Touring Crashspace, the LA Hackerspace


In case you’re not up to speed with the most recent happenings at Hackaday, we’re partying in LA tomorrow. This means visiting all the local hackerspaces and begging for a tour. First up is Crash Space, an awesome hackerspace that uses Starsong, the soldering iron alicorn shown above as a mascot.

Inside Crash Space are the usual Hackerspace compliment of tables, projectors, whiteboards, and more recycled computers than you can shake several IDE cables at. When we rolled up to Crash Space, they were just finishing up their weekly 3D printing workshop, replete with a Mendel Max, The Printer Which Shall Not Be Named, and a pair of printers from Deezmaker, a company started by one of Crash Space’s members.

For anyone wanting to roll their sleeves up and get dirty, all the action starts in the back of the building. There, they have a laser cutter, an ancient lathe and mill, drill press, and even a project that will become a vacuum former.

The folks at Crash Space were kind enough to show off their workshop for a video, viewable below along with a few pics of the space buzzing with activity.


  1. genki says:

    That’s one hot unicorn ;) Someone loves My Little Pony

  2. Figureitout says:

    The pony soldering iron…Da Fuq guys?! haha

  3. camerin says:

    I love the “printer which shall not be named”

  4. Hirudinea says:


  5. Ryan Voots says:

    I’m a local member, we’ve got a great mailing list for any random questions about building, making, or anything really. I should come by tomorrow and see you guys!

  6. matt pinner says:

    Sparkles the Soldering Unicorn teardown and build notes are here:

  7. mpinner says:

    Sparkles the Soldering Unicorn writeup and build photos:

    • pcf11 says:

      One aspect of Sparkles is actually pretty innovative. I’ve never seen a soldering iron that can be put down by itself without risking burning anything. Someone should invent a soldering iron with like a retractable bipod stand or something. Yeah sure everyone into soldering has a stand, but I could see the flexibility of a soldering iron with a built in stand being handy.

  8. Matt Terndrup says:

    Glad I was able to make if to Crash Space while Brian, Matt, and the other Hack a Day guys were there.

  9. Joejoedancer says:

    I just watched a documentary on Bronies.

  10. Kaz says:

    Is anyone else SERIOUSLY afraid to ask where the cord comes out of that soldering iron?

  11. Ellipsis says:

    I was pretty happy to notice it was correctly called an alicorn rather than a unicorn.
    Someone likes My Little Pony a lot. :)

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