Make: Live @ the Hack Factory

June 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Twin cities maker was featured on episode 10 of the Make: Live series! Here is the section that we were in.

The rest of the show and a bit more information can been seen here.


Wednesday Open Hack 6/8/11

June 9th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

No slide show this week from the open hack at The Hack Factory, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened, quite the opposite. It was our annual meeting and we had quite a few of the members all in the the building at the same time, always a great thing.

There where two main orders of business the vote on the 501c(3)/bylaw stuff which all passed so we are moving forward with that process, lots of great discussion on what it means, clarification on that, new committees, lessons learned.

The other main piece of business was an overview of the financial situation. The whole details are going to be posted soon. The basics, we need to keep on the member drive a total membership around 80 – 90 will allow us to start building up money again. That said we have reserves to hold us while we get more people.

The space planning committee has been hard at work figuring out how to organize all of the new space we moved into on the 1st of the month. So changes are being implemented, lots of neat and exciting things are happening be sure to keep an eye on how things progress. More to come as more of it gets fleshed out.

We were featured in Make:Live Episode 10 along side our friends at NYC Resistor, Milwaukee Makerspace, i3Detroit, and Noisebridge (San Francisco). We will let you know when the video gets posted.

A few more bits. If you get a chance take a look at the upcoming classes and events (part of the sidebar on if you’re at the website), there might be something your interested in, and, as always, there are some in the works so be sure to check for updates. If you have an idea for a class as well let our events at tcmaker dot org know. There are a few group projects in the works over on the fourm, check them out and get involved, or post your own project.

Finally, If you are thinking about coming down and checking out the Hack Factory, Wednesday nights, as the tradition has been, are the best time to do so lots of activity and great tour guides. Bring a project to show off if you want, we are a curious bunch. If you can’t make it on Wednesday you can stop by other times, there is usually someone in the shop all the time these days, don’t hesitate to ask them for a tour and a bit of information about the place, if you have other questions we have all quite a few ways to get a hold of the group, see the communication section of our wiki and take your pick.

SWAP-O-RAMA-RAMA is coming to the Hack Factory

June 5th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

@ The Hack Factory

Sun Sept 11, ’11 @ 11am-7pm
@ Hack Factory
…$5 & a bag of clean clothing or $10 w/o donation

Join in the communal process of reuse and celebrate our collective creativity! You are invited to Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a giant clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing.

June 1st Open Hack

June 2nd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from June 1st’s Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory. Lots of new faces, new members and lively discussion on the up coming annual meeting. Oh and Robots in Yurts!

A Few Class updates

May 30th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

The welding class has been opened up to beginners who havent’t taken the intro class.

The DIY Brewing class has been added to eventbrite so you can now sign up.

There is some talk of putting together a wood joinery class, have your say on the forum post if you want to see it happen.

Also the calendar has been added to the side bar of the homepage, to give a bit more upfront idea of what is happening at the space.

Oh and the whole space can now be accessed by members so come and check our our new added space!

Edit: Also, we have the Intro to Woodworking class on June 16 and 17! – wammie (via Skyler)

Brewing Class @ the Hack Factory

May 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

June. The 18th @ the Hack Factory

starting fairly small, the future is wide open, perhaps the perfect balmer brew.


Apple uses automated schnapps IVs.Image XKCD

Suggested $10 donation. More info at the forum post.

Now with eventbrite

Woodworking 101 @ The Hack Factory

May 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Woodworking 101 Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM -9:00 PM and Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This class is for the beginner with no or limited woodworking experience. It will cover shop safety, woodworking hand and power tool safety and knowledge, basics of joinery, etc.
The first night will consist of general shop intro and basic training on all the tools and safety. The second night will continue with tool instruction and work on small project. The two night class will be $25.

We will cover some basic tools
Table Saw
Radial Arm Saw
Compound miter saw
Band Saw
Jig Saw
Drill Press

After going over the tools and getting everyone a chance to use them, we will talk about building & assembling projects, what glues to use, clamping, and finishing. We can use the remaining time answer any questions you may have, and to work on an in-class project of your choosing. Keep it simple is the best advice I can give you here. I’ll have some example ideas with me the first night of class.

