (carpentry, electronic, textile, etc) and levels. Depending on the time available and their objective, teacher selects projects and organizes sessions himself or with Hacedores members (up to every week during a year) to cover all the skills and knowledge required to achieve them. Meanwhile, in collaboration with Jacaranda Education, they developed 2 programs sponsored by US and UK Embassies : one called “Meterito” to teach around 120 kids from 20 schools about physical principles around climate change, and one called “Chrysalis” to learn to the teachers how to produced interactive content during their courses. Last but not least, the team is involved in non profit actions such as PiTop, to improve educational conditions in poor areas. Through these activities, Hacedores gathered a growing community including existing ones such as edukre@tivos which consists of active teachers in mexican maker mouvement.

Even if the director adapted its activity to fit the educational needs, the makerspace stays a reference for the community. Along with its first mexican lab status, the objective of Antonio is to create a maker trigger in the mind of most Mexican. The objective is to increase and strengthen the existing maker network. To achieve this goal, he hires a member dedicated to events organization and often communicates in TV and magazines. Curious people can then come in Hacedores to discover a makerspace and attend workshops for a symbolic fee. He also helps to reveal makers and develop their activity by connecting them with his network. It is not rare to see makers from different makerspaces in Mexico pushing the doors of Hacedores place to find advices about their activities and projects.

One goal of the lab is to be open to all makers whatever their resources. Thus the lab did the choice that memberships and revenues from workshops would be accessible at low fare. It attracted users and allowed the lab to understand where were the needs.

As more teachers and school directors were coming into the lab, Antonio, founder of Hacedores, decided to orient its strategy to education. Today 70% of the recurrent revenue come from the services provided to this sector. The main part of it is the creation of Makerspaces for private school. As an extension, the lab provide training for teachers to know how to teach in the created makerspaces. It even created a book for that purposes. Also, the lab do consultancy when needed and helps the schools to find fabmanagers.

In addition, Hacedores helps schools by giving courses to student on specific makers topics like Arduino, 3D printing, etc. It also developed on demand school programs like the Meteorito project financed by the US embassy. This part of the business represents 20% of the revenue.

Finally, 10% of the revenue is generated from the online store where one can buy an electronic kit, a cardboard and their educational book.

Today, the lab is sustainable as it earns as much as its recurring cost: 15000$/month. 90% of the cost are the human resources (Team of 19 people). The rest is the rent (1250$) and the maintenance, electricity and materials.

The next step is to be profitable. For that Antonio is thinking about an offer that allows the lab to earn recurring revenue like a service & support 3 years warranty.

Machines & tools available

Proyectil FDM20 Dremel® 3D20 Laser cutter 50W CNC SHAPEOKO 2 band saw Knova emery bench Knova drill bench Knova Belt Sander Knova Sewing machine Brother Welding bench Weller Signal generator UNI-T oscilloscope UNI-T Dremel® Micro Dremel® Stylus Lithium-Ion Dremel® MiniMite 7300 Dremel® Trio Dremel® Multi-MaxTM MM40 Dremel® Saw-MaxTM Multi-ViseTM 2500 Dremel® VersaflameTM Dremel® 4000 Dremel® 8220 Dremel® 7700 Dremel® Engraver Dremel® 9050 PRO Dremel® Moto-SawTM Dremel® Trio WorkstationTM 220 9050 PRO Dremel 4300 MAKER KIT Dremel Engraver Dremel Engraver electric Dremel Dremel ultrasaw 7.5 circular saw Bosh emery wheel Bosh Eccentric Sander Bosh Drill Bosh Router Bosh

Technologies & processes available

3D printing Laser cutting Computing & softwares Electronics Textile machines 3D scanning CNC milling Robotics Thermoforming Vinyl cutting

Services offered

Workshop memberships Space rental Pay-as-you-go machines & tools access Open moments Makers e-shop Machines rental Kids classes & holiday training courses Education missions Coaching & project mentoring Classes & workshops

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

Opening workshops for a symbolic fee

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Community Business model

17$. This is the price you pay to make a humanoid lamp during a 3 hours workshop in Hacedores Makerspace. With this fee, the director only covers the material cost. And if you had come 3 years ago, it would have been for free.

If makerspaces habit is to look for benefits with workshops, the strategy of Antonio Quirarte is different and he got interesting results.

First of all, he wanted to open workshops for free to build and increase mexican maker community. Due to the high rate last minute cancelation, he asked for a low fee to secure the organisation. It is a success : between 5 and 12 people attend one of the 3 weekly sessions to experiment making or to develop required skills to achieve their projects. Meanwhile, it boosts his communication and reputation : professional from educational area come to give a glance at his offer and pedagogic approach. It often lead to a contract of service (makerspace construction, workshop design and animation, …).

Eventually, workshops give to the Hacedores educational team the opportunity to experiment and improve the pedagogic content they can offer to organisations and companies.

Contact : talleres@hacedores.com

Specialization of its activities

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Business model

What is it?

Hacedores finance the low cost access to the lab and courses thanks to the benefit of the specialization of its activities.

In concrete terms?

Hacedores concentrate its efforts in developing its activities in the sector of education only. In that way, so far, it created 20 makerspaces, many teaching courses for educational institution and provide workshops in its own lab. Also, it built relationships with foreign embassy who financially and physically help them to develop specific program for schools like robotics and building forecasting station with Arduino. In parallel, the lab is still very open at low fare for every maker whatever its projects.

Why it’s interesting?

It is interesting because: 1. It developed replicable and scalable services that save time and money 2. It has a clear strategy and coherence of what they offer.

For those reasons, Hacedores become a reference in the sector in which it is specialized: Creation of educational contents using making methodologies.


Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

MeteorITo - an open source educational program

MeteorITo is an educational program which aims to bring kids interests about science, technology, engineering and maths while creating conscience about climate change.

We have designed open source courses based on experimentation for kids and students of primary and middle schools. Concretely, kids experiment physical phenomena (pression, humidity, …) and coding to make their own meteorologist station.


Arcade16 - when music lover meets making spirit

Arcade16 is a beatbox for finger drumming. It is a squared box composed of 16 buttons connected to a MIDI Controller with an Arduino. You can connect it to your computer via USB to used it with electronic music software such as Ableton or Puredata. It gives anyone access to a custom and accessible music instrument.


Spine casting with 3D printing

The project consists on making a transparent solid spine for BBraun, a medical company who would like to exhibit the prosthesis they make for patients. For that purpose, Rafael Garcia created a manufacturing process that includes 3D printing to produce a silicon mould to build solid epoxy pieces of the vertebral column. He chose the 3D printing process as it is the cheapest and very fast way to help building mould of all the unique pieces that compose the human spine.


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