June 12th, 2015 by MechaVile

Quarterly Clean-Up

June 27th 10am – 6pm

Focus: Member Storage and Prepping for Laser Room Remodel
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It’s here again folks and you know you want to get your hands dirty getting this place clean. Quarterly clean-up runs the same as always with one reminder and one new addition.
 

Reminder: Update your tags and take home inactive projects

We’re making a special focus on cleaning up Member Storage this time around so if you’re  reading this, then there is a definite possibility that your materials may get red tagged or, if they’re already red tagged, moved to Up For Grabs or thrown out at our discretion. This is, of course, for the courtesy of all of our members and we do value your possessions and projects as much as you value this space so please come in and update your tags, downsize your storage and take home any inactive projects or supplies.

 

Addition: Cleaning Deputies

Each area manager should either be in attendance, as is good cleaning practice, or a cleaning deputy should be assigned to marshal the cleaning of their individual area so as to streamline the cleaning process and alleviate the wandering confusion many of us may have felt on our first clean-up. Feel free to volunteer yourself on the Google Group to be a deputy for certain areas or, if none are available on the day, to deputize yourself if you feel you have a firm grasp of the area and its cleaning needs.
(Holsters not necessary but encouraged.)

 

For those without guidance, look for the tell tale star marking a cleaning deputy when you arrive and they’ll direct you towards a cleaner, happier Hack Factory.

Mock-Up Deputy

 

And, as always, Twin Cities Makers…

Hack Well. Hack Hard.

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Minne-Faire Clean Up

May 19th, 2015 by MechaVile

This Friday is field day at The Hack Factory, folks. Come on down and be that good person that you are and help us clean up the shop in preparation for Minne-Faire and the impendingly excellent food/drink/fun of the after party.

If you have projects in the space or in member storage, please condense what you can in the next couple days and make sure your tags are all up to date. Set up for Minne-Faire begins at 8am and the show opens to the public at 10am on Saturday so let’s pool our efforts to get everything done swiftly and efficiently over the next couple days.

Minne Faire 6 Approaches Quickly

May 16th, 2015 by Nemesis

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Minne Faire 6 is happening Memorial Day weekend! You are all invited to attend!

The Faire features approximately two dozen exhibits of art, electronics, and technology. The event is free to attend from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th.

The Afterparty is being held Saturday night from 7-10 pm featuring live music by Blood Cookie and Lothario. There is a $5 cover charge for the afterparty, payable at the door. Beverages will be available. Invite your friends and family to

We are also looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! Volunteers are especially needed to help clean and set up on Friday, May 22nd. Helping hands are also wanted for helping during the Faire on Saturday and Sunday. Email faire@tcmaker.org to volunteer.

Finally, invite all of your friends to Minne Faire and the Afterparty. This is a celebration of all things maker and the more the merrier!

New Saws

May 12th, 2015 by schillerc

We have two new cutting devices that require clearance before you can use them:

Carbide Chop Saw

Abrasive Chop Saw

 

These are both fine pieces of equipment and are happy to help you with your projects.  Because of the inherent danger in using them, we will be requiring all members to be cleared by the Metal Shop Management before proceeding with the cutting.

Stay tuned for Metal Shop Orientation dates where you will be shown the wonders of the Metal Shop.

The horizontal band saw is still available for those who have knowledge of its workings.

Thanks,

MGMT

Clean-Up

March 29th, 2015 by schillerc

Thank you to everyone who has helped transform the space in recent days.

The Quarterly Clean-Up today rocked.

The Metal Shop is still looking spacious and fabulous after Metal Shop Love Day on 3/14.

and

The TIG welder is out of commission until the power cable is replaced. ETA early this week.

Sincerely,

Metal Shop Mgmt

 

EDIT:

TIG is back in working order.  PLEASE be gentle with the TIG hoses and alert MGMT whenever the machine is not 100% happy.

—->Game on!!!

