CNC Sunday space ship cutting

January 17th, 2016 by otto_pjm

If you are interested in CNC routers, and making complex shapes come join us on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 4:00 where we discuss and do all things CNC. For the last two weeks I’ve been working on cutting out a model to put in the lobby display case, so I have an answer to the question, “what can you do with it”.

What would you like to do with a CNC? Come talk with us next Sunday. Subscribe to the TC Maker google group for updates on meeting times, and themes for the day.



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.


November 30th, 2015 by orion

We need your help to give us feedback so we can make decisions on what new tools to buy, improve on communicating to members, and asking for volunteers.
We’ve changed wording/added questions from the last survey, so even if you took the last one – please still visit
It doesn’t matter if you are an active member or not, we’re interested in hearing what you think!
If you prefer – a paper version of the Survey can also be found in the front entrance under the Volunteer/Event Bulletin Board.

Thank you for Your Time!

Open Filming Thursday Oct. 29th 5-7pm

October 27th, 2015 by MechaVile

Hello Twin Cities. As some of us remember the Hack Factory hosted a premiere party for a show called How To Make Everything in which the host, Andy George, makes everyday items from scratch. It’s well produced and quite informative.

Check out a couple episodes on ye olde Tube of You’s here:


Well they liked Hack Factory so much that they’re coming for another tour of the facility to give us a spot in an upcoming sidebar series called Meet The Makers where they go back to the locations for a better look at the crafters who helped Andy on his quest.

On Thursday the 29th some crew (maybe even Andy himself, oooooo!) will be filming the area and projects starting from 5pm to whenever they get enough cool stuff, which I imagine will be around 7pm but is as of yet undecided.

They’d like to see sparks fly, things in operation and projects being projected upon.  Makers making things as making makers make. So cancel your date plans, brush the dust off your green tag and swing on by if you’ve got something cool to work on.

We’ll need a lot of clean space to set up in so an impromptu cleaning salon will commence on Wednesday to prepare. Time: Undesignated. Whenever there are bodies and impetus.

TC Maker Andrey Rudenko 3D Printing Villas in Philippines

September 18th, 2015 by getlofi

DSCN9799You may have seen Andrey Rudenko last winter at the Hack Factory, tirelessly working away on his second concrete 3D printer. Finally when it was completed in the spring with most of the features worked out, he had the opportunity to travel and team up with entrepreneur in Philippines to actually 3D print a large concrete villa. Andrey flew over with a suitcase full of tools and some essential electronics to drive the printer, but the rest things like motors, metal, sand, MANILA FUN MOTORCYCLE CARTwiring, etc had to all be sourced locally and that wasn’t the hard part. Getting it back to the job site was a challenge because there are basically only two modes of transportation on the island.

They also had to build a giant tent to house the printer during the printing because it rains all the time.

Fellow TC Makers helped out with laser cutting at the Hack Factory and putting together Audrey’s extruder controller, which uses the Digit Shield from nootropic design.

In the end it printed and wow it looks great! Further readings here and here.







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