**AGM** 12 June 2017

All are welcome to the TAPlab AGM on 12th June 2017 at 7pm (in the taplab space @Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre.

If you would like to help shape the coming year please book this in and come along and get involved. All executive positions are up for re-election:

President, Treasurer, Secretary, Committee (~5)

If you would like to put your name forward for one of these positions please contact the secretary (secretary@taplab.nz) if you’d like the opportunity to promote yourself beforehand, or throw your hat into the ring on the night.


1. Receive the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any other General Meeting held since the last Annual General Meeting.

2. Receive the Executive Committee’s report on the activities of the Society over the last year and the proposed priorities and directions for the Society in the current year.

3. Receive the balance sheet and statement of income and expenditure for the past year and the estimate of income and expenditure for the current year.

4. Elect the officers and other ordinary members of the Executive Committee of the Society (see section 9.1).

5. Appoint an auditor of the Society’s accounts.

6. Conduct any other business which may properly be brought before the meeting

Makerspace visit: Fablab Masterton

Recently I was travelling through Masterton for work and was lucky enough to be able to call into Fablab Masterton to have a look around with John Hart, one of the founders. This Fablab is working with local schools and community groups to increase people’s experience with making and fabrication, as well as to grow people’s capacity to teach others.

Small laser-cut prototype with full-sized CNC table behind.

They have a CNC router which has enabled them to build their own furniture. John showed me the tiny little prototype of a table they cut on the laser cutter to test the design before hitting ‘go’ on the big CNC. Seeing the little table in front of the big table shows the power of different fabrication tools at different times in the design process.

3D prints and laser-cut rings.

A lot of the design work that happens at Fablab Masterton is 2D and 3D. People learn how to use software like Inkscape and 3D modelling software, then make their designs using either the laser cutter (2D) or 3D printer (3D).

Table with removable centrepiece.

Some of the tables have a centrepiece that is removable to allow different tools to be dropped in if activities change. It’s a clever design feature. This example was on an ‘unmaking table’ which encourages people to pull things apart in order to better understand how they work.

John and Kirsten have also set up a way for schools to share files with them so that after initial sessions learning about design and prototyping at the Fablab, they can work on their designs back at school, send the file to the Fablab and have them print it on one of their 3D printers.