Salvage night at Leonardo’s Basement

August 21st, 2009 by uptownmaker

electronic_scrap_1TCMaker is sponsoring an electronics salvage night. Bring in old electronics and we’ll all pull them apart finding useful and usable parts.

Please bring tools, if you have them! Useful tools for this project are heat guns, butane or propane torches, soldering irons, solder wick, solder, screwdrivers, bit drivers with replaceable bits, extension cords, and side cutters.

Join us at Leonardo’s Basement from 6:30 to 9:00 on Wednesday, Aug 26th!

Building a flutterwumper

August 16th, 2009 by uptownmaker


Twin Cities Maker has decided to build a flutterwumper!

Interested parties may join in by participating in the discussion on the forum, on the Wiki, or by attending our first brainstorming session this Wednesday (Aug 19)  night from 6:30-9 at Mike’s house.

We haven’t yet decided on a plan of attack- there are a number of good things out there on the web (RepRap, MakerBot, Valkyrie).  Come join the fun!

Business Meeting Wed 12 Aug, 7 pm, Common Roots Cafe

August 9th, 2009 by uptownmaker

Our next business meeting will be at 7 pm on Wednesday, Aug 12, in the back room of Common Roots Cafe.

Current agenda items:
Report on potluck
Electronics scavenging night
Maker Faire
Clothesline races- set a date
Building a flutterwumper- set a date for planning, preliminary build
Possibility for a clubhouse space
Secretary position is still open!

If possible, please either post items to be added to the agenda under this thread before next Wednesday afternoon, or PM me with them.  Agenda items posted in the blog comments may be missed.

Social Get-together Tonight!

August 5th, 2009 by uptownmaker


Anyone interested in meeting the Twin Cities Makers should swing by Common Roots tonight at 7 p.m.

It sounds like there will be a pretty lively group, with some new trinkets and gadgets to ooh and ahh over.

TC Maker Logo, Octahedronized [Updated 8-7-09]

August 4th, 2009 by wammie

Here’s a papercraft project to create a truncated octahedron with the TC Maker logo.

I’ve made a front print pattern and also a back shape pattern for a cardboard backing.

A basic way to build a model is:
1) Print the shape (back) pattern. With weak glue or tape, afix the pattern to cereal box or similar cardboard. Using a scissors or a utility knife, cut around the pattern. Remove the pattern sheet then score the cardboard where there will be folds.
2) Print the logo (front) pattern on thin white or colored paper. Position and glue it to the cardboard pattern, opposite the scored side. Trim the excess paper.
3) Fold the cardboard along the tab seams and glue tabs to assemble the model.

Have fun!