COVID – 19 update.

Unfortunately, given the current situation we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer Classes at Benchspace. We however have began our plans to reopen for the public in August and will begin with a few Classes and Open Making sessions then.

We’re plan to be back to full strength in September with a Green Woodworking weekend, Benchspace Bites, Intro to Laser Cutting and our evening courses for the Autumn begin in late Sept/early October.

Our full lineup is available to book now at

https://benchspacecork.ie/upcoming/

We hope to see you all in the workshop as soon as possible.

Regards
The Benchspace Team.

3D Printed Faceshield for Irish Healthcare Workers

*** 26/6/2020 PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETED, WE SUCESSFULLY MADE 40,000 FACE SHIELDS AND DELIVERED THEM TO FRONTLINE STAFF ***

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Due to the Covid 19 crisis we’ve had to close down the workshop to the public.

We do however have a number of 3D printers and an 80w laser cutter. We decided to put this equipment to use creating Face Shields for Front Line Workers.

To stop a potential bottleneck we also put out a call for home based 3D printer owners to help us in creating these masks. In less than 48 hours over 35 people signed up to help.

We’ve spend the last week establishing protocols, trialling various designs with healthcare professionals and establishing a distribution plan. We have committed to providing the masks free of charge to a number of major hospitals and elderly care institutions

We estimate we can produce over 2400 face masks a week to distribute but material and distribution costs will be in excess of €6000.

Our goal is to get 10,000 masks into the hands of health workers over the next 4 weeks.

If you wish to donate then you can at https://www.gofundme.com/f/3d-printed-faceshields-for-frontline-staff

If you have access to a 3D printer and wish to help, please fill out this form https://bit.ly/Benchspace3DPPE

if you wish to get in contact, you can email us at ppe@benchspacecork.ie

Thank you.

The Benchspace Team.

 

 

 

Covid 19 & Benchspace Online Makerspace

The Benchspace Team has made the decison to cease all workshop based activity until April 1st (this may be extended depending on government recommendations)

Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all our members.

Essential staff may be present in the workshop but please do not disturb for any reason.

In the meantime we have launched a Facebook group for our members to show off any projects they may be working on, ask advice on projects they may be considering
or post and tricks and tips they may have.

You can join here

Take care and we hope to see you all soon. Any questions drop us a line at hello@benchspacecork.ie

Sincerely,

The Benchspace Team

342k Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant for Benchspace Cork

CORK, Jan. 8th, 2020. Benchspace, a Cork based multi discipline creative hub announced today that they have been a recipient of a Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant of 342k following the third call of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF).
Benchspace Cork is the first co-making space of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies.
The grant will enable Benchspace to expand and establish a making and design hub in Cork City as a front door to the creativity of local artists, craft workers and contemporary designers.
The Benchspace Creative Hub will organise and equip graduate and existing creatives to commercialise their abilities and grow new enterprise in the region. It will provide relevant business skills, additional technical training and will assist with business development by building links into local industry, collaboratively seeking new innovations to add value.
Benchspace was established in 2017 as a social enterprise to help creatives start a business by providing space and equipment at an affordable rate.
Media enquiries to hello@benchspacecork.ie