Class will begin at 7:00 pm and will go until 9:00 pm.

Any questions please see the forum post

Oxy-fuel Welding Class

May 27th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

This class will teach you the safety and fundamentals of Oxy-fuel welding. Each student will have an opportunity to try their hand at both welding and cutting.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (CT) $40

As a safety precaution do not wear open toed shoes or any synthetic fibers. Oxyacetylene burns at 3500 degrees C (6330 F). Melted plastic on skin is not a good combination. If you have leather jerkins or cotton/denim coveralls please wear them.

For more information see the forum post.

Sign up ahead of time at:

May 25th Open Hack

May 26th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

New members and more hacking, can’t get better than that right?

May 18th Open Hack Roundup

May 20th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from the May 18th Open Hack Night at the Hack Factory.

Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Seven

May 20th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

CMKT4 will be coming on their Great Western Hackerspace Tour to Minneapolis and will be having a contact microphone workshop.

Facebook Event Page

Nootropic Video Experimenter on Make:Blog

May 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Mike Krumpus, one of our fellow TC Makers has one of his kits up on Make:Blog

The Video Experimenter, an Arduino shield by Nootropic Design lets you program your Arduino microcontroller to manipulate and analyze NTSC or PAL video signals from a composite video source. You can also decode closed caption text, which is transmitted within the video image.

Learning to Solder

May 16th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Some shots from the learning how to solder class at the Hack Factory.

A big thanks to the great showing of TC Makers that helped with different parts of the process. Thanks Everyone!

All of the students walked away with working units, too!

A learn to solder page on the Wiki is up now as well. Wiki Page

5/11/11 Open Hack Roundup

May 12th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Lots of great things going on at the Hack Factory this week. The big news, our sub lease is up at then end of the month and we need to raise some money and members got assume the whole lease. Great news on both fronts actually as we gained 2 new members, and have raised $700 of the $1000 dollars in the matching fund. Even more great, last night our President announced on twitter that he would contribute another $500 to the challenge fund if we met the $1000 goal by Friday.  The full download on the situation with our space The Hack Factory can be found in this post.

Some exciting stuff coming up for TC Maker. We will be at Make:Day at the Science Museum this will be our third showing there, lots of hard work going into making that successful.

A learn to solder class is going to be held on Sunday evening, there are 5 spots left so if you have any interest sign-up now. The proceeds are going directly to the space fund.

A new Handmade Music Minneapolis will be announced later today, some pretty exciting details to come on that so watch the blog for info.

One of our original members who was with us when we were meeting in coffee shops for a year also learned that he is going to be moving back.

The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge has voted and while we didn’t make it down to the semifinalists some of our members are still going to Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. Adam from Wayne and Layne plans on showing off some of his gadgets at a booth.

As some of you saw on the forum we are loosing our dust collector as a member who loaned them is taking them back, thanks to bradito for letting us keep it for so long. As luck would have it last night another TCMaker stepped up and is going to loan his for 3 months, thanks Cam.

A final note to our followers at large, if you are thinking about becoming a member in any capacity, please do. We need the support. We have several members that contribute the $50 dollars a month solely because they like what we are doing, and don’t actually make it down to the space very often, if at all on any given month. This type of membership is very valuable to us as a group, if you think you are in a similar situation to this, please don’t hesitate.

The other day a potential member asked videoman, our president, what we do at the Hack Factory and he said “Yes”. If you want to be a part of that, join up or donate a few dollars from $1 to $20 to $20,000, it all helps. If you want to be part of a dynamic group of people working on lots of interesting things, that’s us.



Learn to Solder and Help Save TC Maker

May 11th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Modeled after SparkFun’s Soldering class, TC Maker is offering a soldering class. The kit and the price is all the same but the location is a not Denver, it’s Minneapolis.