Laser Cutter 101: Cutting Deeper

March 25th, 2015 by Orkraider

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use the super aweseome laser cutter at the Hack Factory, this is your chance!

I’ve scheduled 3 classes so far, and there are still spots left. I’ve run over 50 people through this class, and everyone who’s had an opinion said they thought it was a great class.

If you’ve peeked in the laser cutter room, you’ve seen our laser cutter. It’s a very capable 90 watt Full Spectrum Laser, with a 24″ by 36″ cutting bed.

The laser can cut a wide variety of materials, from paper, cotton fabric, acrylic, plywood, cardstock, leather, and a host of other things.

It can also engrave or etch on glass, metal, stone, and a myriad of other things.

I’ve used our laser for making christmas presents, custom signage for events, costume parts, custom game boards, the list goes on.

Here are 3 sample projects I’ve made.

First, a custom designed set of tiles and pieces for the game Carcassone, laser cut and etched out of plywood and acrylic:

laser cut carcassone tiles

Second, a phone case cut out of layers of plywood, and etched with a map of Westeros from Game of thrones:

game of thrones phone case

Last, a set of light up stackable wooden castle blocks that were used as a target for the Ballista of Doom at a Science Museum event:

castle blocks

Links to classes on eventbrite:
Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5 pm

Wednesday, April 8th from 10 am to 3 pm

Saturday, April 11th from noon to 5 pm

If you have any questions about the classes or the laser, please let me know.

SPRING CLEANING (Quarterly Cleanup)

March 23rd, 2015 by Nemesis

As a reminder, quarterly clean-up is happening this Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM. THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED.

We are going to take the momentum we started with metal shop love day and start running with it.

During Quarterly Clean-up we are going to be doing some massive purging and hitting up storage (and items that are inappropriately stored in the rest of the shop) really hard. This is just like spring cleaning your house. It is an opportunity for us to get any defunct projects, non-project items, and other junk out of the shop. We need to get rid of clutter in order to have the space that is needed for a functioning shop.

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS STORED AT THE SHOP THIS APPLIES TO YOU:
1) If the items are not an ACTIVE PROJECT, then it needs to go home.

2) Anything you keep at the shop must be PROPERLY LABELED and PROPERLY STORED IN THE PROJECT STORAGE AREA unless you explicitly have permission from shop management to store the item elsewhere. It must still be properly labeled.

3) Any non-project or out of date items found anywhere in the shop, will be disposed of (tossed in the dumpster). We are not a storage facility. You are not renting space to store your personal items, materials for “someday” projects, or “cool things you once made”.

As a reminder, the list above essentially constitutes our general storage policy. The policy in its entirety is found here.

Information Survey

March 17th, 2015 by orion

Twin Cities Maker would like to hear from you. Please fill out the following survey to help us keep improving.

https://questionpro.com/t/AJCceZRRl9

Spring Cleanup

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Once again it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our spring Quarterly Cleanup (Saturday 3/28), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

MInne Faire 6

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Greetings, everyone!

This is the official call for makers for Minne Faire 6! The event will be held at the Hack Factory (3119 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406) on May 23rd and 24th from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a party with live music and beverages on May 23 from approximately 7-10 pm. We are looking for interested individuals to display interesting projects ranging from metalwork and woodwork to electronics and art at our event.

We’re asking for $20 for a guaranteed registration for a display table (negotiable if you are economically disadvantaged). This also gets you a free wristband for music Saturday night. If you are interested in displaying at Minne Faire 6 this year, email faire@tcmaker.org.

If you are interested in being a volunteer for the event to help make it possible, shoot us at email as well! We’d love to have help!

Maker Pro Book Out Now Featuring Twin Cities’ Makers

March 5th, 2015 by getlofi

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John Baichtal did an excellent job of wrangling a collection of essays from makers around the world, including several TC Maker members! Check it out.

