Post-Cleanup Cleanup Time

July 1st, 2015 by danbackslide

The Island of Abandoned StuffThis past Saturday was Quarterly Cleanup. We spent most of the day going through member storage, sorting out stuff. As you can see in the picture, there’s now a set of shelves full of parking-ticketed items. These items were all last dated before our previous cleanup — in other words, they’ve been sitting since at least 3/28, and some of it much longer than that.

If you were contacted about having material for pickup, please come in and grab it as soon as possible. We’re going to keep these items on the shelf until July 15 — after that it’ll go to up-for-grabs.

As a reminder, here are the rules for member storage:

  • The base storage unit is an 18 gallon plastic tub. Anything that will fit in that space can be stored as long as you remain a member.
  • Anything that doesn’t fit in the tub space must be an active project. We don’t have the space to store things that aren’t being worked on, or supplies being saved for someday.
  • Everything in storage must be labeled with your name, a contact phone number or email address, and the date. The date should be refreshed at least once a quarter, so we know you’re still around and keeping an eye on your stuff.

June 12th, 2015 by MechaVile

Quarterly Clean-Up

June 27th 10am – 6pm

Focus: Member Storage and Prepping for Laser Room Remodel

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.

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


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 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.



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