MN Equipment Acquisition
This pages, and the ones it links to, are a bit of our history that could be of interest to other makerspaces. This is how we organized (or tried to organize) our volunteer organization to boot strap our makerspace.
Identify equipment needed for the shop. Identify sources to obtain the equipment including: auctions, sales, donations, partnerships. Arrange for temporary storage of any purchased equipment. Pickup the equipment, transfer into storage, install in the shop, arrange for any maintenance needed to make the equipment useful. Avoid over buying. Avoid paying more than the market price for any equipment.
- Knowledge of equipment models pros/cons specifically for our shop
- Ability to negotiate effectively to get the best price
- Truck for transportation and willingness to drive to get a good piece