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 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.




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.


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


Metal Shop Mgmt



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!!!

Minne-Faire 2015: May 23-24

March 25th, 2015 by Thorpedo


Minne-Faire is our annual celebration of all things DIY and makery. We’re looking for people who’d like to show off the cool things they make, to run demos of cool things they’re into, and also people to help out with running the event. If you’re interested, send an email to faire@tcmaker.org.

Feel free to print and distribute this letter-sized Minne-Faire 6 Poster!

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.

« Previous Entries Next Entries »