Twin Cities Maker 2017 Member Meeting

September 18th, 2017 by danbackslide

Twin Cities Maker will hold its annual Member Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00PM, at our offices at 3119 E 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

The agenda of the meeting is as follows:

  • A report on the financial condition and activities of Twin Cities Maker.
  • Election of 2 Board Members to replace Board Members whose terms of office are expiring.
  • A Q&A period for members to ask questions or bring up any suggestions or motions they may have.
  • Act on any other matters that may properly come before the meeting.

The meeting will start at 2:00 PM. Afterwards we’ll pull out the grill and feed everyone!

Members in good standing of record on the books of the Corporation up to the close of the meeting on 9/23/2017 will be entitled vote at the meeting or any adjournment thereof. Member in good standing, for purposes of the annual meeting, means a Member who is current on payment of monthly membership dues.

You may vote for Governing Board candidates in person, or via email or physical mail. Information about the current candidates and an official ballot are contained in the Member Meeting information packet linked here. Instructions for submitting a ballot are included in the packet. Votes must be received by the start of the Member Meeting, 2PM on Saturday 9/23.

You may also assign proxy voting rights to another member in good standing who will be attending the meeting. Please complete the Proxy Voting Form contained in the info packet, and send it to Twin Cities Maker via email, postal mail, or in person. Members who attend the meeting may revoke their proxy and vote in person if they so desire.

The governing board would like to thank each and every one of you for being a member and supporting Twin Cities Maker. The making, sharing, and learning could not happen without you!

Scott Hill, Vice President
for the Twin Cities Maker Governing Board

Laser classes are GO!

September 1st, 2017 by danbackslide

I know there’s some pent-up demand for laser classes. Sorry about that, the last couple of months my schedule has been less than cooperative. So by way of apology I’ve put up not one, not two, but THREE laser cutter classes over the next two weeks. Here are the dates, and links to the Eventbrite page where you can sign up:

Tuesday 9/5 at 7PM

Thursday 9/14 at 7PM

Saturday 9/16 at 10AM

See y’all there, or there, or there!

That new laser tube smell

June 23rd, 2017 by danbackslide

That bright crisp smell you’ll notice in the laser room is the smell of new laser tube. It’s accompanied by undertones of fresh mirrors and beam combiner, with a smooth realignment finish.

Please test your settings the next time you run a job! The replaced optics and tube basically give us a nearly-new laser cutter, so you may be able to lower your power settings and/or speed up your cuts.

Huge thanks to Rory Johnson and Mark Tondra for helping out tonight. Also an extra huge thanks to Rory for doing the laser maintenance over the past months.

Now, anyone want to try taking an old laser tube apart?

Laser update: no upgrade tonight…

June 1st, 2017 by danbackslide

Last week when I got the laser back in operation, I said I was planning on putting the new tube in tonight (Thurs 6/1). Unfortunately, between Mini Maker Faire this weekend and other Real Life duties, that’s not gonna happen. I don’t want to be doing all that work when I’m feeling pressed for time, as that’s when mistakes are made. I’ll post here and in the TCMaker Google group when I’ve got another date set. Don’t worry, it’ll be soon — my wife wants the death ray crate out of the house…

The laser is up! (mostly)

May 24th, 2017 by danbackslide

I am quite pleased to report that the laser cutter is back in action mostly! Turns out it was the power supply, and the new unit has been bodged into place. I’ll put some decent connectors on the wiring next Thursday, but what’s there is good for now (just not long-term durable).

So about that ‘mostly’ part: The magnetic safety switch is acting up. It looks like the magnet on the lid has either moved a bit (unlikely), or has lost some magnetism (still unlikely), or the switch itself is losing sensitivity (more likely). It’s been temporarily fixed by taping a chunk of fridge magnet on top of it, which adds enough oomph to get the switch to activate. Another thing to get fixed next Thursday.

The plan is to put in the new laser tube, mirrors, and beam combiner on Thursday 6/1. If you’d like to help out, or just hang out and kibbitz, come on by. I’ll probably be starting around 7pm.

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