Technarium

Technarium shall be a place with tools for your dreams. We are building an open, community-operated space in Vilnius, Lithuania, where people with technology-related interests can collaborate, work on their projects, share their knowledge and skills. We've been operating an informal workspace where our friends and friends of friends could come and make or fix things for several years, we have lots of experience and the basic equipment. Now we would like to expand the place and open it to the broader community.

The Silicone Meadow -- an art installation by Ieva Marija Dautartaitė. Made in Technarium, brought to the Burning Man festival in 2014.

Lathe in the metal workshop

Lightpainting -- a programmable LED strip for long exposure photography

TRIAC BLOC - an open hardware solid-state relay with an I2C interface, made in Technariumas

The Silicone Meadow in daytime. Photo by R. Požerskis

Ignas directing his stop-motion animation movie in a forest. Photo by Urtė.

Augustė firing the samples of enamel colours on copper test plates

We are teaching an Arduino microcontroller programming course at Kazimieras Simonavičius University

A customised 3D printer in the workshop

3D printed parts for the Silicone Meadow installation

A XIX century smoke sauna we've rebuilt after it was destroyed by a falling tree.

At the metal workshop

Handmade soap made by Kipras

A compressed air cannon.

Ceramics with Heartbleed OpenSSL library bug source code

Cryptocurrency miner in a fridge

Woodwork by Saragosa

Current carpentry workshop

Handmade wooden tables by Ramūnas and Saragosa

Chirp! -- an open hardware plant watering alarm and soil moisture sensor

A DIY drum coffee roaster

Copper plating

At the moment we operate at a 400 sq. m. space that is already too small for the workshops, tools and machines and for all the projects. Some of us work there, making theatre decorations and custom machinery or handmade furniture. The others come to work on their projects: restoring an old Mercedes van, a small boat, fixing or welding a bike. Several members are making prototypes: testing a professional camera-stabilising system, designing pyrolysis apparatus that would convert plastic waste to fuel, a small telescope tracking system. A plant-watering alarm that one of us made is already available commercially (it is open-source, too).

We are looking for an affordable industrial space with running water/electricity/other infrastructure -- if you have any ideas or hints, let us know! 600 sq. m. would be enough for metalwork, carpentry and machine shops, ceramics, jewellery and silkscreening studios, electronics and hardware workshops, industrial painting, bicycle and automobile repair zones, a chemistry lab, a computer class and a social area.

We’re a small, diverse collective: engineers, artisans, software and hardware hackers, scientists and artists. Check out some of our previous and current projects at wemakethings.net, our blog, or on Github (miceuz, astrolitterbox, rxdtxd).

We are creating and developing a local technical community hub guided by the same ethos as the global network of hackerspaces and makerspaces: free and unrestricted sharing of knowledge, active participation and inclusivity. We want to show that technology is an inherently creative endeavour.

Join our mailing list [mostly in Lithuanian, English posts welcome] for announcements, technical discussions, bikeshedding, etc.

Contact us if have any ideas, would like to receive news or come to see us: crew(a)technariumas.lt