Member Storage Reminder

February 29th, 2012 by mcsteve

Hack Factory Member Storage

With our quarterly cleanup coming up soon, I’d like to remind everyone about the purpose of the member storage shelves. These shelves are intended for storage of projects in progress, and the materials and tools being used for those projects. I would like to invite everybody to take some time to organize their storage area prior to the quarterly cleanup. When organizing your storage, there are a few requirements to keep in mind:

  • Allotted space: Everyone should make an effort to occupy no more than one half of a storage shelf with their projects and materials. There is no problem with using a whole shelf, as long as the material you are storing is actively being worked on. Check with the Shop Manager or an Area Manager if you have special requirements.
  • Labeling: The owner of every item stored on these shelves should be readily identifiable, with contact information. This requirement can be met by placing parking permits on each item, or applying a strip of tape or similar label to the shelf. This is especially important with quarterly cleanup approaching. If we don’t know who something belongs to, we don’t know whether or not it’s abandoned.
  • Tidyness: As much as possible, material on the shelves should be stored in a relatively neat fashion, and items should not overhang the front of the shelves. We want the space to look organized and functional when guests are touring the space.
  • Inactive projects: Anything you have stored at the space which you haven’t worked with in a long time should be taken home or disposed of.

The overall goal here is to give members a chance to organize and evaluate their storage prior to quarterly cleanup, so that items are organized in the way their owner wants, as opposed to being organized at the whims of the cleanup participants.

As always, speak with the Shop Manager or an Area Manager if you have any questions.


Annual meeting, Members pot luck and Shop Clean up! March 31st!

February 24th, 2012 by videoman

March 31st we are having our Annual meeting.  What does this mean?  Three seats on our Board of Directors are up for election.  Our Board of Directors are the members we elect to oversee and steer the direction of the organization.   They they hire or elect staff and officers to serve in particular day to day management positions such as President, Wood Shop Manager, and many others.  They also approve major policy changes such as the dues schedule.

Currently most of the Board of Directors also serve as Officers, however this is not a requirement.  A seat on the Board of Directors is a three year commitment.  Officers and staff serve at the direction of the Board of Directors and are responsible for carrying out day to day operations.

If you would like to be submit your name for election to our Board of Directors, please send your name to our secretary (Bob Poate) via email, Secretary[ @ ] or in person at the Hack Factory.  We will leave the candidacy application open until March 7th, 2012 Midnight CST.

We will also be taking input for the Agenda of the Annual Meeting on March 13th at the Monthly Board Meeting.  Once we have compiled our candidates and agenda at the March 13th board meeting, a formal announcement for the Annual Meeting will be sent out by March 16th 2012.

The same day that we are having our Annual Meeting we will be having the Quarterly Shop Clean-Up just in time  for Minne Faire and an informal general member meeting.

The overall agenda for March 31st is as follows:

  • Shop clean up – 10 am to 3pm
  • Members meeting / potluck – 4pm – 5pm (or sooner if people want)
  • Annual meeting – 5pm – 6pm

The members meetings will be a place for all members to come together and discuss all things Hack Factory related, and a place for members to meet the candidates on the ballot.

Something very important to note: in order to participate in voting, you must have payed your dues for March on or before March 1st.  Per our bylaws, only members in good standing are qualified to vote.  So that means if you submit your member dues after March 1st you will be ineligible to vote on March 31st.  If that is the case, we would still welcome you to come to the potluck and clean up, but you will not be able to vote.

**edited for policy accuracy, pardon the earlier error**

Open Hacke Night 2/22/12

February 23rd, 2012 by themountainfold

Pictures from the 2/22/12 Open Hack Night @ Twin Cities Maker’s Hack Factory.

and a video of Riley’s Latest creation:

Applications Away!

February 20th, 2012 by metis

Well, it’s taken a while but videoman, orion and myself spend a couple of hours tonight correcting typos and printing.   We’ve finally knocked out the full 501(c)3 application, and gotten it shipped off.  Many thanks to all of the folks who have contributed to it, especially Tony and Becca.  We’ll be getting most of it up on the wiki shortly for the general maker community to use for reference.

All in it’s over 75 pages of forms, documents, narrative and bits and pieces and it’s taken a lot of triple checking but we’re happy with what we’ve sent off.  We’re hoping for an answer within a few months, but it’s always a bit of a gamble as to how long it’ll take the IRS to approve or come back with questions.

In other important news, the Annual Members Meeting has gotten scooted to the end of March this year to coincide with the Quarterly Clean-Up, and you must have paid your dues for March on time (before March 1st)  in order to vote.  An announcement and then big formal announcement will be coming out soon.




