Handmade Music Minneapolis on the 30th

April 26th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Handmade music is coming soon, April 30th.

More information at the Handmade Music Minneapolis’s blog

This episode will include John Keston, Kris Peck on Xenharmonic Instruments and Adam Looper with his DIY MIDI controller and some of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s student sound synthesis club.

8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Hack Factory


Easter Making: Something a little different.

April 24th, 2011 by otto_pjm

I’m a bit of a curmudgeon about holidays, I enjoy the days themselves, it’s the hoopla around them I can do without. My wife on the other hand is all about the hoopla, the more the better, so this post is Anne’s edible Easter creation for 2011.


The whole coop of chicks



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Forming and Casting 10x parts

April 22nd, 2011 by otto_pjm

[UPDATE:] Hit the more link, for the latest molding and casting triumphs and failures.

Here’s the latest, my sincere thanks to Bil, Swinkdaddy, and Jude in particular for sharing their knowledge and helping me learn how to do this stuff.

LED bottom disc mold

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Wednesday Roundup

April 20th, 2011 by otto_pjm

Added some shots of the evening to the Flicker pool, including two of the rainbow I saw driving over, tried to get shot of it over the HackFactory, but it had clouded up by the time I got there.

Rainbow over Franklin Ave

Rainbow over Franklin Ave, enroute to the HF

More pictures here.

Or see the link on the right hand side.

Activities included thermoforming, playing with fire, talking and casting RTV, which I have no shots of. I also added the latest shots of some 10x components.


Minne Maker Faire Re-cap

April 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from the 2nd annual Minne-Maker Faire are starting to trickle into the Twin Cities Maker Flickr stream.

The event went well, lots a people, great weather, and a great concert at the end of the night by Mr. Tim Kaiser and JAZARI. If you missed Tim’s music he will be releasing a version of the set on vinyl in the future, see his site for more information. Also if you liked JAZARI’s robot like sounds he was singing with, you can make your own because he built it into a android app called VOLOCO.

The people who displayed were as expected showing off really neat stuff, check Flickr stream to get an idea of what was there.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Faire. A huge thanks to all of the various sponsors who helped with things ranging from beer to door prizes. Next year’s Faire is set to be around the same time next year, hope to see you there.

Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Six

April 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Saturday, April 30 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Hack Factory

3119 east 26th street
Minneapolis, MN

John Keston

Kris Peck
Xenharmonic Instruments

Adam Loper
DIY MIDI controller MCTC student sound synthesis

Hand Made Music Page

Facebook Event Page

This Handmade Music Minneapolis 6 is free, byob if you would like to, bring your own inventions if you would like to show them off.

Minne-Faire II, April 9th!!!

April 7th, 2011 by videoman

Just so everyone knows, the Minne-Faire is fast approaching, April 9th, 2011 from Noon-11PM – Please tell your friends!  There are going to be 17+ exibtors, music, and maybe some fun outdoor activities!  (Water rockets anyone?)

MUSIC starts at 7PM:

  • JAZARI – Crazy and super awesome machine music!
  • Tim Kaiser – Really cool custom music instruments!

Check out THIS PAGE for more info.  We will be doing clean up and general shop pickup all this week, and will need people Friday afternoon to come in a help us move our tools out of the way… Members feel free to drop by and give us a hand!

Twin Cities Maker

GGHC 10x model cutting

April 6th, 2011 by otto_pjm

We’ve been making progress on the Global Hacker Space Challenge components. There are lots of activities going on, on different aspects of the project, and we are exploring multiple methods to create many of the parts. This is an image of a test cut for the positives of some 10xed 3mm LEDs.

The video is of a cut that went not so well of a 10x ATMega chip. I had neglected to restore my backlash compensation settings after making some updates, and the Z-axis lost height through out the cut making a sloped chip, and turning chunks of my spoil board into fine powder.


Red Bull Creation Challenge

April 5th, 2011 by metis

Our local Red Bull distributor was kind enough to give us the local “Hackable Invitation Box” for their Red Bull Creation Challenge.  We get to poke the bits in this box, and find easter eggs that may help with the contest.   I’ll get a post up on the forum as it sounds like we may want to field more than one team for this, and will leave the box out for members to poke and prod.

They also gave us a case of Red Bull which is in the fridge for your caffeination pleasure…  actually a lot of it has already been consumed.  We may need more.

A few questions for you…

April 2nd, 2011 by metis

Twin Cities Maker has been open for over a year now, and we’ve seen a boat load of fantastic growth.  We’ve more than doubled our monthly membership, and offer a wide variety of tools and equipment that have for the most part been driven by individual member’s interests.  When there were fifteen of us sitting around one big table it was easy to discuss that we wanted a drill press, or a welder, but with almost fifty members working in wood, metal, electronics, plastics, paint, tile, locks, sculpture, art, bows, CNC and a myriad of other fields, it’s now difficult for all of us to keep track of all of the varied interests in the community.

We defined ourselves as a  “Twin Cities based community to Make, Share, and Learn.”  A big part of community is knowing your neighbors, and friends.  To facilitate that the Board of Directors has created a few polls that should take about five to complete.  We hope this will tell us what you’ve been up to, and what sorts of things you’d like to see in the future.  These polls aren’t mandatory, or perfect, but it’s our hope that members will complete them and give us a healthy compost of ideas to nurture our next year’s growth.

We’ve got (3) polls, (2) for members, and (1) for non-members.    The polls will be open for a few weeks, and we will release statistical data after that, but not any personally identifiable information.  (e.g. We will show “x% of our members use $tool weekly”, but not “1 member from $town wants $tool”)

The Members Use and Access Poll and Members Info Update Form are for current members (or those who have lapsed, but intend to restart their membership in the near future).

The Non-Members Poll is for folks who are not current members of Twin Cities Maker.  This is mostly targeted at folks located in and around the greater  Twin Cities metropolitan area, but if you’re farther afield we’re still interested in your answers.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your interests.




Locksport Tuesdays

April 1st, 2011 by metis

It’s taken a bit of time, but we’re starting a monthly locksport open house.

What is locksport you ask?  Locksport is the amateur study of how locks and locking systems work, and how to defeat them.  It’s not how to break into a soda machine, but the study of the little mechanical puzzles that we rely on for so many things in daily life.  You’ve probably seen lock picking in movies and on TV, and may have seen bump keys on the news, but this is your chance to find out more about how all of that works, or if you already know, to maybe show off your collection of antique lever locks, or just hang out and chat with other lock enthusiasts.

The first Tuesday of each month we’ll have a brief presentation, and then mill about and pick, snap, rake, bump, impression, disassemble, and generally embarrass some little chunks of brass. We’ll kick things off on April 5th at 7PM.

This month I’ll present a brief introduction into locksport, touching on ethics, how various types of locks work, and a bucket of the varieties of exploits that can open them.  The evening is open to the public, with a small cash donation appreciated, but not required, from non-members.