Minne Faire 2015 planning meeting and event volunteers

February 11th, 2015 by Nemesis

Hey everyone! Minne Faire, Twin Cities Maker’s annual DIY and Maker Expo, is happening May 23rd and 24th this year. The first planning meeting is on Saturday, February 28th at 3:00 pm.

We are also puttingout a call for volunteers for the various events that we will be hosting or participating in this year. This includes Marscon, East Lake Library, and Minne Faire.

Finally, if you as interested in having a display at Minne Faire, or know someone who is, email fair@tcmaker.org.

The Visor Project – Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter

November 21st, 2014 by Marissa

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There is nowhere else like the Twin Cities Maker Space.  Your intelligence, innovation and humility impresses me more than any other setting that I have experienced.  And you really care, too.  I, finally, figured out where these people hang out!

I am really proud to be a member in this organization and I am proud to introduce my Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter!  Plastic fabricators were intimidated and if I didn’t have access to the tools here, I would still be waiting.

Your feedback is always appreciated!  And so is a $1 to my campaign!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vilucid/vu-by-vilucid-smart-eyewear-you-truly-want-to-wear

Brandon- why can’t I insert a link?

QUARTERLY CLEAN UP

September 21st, 2014 by Nemesis

Quarterly clean up is this Saturday, September 27th. PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!! Many hands make for light work and a clean shop. Come help out for even an hour. We’re going to be cleaning out storage as a big part of this clean up, so if you have anything stored, an you know you can’t make it to clean up, come and clean up your project ahead of time. Everything should be an active project, stored as neatly and compactly as possible, and each piece should be properly labeled with your name, the date, and your contact information. If your project is not in the membership storage area, you need to have permission from the area manager where your project is kept. Anything that is not properly labeled or looks like a hot mess WILL be red-tagged and slated to go away.

Punch and pie……

Fall Cleanup

September 19th, 2014 by orion

This is a reminder that the  quarterly cleanup will be this coming Saturday 9/27 and the shop will be closed from 10-5. We need all hands on deck to clean and organize the shop.

TC Maker a hit at Artist Maker Day

September 14th, 2014 by SLSolarz

Today TC Maker President, Becca Steffen, Secretary, Bob Poate, and I represented TC Maker at Artist Maker Day on the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza.

TC Maker President, Becca Steffen, and Secretary, Bob Poate, show visitors how to make their own Musical PVC Chair at Artist Maker Day.

TC Maker President, Becca Steffen (R), and Secretary, Bob Poate (far L), show visitors how to make their own Musical PVC Chair at Artist Maker Day.

About 700 visitors attended the event where they encountered “TC Maker presents Make Your Own Musical PVC Chair with Susan Solarz“. Although we had 4 work stations, there were people waiting in line for most of the 6 hour event!

TC Maker can provide artists with the space and equipment necessary to produce work.  And we met with a lot of enthusiasm from the arts community.

Thank you to everyone who helped out including Becca, Bob P, Bob G., Sarah B, Steve Skalko, Steven Anderson, Jude Dornisch and Mike N.

Susan L Solarz helps a TC Maker enthusiast finish her Musical PVC Chair.

Susan L Solarz helps a TC Maker enthusiast finish her Musical PVC Chair.

Wash your TC Maker T-shirt–Saturday is Maker Day!

September 10th, 2014 by SLSolarz

TC Maker President, Becca Steffen says,

 

“I  want YOU to throw on your TC Maker shirt, help load up Big Yellow and head on down to Maker Day”!

“I want YOU to throw on your TC Maker shirt, help load up Big Yellow and head on down to Maker Day”!

WHAT: Creative City Challenge, Maker Day

WHEN: Saturday 9/13/2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza— yes, it’s outside!

WHO: YOU!

Help load up Big Yellow, make a cool project or talk to visitors about TC Maker.

Help load up Big Yellow, make a cool project or talk to visitors about TC Maker.

