We are the T-Exchange, a registered Makerspace established eight years ago and currently specialising in a range of technologies including Raspberry Pi, Arduino micro-controllers, 3D printers and Robotics. We have held the status of a Scottish registered charity, since July 2018 with our main charitable objective being the promotion of STEM Education, particularly targeted towards the young people of Moray. For example in Autumn/ Winter 2019-20 we ran a soldering and electronics course for 8 yrs and over in Findhorn.
During the last year we supported local events such as Open Doors Day in Forres. At AJ Engineering we set up several displays and a range of practical tasks. In November 2019 T-Exchange organised a 3D printer event @St Giles Centre, Elgin, showcasing our own self-built printers, 3d animal shapes, machine parts and a range of learning materials including a DNA coding kit.
In previous years we attended several science festivals including Inverness, Strathpeffer and Orkney, providing educational displays and hands-on activities in schools. At the latter several of our members worked with local schools to provide practical age-appropriate workshops e.g. in computer coding (Scratch and Microbits).
Technical Knowledge and Skills
Many of our members possess knowledge and skills honed over many years in fields of Education, Science, Computing and Engineering. Recent examples include an extensive Covid-19 PPE Visor project involving the use of our own 3D printers and 3D Modelling software. We are also using website design tools, as we edit our website to better meet our future needs. We are happy to share our extensive experience for the benefit of others and to this end we develop targeted displays and practical activities for public events.urses plus several computer coding clubs for young people across Moray.
Our Covid-19 3-D Project
Since late March 2020 we have worked hard 3d printing PPE in the form of Visors, Face Mask Relief Straps and Door Dongles for NHS staff, Care Workers Childcare Hubs and other hardworking members of our Moray Community. We have now delivered over 3500 3d Printed visors, 2500 face mask relief straps, 1275 single use visors and 620 door dongles to over 170 locations across Moray.
By early May 2020 we had a very active team of 18 3-D Printer owners working hard in their own homes, schools and businesses. Some volunteers were Makerspace members alongside other local 3d printer owners and some schools. All volunteering their time and energies to help others in our community at this challenging time.
Here are some of our happy customers
Support us by:
- Donating towards our costs Moray Firth Makerspace Just Giving Page
- Offering to stock our 3d printed visors (please contact us through the contact form)
- Offering to print visors, door dongles and face mask relief straps (we have the stl files we can send on).
Recent press coverage of our activities :-
Below is a link to our previous Just Giving page, now closed having reached its initial target. It has updates showing how the Covid-19 project progressed from the end of March 2020 until August 2020, when the initial fundraising target was reached and funds were released to us for use in the project.