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.

  • > 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*
    • Scroll saw
    • Band Saw*
    • Miter Saw*
    • Belt Sander
    • Drum Sander
    • Orbital Sander
    • Drill Press
    • Router
    • Jig Saw
    • Drill
    • Circular Saw
    • Metal Lathe*
    • Wood Lathe*
    • 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 and check the how to use videos here.

    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 a 3D printer for rapid prototyping or just learning about the technology. Our printer is the following:

    MakerGear M2                           Dim: 8"x10"x8" w/ heatbed

    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 the 3D printer which includes consumable materials.

    No time to print it yourself? We also offer 3D printing services, send your order to 3dHubs.com

  • > LASER CUTTING

    Helios has a laser cutter with a 12" x 8" working area capable of cutting wood and acrylic sheets. We provide the training needed to get you started on your first visit.

    • Cutting Bay: 12" x 8"
    • Materials: Acrylic (1/8") or wood (3/16")*
    •  File required: raster format (.jpg or bitmap)
    • Price: 7.50$ per 15 minutes

    * For other materials, please check with our team onsite.  You must supply your own materials.

  • > VINYL CUTTING *** NEW***

    Thanks to a partnership with Absolut Vodka, we just acquired a Graphtec CE6000 24" Vinyl Cutter!

    We also already have numerous colors of basic vinyl for your projects. The cutter only accepts vector files (in that case, .eps files). Note that usage fees similar to those related to the 3D printer or Laser Cutter will be applicable.

    A series of workshops and events related to vinyl cutting will be announced shortly.

  • > 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

    Please note that with our recent moving, we are not able to offer sandbox storage but there are still some shelving and co-working spaces available. For more information, please contact us directly at info@heliosmakerspace.ca.

    SANDBOX PRICES:

    • 10$/month - Small shelf
    • 20$/month - Large shelf
    • 99$/month - Mini-Maker: 6x4ft
    • 399$/month - Full-Maker: 11x7ft
    • $849/month - Larger-Maker: 15x12ft
  • > ACCESS TO  HELIOS

     WE'VE GOT BRAND NEW TOOLS!

    Dear members of our community, did you know that on top of improving our set of tools in the workshop, Helios also offers access to 24" vinyl cutting? Come discover the new goodies on site!

    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. Membership can be purchased directly at Helios.

    REGULAR MEMBERSHIP:

    • 75$/month
    • 50$/month RECURRING( by VISA or MasterCard)

    STUDENT MEMBERSHIP (valid student ID required):

    • 50$/month
    • 40$/month - RECURRING( by VISA or MasterCard)
  • > HOURS OF OPERATION

     WE'VE GOT BRAND NEW TOOLS!

    Dear members of our community, did you know that on top of improving our set of tools in the workshop, Helios also offers access to 24" vinyl cutting? Come discover the new goodies on site!

    REGULAR SCHEDULE:

    • WED-FRI: 1:00-9:00 PM
    • SAT: 1:00-8:00 PM
    • COMMUNITY NIGHT (FREE): THU 4:00-9:00 PM
    • SUN: On request only (*min. one week notice)
  • > 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.

    See our list of current volunteers or check our staff schedule.

    If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please fill the form below describing your background and community experience.

    I want to join as a volunteer

  • > 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
  • > 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.

    > 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.

    > 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.

    > 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.

    > 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.

  • > 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. Membership can be purchased directly at Helios.

  • > VOLUNTEER WANTED

    We are always interested having volunteers help us out! If you are a proactive community oriented person, please fill the form below describing your background and community experience.

    I want to join as a volunteer

  • > 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.

  • > DONATE TO HELIOS

    Please supports us in the core work of helping makers make.

    Your financial support will directly help us improve the space, tools and workshops offering while making our workshop sustainable.

    Your pledge will help ensure we keep offering a wider range of services to the community!

    You will be redirected to the Paypal website for a secure connection.

TOOLS & SPACE

 

Below is the list of tools & equipment at Helios.

 

TOOLS & SPACE

TRAINING & TUTORIALS

 

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

TRAINING & TUTORIALS

SUPPORT HELIOS

 

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

SUPPORT HELIOS

HELIOS BASICS

HELIOS BASICS

 

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

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 or check our staff schedule for assistance onsite.

REACH HELIOS MAKERSPACE

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

 

 

137 Saint-Ferdinand

Local 223

Montreal QC

H4C 2S5

 

 

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@heliosmakerspace.ca

WED-FRI: 1.00-9.00 PM

SAT: 1.00-8:00 PM

SUN: On request* (min. one week notice)

 

COMMUNITY NIGHT (FREE)

THU 4.00-9.00 PM

 WE'VE GOT BRAND NEW TOOLS!

Dear members of our community, did you know that on top of improving our set of tools in the workshop, Helios also offers access to 24" vinyl cutting? Come discover the new goodies on site!

REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

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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