There is no joy in Laser-ville

April 20th, 2016 by danbackslide

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TL;DR: The laser cutter is down, parts are expected to arrive Monday 4/25.

Sadly, the mighty laser cutter has struck out. The high-voltage power supply that drives the laser has blown out. A new power supply will be ordered tomorrow morning, along with a new water chiller — one that actually chills water, rather than one that slightly cools water.

This of course means that Friday night’s laser classes are cancelled. I’ll get them rescheduled as soon as we have the laser cutter back in operation.

I’ll post here on the blog as soon as I have any updates on delivery and installation. Keep an eye on this space!

Update 1: 4/21/2016@1811

The power supply has been ordered, just waiting on the shipping notice for the delivery date. The chiller’s shipping costs put the total a little higher than expected, so I’ll be ordering that in the next couple of days, once we get some funds shuffled around. (The chiller would have shipped separately from the power supply in any case.)

Update 2: 4/22/2016@1816

The power supply has shipped. I have a tracking number, but no estimated delivery date yet. It’s coming by USPS 3-day Priority Mail, so I’m figuring it’ll arrive on Wednesday — good timing!

Update 3: 4/23/2016@1453

All hail the efficiency of the US Postal Service! The expected delivery date is Monday 4/25! I’ll be at the shop by about 7pm, so if anyone wants to help get the power supply installed, feel free to come on by.

 

Party? Party! Friday @ 7PM

February 9th, 2016 by danbackslide

radiohatsWhy a party? Why not a party! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, there’s fresh snow, it’s Friday, it’s Blair’s birthday, Stevie Nukes didn’t burn the shop down… pick your own reason, and come celebrate it at the shop. This party is a potluck, so bring something tasty to share with everyone. It’s also BYOB, so bring your tasty beverage(s) of choice for yourself. Although if you want to share your tasty beverages I’m sure you’ll make new friends. There will be music of various types, maybe some games (if you bring ’em along), yakking, and various randomness. I hope to see lots of people there!

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 board@tcmaker.org.

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 members@tcmaker.org, and we’ll arrange to get you a new key.

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