Welcome to Helios Makerspace
a community workshop for makers of all ages
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We provide affordable tools & space
for hobbyists, artists, students & entrepreneurs
SEE THE LIST OF OUR TOOLS & EQUIPMENT BELOW
WE WANT YOU
HELIOS' Annual General Meeting will be held April 20th, from 7.00-10.00 PM. Let your vote and opinion count!
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Helios Makerspace is a non-profit workshop in Montreal dedicated helping the community materialize ideas by providing easy access to tools and training. We provide access to a wide selection of equipment, a great creative community and a broad base of expertise. We pride ourselves on always having trained staff on-site.
> LAYOUT & OVERVIEW
We aim to provide the space and tools to the community to materialize almost any idea. Our goal is to provide access to as many tools as possible.
OUR CURRENT LAYOUT:
We love change at Helios! If you have questions regarding our equipment offerings, please feel free to contact us or visit us directly.
> WOOD SHOP
We have a wide variety of wood working tools and a large open workshop making almost any construction project a breeze. Our equipment includes:
We unfortunately cannot provide materials on-site however we keep some scrap material in the workshop and have a hardware store a five minute drive away from where we are located.
> 3D PRINTING/
Helios provides access to 3D printers for rapid prototyping or just learning about the technology. Our printers are:
We have the expertise onsite to go from knowing nothing about 3D printing to making your first print all in your first visit.
We charge our members an hourly rate of 5$/hour to use a 3D printer which includes consumable materials.
For 3D Printing Services, send your order to 3dHubs.com
> LASER CUTTING
Helios has a laser cutter with a 20" x 12" working area. This machine is capable of cutting sheets 1/8" thick of wood and acrylic and engraving a wide variety of surfaces. We provide the training needed to get you started on your first visit.
We have the following machine:
We charge our members an hourly rate of 10$/hour to use the laser cutter. You must supply your own materials.
We have a 120V MIG Welder which can weld a maximum material thickness of 1/16".
We are equipped with an electronics work area with:
We also keep a variety of prototyping equipment available for use onsite to help jump start ideas.
For those interested in textiles, we have:
> SANDBOX & STORAGE
The sandbox is a special room right beside the Makerspace where you can rent an area to store and test your own projects. It is an ideal place for tasks that are usually restricted in residential and commercial buildin
Utilities and one (1) Makerspace membership is included with the price. This area features a concrete floor, brick wall, power and a double door entrance.
Dimension of Sandbox is going to be available very soon.
> ACCESS TO HELIOS
During our opening hours, Helios is open to for visits. Volunteers are always on location to show you around and answer your questions. We are located at 5 minutes of Saint-Henri metro.
Accessing the Makerspace is like going to a gym. You can get a membership which gives you access during business hours to the large set of tools at the workshop. By getting a membership, you are helping the workshop to pay the rent and maintaining the tools
You can come to the workshop and use the tools available at the Makerspace. If you have questions, volunteers are on location to help out and walk you through the process. After a few days at the Makerspace, you will know how to use all the tools without problem.
> MEMBERSHIP PRICING
Membership helps the makerspace be sustainable. With your contribution, it helps us pay the rent, the internet, repairing and purchasing tools. We offer different membership options to cater to the needs of each maker. Membership can either be purchased directly at Helios or on our upcoming online store.
> HOURS OF OPERATION
For special events or training, please check here.
> STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Do you need help? Each of our amazing volunteers provide time every week to keep the Makerspace open and help the people in need. Each member of the team has very unique set of skills that they can help you out with.
For the list of current staff & volunteers please click here.
If you are interested in becoming one please contact us directly.
> GENERAL RULES
> WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING
Please contact us directly.
> POWER TOOLS (BASIC)
In the course, you will learn the basics and safety of a table saw, jigsaw, miter saw, band saw, grinder, drill press, belt sander, drill. Then with all these tools, you will build a small wood toolbox which you bring home.
