Raspberry Pi too

August 27th, 2012 by Judeling

Alex has taken over one of Vending Machines.


Vendakit vending machine is the side project of Alex from GetLoFi, it is meant is a physical distribution outlet for geeky things that we normally order over the Internet. At the moment the machine stocks kits Minneapolis based Nootropic Design, GetLoFi, CrazyButAble, and soon to include more makers. Other items currently in the machine include Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi computers, Proto Shields, and USB soldering irons.To learn about the machine updates, changes to the inventory, and new products please follow us on twitter: twitter.com/Vendakit.


Now if you are looking for a quick project its right here.

This looks like just the beginning for Alex.  He is talking about another machine, stocking components. Cash only right now.




August 15th, 2012 by Judeling

The long quest is over. We have officially received our 501 c(3) non profit tax exempt status.

This means we can directly accept financial, equipment and in kind donations (sorry dues don’t count).

While donation have been possible for some time thanks to Springboard for the Arts and other great financial sponsors. Eliminating a layer will give us much greater flexibility.  We have already begun the process of seeking underwriting for our community outreach (Minne-Faire, Handmade Music, Women’s Night, Makers in the Park etc.). While we expect that our members will provide the majority of our support, our new status will allow us to enhance and expand our core mission of making sharing and learning.


I’d like to thank Metis, Becca, Brandon and Dave for all their hard work. Our lawyers certainly shortened the process. Springboard and our other sponsors made the transition as painless as possible.

Power Wheels Build Team Request

June 29th, 2012 by Judeling

Steve, Dave, Andy and I were generally pleased with the outcome of our recent build.  Considering we built it in a week and it finished and finished forth in the endurance test, how could we not be.  The drivers report good handling characteristics.


…. But ….

We really never had a good chance to tweak and baseline test and so we slightly exceeded our motor’s ability. So in addition to our other tweaks we are searching for a better motor.  We are limited by rule to battery power and a 12 – 36 volt RMS to the motor. The thinking is that a cordless electric lawn mower or other continuous duty motor would work.


So if any of you out there have such a motor squirreled away not in use we could use it.

Thank You !!!

April 15th, 2012 by Judeling

getting ready

So another Faire is in the books. Despite some early weather worries the day couldn’t have been more perfect. The rain held off, the Sun came out, what more could you desire?


Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a more formal recap, but I wanted to get out this big thank you right away.



Thank you visitors.

Thank you for giving us a chance to show off our space and the neat stuff we do. That you came and showed us your good will is greatly appreciated. (The fact that you were so neat and pick up was a breeze was a bonus).


Thank you exhibitors.

Thank you for your grace and understanding. There wouldn’t be an event without you.


Thank you performers.

Thank you for your patience, professionalism, skill and artistry. Your efforts took the event up a level and made it memorable.


Thank you volunteers.

Thank you for your willingness to take on any job and your inventiveness in solving any problems.


closing the day

I only have two last requests.

If you have any photos, video or sounds of the day you would like to share please email the links to fair@tcmaker.org with photo in the subject line.

I would also like any feedback on the event you would like to share. We want to make this annual event as great as it can be. So email or use the contact us form with any impressions, suggestions or criticisms.

Thanks again and see you next year at Minne-Faire IV 4/13/2013.

It’s a Celebration

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

In addition to the Projects, Exhibitions, Prizes and Hands on Demonstrations during Saturday’s Minne Faire from Noon until 5:00 Pm, we will have a Celebration starting at 7Pm.

After a hard day of showing off all our cool stuff, the only thing left for us to do is throw a party.

Come and join us.


Tim Kaiser
Will be starting us out with his gonkulations and acousto-electric contraptions, weaving aural sculptures that are haunting, startling, just down right amazing. It is no wonder that he is the troubadour of the Maker/Hacker movement. (Tim will also be exhibiting at the Fair).


Is up next. Patrick Flanagan’s steamfunk percussive driving sound is unique and unforgettable. As the human component of the cybernetic juggernaut that is Jazari, Patrick brings an impressive level of skill and craftsmanship to the creation of his instruments, the beauty of his software and the energy of his performance. I can never decide if the awe his instruments inspire or the inventiveness of his performance is more impressive.



Savage Aural Hotbed

Closes the show.

“…the sound of steel and rust, oil drums and hubcaps, screeches, sparks, grinders and gears finding new fury and energy… It’s also fun, it makes you smile to see a man make music with an electric saw…”
— Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio
‘nough said.

It is Complex

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

Despite the recent controversy the show will go on.

The Minneapolis’s The Hacktor’s Collective Production of

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:


Will be presented Friday April 13th

Both the author and the subject have their good and bad. The performance of this work at this time highlights the complexity of the Human makers of things and art.





Because of the performance Friday night drop off for the Minne – Faire will be closed from 6pm – 10pm.

Rain or Shine

April 8th, 2012 by Judeling

Work on Saturday’s (April 14th) Minne Faire is moving a pace.

The question I’m most asked is “What Can I do to Help ?“.

Well the biggest help in the next couple of days would be to get the word out.

Tell your friends and family. If you can, take a couple of minutes and put up a poster or two in your neighborhood.

The show will go on rain or shine.

Don’t forget about the celebration afterwards.

Tim Kaiser, Jazari and Savage Aural Hotbed will playing.


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!

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 faire@tcmaker.org