La Nave Makerspace

Manuel José Othón 223, Tránsito, 06820 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Makerspace

Superficie 640 m²

Ouvert en Février 2018

Type de structure Cooperative

Exploré en Juin 2018


La nave makerspace is a place to develop technological projects, to design and implement software and hardware integrated solutions and a meeting place for the makers community.

Contact

+53 1 55 2605 6384
Membre de Mexican Makers

Réseaux sociaux

Thématiques principales

Architecture Art & culture Design Electronique Mode & textile Mobilier & maison Technologie - machines & outils Industrie & innovation Espace Recyclage & upcycling

Cet atelier est fait pour les :

Seniors Artisans Artistes Makers professionnels Makers hobbyistes Grand public Etudiant.es Adolescents entre 12 et 18 ans Toute personne & toute organisation !

You are welcome! For a second or for more, our doors are opened for you :-)

In this new place opened in the center of Mexico city, you can come to discover our projects, the digital machines, the maker spirit or discuss with us about your projects, your ideas or simply answer your questions about what can be achieved in such great place :-)

So don’t be afraid to push our doors and be prepared to be surprised !

Here, it is not only about digital fabrication but mostly about people.

Notre atelier en détails

Découvrez en plus sur notre espace, nos membres, nos machines & services !

Imagine a place where you can live close to your friends and close to your work. A work where you can fulfill projects that make sense, learn every day and have pleasure achieving your daily tasks the way you like.

The better way to find such place is to create it. One year ago, a band of former colleagues of the Hacedores Makerspace, who became friends, decided to quit their job and to rent a house in the city of Mexico to achieve this dream. If you get onboard their 640m2 vessel, they will take you in the maker world where they found their fulfillment, by creating, experimenting and making. Their objective is simple : having the time to make what they want while sharing with everyone the potential of digital fabrication.

Based on their previous experience, they are planning for different but complementary ways of achieving it :

  • by animating the Mexican maker community with common projects
  • by sharing maker knowledge and news with a Mexican maker magazine
  • by helping clients and makers to develop their projects with digital fabrication
  • by investigating new way of producing

Right now, the vessel just took off, guided by their feelings and users expectations.

If you enter La Nave Makerspace don’t expect to find a team here… Basically you will find more. A very welcoming family with strong making abilities!

Indeed, once you cross the front door, you first feel being at home as the first room you see is the shared kitchen. Then, you will meet the 5 members of the family who will be available for you to explain you how the makerspace works and help you for your projects. And finally, the term family is all about once you know they also live together, just above the makerspace. As a consequence, they have no choice but communicate and help each other.

While every member knows how the machines work, they each have their specialties. Alberto would help you with all the casting processes and metal works. Ricardo is wood making friendly. Andrea is fan of textile and literature so she also does community management for La Nave. Arturo is skillful with electronics. And, Ana masters design and pictures. It is more likely to find the last two one in late-day as there are working during the day at Hacedores, another makerspace of Mexico city.

All member takes part of the activity of the place which consist on helping the projects’ holders, producing product for companies, giving courses and welcoming people who ask for a coworking place as there is a small area dedicated for it.

Also, some of them, are helping at the café, an open place located inside the makerspace to eat, take a coffee and play games.

The main part of the makerspace’s community are entrepreneurs (90%) whose works highly involve manufacturing like architects, designers, artists and engineers. The rest are teachers who develop teaching tools like Montessori materials. In total, each month, 20 persons come to use the machines, for the work space and last but not least, the great support of the La Nave family.

The community is very committed in particular during the “meeting makers” events which purpose is to allow visitors to discover what can be done in the lab.

This open minded spirit is strongly encoded in the lab’s ADN. They don’t hesitate to work in collaboration with other Mexico makerspaces like inventor house and proyectils.

The ecosystem in which La Nave is part of is also composed by big companies like Honeywell, Petresense and Alsea who ask for their services due to lack of time or machines. For example, to produce electronic circuits, sensors and make wood prototypes.

Finally, La Nave share projects through its Facebook page to share projects to show what its community is making and what the team produce. It is also a way to attract new clients besides the network they built when they were working at the Hacedores makerspace and by word of mouth.

In December 2017, the 5 cofounders found the perfect place to create their cooperative : a former bakery. After 2 months of work and a first investment of 10 000$, they converted it in a makerspace with enough areas and space to put all the machines that each of them already possessed. The only machines they bought, for half the budget, was the laser cutter and the CNC milling. This first investment was funded by their personal savings and they achieved themselves all the construction, electricity, carpentry, furniture work with their knowledge and by recycling materials.

