When I announced that I would be traveling through some areas of the southeast this summer, [Slade] from Freeside Atlanta emailed me to set up a stop at their hackerspace. I am very happy he did too, because this place was really cool. [Steven Sutton] agreed to walk us through the facility and did a great job of being the tour guide.
Freeside Hackerspace is a 5,500 square foot facility that feels like it just goes on and on. We were greeted with a nice clean work area up front that had 3d printers, collaborative spaces, electronics workstations, a classroom, and project storage. As we moved further back, we found the bar and lounge area complete with kegerator, giant cnc cut pterodactyl, projection system, and several comfy looking sofas.
After we passed through a pair of doors labelled “workshop”, we were greeted with an area more suited to manufacturing filled with lathes, workbenches, all the power tools you could imagine, and even two auto bays. If you have a project in mind, they’ve got the space and tools to make it happen.
I’m still in South Carolina, and would love to visit some more hackerspaces if they fall into our path. If you know of one that is along our route back. let me know. We’re currently in Hilton Head South carolina, but our trip back will take us to Beufort SC. Then, we’ll pass through Franklin NC,Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, and Paducha KY before we finally head home.