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.

Thanks,

MGMT

Clean-Up

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.

and

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

Sincerely,

Metal Shop Mgmt

 

EDIT:

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

minnefaire2015-preliminary-half

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.

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.

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS STORED AT THE SHOP THIS APPLIES TO YOU:
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.

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