Pictures From The Clean Up

August 21st, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Thanks to all who came in and helped clean up the Hack Factory over the last two weekends. Here are a few pictures from the first time around.


Fundraiser Garage Sale Announcement

August 6th, 2011 by swinkdaddy

Hey got any stuff that you’d like to put in a garage sale, but dont want to bother with actually having a garage sale?

Well, your in luck! we will take care of that for you.

First Annual TC MAKERS Garage Sale at the Hack Factory

We need to raise some funds for a couple of infrastructure projects that benefit all the members.
Hows this sound?

– shop-wide dust collection
– refurbished bathrooms and member locker space
– air-conditioning more of the shop
– air power for the entire space

Now that we have your attention. we need all that stuff sitting in your garage and basement that you could donate to a fundraiser garage sale for the Hack Factory “Make the Hack Factory Nicer For All” Fund.

Tentative Sale date Sept 17-18st
Tentative Setup and pack in Sept 14th

Note- date changed to allow more collection time and announce at wen meeting.

The plan is to clean out/up the hack factory the previous weekend and identify items we no longer want. Those items will either be thrown out or designated as garage sale items.

Bring your stuff to the hack factory with prices/name attached. The plan is to advertise the garage sale as a geek/maker centric sale.

Any questions or comments, please post to the forum.

Group Project Brainstorm on Forum

August 5th, 2011 by swinkdaddy

Last Wen open house we announced that we would like to start a large prestige build. After going to Detroit Makers Faire and seeing some really awesome stuff. The idea of a large project to get TC Makers on the map was a worthy goal.

So lets start brain storming, nothing is set in stone, but here are a few basic requirements.
– pedal powered (mpls/stp is a biking community after all)
– light weight but large
– able to take down/apart for travel to events
– fire and/or smoke
– some form of illuminated fabric or e-fabric with arduino control.
– sound system with interactive inputs

Some of these seemingly random requirements are in place to make sure everyone in the hack fac can participate in some way.

Let the ideas flow….

Any and all ideas are welcome, just submit a post on the forum in the Group Build – Brainstorm Phase thread. In a couple of weeks, we can go through them together at the wen open house.

Makers faire dragon image 2011 Detroit

Wednesday Night Roundup 7/13/11

July 14th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Pictures from 7/13/11 Open Hack at the Hack Factory.

Two post from TCMakers went up on Make:Blog which is always fun to see.

Our very own Sunsh1ne was interviewed along with a few others on Women in Hackerspaces! The full article is up on Make:Blog.

Paul Sobczak’s video showing a prototype of a sound based led switch that he was working on last during last weeks open hack video below.

Arduino PD LED Adudio Thing from paul sobczak on Vimeo.

Open Hack Night 7/6/11

July 7th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak




Pictures and videos from the 7/6/11 Open Hack at the Hack Factory.

Twin Cities Maker operates an open house every Wednesday from 7:00pm till late, and it’s open to the public! If you are interested in getting to know what TCMaker is about, or just want something to do on a Wednesday night stop by and say hello. Bring a project if you’re working one, or a problem if you need something fixed, we might be able to help.

We now have over 2,000 images in the Twin Cities Maker Flickr pool too!

Open Hack June 29th

June 30th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

If you’re on the blog you can see that we exceeded our member goal for June by 13 members! That is really great news for Twin Cities Maker! Thanks to all the members that have decided Twin Cities Maker is worth their time an effort.

We are currently at 83 members including the three that joined up on the 29th. Because some members get the $25 dollar rate for being a student or unemployed and the associated fees from paypal, the funds from membership are not as simple as 83×50, but we are getting really close to being in the black. We need about 85 to 90 members each month to be there, and it seems we are well on our way.

So again, welcome new members, we are glad you’re here.

Shop unexcellence

June 29th, 2011 by jrsphoto


Not sure who used the jointer but guys, you need to pick up after yourselves..

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)

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.

Join Twin Cities Maker for Make Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota

May 14th, 2011 by otto_pjm


The weather did not cooperate, so we were inside for Make Day 2011. It was still a great time, I took a few pictures, but the hall was a bit dark for my phone camera, hopefully someones got more and better shots, here a quick visual recap, with pre-work on the t-shirts and treb-Foshay tossed in.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you know a Maker type, please tell them about our Member Drive.

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Polls closing!

May 10th, 2011 by metis

Just over a month ago we launched our first big polling of our members to sort out how folks are using our facility and what they want out of their makerspace.    The possibilities for change in the new lease means that it’s all the more important that we know what you think, and we don’t want to exclude the half of our members who haven’t yet answered .  To try to gain as much insight into our membership as possible, we’re going to keep the polls open through Saturday of this week.   This will provide enough time to have detailed analysis to the membership in time to work on the space planning as we expand.

These polls aren’t compulsory, but we’re hoping that you’ll fill them out so that we have better tools to help make our community space more of what each of you need it to be.

