Where is Asmbly located?
Asmbly is located at 9701 Dessau Road, Suite #304, Austin, Texas 78754.
What are your hours of operation?
We’re always open, except from 2am-5am each morning. (We were previously open 24/7, but since COVID we have been closing the space for a few hours each evening/morning for infection control purposes.)
How long has Asmbly been around?
Asmbly joined forces with longtime Austin makerspace – ATX Hackerspace – in April 2021 and now operates as Asmbly. Check out our History page for more information.
How do I join Asmbly?
Check out How to Join Asmbly which covers the steps required to become a member.
Who is eligible to join Asmbly?
Everyone! Asmbly is a nonprofit community makerspace serving Austin’s artisans, creatives, craftspeople. We hope you’ll join us.
Are there age restrictions for becoming a member?
We currently require all members be at least 18 years old. Minors are permitted to visit the space as a guest of a member, but they may not use any tools or equipment.
How much does a membership cost?
Membership is $75/month, or $750/year.
How do I pay for a membership?
We accept all major credit cards and ACH (e-check) payments in US Dollars. Unfortunately we’re unable to accept paper checks, cash, bitcoin, gold bullion or vintage vinyl. For members who prefer to use cash, we recommend using a Visa gift card.
Do you offer family memberships?
Yep! A family membership is $75/month for the first member and $40/mo for each additional member of the household who wishes to join. Each family member is required to complete all of the How to Join Asmbly steps. Just send an email to email@example.com before purchasing a membership and we’ll do some behind the scenes magic to provide the discounted rate.
Can I buy a gift certificate for a membership?
Absolutely! You can purchase as a gift certificate for as many months of membership as you would like through our online store here. Just ask the lucky recipient to email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem their gift certificate.
Do I have to sign a long term contract? What’s the cancellation policy?
We don’t require contracts. Memberships are billed every 30 days and members are free to cancel anytime through their member portal. Our most common membership is $75/month. We don’t prorate early cancellations; stated differently, 30 days is the shortest membership term we currently offer. We’d love to have you as a member – click here to get started.
What is your refund policy for memberships and classes?
Monthly memberships are nonrefundable. Annual memberships can be 50% refunded if requested within the first 3 months. After 3 months, annual memberships are nonrefundable. Classes may be fully refunded if the request is emailed to email@example.com at least 48 hours in advance of the class time. If it is within 48 hours of the class start time, it is nonrefundable.
I’d like to visit the space and see about joining? Is that possible?
Normally this would be entirely possible, but COVID has forced us to make several significant changes. Unfortunately, only members are allowed in the space, but we have a video here that provides a tour of the space.
How is Asmbly responding to COVID?
Safety has always been our first priority — even pre-COVID — and that hasn’t changed. We’ve spent considerable time designing new workflows to minimize COVID-related risks while still allowing members to access the space and tools. A few of the COVID-related changes include a cloud-based scheduling system in order to limit occupancy to a safe number of members, a face covering requirement, and more. Our response to COVID is continually evolving and documented in-depth here.
What is required of members and visitors with respect to COVID?
We require all members to schedule their visit in advance using our online scheduling software — even if only 5 minutes in advance — so that the workshop doesn’t have more occupants than can safely socially distance. All occupants must wear a face covering at all times. Additional policies may be in place and can be reviewed here.
What machines and tools exist at Asmbly?
Check out our tool list. It’s not comprehensive, but it lists most of what we offer and will give you a good sense of what equipment we have.
What basic safety measures are required to use tools and machines at Asmbly?
We offer classes on everything from basic woodworking tools to laser cutting. Some of our machines or specialty shops (e.g. woodshop, CNC router, laser cutting) require an introductory safety class regardless of prior experience. This is to ensure that all Asmbly members are following the same machine use guidelines and safety procedures. It also ensures that members know things that are specific to our space – for example, how our dust collection system works, what software our CNC router uses, etc.
Is there a paid staff that helps with shop maintenance and cleaning?
No! But great question. We’re a 100% volunteer-run, volunteer-managed, volunteer-everything’d organization. We expect members to clean up 110% after each work session. That means clean up your work table or work area and then do a few minutes more to keep the shop spaces clean and safe. Working in a community shop space is full of great benefits – good project advice and free how-to’s are just a few – but it also requires planning ahead for things like cleanup. Please budget 15 minutes for cleanup because, unlike your garage or home shop, you can’t just turn off the light and walk out.
I have a big project in mind! Do you offer storage while I’m working on my project?
We love big projects, but as a community space, storage is limited. Generally speaking, anything that can’t fit in the banker’s box needs to leave with you each day. We make exceptions to this — project glue-ups, paint drying, etc. If you have a big project in mind, please contact our Facilities Director before you start your project to ensure that it’s something we can accommodate.
Are there any projects or other activities that are not permitted at Asmbly?
Open flames are not permitted. Creating or repairing firearms is not permitted. Using dangerous chemicals or processes without the ability to protect others is not permitted. Remember: we’re a community space, so please plan accordingly.
I have a tool / machine that I’d like to long-term-lend, or donate, to Asmbly – is this possible?
Thank you for thinking of Asmbly! We would be happy to discuss a hosting arrangement, or a charitable donation. Please contact our Director of Facilities to discuss.
I’m interested in taking a class at Asmbly. Where can I find more information?
Check out our Asmbly Classes page a complete listing of classes offered.
I have considerable experience in a specific craft and would be interested in teaching a class at Asmbly – who can I contact?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. We’d love to know more about what you have in mind.