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

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.

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.

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, 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…

The laser loses more blue smoke [UPDATED x2]

January 9th, 2015 by danbackslide

dead-parrotSorry to report, but the laser is down for the count once again. This time, the high voltage power supply for the laser tube has rung down the curtain and gone to join the Choir Invisible. I’ll be shipping the remains of the HV supply back to Las Vegas tomorrow morning, and hopefully we’ll have a new one by the end of the week.

I had planned on running laser classes next Friday, but that’s likely too tight a deadline right now. So I’ll be bumping the classes out to Friday, January 23rd.

Keep checking back here for updates!

UPDATE 1/21/2015: A new power supply is on its way to us — Full Spectrum Laser is boxing it up as I type this. I’ll post an expected delivery date as soon as I have the shipping confirmation.

UPDATE 1/22/2015: Expected delivery date is Saturday!

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