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.

SPRING CLEANING (Quarterly Cleanup)

March 23rd, 2015 by Nemesis

As a reminder, quarterly clean-up is happening this Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10AM to 6PM. THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED.

We are going to take the momentum we started with metal shop love day and start running with it.

During Quarterly Clean-up we are going to be doing some massive purging and hitting up storage (and items that are inappropriately stored in the rest of the shop) really hard. This is just like spring cleaning your house. It is an opportunity for us to get any defunct projects, non-project items, and other junk out of the shop. We need to get rid of clutter in order to have the space that is needed for a functioning shop.

1) If the items are not an ACTIVE PROJECT, then it needs to go home.

2) Anything you keep at the shop must be PROPERLY LABELED and PROPERLY STORED IN THE PROJECT STORAGE AREA unless you explicitly have permission from shop management to store the item elsewhere. It must still be properly labeled.

3) Any non-project or out of date items found anywhere in the shop, will be disposed of (tossed in the dumpster). We are not a storage facility. You are not renting space to store your personal items, materials for “someday” projects, or “cool things you once made”.

As a reminder, the list above essentially constitutes our general storage policy. The policy in its entirety is found here.

Information Survey

March 17th, 2015 by orion

Twin Cities Maker would like to hear from you. Please fill out the following survey to help us keep improving.

Spring Cleanup

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Once again it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our spring Quarterly Cleanup (Saturday 3/28), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…

And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!

MInne Faire 6

March 14th, 2015 by orion

Greetings, everyone!

This is the official call for makers for Minne Faire 6! The event will be held at the Hack Factory (3119 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406) on May 23rd and 24th from 10am to 5pm. There will also be a party with live music and beverages on May 23 from approximately 7-10 pm. We are looking for interested individuals to display interesting projects ranging from metalwork and woodwork to electronics and art at our event.

We’re asking for $20 for a guaranteed registration for a display table (negotiable if you are economically disadvantaged). This also gets you a free wristband for music Saturday night. If you are interested in displaying at Minne Faire 6 this year, email

If you are interested in being a volunteer for the event to help make it possible, shoot us at email as well! We’d love to have help!

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