Description: If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! This course teaches through-hole (90% of electronic kits) soldering and is recommended for the beginner. This is a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the Simon game, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills.

Classes take place at The Hack Factory. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for 8 students. You’ll be soldering the Simon PTH Kit. By the end of the night, you will have a functioning game to take home and show off to your friends (we get funny looks all the time).

There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, but other than that, anyone is encouraged to sign up. We teach people all the time with no previous soldering experience!

The class is expected to take around 1 hour to complete, there is a buffer built in in case we go a bit longer.

Prerequisites: None! Just bring you. The class price includes the cost of the Simon Kit. The class is open to the public and to members.

What to bring: TC Maker will provide all the tools, irons and solder.

Proceeds above will go to help keep TC Maker afloat. For more on the current situation TC Maker has found itself in, see our blog post. We will also be accepting other donations, so if you are so inclined please do donate. We have a tax deductible status too if you are interested.

Time and Place: Sunday May 15th 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Hack Factory.

Who is Teaching: Paul Sobczak, Electrical Engineer, and other TC Maker members.

The class is $40. Sign up on the Eventbrite page.

Open Hack Wednesday and News

May 2nd, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from last weeks Open Hack Night.

Every Wednesday from 7 to 10pm open to the public. Bring your project, work on it, or bring your ears and voice and talk about whatever. If you have never been to the Hack Factory, or are curious, this is a great opportunity to get to know the place, and the people.

In other news TC Maker membership has crossed the 60 Thank you TCMaker Members.

The Global Hackerspace Challenge is wrapping up, and a post about that is in the works. Our hackerspace worked on putting together a 10x breadboad with 10x components, it’s quite impressive.

Handmade Music Minneapolis #6 went well there are pictures from the event on the Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog.

Videoman put on an info session on brewing, this last weekend and that went well also.

Our Treasurer rolled out a new system that members should have seen.

May 3rd There is an open locksport event at The Hack Factory.

Handmade Music Minneapolis #7 is scheduled for late May more details on that next week.

Handmade Music Minneapolis on the 30th

April 26th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Handmade music is coming soon, April 30th.

More information at the Handmade Music Minneapolis’s blog

This episode will include John Keston, Kris Peck on Xenharmonic Instruments and Adam Looper with his DIY MIDI controller and some of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College’s student sound synthesis club.

8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Hack Factory

Minne Maker Faire Re-cap

April 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from the 2nd annual Minne-Maker Faire are starting to trickle into the Twin Cities Maker Flickr stream.

The event went well, lots a people, great weather, and a great concert at the end of the night by Mr. Tim Kaiser and JAZARI. If you missed Tim’s music he will be releasing a version of the set on vinyl in the future, see his site for more information. Also if you liked JAZARI’s robot like sounds he was singing with, you can make your own because he built it into a android app called VOLOCO.

The people who displayed were as expected showing off really neat stuff, check Flickr stream to get an idea of what was there.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Faire. A huge thanks to all of the various sponsors who helped with things ranging from beer to door prizes. Next year’s Faire is set to be around the same time next year, hope to see you there.

Handmade Music Minneapolis Number Six

April 10th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Saturday, April 30 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Hack Factory

3119 east 26th street
Minneapolis, MN

John Keston

Kris Peck
Xenharmonic Instruments

Adam Loper
DIY MIDI controller MCTC student sound synthesis

Hand Made Music Page

Facebook Event Page

This Handmade Music Minneapolis 6 is free, byob if you would like to, bring your own inventions if you would like to show them off.

Starving Hacker Fund

March 24th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Announcing the starving hacker fund, with $75. The kind people who took the arduino/gmail class have donated to the starving hacker fund for Twin Cities Maker.

The idea is to help out with the dues if you aren’t able to make membership for the month, get sponsored and you get your dues covered. The funds are here to be used so if you are in need then follow the link.

The fund will only be available if people donate, so if you would like to contribute to the fund you can as well.

Information and current fund total.

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