To provide a space that fosters creativity through sharing and developing expertise in a wide range of practical skills, for fun, personal interest and community enhancement.

Parksville MakerSpace Members Ride the Rails!

Posted on 23 Jan 2018 in Courses, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This past Sunday, Jim and the MakerSpace Railroaders Team hosted their first “How To” Workshop! Passions and curiosity ran high all afternoon as about 60 model railroad enthusiasts gathered, sharing stories, experience as they made new friends! Go to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News for the entire story including video!


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YOUTH ARTS Exhibit @ McMillan Arts Centre February 25, 2018

Posted on 22 Jan 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 YOUTH ARTS Exhibition McMillan Arts Centre February 25, 2018


Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 the McMillan Art Centre will host the opening day exhibit which will feature all qualified art submissions from the Youth Arts Competition. The opening day exhibit will start at 1:00 pm and go until 4:00 pm. Before closing, the opening day exhibit will count votes and award two winners with either the “OC MakerSpace Choice Award” or “People’s Choice Award”. Each winner will receive a three month OC MakerSpace family membership (valued at $210), which includes a membership for you, two parents/guardians and a sibling. In addition, a cash prize of $100 and $50 respectively will be given to the winners upon completing a large scaled version of their winning submission (see “Winner Prize Follow-up“)

After opening day, the exhibit will be moved to the OC MakerSpace where it will remain open on Wednesdays and weekends till Saturday Mar. 20, 2018. On Wednesdays the exhibit will be accessible between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. and other times when the MakerSpace is open. While the exhibit runs you will have the opportunity to like your favourite submissions on Facebook. The submission with the most likes will be awarded the Facebook choice award and a $20 cash prize to be picked up on Wednesday Mar. 24, 2018.


If you are interested in having your submission available for purchase, please indicate so in the OC MakerSpace Youth Art Applicant Form. The proceeds from a sold submission will be split 70/30 between the artist and the OC MakerSpace respectively. You may list your submission to be sold by auction or at a fixed price. The suggested start bid price is $10 and the suggested minimum fixed price is $25. Art proceeds and unsold art should be picked up at the OC MakerSpace on Wednesday Mar. 24, 2018 between 6:00 pm and 9 pm.


The two winners chosen during the opening exhibit will be expected to finish a large scale version of their winning entry before they receive their cash prize. After the winners have been confirmed, the OC MakerSpace will setup a time to discuss and agree on the specifics of the scaled art piece. The OC MakerSpace will provide the winners with the supplies and support they need to create a scaled version of their winning submission.

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3D Design and Printing Course

Posted on 27 Dec 2017 in Courses | 0 comments

Introducing 3D Design & Printing!

Fascinated by 3D Printing? This is the Course for You!

Learn the basics of 3D Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and 3D Printing using SketchUp!

Number of Participants: Min. 6 – Max. 8
When: January 21, 2018, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, 1/2 hr lunch
Where: 133 McMillan St., Parksville (ground floor of the McMillan Art Centre)

Requirements: Upon confirmation of registration on our website, follow the link to the required softwares to be installed on your computer.

Equipment: Bring your laptop and mouse (MAC or Windows), curiosity and enthusiasm!

This course will introduce you to 3D drawing and how to take that completed drawing and produce a simple physical object using a 3D printer.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Drafting Principles
  • Overview of SketchUp User Interface
  • Draw 2D Shapes
  • Make 3D Objects: draw object, edit, export for printing – STL file
  • Lunch Break: 1/2 hr
  • Review 3D Printer Features
  • Review 3D Printer Software – CURA/SLICER
  • Load Student Models and Print: while printing, edit models, Q & A

Note: Registrants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration taken in payment date order.

If you have any questions, please email theoceansidemakerspace@gmail.com

Registration for this event closed – please contact us if you are interested in a future version of this class.


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Job Creation Partnership

Posted on 15 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

BLT and the MakerSpace are proud to announce that we have just launched a Federal and Provincially supported work experience and job skills development project under the JCP banner, through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction and working with the Parksville Careers Centre. This will provide a work and learning environment for two qualifying job-seekers and bring a very valuable focus to the further development of the Oceanside Community Makerspace.

The main focus of work to be carried our during the 30 month project, would be to develop a local business and individual skills and contacts database and develop a number of training courses in the realm of STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We very much look forward to selecting our two participants and having them become valued members of the BLT and MakerSpace community. I hope you will welcome them and give them all your support.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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Railroad Modeller

Posted on 5 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The photo above is a rebuild project of one of our early MakerSpace members, Allan Clark.

Allan is a longtime model railway hobbyist who scratch-builds most of his stuff. With this particular locomotive rebuild in the photo he is working with some of our MakerSpace members to “draw and print” a replacement “sand box” using one of our 3D printers. Welcome to the modern world railway man!

Allan was one of roughly 15 model railroaders who showed up Saturday, November 4 to see what our Oceanside Community MakerSpace was all about and how their home railroads can benefit from a membership at OCM. Allan has already found one way.

Another of our early Members, Jim Bennett helped organize Saturday’s event and is committed to making the new Oceanside Model Railroaders group a permanent fixture.

Whether you want to take out a membership and work on a layout here because there’s no space left at your house, or just learn more about working with our 3D printer team, or getting some advice on the electronics side… If you’re into model railroad building… contact jim.bennett@shaw.ca

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Model Railway People

Posted on 5 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We had a very busy afternoon yesterday (Sat 4th Nov). Jim and Al invited Railway enthusiasts to come to the Space to see if they might find our facility of interest, may be even join, or better still, create a Special Interest Group with the OCM and create a Railway display that can be developed and added

Model Rail at OCM

to by a number of members, all sharing their individual skills. It’s a big step and another commitment, so it is still “in progress”. But, if you are a Model Railway person and would like to see what is being discussed, call Jim on 250-594-2893.


We also had a couple of other visitors, including Christina, Cait and Mike, and Lana and Aiden (Mum and Son), as well as all the usual members. Was good to see everyone there. Makes it a very active place, with a lot of smart people to talk to – nice to see Aiden (teen age).

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Qualicum Maker Fest

Posted on 16 Oct 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Time flies when you are getting old(er) and I’m pretty late writing a note about the first Qualicum Beach Maker Fest, organised by the QB Chamber of Commerce and located at the Farmer Market, on Saturday the 23 Sept. Local maker/craft type clubs and individuals were invited to have a table to present their interest to the public. The OCM took 2 tables, created a 4ft poster board for the back wall and had a 3D Printer in use. The Makerspace Nanaimo club setup next to us, with the Flyers on the other side (some personal connections between these two groups), and a new Makerspace operation in Courtenay also came – MakeIt.Zone

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