Annual Member Meeting: Saturday at 3:00PM

August 24th, 2015 by danbackslide

4193414021_7d9411b521_zTwin Cities Maker will hold its annual Member Meeting on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 3:00PM.

At the meeting the Board will present an overview of the last year, and where we’re heading in the next year. Members in good standing (i.e. dues paid through August) will be able to vote for new Governing Board members, and also on a proposed change to the Bylaws. The proposal is included in the linked information packet.

  • Voting in person can be done starting at 12:00 noon. Polls will be open until 6:00PM.
  • The meeting itself will start at 3:00PM.
  • We’ll pull out the grills after the meeting!

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s meeting, you can vote using the linked ballot, or you can assign your voting power to another member with the proxy form. Details on using each are also included in the information packet. You can email your completed ballot or proxy form to board@tcmaker.org.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday!


The information packet, including the ballot and proxy forms, can be downloaded from Google Drive here.

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Post-Cleanup Cleanup Time

July 1st, 2015 by danbackslide

The Island of Abandoned StuffThis past Saturday was Quarterly Cleanup. We spent most of the day going through member storage, sorting out stuff. As you can see in the picture, there’s now a set of shelves full of parking-ticketed items. These items were all last dated before our previous cleanup — in other words, they’ve been sitting since at least 3/28, and some of it much longer than that.

If you were contacted about having material for pickup, please come in and grab it as soon as possible. We’re going to keep these items on the shelf until July 15 — after that it’ll go to up-for-grabs.

As a reminder, here are the rules for member storage:

  • The base storage unit is an 18 gallon plastic tub. Anything that will fit in that space can be stored as long as you remain a member.
  • Anything that doesn’t fit in the tub space must be an active project. We don’t have the space to store things that aren’t being worked on, or supplies being saved for someday.
  • Everything in storage must be labeled with your name, a contact phone number or email address, and the date. The date should be refreshed at least once a quarter, so we know you’re still around and keeping an eye on your stuff.

CNC Interest Group meet-up

June 16th, 2015 by otto_pjm

The CNC Interest Group meet-up will happen again this Sunday 6/21/2015 2:00 PM at the Hack Factory. It is open to everyone, but machine use requires membership. If you have been wanting to get a project cut on a CNC or get checked out on the CNC machines, this is where you want to be to get the process started. Hope to see a good group of folks Sunday.

Pete

Shake-mold-finishing

June 12th, 2015 by MechaVile

Quarterly Clean-Up

June 27th 10am – 6pm

Focus: Member Storage and Prepping for Laser Room Remodel
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It’s here again folks and you know you want to get your hands dirty getting this place clean. Quarterly clean-up runs the same as always with one reminder and one new addition.
 

Reminder: Update your tags and take home inactive projects

We’re making a special focus on cleaning up Member Storage this time around so if you’re  reading this, then there is a definite possibility that your materials may get red tagged or, if they’re already red tagged, moved to Up For Grabs or thrown out at our discretion. This is, of course, for the courtesy of all of our members and we do value your possessions and projects as much as you value this space so please come in and update your tags, downsize your storage and take home any inactive projects or supplies.

 

Addition: Cleaning Deputies

Each area manager should either be in attendance, as is good cleaning practice, or a cleaning deputy should be assigned to marshal the cleaning of their individual area so as to streamline the cleaning process and alleviate the wandering confusion many of us may have felt on our first clean-up. Feel free to volunteer yourself on the Google Group to be a deputy for certain areas or, if none are available on the day, to deputize yourself if you feel you have a firm grasp of the area and its cleaning needs.
(Holsters not necessary but encouraged.)

 

For those without guidance, look for the tell tale star marking a cleaning deputy when you arrive and they’ll direct you towards a cleaner, happier Hack Factory.

Mock-Up Deputy

 

And, as always, Twin Cities Makers…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.

CNC Interest Group meet-up

June 5th, 2015 by otto_pjm

We will be having the first, of what I hope will be many, CNC Interest Group meet-ups this Sunday 6/7/2015 2:00 PM at the Hack Factory. It is open to everyone, but machine use requires membership. The agenda is rather loose, but will likely include, updates on the CNC area, the status of the 4 CNC routers at the Hack Factory. Information on how you can get checked out to use the CNC Routers.
We’ll also be plodding through some of the lovely features of Autodesk Fusion 360s CAM module, and have some cutting demos.

If you have been wanting to get a project cut on a CNC or get checked out on the CNC machines, this is where you want to be to get the process started. Hope to see a good group of folks Sunday.

Pete

Shake-mold-finishing

3D relief carving of the TC Maker logo

3D Carving the TC Maker Logo

Minne-Faire Clean Up

May 19th, 2015 by MechaVile

This Friday is field day at The Hack Factory, folks. Come on down and be that good person that you are and help us clean up the shop in preparation for Minne-Faire and the impendingly excellent food/drink/fun of the after party.

If you have projects in the space or in member storage, please condense what you can in the next couple days and make sure your tags are all up to date. Set up for Minne-Faire begins at 8am and the show opens to the public at 10am on Saturday so let’s pool our efforts to get everything done swiftly and efficiently over the next couple days.

Minne Faire 6 Approaches Quickly

May 16th, 2015 by Nemesis

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Minne Faire 6 is happening Memorial Day weekend! You are all invited to attend!

The Faire features approximately two dozen exhibits of art, electronics, and technology. The event is free to attend from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th.

The Afterparty is being held Saturday night from 7-10 pm featuring live music by Blood Cookie and Lothario. There is a $5 cover charge for the afterparty, payable at the door. Beverages will be available. Invite your friends and family to

We are also looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! Volunteers are especially needed to help clean and set up on Friday, May 22nd. Helping hands are also wanted for helping during the Faire on Saturday and Sunday. Email faire@tcmaker.org to volunteer.

Finally, invite all of your friends to Minne Faire and the Afterparty. This is a celebration of all things maker and the more the merrier!

New Saws

May 12th, 2015 by schillerc

We have two new cutting devices that require clearance before you can use them:

Carbide Chop Saw

Abrasive Chop Saw

 

These are both fine pieces of equipment and are happy to help you with your projects.  Because of the inherent danger in using them, we will be requiring all members to be cleared by the Metal Shop Management before proceeding with the cutting.

Stay tuned for Metal Shop Orientation dates where you will be shown the wonders of the Metal Shop.

The horizontal band saw is still available for those who have knowledge of its workings.

Thanks,

MGMT

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.

and

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!!!

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…

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