Clean-Up

March 29th, 2015 by schillerc

Thank you to everyone who has helped transform the space in recent days.

The Quarterly Clean-Up today rocked.

The Metal Shop is still looking spacious and fabulous after Metal Shop Love Day on 3/14.

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The TIG welder is out of commission until the power cable is replaced. ETA early this week.

Sincerely,

Metal Shop Mgmt

 

EDIT:

TIG is back in working order.  PLEASE be gentle with the TIG hoses and alert MGMT whenever the machine is not 100% happy.

—->Game on!!!

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Minne-Faire 2015: May 23-24

March 25th, 2015 by Thorpedo

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Minne-Faire is our annual celebration of all things DIY and makery. We’re looking for people who’d like to show off the cool things they make, to run demos of cool things they’re into, and also people to help out with running the event. If you’re interested, send an email to faire@tcmaker.org.

Feel free to print and distribute this letter-sized Minne-Faire 6 Poster!

Laser Cutter 101: Cutting Deeper

March 25th, 2015 by Orkraider

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use the super aweseome laser cutter at the Hack Factory, this is your chance!

I’ve scheduled 3 classes so far, and there are still spots left. I’ve run over 50 people through this class, and everyone who’s had an opinion said they thought it was a great class.

If you’ve peeked in the laser cutter room, you’ve seen our laser cutter. It’s a very capable 90 watt Full Spectrum Laser, with a 24″ by 36″ cutting bed.

The laser can cut a wide variety of materials, from paper, cotton fabric, acrylic, plywood, cardstock, leather, and a host of other things.

It can also engrave or etch on glass, metal, stone, and a myriad of other things.

I’ve used our laser for making christmas presents, custom signage for events, costume parts, custom game boards, the list goes on.

Here are 3 sample projects I’ve made.

First, a custom designed set of tiles and pieces for the game Carcassone, laser cut and etched out of plywood and acrylic:

laser cut carcassone tiles

Second, a phone case cut out of layers of plywood, and etched with a map of Westeros from Game of thrones:

game of thrones phone case

Last, a set of light up stackable wooden castle blocks that were used as a target for the Ballista of Doom at a Science Museum event:

castle blocks

Links to classes on eventbrite:
Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5 pm

Wednesday, April 8th from 10 am to 3 pm

Saturday, April 11th from noon to 5 pm

If you have any questions about the classes or the laser, please let me know.

SPRING CLEANING (Quarterly Cleanup)

March 23rd, 2015 by Nemesis

As a reminder, quarterly clean-up is happening this Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM. THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED.

We are going to take the momentum we started with metal shop love day and start running with it.

During Quarterly Clean-up we are going to be doing some massive purging and hitting up storage (and items that are inappropriately stored in the rest of the shop) really hard. This is just like spring cleaning your house. It is an opportunity for us to get any defunct projects, non-project items, and other junk out of the shop. We need to get rid of clutter in order to have the space that is needed for a functioning shop.

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS STORED AT THE SHOP THIS APPLIES TO YOU:
1) If the items are not an ACTIVE PROJECT, then it needs to go home.

2) Anything you keep at the shop must be PROPERLY LABELED and PROPERLY STORED IN THE PROJECT STORAGE AREA unless you explicitly have permission from shop management to store the item elsewhere. It must still be properly labeled.

3) Any non-project or out of date items found anywhere in the shop, will be disposed of (tossed in the dumpster). We are not a storage facility. You are not renting space to store your personal items, materials for “someday” projects, or “cool things you once made”.

As a reminder, the list above essentially constitutes our general storage policy. The policy in its entirety is found here.

Information Survey

March 17th, 2015 by orion

Twin Cities Maker would like to hear from you. Please fill out the following survey to help us keep improving.

https://questionpro.com/t/AJCceZRRl9

Spring Cleanup

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Once again it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our spring Quarterly Cleanup (Saturday 3/28), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

MInne Faire 6

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Greetings, everyone!

This is the official call for makers for Minne Faire 6! The event will be held at the Hack Factory (3119 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406) on May 23rd and 24th from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a party with live music and beverages on May 23 from approximately 7-10 pm. We are looking for interested individuals to display interesting projects ranging from metalwork and woodwork to electronics and art at our event.

