Why Join Gearbox?

Gearbox is a members-only facility, but not because we don't wish everyone could join! As a nonprofit, our mission is to keep our prices as low as possible -- so low, in fact, we're remaking the world of product development in East Africa. 

That said, we can't keep the lights on if we don't charge something. In addition to the membership dues, certain machines have a low, hourly-use fee, we charge a small amount for our classes to cover the cost of materials and be able to pay our instructors, and we offer storage lockers for rent.

As a member, not only do you get exclusive access to the facilities, you also get significant discounts on classes, access to our retail/procurement services, the option to rent storage lockers on site, and to be a part of the fastest growing community of hardware entrepreneurs in Africa.


Complete Price List

Membership Dues

(per person)


  • 1st Gear - 11,400 KSh
  • 2nd Gear - 17,100 KSh
  • 3rd Gear - 28,500 KSh
  • Student - Monthly Only


  • 1st Gear - 4,000 KSh
  • 2nd Gear - 6,000 KSh
  • 3rd Gear - 10,000 KSh
  • Student - 1,000 KSh


  • 1st Gear - 38,400 KSh
  • 2nd Gear - 57,600 KSh
  • 3rd Gear - 96,000 KSh
  • Student - Monthly Only


  • 1st Gear - 21,600 KSh
  • 2nd Gear - 32,400 KSh
  • 3rd Gear - 54,000 KSh
  • Student - Monthly Only

Class Fees


  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU) - 2,000 KSh per class
  • Level 2 - 3,000 KSh per class
  • Premium - 4,000 KSh per class


  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU) - 500 KSh per class
  • Level 2 - 1,000 KSh per class
  • Premium - 4,000 KSh per class

Hourly Machine Use

(Use of all other machines is included in the cost of membership.)

  • 4-axis CNC Mill - 1,000 KSh per hour
  • 3D Printers - 250 KSh per hour

Storage Lockers

Personal Storage Locker (for members only) - 100 KSh per day


Materials and Consumables

Consumables -- things like machine oil, grinding belts, or etching solution that are required to operate the equipment but generally do NOT become a part of the final product being made -- are provided by Gearbox free of charge.

Materials -- things like metal stock, wood, plastic, FR-4 boards, electronic components like resistors and capacitors, or other items that DO become a part of the final product being made -- must be provided by the member.

Gearbox maintains a small selection of commonly used materials available for sale in our retail section, and may be able to procure some items as needed. Certain materials, like 3D printer filament, are specific to our machines and must be purchased from Gearbox on site. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about what is available.

ALL chemicals being brought into Gearbox must be checked in and approved at the front desk.



Exclusively for Gearbox Members

  • Discounts on training and class fees
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Need specific materials? If our retail shop doesn't stock it, just ask and we'll see if we can procure it for you!
  • Priority access to Gearbox events
  • Access to a wide range of Gearbox partners offering mentorship, entrepreneurship support, and investment
  • The chance to be a part of an innovative, impactful community unlike any other!

A Couple Rules...

  • Members can access the space only during normal operating hours, currently Monday - Friday, 10am to 6pm.
  • Non-members will not be allowed beyond the reception counter except during scheduled classes, events, or tours. Tours must be scheduled in advance. This is necessary to maintain a safe working environment!
  • The minimum age for members is 16. Members under 18 must have a legal guardian's signature on the membership agreement.
  • Members may bring visitors into the space only if they have made arrangements in advance with the front desk. Members take full responsibility for the safety and conduct of their guests.
  • No one may store anything (belongings, materials, work in progress, etc.) outside of a personal storage locker. Gearbox takes no responsibility for personal belongings.
  • No materials larger than 4 feet by 4 feet in dimension are allowed. Gearbox Lite is a small space, designed for electronics prototyping, not making furniture!