TOOLS & SPACE

 

Below is the list of tools & equipment at Helios.

 

TOOLS & SPACE

  • > 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:

    • Table saw*
    • Miter saw
    • Scroll saw
    • Band Saw*
    • Belt Sander
    • Drum Sander
    • Orbital Sander
    • Drill Press
    • Router
    • Jig Saw
    • Drill
    • Circular Saw
    • (NEW) Metal Lathe*
    • (NEW) Wood Lathe*
    • (NEW) Mini CNC*

    *Please note that usage of tools marked with an asterisk may be restricted and /or require some Helios Makerspace's training beforehand. See our team on site for assistance.

    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/

       RAPID  PROTOTYPING

    Helios provides access to 3D printers for rapid prototyping or just learning about the technology. Our printers are:

    • MakerGear M2                           Dim: 8"x10"x8" w/ heatbed
    • MakerBot Replicator 2        Dim: 11"x6"x6"

    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

    #CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE#

    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:

    • Full Spectrum Hobby Laser Dim: 12" x 20"

    We charge our members an hourly rate of 10$/hour to use the laser cutter. You must supply your own materials.

  • > WELDING

    We have a 120V MIG Welder which can weld a maximum material thickness of 1/16".

  • > ELECTRONICS

    We are equipped with an electronics work area with:

    • Oscilloscope 50 MHz
    • Function Generator
    • Soldering Irons
    • Power Supply 30V 10A
    • Atmel AVR MK2
    • PIC Programmer
    • Arduino UNO
    • Breadboards
    • Various components for starters

    We also keep a variety of prototyping equipment available for use onsite to help jump start ideas.

  • > SEWING

    For those interested in textiles, we have:

    • Brother DB2-B7 Industrial Sewing Machine
    • Singer 5528 Portable Sewing Machine
  • > 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.

    SANDBOX PRICES:

    •  20$/month for a shelf
    • 90$/month for the Mini-Maker: 6x4ft (2 of 3 available)
    • 250$/month for a Full-Maker: 11x7ft (1 of 2 available)
    • 600$/month for a Larger-Maker: 15x12ft (0 of 1 available)

HELIOS BASICS

 

How, when, where to use Helios' facilities. Hours, staff & rules to know.

HELIOS BASICS

  • > 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 online store.

    MEMBERSHIP PRICES:

    • Day Pass: 10$/day
    • Weekly Pass: 25$/week
    • Monthly Pass: 75$/month
    • Student Monthly Pass: 50$/month (Student ID required)
    • Yearly Pass: 50$/month for 12th month (post-dated cheques or VISA)
    • Multi-pass: 75$ for a 10 days punch-card. Valid for 1 year after the first visit.
  • > HOURS OF OPERATION

    Regular schedule:

    • WED-FRI: 1:00-9:00 PM
    • SAT: 1:00-8:00 PM
    • COMMUNITY NIGHT (FREE): THU 5:00-9:00 PM
    • SUN: On request only (*min. one week notice)

    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

    1. Maintain a safe environment for all members
    2. Clean after you are done
    3. Use reasonably the resources in the space
    4. Respect the volunteers, staff, members and guests of the makerspace

TRAINING & TUTORIALS

 

Learn new stuff, make new things or just get introduced to a new craft.

TRAINING & TUTORIALS

  • > WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING

       SPECIFIC?

    Please contact us directly. You can also consult our current training schedule here.

  • > 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$

    > See availability here.

     

  • > 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$

    > See availability here.

     

  • > 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.

    >Price: 20.00$

    > See availability here.

     

  • > 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.

    >Price: 50.00$/hour

    > See availability here.

     

  • > 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.

SUPPORT HELIOS

 

If you’re interested in joining our community, check out our membership options!

SUPPORT HELIOS

  • > 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.

OUR MISSION

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.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Want to commit to Helios as a volunteer or member?  We'd love to hear from you!

MEET OUR TEAM

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.

REACH HELIOS MAKERSPACE

We are ideally located 10 minutes away from downtown Montreal & 5 minutes walk from metro St-Henri.

 

 

137 Saint-Ferdinand

Local 270

Montreal QC

H4C 2S5

 

 

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

Questions? We invite you to  consult the about us section as it covers the basics.

 For assistance on site, see our current list of staff

Or special request or concern? info@heliosmakerpace.ca

REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

Made In Montreal

"fournir un espace où construction rime avec collaboration et apprentissage"

2014-01-30

Mini Maker Faire Montreal

"cet espace a été créé pour rassembler les ressources et les rendre disponible à la communauté"

2014-02-06

Troitsky Bridge Competition"

"Helios provided us with everything we needed and more"

2014-03-22

EchoFab

"1600pi2 où on ne risque pas de déranger les voisins"

2014-01-16

Poesis

"un lieu d’apprentissage, tant bien par le support des bénévoles que par l’entraide de ses utilisateurs"

2014-06-04

La Press+

"Ici, on peut bricoler des meubles, réparer des pièces électroniques du quotidien et concevoir des prototypes avec l’imprimante"

2014-04-12

Huffington Post

"Les ateliers coopératifs comme Hélios travaillent pour les générations futures."

2015-04-24

Mr Mondialisation

"Dans quelques années, on parlera de l’espace Helios comme l’un des pionniers du mouvement des ateliers coopératifs à Montréal."

2015-05-26

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS & CONTRIBUTORS

We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their gracious support:

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