We’ve got (3) polls, (2) for members, and (1) for non-members.    The polls will be close Saturday May 14th at midnight, and we won’t ever release any personally identifiable information.  (e.g. We will show “x% of our members use $tool weekly”, but not “1 member from $town wants $tool”)

The Members Use and Access Poll and Members Info Update Form are for current members (or those who have lapsed, but intend to restart their membership in the near future).

The Non-Members Poll is for folks who are not current members of Twin Cities Maker.  This is mostly targeted at folks located in and around the greater  Twin Cities metropolitan area, but if you’re farther afield we’re still interested in your answers.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your interests.




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.

A few questions for you…

April 2nd, 2011 by metis

Twin Cities Maker has been open for over a year now, and we’ve seen a boat load of fantastic growth.  We’ve more than doubled our monthly membership, and offer a wide variety of tools and equipment that have for the most part been driven by individual member’s interests.  When there were fifteen of us sitting around one big table it was easy to discuss that we wanted a drill press, or a welder, but with almost fifty members working in wood, metal, electronics, plastics, paint, tile, locks, sculpture, art, bows, CNC and a myriad of other fields, it’s now difficult for all of us to keep track of all of the varied interests in the community.

We defined ourselves as a  “Twin Cities based community to Make, Share, and Learn.”  A big part of community is knowing your neighbors, and friends.  To facilitate that the Board of Directors has created a few polls that should take about five to complete.  We hope this will tell us what you’ve been up to, and what sorts of things you’d like to see in the future.  These polls aren’t mandatory, or perfect, but it’s our hope that members will complete them and give us a healthy compost of ideas to nurture our next year’s growth.

We’ve got (3) polls, (2) for members, and (1) for non-members.    The polls will be open for a few weeks, and we will release statistical data after that, but not any personally identifiable information.  (e.g. We will show “x% of our members use $tool weekly”, but not “1 member from $town wants $tool”)

The Members Use and Access Poll and Members Info Update Form are for current members (or those who have lapsed, but intend to restart their membership in the near future).

The Non-Members Poll is for folks who are not current members of Twin Cities Maker.  This is mostly targeted at folks located in and around the greater  Twin Cities metropolitan area, but if you’re farther afield we’re still interested in your answers.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your interests.




Locksport Tuesdays

April 1st, 2011 by metis

It’s taken a bit of time, but we’re starting a monthly locksport open house.

What is locksport you ask?  Locksport is the amateur study of how locks and locking systems work, and how to defeat them.  It’s not how to break into a soda machine, but the study of the little mechanical puzzles that we rely on for so many things in daily life.  You’ve probably seen lock picking in movies and on TV, and may have seen bump keys on the news, but this is your chance to find out more about how all of that works, or if you already know, to maybe show off your collection of antique lever locks, or just hang out and chat with other lock enthusiasts.

The first Tuesday of each month we’ll have a brief presentation, and then mill about and pick, snap, rake, bump, impression, disassemble, and generally embarrass some little chunks of brass. We’ll kick things off on April 5th at 7PM.

This month I’ll present a brief introduction into locksport, touching on ethics, how various types of locks work, and a bucket of the varieties of exploits that can open them.  The evening is open to the public, with a small cash donation appreciated, but not required, from non-members.

Ignite Minneapolis 3!

March 29th, 2011 by videoman

Ignite Minneapolis #3 is coming up on April 21st!

Our president is going to be presenting this time! If you want tickets, signup for the mailing list!


Roundabout Dog Winner

March 9th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

The Roundabout Dog winner on display in the basement of the hack factory. More information about the Roundabout Dog Challenge, who the winner is, and a google maps mash up showing all the dogs entered here. Thanks to all of those who entered.

Original Challenge Post

Handmade Music Minneaoplis Tomorrow Night

February 19th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

Due to some confusion it turns out that Handmade Music is Tomorrow (2/20/11) not April 20th as shown on the Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog. Sorry for the short notice, but the show must go on.

HMMM5 Lineup:

Matte Resist

Ryan Olcott with Food Team

Paul Sobczak (TCMaker Member) will be showing off what he has done to expand the Vidisynth.

You, if you want to show something that you have been working on.

Pictures and more on Handmade Music Minneapolis Blog

As always Handmade Music is free here in Minneapolis, but please do donate to Twin Cities Maker if you are not a member. If you want to become a member try and corner Paul or one of the other members there to inquire.

Roundabout Dog Challenge Update

February 17th, 2011 by Paul Sobczak

The Roundabout Dog Challenge is scheduled to wrap up on next Wednesday on (2/23/11), the entries are starting to trickle in, get yours in before it’s too late.

The challenge got re-blogged at Make and over and Hackerspace Challenge Blog

Announcing the wall: This lonely, soon to be covered wall, is going to be the home of the framed roundabout dog challenge winner. It’s in the basement of the Hack Factory, you can get a better idea of where it is by watching a recent video made of the place.

Bonus: Proof that filling a tape casted roundabout dog with expanding foam doesn’t work that well.

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