Metrix Create:Space is a retail hackerspace located in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The primary goal of Metrix Create:Space is to enable the public at large to hack, make, build and create new and awesome things.
MCS has all the tools of a modern prototyping and fabrication lab, and provides easy access to tools and rapid prototyping services for the general public.
Established in 2009, it 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.
Our 100W and 50W CO2 lasers can cut and etch paper, wood, plastics, textiles and other non-toxic materials.
At Metrix Create:Space lasers have been our focus since day one. Everything is a little bit more awesome when you add laser.
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.
Monday nights we host Hack Your Clothes with Jennifer Leigh.
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.
The Advanced Circuits Lab at Metrix Create:Space is a 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.
Because of who we are (hackers of all ages) and where we are (residential/business district), when we decided to set up PCB Fabrication, 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 out, without compromise.
The Advanced Circuits Lab is incredibly safe as it does not involve hazardous chemical storage or waste. It is a blazingly fast process, and the capabilities are awesome. We can now build boards with better than chemical accuracy.
We use a LPKF Protolaser S to ablate material from our substrates. Because we use a laser, it is also extremely accurate. We have 2 mil accuracy for trace and space if needed and the material allows it. Analog and RF applications? Not a problem.
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.
Scenario 1: 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.
Since our beginnings as Community Wireless Networkers, Metrix has been focused on technical education, providing infrastructure and helping our customers create a better tomorrow.
Metrix Create:Space has workshops on Electronics, Arduino, PCB design, Textiles, 3D CAD, Programming and more.
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.