September Quarterly Clean-Up

September 11th, 2015 by orion

Quarterly Clean-Up

September 26th 10am – 6pm

Focus: Member Storage and Classroom

It’s here again folks and you know you want to get your hands dirty getting this place clean. Quarterly clean-up runs the same as always with two reminders.

Reminder: Update your tags and take home inactive projects

We’re making a special focus on cleaning up Member Storage this time around so if you’re  reading this, then there is a definite possibility that your materials may get red tagged or, if they’re already red tagged, moved to Up For Grabs or thrown out at our discretion. This is, of course, for the courtesy of all of our members and we do value your possessions and projects as much as you value this space so please come in and update your tags, downsize your storage and take home any inactive projects or supplies.

Reminder: Cleaning Deputies

Each area manager should either be in attendance, as is good cleaning practice, or a cleaning deputy should be assigned to marshal the cleaning of their individual area so as to streamline the cleaning process and alleviate the wandering confusion many of us may have felt on our first clean-up. Feel free to volunteer yourself on the Google Group to be a deputy for certain areas or, if none are available on the day, to deputize yourself if you feel you have a firm grasp of the area and its cleaning needs.
(Holsters not necessary but encouraged.)

For those without guidance, look for the tell tale star marking a cleaning deputy when you arrive and they’ll direct you towards a cleaner, happier Hack Factory.

Mock-Up Deputy

And, as always, Twin Cities Makers…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.


Information Survey

March 17th, 2015 by orion

Twin Cities Maker would like to hear from you. Please fill out the following survey to help us keep improving.

Spring Cleanup

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Once again it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our spring Quarterly Cleanup (Saturday 3/28), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

MInne Faire 6

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Greetings, everyone!

This is the official call for makers for Minne Faire 6! The event will be held at the Hack Factory (3119 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406) on May 23rd and 24th from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a party with live music and beverages on May 23 from approximately 7-10 pm. We are looking for interested individuals to display interesting projects ranging from metalwork and woodwork to electronics and art at our event.

We’re asking for $20 for a guaranteed registration for a display table (negotiable if you are economically disadvantaged). This also gets you a free wristband for music Saturday night. If you are interested in displaying at Minne Faire 6 this year, email

If you are interested in being a volunteer for the event to help make it possible, shoot us at email as well! We’d love to have help!

Fall Cleanup

September 19th, 2014 by orion

This is a reminder that the  quarterly cleanup will be this coming Saturday 9/27 and the shop will be closed from 10-5. We need all hands on deck to clean and organize the shop.

General membership meeting 6/26/2013

May 10th, 2013 by orion

This is a reminder that in order to be a member in good standing and be able to vote you must have your dues paid by 11:59PM 6/1/2013. If you have questions about your dues status please email treasurer at More info to follow…

Reminder Bump

Gremlins in the machine

November 6th, 2012 by orion

So it has been brought to my attention that invoices were not being credited when paypal got the money for the subscription accounts. I have found the issue and it should no longer be a problem. If anyone else is still getting incorrect invoices please email treasurer at and it will be fixed.


The money guy

Operation red tape

October 17th, 2012 by orion

Hello members,

I am doing an audit of our member database and and I am looking to get updated and current information from members (EG: you pay for a monthly membership). From my research I have found that I’m getting 15% bounces for official member announcements and some members are missing information in there file. If you are a current member paying dues, please help us out by updating in your information. We have setup a Google doc that will capture your info HERE.

Thanks for your time,
TC Maker Treasurer

edit for clarity

Keyfob access update

May 15th, 2012 by orion

Hey folks, we have the shiny new Open Access Control System in place, and it works great!  So what does that mean?  We will be shutting off the old key access system June 1st.  If you have an old fob, we can cross trade you for a new one, just see David, Brandon, or Jude to get a new fob.  If you can’t make it to a Wednesday night open house,  email Brandon; treasurer at tcmaker dot org to setup a time to swap out your fob.


UPDATE 6/3/2012 The old controller is now inactive if you have not changed your key you will not get in.


April 26th, 2012 by orion

The servers are undergoing downtime April 27, 2012, from 22:00 til 0600 CST the blog forum and wiki will be affected.

2012 Membership Dues Update

January 27th, 2012 by orion

This is a reminder to everyone that the billing system has been updated to new prices but some automated payments are still at the old price. Please update your paypal subscriptions or bank bill pay to the new fees. For more information the updated dues please read the details HERE.‎

The updated membership options are:

$75 / month – Rockstar member ship you really love us!

$55 / month – Regular membership

$30 / month for students or unemployed

Links to update your paypal subscription can be found at our membership page.


Website Maintenance

January 20th, 2011 by orion

The website will be undergoing some planned maintenance to move to a different server you  may notice some disruptions as sections are moved. The plan is to start at 12:00 CST and be done at 15:00 CST.

Maintenance complete let me know if you have any issues.

The man behind the curtain

New Recruit Bounty and Dues Announcement

October 27th, 2010 by orion

We are pleased to announce a new membership bounty.  Long story short, if you, an existing member, bring in a new body and they become a dues paying member, you can earn up to a free month’s membership.

The skinny on new recruits.  If you’ve been a member for over a month, a new member can mention your name when they join as their referrer.  You will then gain a discount of 10% of their dues as a discount off your next month’s membership, and this will continue for up to 10 months from their join date, if they remain a dues paying member.  If you bring in enough new blood, you can conceivably earn ongoing free membership.  (No, you can’t get cash back, but we might name a lathe after you.)

We’re also formally announcing a slightly revised dues schedule.  We’ve been running a student and unemployed discount for a few months, but had neglected to formally announce them.  Registered students and folks on unemployment can get a membership for $25 per month (with the usual space deposit).  Members can also sponsor a guest for $10 for a 48 hour pass.

Details for all of this are spelled out in our shiny updated “Dues schedule

If you haven’t been by the space in a while, you should pop in for a Wednesday Open House, take a gander at some of the CNC toys, the welding shop and wood shop that are all available for member use (some training required for certain tools)

TC Maker Gets Springboard for the Arts Sponsorship

October 4th, 2010 by orion

It is with great pleasure that the board of Twin Cities Maker would like to announce that we have received fiscal sponsorship under Springboard for the Arts. This means that we can now receive tax deductible gifts. This saves us hundreds of dollars and months of time in being able to apply for many grants and for you (and your friends) to get a tax write-off by giving us things. You can give cash via GiveMN online, or by check to Springboard for the Arts with “Twin Cities Maker” in the memo line. Any cash donations have a small handling fee attached, which is more than offset by the savings from sponsorship. In kind donations (labor, tools, supplies) can also be written off, (without any overhead for us), however due to the plethora of small items in the shop that have yet to be sorted, we’re only accepting hand tools and large tools at this time, unless it’s for a specific project.

To make an online donation, click the image below for our GiveMN page: