Access to the Public and Potential New Members

If you want to start new projects or hobbies (or make progress on existing ones!), create an artistic masterpiece, repair that thing around your home, or learn new skills, the resources and community available at the Vancouver Hack Space can really help you get there.

However, we are currently limiting public access due to the pandemic. Non-members can book a tour by replying to a thread on Talk (our quite active forum), and someone will get in touch to schedule a time slot. We are doing this so that we can monitor capacity of the space to prevent crowding.

So head on over to Tour Requests from Non-members on Talk, click the Sign Up button in the top-right corner, then you’ll be able to reply to the thread to request a tour. We understand this can be a bit of a daunting first step, but please bear with us as we follow the recommendations of health officials to protect our community (which hopefully will include you!).

We ask that you keep a few things in mind for your tour:

  • Please wear a face covering or mask. If it blinds us with awesomeness, all the better.
  • Wash your hands at the sink by the front door when you enter the space.
  • If you have symptoms of illness, please reschedule your tour for another day when you’ve recovered.
  • Tours are limited to members of a single household in order to keep the size of social bubbles introduced to the space in check.
  • Once your tour has completed, you’re welcome to continue to enjoy the space and meet our community – but please be cognisant of social distancing as others may have differing levels of comfort than yourself.

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We’re raising money to help keep VHS open! Please donate if you’re able to, and share either way!

This fundraiser is being run by a member in coordination with the Board of Directors. 100% of the funds raised will go to VHS, to support operating expenses and other priorities that may arise, as determined by the membership and the Board.

We appreciate your support!

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VHS VR – A virtual reality hackspace



VHS VR – A virtual reality hackspace.

Tired of not being able to hackspace at home? Can’t weld in your kitchen? Is the lack of 3D printer or laser cutters in your apartment getting to you? Is your partner or young child getting sick of you watching machining videos all day?

During these trying times we are here to give you the support you need to social distance while providing an adequate hackspace experience in glorious VIRTUAL REALITY!


Virtual 3D Printers!

VR 3D printing

You can load a 3D model into the printer just as you would at VHS and print it out your models in real time. Be sure not to leave the space while operating this machine as your print might 🔥! People caught logging off during this time will have 3D printer privileges revoked.


Laser cutters, welder, milling machines and wood shop tools all work as expected with our outdated dynamic ENIAC physics engine being most of the heavy lifting.

Embedded Controllers!

Virtual computer stations can be used for virtual Arduino programming. With the added realism of broken usb cables ensuring your code doesn’t upload and shows no apparent errors.

Microcontrollers and components can be purchased through the in-game store SallyExpress using VHS Challenge Coins. VHS Challenge Coins will be mined in the background on your GPU while you play! And even when you’re not. The more you hack the more you earn.

To promote diversity and enhanced user experiences, drawing from a random selection and combination of genders (over 700!), Wikipedia articles, and items of fruit, our advanced character generation engine will randomly generate an avatar for you. Now you too can be cool like a “cool banana”! (As seen above. Custom character generation and accessories, like sunglasses, sold separately and may require an additional purchase. Please make sure to ask a parent or guardian for permission.)

We have support for the majority of VR headsets on the platform. Each with varying degrees of “features”, depending on the ocular imaging distortion field profile from the manufacturer.

Premium members who have already had their nanoprobes administered will be automagically assimilated into your new virtual home.

Members will also be able to enhance their virtual experience via micro transactions under a pay to win scheme.


See you soon in cyyyyyybeerrrrspaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!

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VHS Fat Tuesday Electric Pancake Fundraiser, Feb 25th, 7 – 10pm

What: Fat Tuesday Electric Pancake Night at VHS

When: Tuesday Feb 25th, 7 – 10 pm

Where: 1601 Venables St, Vancouver


  • $5 to support 120 volts (regular power)
  •  $10+ to support 220 volts (heavy machinery like the laser cutter).

Join us for a fun evening of pancakes, demos, tours, robot beaver rides, and more! All proceeds from this event will go towards the Vancouver Hack Space electrical update fun. Have fun, check out the hackspace, eat pancakes (sweet & savoury options available), see what projects people are working on and help us upgrade power to all the things!

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The Doughocracy

It turns out we have a few bread nerds at VHS! A long-time member posted, asking if anyone had some sourdough starter culture to spare, and another member stepped up and has distributed yeasty holiday gifts (or are they pets?) to all the good little chil^Wmembers who wrote to Sourdough Santa.

Here are some delicious Bread Brag images!

I picked a really bad time to be on a keto diet… :/

There was lively discussion of recipes, and on the proper care and feeding of cast iron pans.

It’s just a baby… A yeast baby

Sourdough English muffins?!

Yeah, you heard me. Sourdough. English. Muffins.

Sourdough Pizza? What will they think of next?!

VHS has all kinds of nerds, not just bread nerds! The space is open to the public every Tuesday night (except Christmas Eve!). If you want to get a closer look at all the different kinds of projects our members cook up at the hackspace, c’mon by! If you want to join in the fun, membership is only $60/month!

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Warm up the T-shirt cannon!

Yeung, one of our recent new members, has brought a bunch of new equipment to the space!

Equipment like this heat press!

It happens we’ve had this vinyl cutter kicking around for a few years. It goes by “The Clipper”. I think there were TV commercials about it in the 80s.

We’re not sure why the printer is angry… I think all printers are angry all the time, they’re just not usually so honest about it

And Yeung brought also brought some heat transfer vinyl, which The Clipper can cut out very accurately, so that you can stick cool graphics to things. Things like T-shirts!

You don’t have to make the pot jokes if you don’t want to… we’re good.

✨Then, on Friday… magic happened!✨

Moose and…rabbit?  I thought it was Moose and Squirrel!

This great logo was designed by one of our directors

We like gears here. Maybe a little too much.

And here’s the host of the whole event, wearing the shirt he designed and made at VHS, doing what comes naturally when a Robotic Semi-aquatic Rodent (designed and built and overclocked and exorcised by a VHS member, of course) is on the premises.

Yeung, our amazing workshop host!

Thanks so much for running this workshop, Yeung! Welcome to VHS! 😘

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SEPT 21st: (FREE) VHS Open House & SHHH/Maker Faire Party

WHEN: September 21st, 2019
WHERE: 1601 Venables Street, Vancouver (street and bike parking close by)
WHO: Open to everyone. Minors must be accompanied. Evening event 19+

We’re ecstatic to announce that on September 21st, 2019, Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) will be celebrating our 10th anniversary with a series of exciting events. Join us in celebrating this very special occasion with space tours, maker talks, a combo-party with Maker Faire Vancouver and much more!

  • (Noon – 6pm) OPEN HOUSE

    VHS members will give you a tour, show off cool projects, and answer any questions you have. Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. All ages welcome.

  • (6pm – 8pm) SHOW AND TELL

    Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!


    A night for VHS members, friends, and their guests including makers and volunteers from Maker Faire Vancouver 2019. Join us for socializing, lightning talks, exciting door prizes, adult beverages, and super happy hacker games. Ages 19+.


    Short 2 minute talks on any subject that you want. Share you project and learn what others are working on. Speakers receive a special challenge coin.

What is VHS?

Vancouver Hack Space is the first and longest-running makerspace in Vancouver. It’s operated by a BC registered nonprofit, the Vancouver Hack Space Society. We provide a community workshop where members use 3D printing, woodworking, metalworking, welding, laser cutting, sewing, electronics, and other tools to work on their own projects. We are also a community, where members help and inspire each other to build bigger and better things. VHS is open to the public every Tuesday evening from 7pm-10pm. Membership is only $60/month, and after two months members can apply for keyholder privileges, which includes 24/7 access to the space. Learn how you can become a member.

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Wed Aug. 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Pacific Woodworker’s Guild Meeting & Woodburning Presentation

What: Pacific Woodworker’s Guild Meeting (details)
When: Wed, August 21st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Hack Space, 1601 Venables St.
Who: All skill-levels  including beginners!
Cost: free for first-timers/guild members/VHS members, $5 otherwise

Join us for a fun-filled night of wood-working show-and-tell including a presentation on Woodburning/Pyrography.

Feature Presentation: Woodburning/Pyrography by John Hammond

You’ll learn:

  • how to get started
  • equipment required
  • surface prep & image transfer
  • post-burn project finishing
  • ventilation & safety
  • and much more!

Bottom-liner: Janet
Members: a reminder that there is no loud/disruptive use of the space during meetings, especially power-tool use. :-)


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Super Happy Hacker House 41! The Sorta-Secret Soft-Open

When: August 17, 2019

We’re in the home stretch, guys and gals. We have our equipment moved in, up and running; we’ve exorcised most of the upholstery-geist’s handiwork, and now have a very workable workshop. We can be proud of how far we’ve come. Now it’s time to have the neighbours over and properly introduce ourselves. If you have a friend or a coworker that you think would be into this place, please invite them too!

Event Schedule:

Noon-6 PM: Open House

8 PM: SHHH party, “Invite only”; doors closed to uninvited walk-up traffic. BYOB, and maybe some to share.

11 PM: Lighting Talks! (Call for challenge coins!)

This will be a casual, low-key affair, mostly about introducing ourselves to the neighbours, and giving them ideas about what they could do here.

Bring your projects to show off the kinds of things that we can do at the space!

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Sunday July 7th, noon – 7 pm: VHS at Commercial Drive Car Free Day!


Kids learning to solder at Car Free Day 2018. Check out that cool lasercut dino.

Join us at Commercial Drive Car Free Day!

Learn to solder! Make buttons with our button maker! Learn more about the tools you can use at VHS to make, hack, and repair and all the interesting things our members get up to. The VHS booth is located at the corner of Commercial Drive and 4th. We’re  right next to the fine folks at Free Geek Vancouver.

But wait, there’s more!

The  festival stretches across 15 blocks featuring:

  • amazing local artisans
  • musicians
  • community activities
  • delicious food
  • tons of entertainment
  • and activities for all ages.

Visit VHS on our FREE Public Open Nights

You’re always welcome at any of our FREE public Tuesday Night Open Nights from 7:30 – 10:30pm. It’s a great way to meet our members and check out our laser cutter, 3D printers, wood-shop, metal-shop, electronics area, and lots of other fun stuff!

See you soon at the Vancouver Hack Space.


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