Metrix Create:Space is a modern prototyping and fabrication lab focused on digital and distributed manufacturing technologies in Seattle, Washington, USA. With a complement of additive and subtractive machining technologies, its scope runs from electronics to architecture. With its pcb laser structuring and pick and place assembly equipment, Metrix is the most advanced walk in electronics prototyping facility in the United States.
The primary goal of Metrix Create:Space is to enable the public at large to hack, make, build and create new and awesome things by providing easy access to tools and rapid prototyping services for the general public.
Established in 2009, the retail hackerspace has a community of creative engineers, professionals and enthusiasts who push the limits of the technology available and create prototypes, products and businesses.
Laser Cutting and Etching.
At Metrix Create:Space lasers have been our focus since day one. Everything is a little bit more awesome when you add laser.
Our 100W and 50W CO2 lasers can cut and etch paper, wood, acrylic, acetate, linoleum, natural rubber, leather, and other non-toxic materials. We cut material up to 30"x40" and up to 1/2" thick (depending on material qualities). Ask us about our anodized aluminum and wineglass/pint glass etching capabilites.
Designs can be created in any software that produces vector graphics. EPS format is preferred.
We carry a limited supply of baltic birch (3mm and 6mm) and acrylic (assorted size/color/thickness) .
Cutting/Etching of untested materials will require destructive testing for laser settings and a MSDS datasheet for toxicity. Laser cutting is a subtractive process and satisfactory results cannot be 100% guaranteed. Testing on one-of-a-kind items is not recommended.
Metrix Create:Space has been at the forefront of the DIY 3DPrinter movement, and has the capability to print in plastics, plasters, ceramics and more.
Designs for our 3D Printing service must be manifold STL. Contact us or come in for further details.
Metrix Create:Space has sewing machines, sergers, embroidery machines, knitting machines and industrial strength stitching machines for all of your textiles projects.
CNC Routing and fabrication of wood and plastics
The CNC Router can accept materials 4’x8’x10” in size for creation of furniture, foam models for theater and manufacturing, signs and sculpture.
Our CNC Mill has a much smaller work area and is suited to fine detail work in wood, plastic and aluminum.
Because of who we are (hackers of all ages) and where we are (residential/business district), when we decided to set up PCB Fabrication for our electronics work, we decided it had to follow some strict guidelines. Our lab had to be safe. It had to be capable. It had to be fast. We started down our path and built it, without compromise.
Strangely, our choices led us to build out more than just a chemical free workspace.
The Advanced Circuits Lab at Metrix Create:Space is our most cutting edge process and currently the fastest way to prototype sophisticated electronics that we are aware of. We can take your file and spin a printed circuit board for prototype in less time than it may take to return a phone call at other shops.
The Advanced Circuits Lab is incredibly safe as it does not involve hazardous chemical storage or waste. Using a precision IR laser, It is a blazingly fast process, and the capabilities are awesome.
We can now create boards with advanced features and better than chemical accuracy using a completely dry process.
Our main machine is a LPKF Protolaser S that directly ablates copper, gold and other metals from laminates, ceramics and polyamide films. A CNC PCB Plotter covers drills and custom countour routes. With our lamination press and a no-pin process, we have the capacity to build up to 16 layer boards. Through our research and efforts, we have also developed a method to laser structure and press a dry soldermask using heat resistant polyamide film.
Building prototype electronics has never been this accessible, or this fast. We can build breakouts and experimental boards in less than an hour, so you can iterate quickly through designs and test your theories in hardware. In today's hardware startups, building fast is one of the tenants, if not the most important rule.
Our process is extremely accurate. With a 25um beam and the right substrate we can hit a 2 mil trace/space. Boardhouse limits are no limit here.
Analog and RF applications? Not a problem. Create Filters, planar components, microstrip and more. Straight lines are straight, with no chemical variances.
We have built circuits on FR4, Rogers, a variety of polyamides and more. We've even taken our tools past their limits and used them to create active components. If you have a special project, or just want results in a hurry, contact us now. Make something awesome.
Protolaser - $12.50/minute - material not included
Protolabor - $75/hr - includes CAM, drilling, routing and other cage labor.
This is subject to availability of lab tech in the cage, and an estimate of time. not price.
Turnaround Time: 1 hour
1 sided board.
Turnaround Time: 2 hour
2 sided board. No through hole plating.
Turnaround Time: 4 hours
2 sided board. Through hole plating with silver conductive epoxy.
Turnaround Time: 1 day
2 sided board. Through hole plating with silver conductive epoxy. Pressed/Laminated polyamide solderstop.
Medium single sided board (Arduino shield) with mostly surface mount parts, 1 drill size and custom contour routing.
~4 minute of laser ablation time.
minimum 5 minute charge (non member) - $62.50
ProtoLabor: $75 per hour, includes CAM, drilling, routing and setup/prep work.
prorated to 1/2 hour - $37.50
$100 - Total price for walk-in customer
$87.50 - Total price for member
SMT PCB IN LESS THAN ONE HOUR
Technical, Design and Referral Services
In addition to providing space to work, robot time and tools, Metrix Create:Space offers instruction, design and technical services to assist customers with its prototyping and quick run projects. Because of the nature of our business, for projects with longer timeframes, we prefer to refer our clients to a growing short list of local professionals.
In our nearly 10 years in business, Metrix has handled projects for hundreds of individuals and institutions, companies of all sizes, government/defense and NGO.
Metrix Create:Space Workshops
Metrix is not only about providing tools for those in the know. Metrix Create:Space hosts regular workshops hosted by subject-matter-experts on a variety of topics which create a baseline of knowledge in its community.
Metrix Create:Space has workshops on Electronics, Arduino, PCB design, Textiles, 3D CAD, Programming and more.
We are always looking for new workshop instructors. If you are experienced in one of our capabilities or a related subject, email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
To set up a private workshop, email email@example.com with a description of the topic, desired scope, and number of people already interested.
Mentoring and Business Development.
Metrix has had several successful businesses spring from its walls, and encourages its community to mentor and guide new ventures on their path towards success. Often you will find others like you building a business, a prototype for kickstarter or a brand. Although it is not technically an incubator, or an accelerator, Metrix Create:Space acts as a magnet and launchpad for new and innovative businesses.
Metrix Create:Space has been a part of many local Kickstarters, and the number keeps growing as time moves on. For the ones that we've been closely involved with, all have successfully shipped in a timely manner.
Crowdfunding is an amazing opportunity for the entrepreneur and product designer. Our free advice? Be realistic. Listen to those who have been through the process, and make sure your plan covers even the unexpected. Always deliver.
Professional Service Program
While Metrix Create:Space provides public access to its facilities 12pm-12am 7 days a week, it is provided on a first come, first serve basis. Professional Services are also available for companies that require a more structured relationship. Multiple users with single point of contact billing? Offsite engineering exercises? Off hour lab access for that special project on the impossible deadline? We can help.
Tiered support contracts are available which give both scheduled technician time as well as off-hour access to the facility. Contact our team for more details.