Open Hack Night On Wednesday

February 19th, 2012 by Paul Sobczak

Every Wednesday we have an open house @ The Hack Factory, it’s a time for members and new comers alike to socialize and get to know Twin Cities Maker. If you have never been to the Hack Factory before, Wednesday night is the best time to come. There are usually people working on various project, and definitely people willing to help out or give some insight into what you are trying to accomplish with your own projects. It’s a great time, check out some of the pictures to see a bit of what it is like.

The Hack Factory is located at:

3119 E. 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Twin Cities Maker a collective of people that together rent The Hack Factory, we all pay dues and luckily it’s just about enough to cover the expenses of our space, we are currently a bit light and are looking for a few new members to get us into the black, and into a place where we can start saving for the next tool, or event budgets. If you are interested in becoming a member it’s easy there are few different ways, and a few different types of memberships, check out the Membership page for more information. Also if this is something that you think is valuable in the community and would like to see it continue, and grow consider giving Twin Cities Maker a donation, we also take equipment donations depending on what you have and what we have.

Monsters are Coming to the Minne-Faire!

February 15th, 2012 by Judeling

The Monsters Under the Bed Art Shanty will be making an appearance at the April 14th Minne-Faire.

This is possibly the last chance to see “Monsters” in the wild.


“With their unique spatial and dietary requirements, under-the-bed Monsters rarely get to visit and socialize with other Monsters…until now. Visitors to Monster Under the Bed Shanty can release their inner monsteryness while exploring the size and scope of being human in a unique visual and interactive space. In addition to providing an outlet for Monsters of all shapes, sizes, and artistic inclination, Monsters Under the Bed Shanty provides continuity within the Art Shanty Project; where Tiny Shanty allowed humans to feel huge in a tiny world Monsters Under the Bed Shanty will allow participants to feel tiny under and on a giant a bed.” Monsters Shanty Blog


This is a coming home for the Monsters team as much of the construction and preparation took place right here at the Hack Factory.Reading Monsters by Wtarfive, on Flickr


It is not too late to include your project in this year’s Minne-Faire.

Contact us at fair@tcmaker.or or fill out the form!

Meet The Maker & Learn To Solder 2: Sat., 2-5-2012, 4-6 PM @ Hack Factory

February 10th, 2012 by Paul Sobczak

Michael from Nootropic will be teaching a class on how to solder his Hackvision kits.

Hackvision is a simple, retro gaming platform based on Arduino technology that you can assemble and connect to your TV. You can write your own games and make your own controllers!

If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! This course teaches through-hole (90% of electronic kits) soldering and is recommended for the beginner. This is a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the Hackvision, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills.

Classes take place at The Hack Factory. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for up to 8 students.

There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, but other than that, anyone is encouraged to sign up. We teach people all the time with no previous soldering experience! You do not need to be a member of Twin Cities Maker to attend.

Prerequisites: None! Just bring yourself. The class price includes the cost of the Hackvision kit.

What to bring: TC Maker will provide all the tools, irons and solder.

Proceeds above will go to help keep TC Maker, support the space.

Time and Place: Saturday Feb 25th 4:00pm to 6:00pm with a break for Pizza (it will be extra $$ but, good)

Cost: $30 (This is a great deal, the retail price is $33, and doesn’t come with the hack factory to solder at, and no Michael to be taught by.)

Sign up on Event Brite

Monsters Under the Bed on Boing Boing

February 8th, 2012 by Paul Sobczak

Maggie Koerth-Baker, of Minneapolis, has an epic post on How to Build an Art Shanty up on Boing Boing. The art shanty featured, Monsters Under The Bed, was built in the the Hack Factory 2 months ago, and spent this last month out on Medicine Lake.

Congrats to the Monsters under the bed, we can’t wait to see what you will come up with in next time.

Not So Mini Minne-Faire @ Hack Factory, Saturday, April 14, 2012

February 5th, 2012 by Judeling



Our third annual Minne-Faire is on the calendar for Saturday, April 14.

To reflect our explosive growth, this year’s fair will be bigger and better then ever!

Old favorites are returning and new friends coming.




We will have music, food, exhibits, and demonstrations.


Schedule for Saturday, April 14IMG_0573

12:00-5:00 PM: Open maker displays and demos

7:00PM: Music performances and socializing

We can use your help building this event.


Calling all makers!

It is not to late  if you would like to show at this year’s Minne-Faire. Contact us by sending email to


Twin Cities Maker’s Mill

February 5th, 2012 by Paul Sobczak

Twin Cities maker just got a Bridgeport mill up and running in the space. If you are inerested in using it, you need to get checked out on it, and then you are ready to start milling.

This machine is seriously awesome, a big thanks to all of those involved in acquiring, retrieving it up to northern Minnesota, and to everyone else who quickly got it up an running in the space.

Here is a short video of the machine, and what one of our members, Andy, has been using it for.

Updated to better quality video