The Maker history in New Orleans is a long one. There has been a resurgence in the last few years that has seen the development of several Maker/Hacker Spaces and Organizations. If you know of one and it’s not below, let us know.
The FabLab is at Delgado Community College is an advanced fabrication lab established through a partnership with the Fab Foundation. With a focus on K-12 STEM education and outreach, our goal is to: Be a hub for educators and makers in New Orleans, provide open access and instruction to makers, and function as a collaborative space for exploration and experimentation. FabLab NOLA at Delgado Community College is intended for use by students, small businesses & entrepreneurs, and other members of the community. The FabLab provides a unique makerspace for exploration and creation for community learners and small businesses that are interested in digital fabrication with a focus on those with limited exposure and access to manufacturing, design tools, and technology. The FabLab Nola has Laser Cutters, CNC routers, a Vinyl Cutter, 3D printers, and a computer lab located in on the Delgado City Park Campus.
Chewbacchus is multifacited. They are infamous for their Mardi Gras parade but they also throw parties, encourage makery things and have a physical location for creative endeavors, the Castillo Blanco. It’s a facility for storage, special projects, build nights, and special events.
Makers of New Orleans (Makers of NO)
Makers of No We make things. We hack things. We live in NOLA. Makers of New Orleans is a non-profit, community-based workshop that provides a space for members of all skill levels to pursue creative projects, share ideas, learn, and have fun in a collaborative maker-friendly environment at the intersection of art, technology, science, and culture.
The MK or the “Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball” is a social club, in the spirit of Mardi Gras organizations, an assembly of people with similar interests and hobbies that occasionally get together for social events. It is also one-part Makerspace/Hackerspace group and one-part business incubator/consulting/production group. The MK exists for the purpose of socializing, networking and pursuing collective and individual pursuits of a productive and benevolent nature.
The Maker Space is located on Engineering Road. Formerly a centralized machine shop, it offers direct vehicle access, adequate power, high ceilings and compressed air. It includes multiple modern prototyping tools like laser cutters, water jet cutters, and 3-d printers, along with traditional hand tools and power tools. This Space is only available to Tulane Students.
Former Spaces and Organizations:
Formerly a lab/studio/maker space where people with common interests met, socialized, collaborated, learned and taught. Common interests include: technology, art, tinkering, electronics, inventing, etc.
Helena MakerSpace no longer seems to be operating.
IDIYA still provides classes/labs and consultation services but it does not currently operate a physical location.
The fifth annual and last New Orleans Mini Maker Faire was held in April 21, 2018. The organization that hosted the Faire no longer hosts the event. Their 2017 event included more than 90 makers and saw over 4,000 attendees! The Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire continues to hold events.