Another WTF Night in the Metal Shop!

January 3rd, 2018 by schillerc

The Metal Shop will be closed from 430-930pm Monday, January 8th to provide the awesome space for another episode of Women/Trans/Femme Welding (AKA Wench Welding, AKA Build & Learn). This event is free and open to those who identify as WTF.

The event itself will run from 6pm-9pm this Monday. Plan on good people and fun. Lots of fun.

Please notify Clara if you plan on attending, as we are building end tables and want to have enough materials. We are asking for a donation of ten bucks to take a small end table home. That said, we are not jerks who let cost get in the way of an awesome little table going home with you.

Please wear natural fibers and shoes you don’t care about. Safety stuff provided. to let me know you are coming.

Metal shop Closed 6-9pm Monday November 20

November 15th, 2017 by schillerc

Greetings Members,

Metal shop will be hosting a local WTF (women/trans/femme) night this Monday November 20, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. This is an extension of Wench Welding in the Powderhorn neighborhood. The event is open to members and non-members alike who are looking for friendly faces of fabrication. This event is beginner friendly and will focus on the cutting torch and MIG welding. Metal shop will re-open for regular use after the event.

Attendees: please bring wear natural fiber clothing and non-flammable closed-toed shoes if possible. Safety glasses and gloves are a plus, but we have extra on hand if you need them.  We will be getting dirty, so you may not want to bring your favorite hoodie…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Clara Schiller with any questions at 612-703-9211

Quarterly Clean-Up, Saturday November 4th 10am-6pm

October 31st, 2017 by orion

The elder gods of cleanliness have chosen you, young hobbyist, as their avatar.


It’s that time again, makers, to clean and rearrange our spaces to make it better for everyone. If you have a bit of time and a bit of love for our little maker space, show up and help us clean our areas with other like-minded and like-hearted makers.

The shop will be closed to projects between 10am and 6pm so show up any time between then to help out. Shops will resume normal operation after 6pm.

Changes to the Machine Shop

October 24th, 2017 by georgegelly

If you’ve been to the Hack Factory over the last couple of weeks, and specifically today, you may have noticed big changes!


The Twin Cities Maker Board of Directors decided in the last meeting to sponsor a change in direction for the Metal Shop… with a more focused set of machines, lower barrier to learning, and a formal train-up process (much like the Wood Shop pioneered over the last year).


As a result, Steven Anderson has stepped down as Manager of that Area with a new community has formed to execute the above vision.  You will see that Steven has been assisting this process heavily by clearing out all the equipment that does not fit the vision.  Hence, what you will see is a much clearer space ready to be re-imagined.


Please contact me, as I’ve been coordinating this effort, if you have any interest in helping with the Metal Shop community.  I hope you are as excited about the new direction as the Board is!

Last grilling 2017!

October 21st, 2017 by orion

Last grilling 2017!

Wednesday October 25th

We will be doing a Big Green Egg style slow smoked Turkey!

As usual Mia will bring her assortment of vegetable goodies!

*Technically I will be using a Akorn grill, which is the same style as a Big Green Egg.

**Technically the above are peaches, a fruit. We will also have assorted vegetables – likely carrots, green onions etc.

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