Silverdale, Auckland 

About Makerspace NZ

We help you create.

New Zealand Wide

About us

Makerspace NZ are your partners in creating – we provide the machines, the training and the back  up support. Whether its laser cutters, CNC routers, plasma cutters or 3D printers we have the machine to suit. We cater for small-scale home businesses through to schools and large industrial /  commercial operations. Our after sales service and support network extends NZ wide enabling us to ensure that your precious machine is never far from specialist service.

Who we are

The Makerspace NZ story started around 2012 as “The Wellington Makerspace” – founded by two passionate creative entrepreneurs – Lee and Marie-Claire. Visitors to the Makerspace were impressed with the machines and started requesting to buy them for their own use. 8 years on and  the Wellington Makerspace is a distant memory, however Makerspace NZ is now a leading supplier  of machines for makers and their spaces all over NZ. From movie sets to undersea survey components to school class projects our “machines for creation” are helping Kiwis make NZ amazing!

In February 2019 Makerspace NZ was purchased by Warkworth based Marcus and Alice Lund. Marcus is the Director and “Chief Do-er” – he has an extensive knowledge of all things technical and a passion for seeing kiwis unleash their creative potential through our machines. Alice is the champion behind the scenes taking care of all the admin tasks that are not Marcus’ forte’ – basically keeping the Makerspace NZ wheels in motion! When we are not running Makerspace NZ we are
busy on our life style (life Sentence) block North of Auckland or at the beach with our 4 kids.

FAQs

How can I connect with other users of Makerspace NZ machines?

Check out our Facebook page here, for regular updates and links to our Facebook user groups.

What are the different types of lasers?
Laser cutters can broadly be categorized into metal cutting and non metal cutting.  These being fibre laser and CO2 laser respectively.
Fibre Lasers typically have a wave length of 1,060 nm while CO2 lasers have wavelengths in  the 10,600 nm range.  This difference enables each type of laser to have benefits for specific  types of materials eg Fibre Lasers are suited to metal cutting, whereas CO2 lasers are suited to organic and soft materials, such as wood, textiles and plastics.  Additionally CO2 lasers are capable of engraving glass and stone.  Metallic materials are best engraved with a fibre laser engraver. 
Do you have reference sites I can speak with?

Absolutely! – Contact Us for details of your nearest reference site.

Where can I get manuals for my machine?

Visit our Users Section for links to all of our manuals. Contact Us if you need any additional information.

What are the servicing requirements for my machine?

Visit our Users Section to download your machine manual for detailed maintenance instructions.

Laser Cutters

  • We recommend that you Contact Us every 12 – 18 months to arrange a scheduled service.
  • Generally speaking, your laser cutter will simply require its linear rails to be lubricated with sewing machine oil once a month. Every 3 – 6 months inspect and clean the 3 mirrors and focusing lens with isopropyl alcohol with a cotton bud or micro fibre cloth – taking care not to move the mirror sets.
  • Weekly, check that the E-Stop button & door interlock are functioning correctly

CNC Routers

  • We recommend that you Contact Us every 12-18 months to arrange a scheduled service
  • Linear rails should be wiped free of dust and lubricated as necessary – typically after approximately 40 hours of operation. We recommend using light machine oil.
  • Air cooled spindles should have the air galleries blown out monthly to ensure efficient cooling.
  • Apply a thin smear of oil to the collet screw weekly.
  • Weekly, check that the E-Stop buttons are functioning correctly

CNC Plasma Cutters

  • We recommend that you Contact Us every 12-18 months to arrange a scheduled service
  • Linear rails should be wiped and lubricated as necessary – typically after approximately 40 hours of operation. We recommend using light machine oil.
  • Water baths should be drained down when not in use for extended periods (e.g summer break) and when the water is well contaminated. We recommend the use of an additive to minimise corrosion.
  • Plasma tips, electrodes & shields should be replaced as necessary.
  • Weekly, check that the E-Stop buttons are functioning correctly
Location

Silverdale, Auckland,

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