> Price: 50.00$
> ELECTRONICS (BASIC)
Arduino is super fun to learn, especially when you get an all-in-one kit. You are going to learn how to use all these components after the tutorial. And of course, you are going home with the whole Kit in hand. On top of learning Arduino, we also give electronics soldering workshop so that you can build awesome little devices to connect to your Arduino.
> Price: 40.00$
> 3D MODELLING (BASIC)
You will be able to design everything you had in mind. You can design pretty much anything for 3D printing without too much effort. You will learn the to use a 3D modeling software, how to draft and design a piece that can be 3D printed and finally 3D print your piece.
> ADVANCED TRAINING
If you want to perfect your skill using any of the tools at Helios Makespace, you can book time with a staff to receive a VIP one-on-one training. Find out their area of expertise to receive a private course or contact us directly to book your training.
> WANT TO TEACH?
We always welcome inquiries from potential new instructors! As part of our mission to make creating a part of life, we hold classes not only to help teach people fabrication skills, but also to help people make a living from their craft. If you have an art or craft you love and a passion for teaching, we would love to help you share it.
For interested instructors, please send us an email with a cover letter, resume describing your teaching and subject-matter experience and what you’re interested in teaching.
> BECOME A MEMBER
Membership helps the makerspace be sustainable. With your contribution, it helps us pay the rent, the internet, repairing and purchasing tools.
It also gives you access during the week to the workshop.
Being a member also means that you can decide the direction where the makerspace is going. Thus, every member have a voting right during general assembly and annual assembly.
And of course, as a member, you get to use the tools and equipment in the workshop. Check our membership options on our online store or under the helios basics sections.
> SPONSOR PROGRAM
You can contribute to make workshop sustainable. The contribution is used to improve the space and provide a wider range of services to the community. We have hundreds of people per month passing by our space which includes wood workers, artists, students, families and kids, hobbyists and entrepreneurs.
There is an excellent opportunity to advertise your brand in the Montreal community. Don't hesitate to contact us for sponsorship opportunities.
> VOLUNTEER WANTED
We are always interested having volunteers help us out. If you are a proactive community oriented person, please get in touch with us.
Helios Makerspace is run by a Council and dedicated volunteers. Our Council is responsible for keeping Helios Makerspace fiscally and legally sound and true to its stated mission. The Council will generally addresses financial, contractual, legal, and liability issues while volunteers will get the shop running on a daily basis.
Need help? Below are the familiar faces that run, meet & greet fellow makers whenever they come to Helios Makerspace.
Has an inexplicable fascination for popcorn & toolboxes.
Thinks that any fact about him is in a superposition of interesting & not.
Loves numbers. From counting steps to calculus, he is always doing something with numbers.
Builds furnitures; he made his own bar & beer rack. Oh, & he also brews beer!
Has a strange obsession with robotic actuators. As a matter of fact, he has a box of them.
Is fascinated by all living things.
Yes, even the creepy-crawly ones.
Enjoys developing tools to enhance learning & creative practices as well as the company of DIYers.
Loves coffee, designy stuff & lego in no particular order except on early mornings.
Loves board and video gaming, creating things, and sometimes destroying things.
Boy Scout tendencies; likes to invent mostly harmless things.
Lambert is an entrepreneur and has graduated from Concordia University in Computer Engineering. He has expertise in hardware development such as robotics. He gained experience in team management through the societies and companies he led or founded such as IEEE Concordia, Helios Makerspace and Helios Laboratories Inc.
LAMBERT could probably help you with:
Soldering, PCB Design on Eagle, Digital Electronics, Arduino, 3D printing, Woodworking.
Corey has been a part of the DIY movement for longer than he can remember. The internet introduced Corey to the world of open source and the economy of sharing which led him down the path of computer science. Professionally, Corey develops embedded software systems but works on all kinds of projects in his spare time. Recently he has been working on projects involving high/low temperatures, 3D printers and Concrete.
COREY could probably help you with:
Programming, 3D Printing, Welding.
Eric is fascinated by teaching and sharing knowledge. His role in the team is to organize tutorial and provide opportunities for members to learn new aspect of Making. He can teach programming, electronics, 3D printing and laser cutting.
