Raspberry Pi too

August 27th, 2012 by Judeling

Alex has taken over one of Vending Machines.

 

Vendakit vending machine is the side project of Alex from GetLoFi, it is meant is a physical distribution outlet for geeky things that we normally order over the Internet. At the moment the machine stocks kits Minneapolis based Nootropic Design, GetLoFi, CrazyButAble, and soon to include more makers. Other items currently in the machine include Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi computers, Proto Shields, and USB soldering irons.To learn about the machine updates, changes to the inventory, and new products please follow us on twitter: twitter.com/Vendakit.

 

Now if you are looking for a quick project its right here.

This looks like just the beginning for Alex.  He is talking about another machine, stocking components. Cash only right now.

 

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Finally

August 15th, 2012 by Judeling

The long quest is over. We have officially received our 501 c(3) non profit tax exempt status.

This means we can directly accept financial, equipment and in kind donations (sorry dues don’t count).

While donation have been possible for some time thanks to Springboard for the Arts and other great financial sponsors. Eliminating a layer will give us much greater flexibility.  We have already begun the process of seeking underwriting for our community outreach (Minne-Faire, Handmade Music, Women’s Night, Makers in the Park etc.). While we expect that our members will provide the majority of our support, our new status will allow us to enhance and expand our core mission of making sharing and learning.

 

I’d like to thank Metis, Becca, Brandon and Dave for all their hard work. Our lawyers certainly shortened the process. Springboard and our other sponsors made the transition as painless as possible.

Power Wheels Build Team Request

June 29th, 2012 by Judeling

Steve, Dave, Andy and I were generally pleased with the outcome of our recent build.  Considering we built it in a week and it finished and finished forth in the endurance test, how could we not be.  The drivers report good handling characteristics.

 

…. But ….

 
We really never had a good chance to tweak and baseline test and so we slightly exceeded our motor’s ability. So in addition to our other tweaks we are searching for a better motor.  We are limited by rule to battery power and a 12 – 36 volt RMS to the motor. The thinking is that a cordless electric lawn mower or other continuous duty motor would work.

 

So if any of you out there have such a motor squirreled away not in use we could use it.

MakerBot Industries! BBQ, Beverages, and MakerBots?

June 26th, 2012 by videoman

MakerBot Industries, who create awesome kits for DIY 3-D printing will be in town Wednesday June 27th to demo their latest and super cool MakerBot Replicator. This is open to everyone, if you can, RSVP via Facebook so we get a count for the food.

Their new printer has a much larger bed, heated build platform, and can print using two colors. They will be doing demos during our Open House (open to all every Wednesday) at the Hack Factory starting at 8pm. We will also be doing a BBQ with grillables and beer provided by Makerbot starting at 7pm, and showing off our hacked 3-D printer that had a previous life as a medical device sampler. This is a great opportunity for the community to check out their new products, and talk with MakerBot.

Power wheels racing! 4th place!

June 26th, 2012 by videoman

The Hack Factory placed fourth at this years Power Wheels Racing series! It was awesome! We love our car!

Maker Faire KC 2012 Power Racing Series: Stop Breaking Down from Power Racing Series on Vimeo.

Thanks to the following folks for making this happen:
Build crew

  • Andy Kvamme
  • Steven Anderson
  • Jude Dornisch
  • David Bryan

Pit Crew

  • David Bryan
  • Karin Fitchett
  • Riley Harrison
  • Brandon Paplow
  • Becca Steffen

Drivers

  • David Bryan
  • Karin Fitchett
  • Riley Harrison
  • Becca Steffen

Producer

  • David Bryan

A big thank you to Hammer Space for hosting the team, and for the tips and tricks from Sector67. It was super awesome!

PPPRS Coming along!

June 19th, 2012 by videoman

Andy, Jude, and Steven are helping to bring the 2012 PPPRS to life! http://powerracingseries.org/

We need to help the PPPRS raise another 3k in 15 hours, with your help we can do it!

 

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PPPRS 2012 Build, a set on Flickr.

Keyfob access update

May 15th, 2012 by orion

Hey folks, we have the shiny new Open Access Control System in place, and it works great!  So what does that mean?  We will be shutting off the old key access system June 1st.  If you have an old fob, we can cross trade you for a new one, just see David, Brandon, or Jude to get a new fob.  If you can’t make it to a Wednesday night open house,  email Brandon; treasurer at tcmaker dot org to setup a time to swap out your fob.

 

UPDATE 6/3/2012 The old controller is now inactive if you have not changed your key you will not get in.

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Tonite

May 7th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Electric Guitar
Details
Mondays 7pm
May 7th-28th
Class Sign Up
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3267082933

Tonight kicks off the first class of DIY guitar building. Still 2 tickets left.

