I would like to invite bit of discussion on the concept of a mobile makerspace, as a portable educational portal for various skills of interest to the patriot community. There are two areas for discussion, the missions, and therefore needs and equipment of the space, and the fundraising and programs to set it up and keep it running and providing service to the communities it supports.
There are three basic missions I see:
Middle to advanced manufacturing–basic techniques like welding and machining, and more adadvanced ones like showing what a 3D printer or cnc machine is like and how it works.
Electronics–from radios to drones to cracking cell phones, it’s a good idea when playing with very expensive gear to have someone around who knows what they’re doing, and help keep you from letting the magic smoke out. Aside from basic soldering, this is a place I’d be looking at providing some facilities and equipment, and having someone else provide expertise.
Firearms-again, something where it’s nice to have an experienced hand looking over your shoulder to keep you from making expensive mistakes. Most of gunsmithing just needs a bench and some jigs, but advanced work, like manufacturing, can be taught since the other equipment is available. Reloading would also potentially be on the list of skills to be taught. Again, something where most teaching would be done by others.
Some comment on the above would be appreciated. Trailers would provide more space, but due to weight issues would be more space than machine.
The other side of this coin is funding. I’d want at least a 20 foot truck, preferably 24 or more, I’d need a welder, a generator, probably a compressor, computers, machine tools, etc. The truck would need some modifications to support the machine tools, and probably other work since it’d be a used truck. A fifth wheel trailer and truck could work too, but would probably be just as expensive, though probably easier to get and set up.
All that will top a hundred grand. With some work togeneralize the missions, groups other than patriots could hire it out, but it will also cost a few hundred to park it (still need to keep it registered and insured etc.) When not on tour, and a few thousand a month to drive it around.
Western RiflesRifleshooter’s Association promotes a lot of training events this could be good for, but moving something like this around would be rather pricey and harder to justify. Getting some ideas on that though would be good. 80% receivers and printed doodads are nice, but I’m not thinking of much past that.