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!

Saturday, December 19th – Quarterly Clean Up

December 10th, 2015 by MechaVile

Cleaning Robots

Quarterly Clean Up
December 19th – 10am to 6pm

Hey Twin Cities, it’s that time of year again and that means another shop clean up to get all our machines and spaces up to snuff. Last clean up had a low turnout so we need the newbies and the veterans to band together to help us keep the place spruced up for everyone. Come in before the 19th to pick up supplies and update tags or come on the 19th and lend us some of your time to move, sweep, rearrange and/or clean what you can. Every warm body helps and many hands make heavy loads lighter.

Our focus this clean up will be the wood shop, the broken tool storage (where the life size Operation game is currently resting with other machines) and the overhead storage above the laser room, server room and hallway. Of course doing anything as small as grabbing a broom and dust pan is much appreciated and our gratitude for volunteering your time and effort is eternal and unwavering.

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