Downtime

April 26th, 2012 by orion

The servers are undergoing downtime April 27, 2012, from 22:00 til 0600 CST the blog forum and wiki will be affected.

Thank You !!!

April 15th, 2012 by Judeling

getting ready

So another Faire is in the books. Despite some early weather worries the day couldn’t have been more perfect. The rain held off, the Sun came out, what more could you desire?

 

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a more formal recap, but I wanted to get out this big thank you right away.

 

 

Thank you visitors.

Thank you for giving us a chance to show off our space and the neat stuff we do. That you came and showed us your good will is greatly appreciated. (The fact that you were so neat and pick up was a breeze was a bonus).

 

Thank you exhibitors.

Thank you for your grace and understanding. There wouldn’t be an event without you.

 

Thank you performers.

Thank you for your patience, professionalism, skill and artistry. Your efforts took the event up a level and made it memorable.

 

Thank you volunteers.

Thank you for your willingness to take on any job and your inventiveness in solving any problems.

 

closing the day

I only have two last requests.

If you have any photos, video or sounds of the day you would like to share please email the links to [email protected] with photo in the subject line.

I would also like any feedback on the event you would like to share. We want to make this annual event as great as it can be. So email or use the contact us form with any impressions, suggestions or criticisms.

Thanks again and see you next year at Minne-Faire IV 4/13/2013.

It’s a Celebration

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

In addition to the Projects, Exhibitions, Prizes and Hands on Demonstrations during Saturday’s Minne Faire from Noon until 5:00 Pm, we will have a Celebration starting at 7Pm.

After a hard day of showing off all our cool stuff, the only thing left for us to do is throw a party.

Come and join us.

 

Tim Kaiser
Will be starting us out with his gonkulations and acousto-electric contraptions, weaving aural sculptures that are haunting, startling, just down right amazing. It is no wonder that he is the troubadour of the Maker/Hacker movement. (Tim will also be exhibiting at the Fair).

 

Jazari
Is up next. Patrick Flanagan’s steamfunk percussive driving sound is unique and unforgettable. As the human component of the cybernetic juggernaut that is Jazari, Patrick brings an impressive level of skill and craftsmanship to the creation of his instruments, the beauty of his software and the energy of his performance. I can never decide if the awe his instruments inspire or the inventiveness of his performance is more impressive.

 

 

Savage Aural Hotbed

Closes the show.

“…the sound of steel and rust, oil drums and hubcaps, screeches, sparks, grinders and gears finding new fury and energy… It’s also fun, it makes you smile to see a man make music with an electric saw…”
— Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio
‘nough said.

It is Complex

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

Despite the recent controversy the show will go on.

The Minneapolis’s The Hacktor’s Collective Production of

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

 

Will be presented Friday April 13th

Both the author and the subject have their good and bad. The performance of this work at this time highlights the complexity of the Human makers of things and art.

 

 

 

 

Because of the performance Friday night drop off for the Minne – Faire will be closed from 6pm – 10pm.

Bridgeport: Safety and Basics

April 10th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

• The time will be Saturday May 5th from 9am to 2pm.
• This will be a hands on class taught in a quasi-Socratic fashion.
• Safety is the foremost goal, getting familiar with the machine and how it works.
• Everyone will get a chance to drill, face and mill a block of material.
• Practice material will be included.
• Class size is limited to 5 people.
• The price per student will be $50.

Class Registration:
http://hackfactorybridgeport.eventbrite.com/

Hack Factory Bridgeport

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Electric Guitar

April 10th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

Ever wanted to learn how to build your own guitar? Well wonder no more! This 4 night class will go through the process of building your own electric guitar. The class is $40 and only for members, but you can purchase a 1 month membership for $55. The reason for this is the class will make heavy use of the woodshop for homework. Be warned, the cost of wood, hardware parts and pickups can cost $300-$400. But if your ready to make that custom guitar you’ve dreamed of, then this will be a good start.

Details
Mondays 7pm
May 7th-28th
Class Sign Up
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3267082933

Rain or Shine

April 8th, 2012 by Judeling

Work on Saturday’s (April 14th) Minne Faire is moving a pace.

The question I’m most asked is “What Can I do to Help ?“.

Well the biggest help in the next couple of days would be to get the word out.

Tell your friends and family. If you can, take a couple of minutes and put up a poster or two in your neighborhood.

The show will go on rain or shine.

Don’t forget about the celebration afterwards.

Tim Kaiser, Jazari and Savage Aural Hotbed will playing.

 

Minne Maker Faire is soon!

March 29th, 2012 by videoman

We have all sorts of fun things happening in the next month.  This Saturday is quarterly cleanup, and our annual meeting, followed by Minne Maker Faire in April!  It’s great!

Minne Maker Faire is April 14th from Noon-5pm, and then music starting after 7pm.

Oh, and for those who may have seen the very large Rube Goldberg type device in the basement, it’s complete and the video is up on-line.

