Next CNC Class

January 6th, 2017 by getlofi

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You will have a nice little machine to take home and make projects with. Jan -21-22, 2017.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-a-cnc-machine-from-kit-and-learn-how-to-run-it-tickets-30034799895

 

Member Storage clean-out is coming in February

December 14th, 2016 by danbackslide

When you come into the shop, you’ll see some scary red signs all over the place:

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The signs have got the basics on them, but you’re probably looking for more. Here’s a more in-depth explanation.

What’s going on here?

At our next quarterly cleanup, Saturday 2/4/2017, we’re going to completely clean out and rearrange the member storage area. All the nooks and crannies will be swept out, shelving rearranged, and probably a little bit more shelving added. To get this all done, we’re asking that everyone take their stuff home temporarily, by Friday night 2/3/2017. You’ll be able to start bringing stuff back in on Sunday.

Is member storage going away?

Not at all. We just need to get everything out of storage before we can get any meaningful work done. Also, there are new rules coming that changes the size of bin we’re allowing.

What? New bin size?

Yes. Bins will now be a standard model and size (Ikea Klämtare, which is 22.75″ x 17.75″ x 11.75″). That’s a little smaller than the 18-gallon size we allowed before, but not by that much. Having everyone use the same style bin makes them easier to pack onto the shelves, and ensures that everyone is getting the same amount of space. Bins will need to have their lids attached, no tall stuff poking up is allowed!

So where are these rules?

I’ll put a link up to the new rules as soon as they’re finalized. They’re mostly done, we’re just putting the last bit of polish on them. The basics stay the same: each member can have a bin; stuff that doesn’t fit in the bin has to be actively worked on; don’t store dangerous stuff in your bin. The new rules will formalize the process of requesting space for larger projects, and explain how we’ll be policing the storage room to keep things from devolving into chaos.

What if I can’t get my stuff out by the deadline?

If you don’t think you can get things out by Friday 2/3/2017, please contact storage@tcmaker.org as soon as possible. We’ll try to work something out. We don’t have a lot of additional areas to move stuff around, so we’ll work out details on a case by case basis.

CNC Building Class. Dec 17-18, 2016 at Hack Factory.

November 23rd, 2016 by getlofi

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UPDATE 12/6/16: Second class added. Eventbrite Link

Alex from GetLoFi.com will lead a 2 day CNC Kit building class. In which you will have the opportunity to learn CNC technology and walk away owning a small machine capable of cutting/engraving/laser etching/and moar? More information through the link. This is a paid class.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/build-a-diy-cnc-machinelaser-cutter-tickets-29350953492

Yes, another cleanup is tomorrow…

November 4th, 2016 by danbackslide

So the calendar says there’s a cleanup day tomorrow (11/5).

Yes, that’s right.

But didn’t we just do one of those like six weeks ago?

Yes, we did. But we’ve rejiggered the schedule of cleanups, and it was either put two close together or two really far apart. We chose close, because dirt never sleeps.

Why rearrange the cleanup days? I was just getting used to the old schedule!

The old schedule had two bad spots every year — the end of December (Xmas/New Year’s/assorted other winter festivities) and the end of June (one week before CONvergence, which many of our members are also involved with). That made at least two cleanups that needed to be moved every year. The new schedule is the first weekend of November, February, May, and August, which should keep us away from holidays and other fun distractions.

So, any focus for this cleanup?

Since this is the first cleanup on the new schedule, I’m expecting a light turnout. So I think we’ll focus on some of the smaller things that haven’t been hit in a while — get the lobby swept and mopped, do some classroom cleanup, maybe do some rearranging in the computer lab. It’ll be pretyy free-form, so come on by and lend a hand where you like. Thanks!

Quarterly Clean Up 9-24-16 10am-6pm

September 17th, 2016 by MechaVile

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Hey Twin Cities, it’s that time again.

Quarterly clean up is scheduled for Saturday 9-24-16 from 10am to 6pm so the Hack Factory will be unavailable for projects during that time. If you have materials laying around the shop that are unlabeled, no longer active or have outdated tags make sure you come in between now and then to claim those so they do not get thrown away or moved to Up-For-Grabs.

If you have time that day, please consider spending a bit to help us more thoroughly clean our space and dispose of unneeded materials and abandoned projects. You know we love our space and our members so if you’ve got some elbow grease to spare we’d appreciate your presence and support in making this another successful cleaning day.

And as always Twin Cities…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.

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