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.

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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.

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

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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.

Arduino and Gmail Class This Saturday

March 15th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Eventbrite sign-up 8 spots available. (Thursday update one spot open)

This is a beginner Arduino Class we are going to talk about and build a Gmail identifyer.

What are we building:


What to bring: Arduino + Laptop (the hack factory has a few computers available if you need one also). We will have some LED diffusers available to use but they are just re-purposed Easter egg lights  (since when did anybody put up Easter egg lights?) and are not that impressive.

What to prepaire: Get yourself a gmail account if you don’t have one and install the arduino software, Python, and Pyserial

What to know: It is not necessary to know Arduino or Python, you should have a working knowledge of how computers work and how to install things, the basics. You don’t need to have any programming knowledge, but if you did it wouldn’t hurt.

Price: This class will be offered free for all, but we will be asking for small donations to a Twin Cities Maker Starving Hacker Fund to help those of us who would like to be members but have fallen on hard times.

Who is teaching: Paul Sobczak Electrical Engineer and one of the people who started Twin Cities Maker way back in 2009.

Don’t have an Arduino: What a better reason to get one you have a few days to order one and still get it in time for the class. Ladyada might be out but you can find them on other sites if you search around a bit.

Handmade Music 5

March 15th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak


Sunday, March 27 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm @ The Hack Factory

Handmade Music is an open event series for people who make stuff that makes music, from instruments to electronics to software. Events include workshops, get-togethers, and live music, all are welcome.

Handmade Music: Minneapolis Blog | Facebook Event

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Woodworking Classes

February 16th, 2011 by jrsphoto


From May  21, 2011 through June 4th, I’ll be hosting 4 session class woodworking basics. The first few weeks I’ll cover the woodworking tools currently at the HackFactory, some hand tools, wood finishing, and general project assembly.

The final two week I’ll plan to leave open for any projects you would like to work on with the group.

The fee for this class is $25 with all proceeds going directly back to the Twin Cities Maker.

Sign-up here

Arduino for the complete newbie

February 10th, 2011 by uptownmaker

Arduino in hand

Image courtesy of the Arduino team

Twin Cities Maker is proud to offer an introductory class to the Arduino. This class will focus on breaking users into the Arduino gently by explaining the basics of the programming environment, terminology and concepts, use of online help, and modifying an existing program to suit your needs.

It assumes no prior programming experience; if you are a fairly confident programmer, you may wish to wait until the future sessions, or attend an upcoming electronics discussion night (third Fridays).

For more information, please see the Eventbrite page. Four of five tickets are already sold; if I get enough interest I will open another session as a single class on a Saturday.

Handmade Music Update: HMMM4

January 19th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

A few updates to the upcoming Handmade Music 4.

Emily Iwuc is going to give a workshop on making contact Mics and she is working on screenprinting some awesome HMMM shirts (although I don’t know if they will be done in time.)

Will Dixon is going to give a workshop on guitar set up and play with his band Sorry OK.

Andres Varela is gonna show of his Handmade ribbon controller.

Matte Resist will be showing off his instruments from Resist Instrument Works .

Sorry OK are bringing along their friends from Bouncer Fighter .

Ryan from Food Team will be there but is postponing his performance/workshop for next month.

Please come, bring friends, and enjoy. You can bring your own instruments if you have them but it’s not necessary by any means, the night is free and open to the public, hope to see you there.

Fundamentals of Electronics class

January 13th, 2011 by uptownmaker

I’ll be teaching a “Fundamentals of Electronics” class on February 1 and 3 (Tuesday and Thursday) at the Hack Factory.

The intent of this class is to lay a ground work for understanding what electronics is, why we do it, how it relates to the real world, and to provide some introductory tools for getting started tinkering.

For more information, check out the Eventbrite page. Class size is limited to five students, so register soon!

Plasma Cutting Introduction 1/6/11

January 5th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Nick Bauman will be going over some of the basics of plasma cutting on January 6th at the Hack Factory. More information about the plasma cutter event is over on the Fourm. Photo by dav.

The plasma cutter will cut anything that conducts electricity, although I think some things you could theoretically cut you would not ever want to, such as magnesium or galvanized steel. Everything you mention can be cut by this plasma cutter.

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