Taming of the Peep – A Rube Goldberg Device from David Bryan on Vimeo.

Member Storage Reminder

February 29th, 2012 by mcsteve

Hack Factory Member Storage

With our quarterly cleanup coming up soon, I’d like to remind everyone about the purpose of the member storage shelves. These shelves are intended for storage of projects in progress, and the materials and tools being used for those projects. I would like to invite everybody to take some time to organize their storage area prior to the quarterly cleanup. When organizing your storage, there are a few requirements to keep in mind:

  • Allotted space: Everyone should make an effort to occupy no more than one half of a storage shelf with their projects and materials. There is no problem with using a whole shelf, as long as the material you are storing is actively being worked on. Check with the Shop Manager or an Area Manager if you have special requirements.
  • Labeling: The owner of every item stored on these shelves should be readily identifiable, with contact information. This requirement can be met by placing parking permits on each item, or applying a strip of tape or similar label to the shelf. This is especially important with quarterly cleanup approaching. If we don’t know who something belongs to, we don’t know whether or not it’s abandoned.
  • Tidyness: As much as possible, material on the shelves should be stored in a relatively neat fashion, and items should not overhang the front of the shelves. We want the space to look organized and functional when guests are touring the space.
  • Inactive projects: Anything you have stored at the space which you haven’t worked with in a long time should be taken home or disposed of.

The overall goal here is to give members a chance to organize and evaluate their storage prior to quarterly cleanup, so that items are organized in the way their owner wants, as opposed to being organized at the whims of the cleanup participants.

As always, speak with the Shop Manager or an Area Manager if you have any questions.

Annual meeting, Members pot luck and Shop Clean up! March 31st!

February 24th, 2012 by videoman

March 31st we are having our Annual meeting.  What does this mean?  Three seats on our Board of Directors are up for election.  Our Board of Directors are the members we elect to oversee and steer the direction of the organization.   They they hire or elect staff and officers to serve in particular day to day management positions such as President, Wood Shop Manager, and many others.  They also approve major policy changes such as the dues schedule.

Currently most of the Board of Directors also serve as Officers, however this is not a requirement.  A seat on the Board of Directors is a three year commitment.  Officers and staff serve at the direction of the Board of Directors and are responsible for carrying out day to day operations.

If you would like to be submit your name for election to our Board of Directors, please send your name to our secretary (Bob Poate) via email, Secretary[ @ ] tcmaker.org or in person at the Hack Factory.  We will leave the candidacy application open until March 7th, 2012 Midnight CST.

We will also be taking input for the Agenda of the Annual Meeting on March 13th at the Monthly Board Meeting.  Once we have compiled our candidates and agenda at the March 13th board meeting, a formal announcement for the Annual Meeting will be sent out by March 16th 2012.

The same day that we are having our Annual Meeting we will be having the Quarterly Shop Clean-Up just in time  for Minne Faire and an informal general member meeting.

The overall agenda for March 31st is as follows:

  • Shop clean up – 10 am to 3pm
  • Members meeting / potluck – 4pm – 5pm (or sooner if people want)
  • Annual meeting – 5pm – 6pm

The members meetings will be a place for all members to come together and discuss all things Hack Factory related, and a place for members to meet the candidates on the ballot.

Something very important to note: in order to participate in voting, you must have payed your dues for March on or before March 1st.  Per our bylaws, only members in good standing are qualified to vote.  So that means if you submit your member dues after March 1st you will be ineligible to vote on March 31st.  If that is the case, we would still welcome you to come to the potluck and clean up, but you will not be able to vote.

**edited for policy accuracy, pardon the earlier error**

Open Hacke Night 2/22/12

February 23rd, 2012 by themountainfold

Pictures from the 2/22/12 Open Hack Night @ Twin Cities Maker’s Hack Factory.

and a video of Riley’s Latest creation:

Applications Away!

February 20th, 2012 by metis

Well, it’s taken a while but videoman, orion and myself spend a couple of hours tonight correcting typos and printing.   We’ve finally knocked out the full 501(c)3 application, and gotten it shipped off.  Many thanks to all of the folks who have contributed to it, especially Tony and Becca.  We’ll be getting most of it up on the wiki shortly for the general maker community to use for reference.

All in it’s over 75 pages of forms, documents, narrative and bits and pieces and it’s taken a lot of triple checking but we’re happy with what we’ve sent off.  We’re hoping for an answer within a few months, but it’s always a bit of a gamble as to how long it’ll take the IRS to approve or come back with questions.

In other important news, the Annual Members Meeting has gotten scooted to the end of March this year to coincide with the Quarterly Clean-Up, and you must have paid your dues for March on time (before March 1st)  in order to vote.  An announcement and then big formal announcement will be coming out soon.

 

 

 

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