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Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!

A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff

Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street.

Bloominglabs is open for members, however, due to social distancing requirements, Bloominglabs has suspended all open meetings until further notice. Send email to contact@bloominglabs.org if you are a non-member and wish to connect with us and/or access our tools and facility.

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Who are we?

We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us. Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.

Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.

  • Read our Bylaws for a more formalized overview

What is a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.

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Support

Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:

  • (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)

Also, we have an Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs. If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!

Members, this is how we process cash and hardware donations: Donations.

Hardware Donations

We appreciate hardware donations too! However, please ask before bringing any item donations and arrange to meet someone for the handoff. contact@bloominglabs.org This gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us currently. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.


Current & Upcoming Events

(PastEvents)

  • Public meetings!
    • Due to COVID-19, we are suspending open meetings until further notice
    • E-mail contact@bloominglabs.org or ask in Slack if you would like to arrange access to the space
    • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
    • All ages and everyone is welcome
  • Discardia: Trashion Refashion Workday
    • May 2nd, 2021 -- Noon-4pm
    • In collaboration with Discardia, in preparation for their Trashion event: Come to Bloominglabs at 1840 S. Walnut on Sunday, May 2nd, for a Trashion Refashion work day. Put those last touches on your outfit to get ready for the submission deadline. Bring materials to share. There will be a few sewing machines available, but feel free to bring your own. We have lots of room at Bloominglabs to spread out and will open the doors and windows to get good airflow. If the weather is nice, we can even work outdoors. To find Bloominglabs, go down the driveway beside the liquor store to park. We're around the back of the white building. Please send email to contact@bloominglabs.org if you need more information. Get those Trashion designs started soon!
  • May the Sith be with you Day
    • May 5th, 2021 -- 7:00PM to 8:00PM
    • Come to the dark side, we have cookies! our Slack group call to chat and bake cookies
    • https://bloominglabs.slack.com/ -- Email contact@bloominglabs.org if you need an invite to Slack

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. See our Workshops page for more information.

  • Rain Barrel Workshop -- Time 1

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 Workshop date has been changed.

    • Sunday, April 18th, 2021 -- 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Build your own 50-gallon rain barrel. During the summer months, lawns and gardens account for an average of 40% of household water usage. Water barrels can help to reduce water usage and bills by allowing you to tend to your lawn and garden using naturally harvested rain water.
    • Weather date: Sunday, April 18th.
    • Format: In-Person, outside
    • Cost: $50 for the public, or $40 for Bloominglabs members
      Rain Barrel Workshop 2pm
  • Rain Barrel Workshop -- Time 2

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 Workshop date has been changed.

    • Sunday, April 18th, 2021 -- 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Build your own 50-gallon rain barrel. During the summer months, lawns and gardens account for an average of 40% of household water usage. Water barrels can help to reduce water usage and bills by allowing you to tend to your lawn and garden using naturally harvested rain water.
    • Weather date: Sunday, April 18th.
    • Format: In-Person, outside
    • Cost: $50 for the public, or $40 for Bloominglabs members
    • Max people: 3
      Rain Barrel Workshop 2:30pm
  • Plant Tower Workshop

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 Workshop date has been changed.

    • Sunday, April 18th, 2021 -- 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Build your own plant tower and compost tube from a recycled food grade barrel. Plant towers are a vertical garden that can house 50+ plants in 4 sq ft of space. Plant towers also contain a composting tube to allow users to easily return their vegetative waste back to their plants.
    • Format: In-Person, outside
    • Cost: $50 for the public, or $40 for Bloominglabs members
    • Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!
      Plant Tower Workshop
  • Build an Outdoor Gym: Parkour Edition
    • Sunday, April 18th, 2021 -- 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Bored of the usual home fitness routine? Always wanted to learn how to make sturdy, interesting, wooden structures? Why not both! In this workshop, you’ll learn the principles of how to build your own sturdy, reliable workout equipment so that you too can start integrating Parkour into your daily routine! By the end of the workshop, you’ll be going home with either:
      • Your very own vault box (you will need to transport a box with footprint 3'x3' home)!
      • OR A set of convenient, portable, precision jump trainers that can be used anywhere. All built with your own two hands!
    • Format: In-Person
    • Cost is one of:
      • Parkour Vault: $75 ($65 for members)
      • Precision Jump Trainers: $30 ($25 for members)
    • A collaboration between Bloominglabs and Bloomington Parkour. **
      Build an Outdoor Gym: Parkour Vault
      Build an Outdoor Gym: Precision Jump Trainers
  • Lock Picking for Sport
    • Saturday, April 24th, 2021 -- 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Picking locks is a fun pastime and we’ll show you how it’s done in this virtual workshop. We’ll start with our code of ethics and then dive into the picking. Lockpicks will be available for sale and delivered ahead of the virtual workshop. Locks will also be provided.
    • Format: Virtual, pick up kits
    • Cost: $25 ($10 for members), plus a lock picking kit
    • Kits:
    • Maximum Class Size: 10 students (and up to 10 more at a future date)
      Lock Picking Workshop


Check out Workshops to see even further into the future!

Current Initiatives

These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please get in touch!

  • improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
  • purge excess junk
  • vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving) Achieved!
  • revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
  • make Bloominglabs's web presence friendlier
    • The page you get when people from the public go to bloominglabs.org has an overwhelming amount of information on it.
    • The New Members page and the Membership Manual should be merged together.
    • In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
    • It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
  • make the 3D Printers more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
  • wire the CCTV system
  • wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)

Public meetings and Membership

Currently we open to members but are closed to the public until the pandemic situation improves.

Despite this we are still accepting new memberships! Since we are closed to the public for the time being please send mail to contact [at] bloominglabs dot org to arrange a tour and to learn more about our on-boarding process. Please see the Membership Manual and New Members for more details.

During normal non-pandemic conditions we would meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street. These meetings were open to the public; anyone was welcome to attend. Having access to tools is only part of the equation. Socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. If it's cool and interesting then we are all interested.

Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives:

Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County

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