4 months later, their activities covers 40% of their costs without their salaries. The projects made for clients stands for 60% of the incomes, 30% comes from the digital fabrication made for users and 10% are attained with memberships and workshops. The objective of memberships, which is to cover the maintenance costs of the machines, is already reached. 2 members out of the 5 are working full time in Hacedores makerspace to cover the remaining costs.

But more than a cooperative, La Nave Makerspace looks like a family business. While waiting for the breakeven that should be reached in a year, they are living in a part of the space and are investing all their time and money to make it work. To make it sustainable without salaries, their daily costs (accommodation, food, electricity, transports…) are payed by the makerspace.

To increase their incomes, they are working on different levers :

  • summer camp for kids
  • sponsorship by major electronic or mechanical companies
  • collaboration with big companies to provide them a made-to-mesure solution funded by an annual income to pay the development, installation or maintenance.

Imagine a place where you can live close to your friends and close to your work. A work where you can fulfill projects that make sense, learn every day and have pleasure achieving your daily tasks the way you like.

The better way to find such place is to create it. One year ago, a band of former colleagues of the Hacedores Makerspace, who became friends, decided to quit their job and to rent a house in the city of Mexico to achieve this dream. If you get onboard their 640m2 vessel, they will take you in the maker world where they found their fulfillment, by creating, experimenting and making. Their objective is simple : having the time to make what they want while sharing with everyone the potential of digital fabrication.

Based on their previous experience, they are planning for different but complementary ways of achieving it :

  • by animating the Mexican maker community with common projects
  • by sharing maker knowledge and news with a Mexican maker magazine
  • by helping clients and makers to develop their projects with digital fabrication
  • by investigating new way of producing

Right now, the vessel just took off, guided by their feelings and users expectations.

If you enter La Nave Makerspace don’t expect to find a team here… Basically you will find more. A very welcoming family with strong making abilities!

Indeed, once you cross the front door, you first feel being at home as the first room you see is the shared kitchen. Then, you will meet the 5 members of the family who will be available for you to explain you how the makerspace works and help you for your projects. And finally, the term family is all about once you know they also live together, just above the makerspace. As a consequence, they have no choice but communicate and help each other.

While every member knows how the machines work, they each have their specialties. Alberto would help you with all the casting processes and metal works. Ricardo is wood making friendly. Andrea is fan of textile and literature so she also does community management for La Nave. Arturo is skillful with electronics. And, Ana masters design and pictures. It is more likely to find the last two one in late-day as there are working during the day at Hacedores, another makerspace of Mexico city.

All member takes part of the activity of the place which consist on helping the projects’ holders, producing product for companies, giving courses and welcoming people who ask for a coworking place as there is a small area dedicated for it.

Also, some of them, are helping at the café, an open place located inside the makerspace to eat, take a coffee and play games.

The main part of the makerspace’s community are entrepreneurs (90%) whose works highly involve manufacturing like architects, designers, artists and engineers. The rest are teachers who develop teaching tools like Montessori materials. In total, each month, 20 persons come to use the machines, for the work space and last but not least, the great support of the La Nave family.

The community is very committed in particular during the “meeting makers” events which purpose is to allow visitors to discover what can be done in the lab.

This open minded spirit is strongly encoded in the lab’s ADN. They don’t hesitate to work in collaboration with other Mexico makerspaces like inventor house and proyectils.

The ecosystem in which La Nave is part of is also composed by big companies like Honeywell, Petresense and Alsea who ask for their services due to lack of time or machines. For example, to produce electronic circuits, sensors and make wood prototypes.

Finally, La Nave share projects through its Facebook page to share projects to show what its community is making and what the team produce. It is also a way to attract new clients besides the network they built when they were working at the Hacedores makerspace and by word of mouth.

In December 2017, the 5 cofounders found the perfect place to create their cooperative : a former bakery. After 2 months of work and a first investment of 10 000$, they converted it in a makerspace with enough areas and space to put all the machines that each of them already possessed. The only machines they bought, for half the budget, was the laser cutter and the CNC milling. This first investment was funded by their personal savings and they achieved themselves all the construction, electricity, carpentry, furniture work with their knowledge and by recycling materials.