We’re asking for $20 for a guaranteed registration for a display table (negotiable if you are economically disadvantaged). This also gets you a free wristband for music Saturday night. If you are interested in displaying at Minne Faire 6 this year, email faire@tcmaker.org.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for the event to help make it possible, shoot us at email as well! We’d love to have help!

When Members Collaborate, Great Things Happen

March 6th, 2015 by getlofi

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We actually met in person at the Hack Factory Minne Faire ( coming up May 23 – 24th, 2015 ) and became friends. Having an interest in electronics, sound and manufacturing, lead us to collaborate on our current project called Synthino XM which got a Staff Pick in the Technology category on Kickstarter! Hack Factory and has been a very positive environment with tools and work space to make our project a reality. The assembly of the finished device is done completely by us here in Minneapolis, that includes surface mount component placing and IR soldering, acrylic cutting, device packaging, and fulfillment, If you have any questions about any of those steps or about running a kickstarter campaign feel free to contact us at info@synthino.com. Thanks. –Alex ( www.getlofi.com ) and Michael ( www.nootropicdesign.com )

Maker Pro Book Out Now Featuring Twin Cities’ Makers

March 5th, 2015 by getlofi

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John Baichtal did an excellent job of wrangling a collection of essays from makers around the world, including several TC Maker members! Check it out.

Minne Faire 2015 planning meeting and event volunteers

February 11th, 2015 by Nemesis

Hey everyone! Minne Faire, Twin Cities Maker’s annual DIY and Maker Expo, is happening May 23rd and 24th this year. The first planning meeting is on Saturday, February 28th at 3:00 pm.

We are also puttingout a call for volunteers for the various events that we will be hosting or participating in this year. This includes Marscon, East Lake Library, and Minne Faire.

Finally, if you as interested in having a display at Minne Faire, or know someone who is, email fair@tcmaker.org.

New door controller controls all the doors

February 4th, 2015 by danbackslide

doorpadOkay, so it doesn’t look any different from the outside. But trust me, our new door controller is really quite new. The entire system has been overhauled so that it can handle more keys — no more full key tables! It’s also easier to add and remove keys. So make sure to keep your dues up to date, because we’re going to be flushing out keys on a regular basis…

There is one issue we’ve run into. Somewhere along the line we got a batch of keyfobs that don’t read correctly in the new system. That means those keys will no longer work. Unfortunately the only way to tell if your key is bad is to try it out on the door. If your key won’t read any more, shoot an email off to members@tcmaker.org, and we’ll arrange to get you a new key.

A return to coherence! (i.e. the laser cutter is back!)

January 24th, 2015 by danbackslide

rejoicingMere moments ago, Jude and I replaced the laser cutter’s high voltage supply. I’m pleased to report that it is up and running again, ready for all your laser-based cutting and engraving needs!

Now that it’s back up and running, I’ve scheduled Laser Cutter Basics classes this coming Friday (1/30). There’s one class at 6PM, and another at 8PM. Both are free! Remember, you need to take a class (either Laser Cutter Basics or one of the more advanced classes) before you can use the laser cutter. Also, our classes are always open to the public — but you do need to be a member to actually use our tools beyond class time. So maybe you should come by on a Wednesday night, take a tour, and maybe join…

The laser loses more blue smoke [UPDATED x2]

January 9th, 2015 by danbackslide

dead-parrotSorry to report, but the laser is down for the count once again. This time, the high voltage power supply for the laser tube has rung down the curtain and gone to join the Choir Invisible. I’ll be shipping the remains of the HV supply back to Las Vegas tomorrow morning, and hopefully we’ll have a new one by the end of the week.

I had planned on running laser classes next Friday, but that’s likely too tight a deadline right now. So I’ll be bumping the classes out to Friday, January 23rd.

Keep checking back here for updates!

UPDATE 1/21/2015: A new power supply is on its way to us — Full Spectrum Laser is boxing it up as I type this. I’ll post an expected delivery date as soon as I have the shipping confirmation.

UPDATE 1/22/2015: Expected delivery date is Saturday!

Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (12/27)

December 26th, 2014 by danbackslide

CleanupHope everyone had a good holiday! But now, it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our winter Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (Saturday 12/27), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

The Visor Project – Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter

November 21st, 2014 by Marissa

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There is nowhere else like the Twin Cities Maker Space.  Your intelligence, innovation and humility impresses me more than any other setting that I have experienced.  And you really care, too.  I, finally, figured out where these people hang out!

I am really proud to be a member in this organization and I am proud to introduce my Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter!  Plastic fabricators were intimidated and if I didn’t have access to the tools here, I would still be waiting.

Your feedback is always appreciated!  And so is a $1 to my campaign!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vilucid/vu-by-vilucid-smart-eyewear-you-truly-want-to-wear

Brandon- why can’t I insert a link?

Party time — the laser cutter has returned!

November 7th, 2014 by danbackslide

rejoicingLet the dancing begin, for I am happy to report that the laser cutter is back in service! The flow sensor has been replaced with a brand new unit which doesn’t spray water all over the floor. And as a bonus, the e-stop switch has also been fixed, so feel free to push the Big Red Button (though not too hard, for it is new, and we want it to feel welcome).

Everybody say thanks to Jude when you see him — he was the guy who crawled into the laser cutter cabinet to replace the flow sensor.

The laser is down. Please do not panic. [EVEN MORE UPDATED]

October 25th, 2014 by danbackslide

UPDATE 11/5/2014: Unfortunately the parts were delayed a bit, but I just got a shipping notification. Delivery is scheduled for Friday 11/7. We’ll get everything installed as soon as we can!

UPDATE 10/3system-down1/2014: Full Spectrum Laser has just received a shipment of flow sensors. They will be testing them this afternoon, then they will send out the parts either later today or (more likely) Monday. Shipping is via two-day air, so I’m expecting to get them sometime on Wednesday 11/5.The calendar will be updated to block out the time until then. Thanks for being patient, folks!

Original post:

Sadly, it is my duty to report that the laser cutter is down until further notice. The coolant flow sensor is leaking from its body. We will be contacting the manufacturer on Monday morning to get a new flow sensor (good thing we paid for the extended warranty). This post will be updated as soon as we have an ETA on the repair parts.

QUARTERLY CLEAN UP

September 21st, 2014 by Nemesis

Quarterly clean up is this Saturday, September 27th. PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!! Many hands make for light work and a clean shop. Come help out for even an hour. We’re going to be cleaning out storage as a big part of this clean up, so if you have anything stored, an you know you can’t make it to clean up, come and clean up your project ahead of time. Everything should be an active project, stored as neatly and compactly as possible, and each piece should be properly labeled with your name, the date, and your contact information. If your project is not in the membership storage area, you need to have permission from the area manager where your project is kept. Anything that is not properly labeled or looks like a hot mess WILL be red-tagged and slated to go away.

Punch and pie……

Fall Cleanup

September 19th, 2014 by orion

This is a reminder that the  quarterly cleanup will be this coming Saturday 9/27 and the shop will be closed from 10-5. We need all hands on deck to clean and organize the shop.

TC Maker a hit at Artist Maker Day

September 14th, 2014 by SLSolarz

Today TC Maker President, Becca Steffen, Secretary, Bob Poate, and I represented TC Maker at Artist Maker Day on the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza.

TC Maker President, Becca Steffen, and Secretary, Bob Poate, show visitors how to make their own Musical PVC Chair at Artist Maker Day.

TC Maker President, Becca Steffen (R), and Secretary, Bob Poate (far L), show visitors how to make their own Musical PVC Chair at Artist Maker Day.

About 700 visitors attended the event where they encountered “TC Maker presents Make Your Own Musical PVC Chair with Susan Solarz“. Although we had 4 work stations, there were people waiting in line for most of the 6 hour event!

TC Maker can provide artists with the space and equipment necessary to produce work.  And we met with a lot of enthusiasm from the arts community.

Thank you to everyone who helped out including Becca, Bob P, Bob G., Sarah B, Steve Skalko, Steven Anderson, Jude Dornisch and Mike N.

Susan L Solarz helps a TC Maker enthusiast finish her Musical PVC Chair.

Susan L Solarz helps a TC Maker enthusiast finish her Musical PVC Chair.

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