How it all began
The story begins in 2010 when four makers got together to create ATX Hackerspace as a community workshop – a place to work on projects together. Although originally formed as an LLC, ATXHS always operated in the spirit of a nonprofit as an all volunteer run organization with no paid staff. Any profits seen were always invested back into the space to improve the experience and offerings for members.
Meanwhile, Asmbly was created in 2019 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit community makerspace in Austin, Texas. Asmbly aspired to bring the same caliber of tools and equipment to the community, while growing offerings and developing a professionally managed organization.
In mid-2020, Asmbly and ATXHS began discussing a collaboration to help grow the makerspace community in Austin. After realizing each had a piece the other was missing, Asmbly and ATXHS decided to join forces in April 2021 to create Austin’s largest nonprofit makerspace operating as Asmbly at 9701 Dessau Rd, Suite #304.
Where we are going
Our mission is to enrich Austin’s creative maker community by providing a top notch creative space with tools and educational opportunities in a multidisciplinary, inviting, and member-focused setting. As an educational nonprofit, we will continue to expand class offerings to both our members and the community at large. Our classes already run the gamut from introductory woodworking to advanced welding, laser cutting, 3D printing and more.
We still aspire to expand the disciplines offered at Asmbly, but want to be sure we do it right. We would love to offer jewelry making and ceramics in the near future and expanding into a larger space will likely be the appropriate time for these additions. Until then, we will be working to improve our current offerings. Right now we are fundraising for new tools and specific space improvements to better utilize what we have, including adding dedicated spaces that have long been requested like a finishing room. Check out our fundraiser on GoFundMe for more information.
Hiring a full-time staff to help manage our growing operations is one of our goals. In the meantime, Asmbly runs solely on the efforts of dedicated volunteers. Each member plays a part in helping the space to flourish, from keeping the workshop and bathrooms clean, to planning for the future and managing our finances.
As we continue to grow, we need each member’s contribution of time and creativity to keep us growing. We thrive through the volunteer efforts of members like you! Interested in joining? Read more about how to join here.