Twin Cities Maker Gets a Laser Engraver/Cutter!

May 10th, 2012 by wammie

The Hack Factory will be getting a laser cutter/engraver!

The tool has a 40 watt laser, sufficient for burning and cutting softer materials, but not something that will cut through thick metal. The unit is located in the lower level of the Hack Factory.  You must take the class in order to use this guy.  The class will be a few hours, and cost $40.  When using the laser it’s $1/10 minutes, or $5/hour.  We are only asking that you track and pay for the time that the laser is active and burning.

We will need to be careful when using this tool, observing applicable safety rules to prevent damage and personal harm.

For more information on our new acquisition, see our wiki article on the DC-KIII Laser Engraver/Cutter.

2012 Member Dues Updates and More!

December 15th, 2011 by wammie

Dear Community,

The Hack Factory and Twin Cities Maker are announcing an updated dues schedule.

The great news is that we’ve experienced a blossoming of membership numbers over the past two years, and we want to keep the space going strong!

Over the last two years, the organization has been absorbing the cost of sales tax for all membership dues. What we need to do is recover that cost so we can more accurately budget our finances and our member needs.

Going forward, we are going to increase the dues by $5 per month.

Effective January 1st, 2012:

  • Regular membership dues will be $55/month
  • Student memberships dues will be $30/month

For the month of January, 2012 we are going to have a membership special, giving a chance for folks to save on dues:

  • One year membership for $550this includes two free classes. This is a savings of $110 to $250.
  • Six month membership for $275 – This is savings of $55.

TC Maker is offering these deals so we can help to increase our membership and have a stronger cash flow. We need your help in spreading the word about TC Maker, and recruit new members.

Important Notes:

  • All memberships are deemed non-refundable, and are kept by the organization.
  • For the classes, if the materials fees exceed $25, we may ask that you pay the difference that would apply to materials fees.

TC Maker will also be offering Rock Star memberships of $75/month.  What does this give you?  A warm place in our heart, and a listing on our Rock Star page.

Want to do a prepaid membership? Send an email to treasurer[-at]

If you have questions or comments about these changes, please send an email to info[-at-]

Thank you for your continued support and membership in TC Maker. Have a wonderful, productive, and Makerly New Year!


The Hack Factory & Twin Cites Maker

Welcome to Seward Arts Fest Crawlers, Dec. 2-3!

December 2nd, 2011 by wammie

Twin Cities Maker’s Hack Factory is open for visitors during the Seward Arts Fest and Frankin Frolic!

Come see some of the art and fun things that are built here at the Hack Factory. We’re showing some movie and tv props, costumes, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and of course our ever-popular Spoonapult and Trebfoshay.

We’re welcoming visitors on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 PM and Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon until 5 PM.


October 21st, 2011 by wammie

I love playing with words and I think I’ve come up with a new, original wordplay idea: HACKRONYMS. I’ve Googled this and not found an instance, so maybe my claim of originality is legit.

Here’s the idea.

Definition of HACKRONYM: a hacked acronym (e.g., butchered, baked, maked) from a commonly known acronym, for its appeal to the hacker and maker communities.

Especially good HACKRONYMS would bear a definition (or definitions) related to the acronym from which it originated, strike immediate accord with the hacker/maker experience, lingo, and ethic, and embrace irony or humor. They would also not be generated from special acronyms already well established in the communities, lest they cause confusion in use.


FBI – Fixed, But Inscrutable
NASA – Needs A Space Assessment
IRS – Is Really Sucky
PBJ – Pretty Badly Jammed
UFO – Unidentified “Fixed” Object
BTW – Better This Way
AM – Ante Make
PM – Post Make
TBA – To Be Attacked
TGIF – Thank God It’s Finished

Can you come up with some good HACKRONYMS?

There is a discussion thread on HACKRONYMS in our forum.

TC Maker to Appear at King’s Fair, Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 Noon

September 15th, 2011 by wammie

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!

Twin Cities Maker shall be appearing at the illustrious King’s Fair in Minneapolis this coming Saturday!

At the behest of the King, His Court, and a Jester’s mirthful bidding, we beseech thee to join us for fun, food, and game, at the Park of Matthews.

The merriment commences at 12 noon and shall persist until 5 PM. For the goodness and sake of our beloved Sewardship, we plead thee also to partake of the historical makings of our fair affair.



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