Quarterly Clean Up 9-24-16 10am-6pm

September 17th, 2016 by MechaVile


Hey Twin Cities, it’s that time again.

Quarterly clean up is scheduled for Saturday 9-24-16 from 10am to 6pm so the Hack Factory will be unavailable for projects during that time. If you have materials laying around the shop that are unlabeled, no longer active or have outdated tags make sure you come in between now and then to claim those so they do not get thrown away or moved to Up-For-Grabs.

If you have time that day, please consider spending a bit to help us more thoroughly clean our space and dispose of unneeded materials and abandoned projects. You know we love our space and our members so if you’ve got some elbow grease to spare we’d appreciate your presence and support in making this another successful cleaning day.

And as always Twin Cities…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.

Check this out

May 30th, 2016 by schillerc

One of our members is in a tough spot, please help if you can. Please share far and wide.

GoFundMe for Blair

Thank you!

Minne-Faire 7: Breaking Changes

May 19th, 2016 by danbackslide

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve decided to scale back this year’s Minne-Faire event a bit. Saturday evening’s after-party has been cancelled. In its place we’re going to have a members-only party and cookout. All members of Twin Cities Maker are welcome to attend; it should be rather low-key and friendly.

If you’re coming to Minne-Faire, we’re running from noon until 5PM both Saturday and Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Careful with that lid, Eugene.

May 3rd, 2016 by danbackslide

I think the laser cutter has been feeling lonely — it keeps coming up with ways to get my attention. The left-hand hinge and the right-hand gas spring both gave out last night, resulting in a lid that wouldn’t stay open. It also wouldn’t close correctly, which kept the magnetic safety switch from activating, which in turn resulted in panicked emails to the laser team.

I’ve applied a couple of bodges to get the laser cutter up and running again, after a fashion. Firstly, I’ve swapped the center hinge into the left-hand position, so that the lid will open and close properly. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the broken gas spring to stay connected, so while the lid does open, it’s heavier than you’re used to, and it will not stay open on its own. In its place we will temporarily make use of the Official Laser Lid Propper-Upper:
propper-upperA true wonder of science, that. It shouldn’t be needed for very long; I’ve got measurements of the broken bits, and I’ll get replacements ordered as soon as I can find a source of non-crap parts. (The parts that broke were themselves replaced mere months ago. They were the best crappy Chinese parts we’ve ever over-paid for.)

On a brighter note, the replacement water chiller should be arriving this week, so we can soon say goodbye to Mr Beepy!

MIG Welding intro and Fabrication class this Friday!

March 28th, 2016 by schillerc

Check out the Eventbrite calendar and sign up for Practically Metal Working! We will have a quick lesson in MIG welding and learn how to make steel shop tables

This Friday from 6-10pm!

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