Minne Faire 2011 – Call for Makers

February 20th, 2011 by Jon Barclay

I would like to announce that we have selected Sat. April 9th to be the date for this years mini maker fair. The Faire will take place from noon until 5pm and there will likely be some sort of after party. Mark your calendars!

This is also a Call for Makers. We need you to fill tables at our event.  If you’d like to request a table please e-mail jtbarclay@gmail.com with a description, link, and/or photos of what you’d be presenting.  Also include your table size and power requirements. Since the Hack Factory has filled up quite a bit since last year, space is at a premium.  We are working with our landlord to free up some extra space for the weekend, but tables will be limited. If needed, table selections may be a juried process.

If you haven’t been to the Hack Factory since last years faire, I recommend you stop by.  Our membership has increased substantially over the past year, and the difference you’ll immediately notice is the presence of tools!

Handmade Music Minneaoplis Tomorrow Night

February 19th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Due to some confusion it turns out that Handmade Music is Tomorrow (2/20/11) not April 20th as shown on the Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog. Sorry for the short notice, but the show must go on.

HMMM5 Lineup:

Matte Resist

Ryan Olcott with Food Team

Paul Sobczak (TCMaker Member) will be showing off what he has done to expand the Vidisynth.

You, if you want to show something that you have been working on.

Pictures and more on Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog

As always Handmade Music is free here in Minneapolis, but please do donate to Twin Cities Maker if you are not a member. If you want to become a member try and corner Paul or one of the other members there to inquire.

Open Hack Night 2/16/11

February 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Some shots from the ongoing Wednesday Open Hack Nights that happen ever so often at the Hack Factory. I got the chance to test out my new toy a Cannon’s s95. There was as always lots of neat stuff going on, The unveiling of  the TCMaker Bat Signal, and the long neglected Hack Factory Sign started to get some color, a new member showed off his lock picks and was given his complimentary plastic coordinated box, plus other stuffs. A few new people checked the place out, it was pretty fun.

On another note there are lots of awesome things going on in the way of classes and talks at the Factory

Woodworking class starting May 21, 2011.
First third Friday electronics night
Intro To Arduino (full)
Roundabout Dog Challengee ending on February 23rd
HandMade Music: Minneapolis 5 on April 20th.
Twin Cities Science Fair (not at the Factory) on February 25th

check the last week or so of blog posts for all the stuff update, you can also check out our somewhat neglected calendar. Plus there are a few class ideas brewing over on the forums.

Roundabout Dog Challenge Update

February 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

The Roundabout Dog Challenge is scheduled to wrap up on next Wednesday on (2/23/11), the entries are starting to trickle in, get yours in before it’s too late.

The challenge got re-blogged at Make and over and Hackerspace Challenge Blog

Announcing the wall: This lonely, soon to be covered wall, is going to be the home of the framed roundabout dog challenge winner. It’s in the basement of the Hack Factory, you can get a better idea of where it is by watching a recent video made of the place.

Bonus: Proof that filling a tape casted roundabout dog with expanding foam doesn’t work that well.

Woodworking Classes

February 16th, 2011 by jrsphoto


From May  21, 2011 through June 4th, I’ll be hosting 4 session class woodworking basics. The first few weeks I’ll cover the woodworking tools currently at the HackFactory, some hand tools, wood finishing, and general project assembly.

The final two week I’ll plan to leave open for any projects you would like to work on with the group.

The fee for this class is $25 with all proceeds going directly back to the Twin Cities Maker.

Sign-up here

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