This is an opportunity to talk to a whole new audience about our maker space.

WE NEED HELP!

Unloading materials at the site;

Guiding participants through the process of making a musical chair from PVC pipes (like the one upon which our president is enthroned; see above photo);

Talking to visitors about our maker space!

Contact Susan Solarz at slsolarz@gmail.com

The Front Door Is Open

September 10th, 2014 by Nemesis

As an update: the front door is open. You may enter. There is still work to be done on the remodeling, but we’ve made some great progress and you may use the front door.

Cam anticipates that everything will be done before October 1st, except for new lighting.

Thank you all for your help and patience.

Cathy the Laser

July 19th, 2014 by Nemesis

The laser cutter has been realigned and is reported to be functioning normally. Thank you very much, Riley and Jon!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

July 15th, 2014 by Nemesis

Everyone,
My apologies for this blog post coming a few days late. There are some very important announcements that you should all read.

1) Quarterly clean up happened this past Saturday, July 12th. Thank you to everyone who showed up: Becca, Jon A., Riley, Pete M., Jeff S., Sebastian, Seven, Scott, Ted, Steve S., Bob P., Tim, Steven A., Barb, Nick T., Brandon, Frank, Bob G., Patrick, Ian, Tall Steve, Phil, Molly, Kevin, Zhifan, Cam’s friend Dave, Sarah, Andy, Justin, and Ben. All future quarterly clean ups are now on the TC Maker calendar. Please show up for them. It takes the efforts of everyone in the community to make our space possible.
2) The scary bathroom (bathroom off the wood shop) was cleaned as part of quarterly clean up. All storage lockers were cleaned out as part of this. Each locker’s contents were placed in a cardboard box. Nothing was thrown out. These boxes are located on the table next to the scaffolding. A policy regarding the storage lockers is in development.
3) ALL members should be using the member storage space, unless they have permission from an area manager to store a project elsewhere. This is a reminder that storage is for active projects only. A fully filled out parking permit must accompany anything that is being stored at the shop. Please organize and consolidate your project as much as possible. If you have anything in member storage, be sure to come in this week and clean it. Some items were found around the shop and in member storage without parking permits or with parking tickets or very old permits. These items have been moved to the scaffolding as a temporary measure. Some of these items have also been moved to the very top shelf of membership storage. Anything that has not been claimed and taken home or properly stored will be thrown out in two weeks.
4) Regarding the scary bathroom: this was cleaned out as the first phase of repairing and remodeling the bathroom to make it function as a bathroom. Please do NOT store ANYTHING in the scary bathroom. Steven Anderson has graciously agreed to get the toilets working again (once we figure out a few plumbing issues) and do the plumbing for a shower and large utility sink installation. We’ve talked about it for a long time, but it is actually going to happen.
5) Metal shop manager Steve (guy with the ponytail for those of you who don’t know) would like for everyone who has metal stored in the metal shop to put it into the new storage rack that he and Clara built. Anything that is not moved in one week will be assumed to be abandoned and go into the up for grabs. Thank you to both Clara and Steve for getting that done.
6) The main bathroom toilet is fixed. Thank you, Steven Anderson.
7) The upstairs refrigerator is now for beverages only. All food should be stored in the downstairs refrigerator. ALL consumables should be labeled with your name and the date they were put in the refrigerator. Any unlabeled food and beverages will be assumed to be fair game. The refrigerators are also going to be cleaned out weekly, as a heads up.
8) The ashtray has been moved to near the parking lot by the loading dock, along with the lawn furniture. We’d like to encourage people to smoke away from the main door as much as possible.
9) The front area will be undergoing remodeling from July 22nd to July 25th. The front door will be closed and everyone will need to enter the building through the metal shop door. Thank you in advance for your patience as we get a much needed facelift to the space. Also, we’ll be looking for a ton of volunteers to help with the remodel. If you are interested in helping, please contact Cam.

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