ERIC could probably help you with:
3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Programming.
Alex has great discipline in his work. He can design and build a variety of things using wood, metal, plastics, electronics. He is proficient with almost all the tools in the workshop.
ALEXANDRE could probably help you with:
Soldering, Analog and Digital Electronics, PCB Design on Altium, Woodworking.
Aaron is a highly motivated Mechatronics Engineer currently working in the wearable tech industry. He enjoy working on complex technical problems that have no obvious solutions. He thrive in high-pressure, fast paced and highly technical environments. He takes personal pride in continuously sharpening and updating his skill-sets to meet constantly evolving and increasingly complex engineering challenges.
AARON could probably help you with:
3D Modeling, Woodworking, Metal Working.
CEDRIC BRETON DAIGLE,
Cedric has a background in communications and biology. He currently studies Museology in hopes of soon building whole exhibitions in science museums.ﾠ He never could choose one subject to focus on, so he just decided to learn about them all. To his eyes, Helios Makerspace thus represents far more than just a glorified workshop: it’s the perfect learning environment, complete with skilled enthusiasts of various fields.
CEDRIC could probably help you with:
He excels at breaking things. Incidentally, he got somewhat good at repairing stuff with little to no resources or parts. Ask him if you want something to “work” and you’re not too picky about how it does: see him as a lazy MacGyver.
Meet at Helios:
* The best time to connect with Justyna is in person at Helios
Justyna is into creative computing and emerging technologies. Her passion for making was born with her on the day of love in Szczecin, Poland. She enjoys working with people, machines, hand tools, software, electronics, researching new interactive techniques and combining her computing knowledge with crafts and other disciplines. Her favourite material is wood. Beside doing workshops, building and improvising technical solutions, she likes looking at the horizon and dislikes mountains since they block ears as well as the view.
JUSTYNA could probably help you with:
Front end programming, basic digital and analog electronics, Arduino, DIY PCB, Eagle, Fritzing, Max Msp, 3D modeling software, advanced wood working and design.
Meet at Helios:
* The best time to connect with Caroline is in person at Helios
Routine is definitely not part of Caroline’s vocabulary. After graduating in Industrial Design at University of Montreal, she worked as an product designer at Enta Design studio before leading the product development, brand positioning & creative direction for e-marketing conglomerate Evoplus. She enjoys getting back to the roots of crafting and making by volunteering at Helios.
CAROLINE could probably help you with:
3D Modeling & printing, laser cutting, vacuum forming and anything related to graphic, packaging or product design.
Meet at Helios:
* The best time to connect with Simon is in person at Helios
Simon is a graduate from Université de Sherbrooke in Electrical engineering. Jack of all trades, he also enjoys woodworking, 3D printing, prototyping, prop making, e-sports, CNC machining and any type of competitive endeavor. Professionally, he is the lead hardware designer at Mirametrix, a Montreal start-up focusing on bringing gaze tracking solutions into the marketplace. Simon has been involved in the start-up scene since his university internships.
SIMON could probably help you with:
PCB design, digital and analog electronics, basic wood working, basic programming, Arduino, Altium, mold making, computer building, soldering, electronic debugging
Visibly age-advantaged, Jeff has twenty-five years of experience developing and implementing Lean and Six Sigma programs and fifteen years of experience developing, supporting, and selling software for a variety of engineering and product development applications. A recovering engineer, he also has plenty of scars on his knuckles from hands-on work in model making shops, solar energy startups, and general bricolage. In his spare time he likes to help firms build their problem solving knowledge engines.
JEFF could probably help you with:
Woodworking, Metalworking, Welding.
We are ideally located 10 minutes away from downtown Montreal & 5 minutes walk from metro St-Henri.
WED-FRI: 1.00-9.00 PM
SAT: 1.00-8:00 PM
SUN: On request* (min. one week notice)
Open to the community (FREE)
THU 5.00-9.00 PM
For special events or training, please check here
We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their gracious support:
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