4 months later, their activities covers 40% of their costs without their salaries. The projects made for clients stands for 60% of the incomes, 30% comes from the digital fabrication made for users and 10% are attained with memberships and workshops. The objective of memberships, which is to cover the maintenance costs of the machines, is already reached. 2 members out of the 5 are working full time in Hacedores makerspace to cover the remaining costs.

But more than a cooperative, La Nave Makerspace looks like a family business. While waiting for the breakeven that should be reached in a year, they are living in a part of the space and are investing all their time and money to make it work. To make it sustainable without salaries, their daily costs (accommodation, food, electricity, transports…) are payed by the makerspace.

To increase their incomes, they are working on different levers :

  • summer camp for kids
  • sponsorship by major electronic or mechanical companies
  • collaboration with big companies to provide them a made-to-mesure solution funded by an annual income to pay the development, installation or maintenance.

Technologies & procédés mis à disposition

Impression 3D Découpe laser Scan 3D Fraisage numérique Electronique Machines textile Outils pour le bois Outils pour le métal Etabli outillage

Services proposés

Prototypage Temps libres Accès payant aux machines & outils Adhésions à l'atelier Privatisation de l'espace Café Formations & ateliers pratiques Cours pour enfants & stages de vacances Réparation d'objets Missions de design Missions de R&D

Nos pratiques inspirantes

Ce que nous faisons de particulier pour gérer notre espace collaboratif

Unanimous decision process as a communication lever

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L'équipe de l'atelier Gouvernance
  • What is it?

As a cooperative, each member has equal voice in the decision process related to the business. Most of the time, this type of organisation is based on a majority decision-making but in La Nave it is a consensus decision-making. A decision is taken only if it makes unanimity among all the team. This choice has been made to ensure and foster communication between members. They have no other choice than communicating, actively listening and taking into account people opinions and divergences, explaining their deep motivations and convictions to bring all the team in the same page.

  • In concrete terms?

Each week, all the members attend an one hour meeting to take decisions related to the makerspace. One of them shares a problem and suggest a solution. Depending of the topic, they select a referee which stands for the member less involved by the matter. Then, each member suggests its own solution. Once the round table achieved, they share their opinions on the best compromised solution under the referee supervision. This later ensures members stay open-minded and are not taking personally the criticisms. If the unanimity is not reached at the end of the session, it is postponed to a new dedicated meeting 1 or 2 days after, to give people time to think about it.

  • Why it’s interesting?

Even if this decision process can be time consuming and can delay decisions, it strengthens the team and it creates a constructive mind state usefull for the everyday life in the makerspace. Moreover, it improves their communication skills, they are deeply involved in the decision taken and they know better each other.


Nos projets de makers

Inspirez-vous des projets DIY de notre équipe & nos membres

Remote monitoring system for Mexican oil pipelines

It’s a remote monitoring system that measures all the time the temperature and pression of oil that flows in strategic points of a pipelines area. The system is made of several measuring boxes that send data (temperature, pression) every 10 minutes, with a LoRa communication protocol, to a concentrator. The concentrator sends the information collected with Internet to the company information system through a secured and specific protocol. All the information send by the sensor boxes and concentrator are encrypted.

The advantages of this solution is the low cost, the Internet independence and the energy autonomy of each measuring boxes.

This project will be used by an oil company to automatically and remotely identify issues (oil leak or oil robbery) within remote oil production area.


Drawer robot to reinvent kids learning

This project took its root in the FabLab@School methodology to guide kids through a learning process in order to build a robot able to draw by itself. This low cost robot is based on recycle materials and Arduino technology and comes with a pedagogic approach to create for each kids a unique experience. They are attracted by the robot but they are getting much more : they learnt electronic, computing science, physics, mathematics and especially creativity, tenacity, patience, team spirit, communication, …


Mango classifier with laser cutter

The “calificador de mangos” is a prototype of an industrial machine that sorts mangos by weight, dimension, and color. it differs from existing ones by its ability to sort by color, increasing reliability!


Feet Say - light dynamic platforms

Let’s talk you feet with light! This project is light dynamic platforms that change of color depending on where you step in. It has been made for GICSA shopping center by KILO company (Christopher Galicia, Ricardo Gomez, Veronica Heredia) with the help of La Nave Makerspace.


Splinter Saurus

It’s the realistic head of a splintersaurus dinosaur made with digital fabrication (layers cut with CNC) according to the specification and knowledge of experts in paleontology. It has been made for a Mexican museum in order to give all the key to public so that they can understand and appreciate this period of our history.


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