Raspberry Pi too

August 27th, 2012 by Judeling

Alex has taken over one of Vending Machines.

 

Vendakit vending machine is the side project of Alex from GetLoFi, it is meant is a physical distribution outlet for geeky things that we normally order over the Internet. At the moment the machine stocks kits Minneapolis based Nootropic Design, GetLoFi, CrazyButAble, and soon to include more makers. Other items currently in the machine include Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi computers, Proto Shields, and USB soldering irons.To learn about the machine updates, changes to the inventory, and new products please follow us on twitter: twitter.com/Vendakit.

 

Now if you are looking for a quick project its right here.

This looks like just the beginning for Alex.  He is talking about another machine, stocking components. Cash only right now.

 

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Finally

August 15th, 2012 by Judeling

The long quest is over. We have officially received our 501 c(3) non profit tax exempt status.

This means we can directly accept financial, equipment and in kind donations (sorry dues don’t count).

While donation have been possible for some time thanks to Springboard for the Arts and other great financial sponsors. Eliminating a layer will give us much greater flexibility.  We have already begun the process of seeking underwriting for our community outreach (Minne-Faire, Handmade Music, Women’s Night, Makers in the Park etc.). While we expect that our members will provide the majority of our support, our new status will allow us to enhance and expand our core mission of making sharing and learning.

 

I’d like to thank Metis, Becca, Brandon and Dave for all their hard work. Our lawyers certainly shortened the process. Springboard and our other sponsors made the transition as painless as possible.

More laser classes!

August 1st, 2012 by danbackslide

Everyone loves lasers. Doug’s been proving that, he’s been filling up the laser cutter classes. So much so that he’s added two more classes, on 8/20 and 9/11.

This class will teach the basics on the laser, safety and all sorts of fun things!  Graduates of this class will be authorized to use the laser cutter at the Hack Factory.  Practice using the laser cutter will be provided.

For more background information on the laser cutter see the information on the TC Maker Wiki’s Laser Engraver page, and the TC Maker Forum laser cutter discussion.

Sign up for one of the classes at Eventbrite!

More bowmaking classes!

August 1st, 2012 by danbackslide

Holy cats, more bowmaking classes! Riley’s set up three more classes, on 8/12, 8/19 and 8/26. These classes have been pretty popular (I know my daughter had a blast!). Sign up soon before the tickets are gone!

The class covers:

  • A brief review of the types of traditional wood bows and focus on the American Flatbow, it’s origin and design (This is the type of bow that participants will be making)
  • An intro on the types of designs and modifications that can improve the look and performance of an american flatbow.
  • Types of wood used for wood bows, and their characteristics
  • The pros and cons of working with red oak wood.
  • Tools used for bowmaking, including hand tools and power tools
  • Each participant will be provided with all the materials and tools needed to make this bow.
  • Class materials will include exactly one red oak board per student, of dimensions 1.5″ by .75″ by 6′, selected by the teacher.

The class will include a brief description of what archery “tackle”, or gear, is needed to actually use a bow, including bow strings, arrows, forearm protection (vambraces), finger protection (archery tabs or shooting gloves), quivers, and bow cases. Sign up for the class at Eventbrite!

Class: Fire the Laser!

July 19th, 2012 by danbackslide

Get checked out and up to speed to “fire the laser!”  (As Dr. Evil Says)

This class will teach the basics on the laser, safety and all sorts of fun things!  Graduates of this class will be authorized to use the laser cutter at the Hack Factory.  Practice using the laser cutter will be provided.

Two classes are scheduled:

  • Monday, July 23, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
  • Tuesday, August 14, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

For more background information on the laser cutter see the information on the TC Maker Wiki’s Laser Engraver page, and the TC Maker Forum laser cutter discussion.

Sign up for one of the classes at Eventbrite!

Class: Introduction to Bowmaking

July 19th, 2012 by danbackslide

Learn to make a fully functional american flat bow! Two classes are being offered, on 7/22 and 7/29. The class covers:

  • A brief review of the types of traditional wood bows and focus on the American Flatbow, it’s origin and design (This is the type of bow that participants will be making)
  • An intro on the types of designs and modifications that can improve the look and performance of an american flatbow.
  • Types of wood used for wood bows, and their characteristics
  • The pros and cons of working with red oak wood.
  • Tools used for bowmaking, including hand tools and power tools
  • Each participant will be provided with all the materials and tools needed to make this bow.
  • Class materials will include exactly one red oak board per student, of dimensions 1.5″ by .75″ by 6′, selected by the teacher.

The class will include a brief description of what archery “tackle”, or gear, is needed to actually use a bow, including bow strings, arrows, forearm protection (vambraces), finger protection (archery tabs or shooting gloves), quivers, and bow cases. Sign up for the class at Eventbrite!

Power Wheels Build Team Request

June 29th, 2012 by Judeling

Steve, Dave, Andy and I were generally pleased with the outcome of our recent build.  Considering we built it in a week and it finished and finished forth in the endurance test, how could we not be.  The drivers report good handling characteristics.

 

…. But ….

 
We really never had a good chance to tweak and baseline test and so we slightly exceeded our motor’s ability. So in addition to our other tweaks we are searching for a better motor.  We are limited by rule to battery power and a 12 – 36 volt RMS to the motor. The thinking is that a cordless electric lawn mower or other continuous duty motor would work.

 

So if any of you out there have such a motor squirreled away not in use we could use it.

Quarterly Clean-Up: This Saturday (6/30/2012)

June 28th, 2012 by danbackslide

It’s time once again to do some concentrated clean-up around the space. We’ll be doing our quarterly cleaning this Saturday, June 30, starting at 10:00 am. This time the focus will be on sweeping up the accumulated cruft behind machines and workbenches, along with the usual straightening up and throwing out. Remember, the more people that show up, the less any one of those people will have to do!

After cleaning up, the grill will be fired up and the goofing off will commence. See you Saturday!

MakerBot Industries! BBQ, Beverages, and MakerBots?

June 26th, 2012 by videoman

MakerBot Industries, who create awesome kits for DIY 3-D printing will be in town Wednesday June 27th to demo their latest and super cool MakerBot Replicator. This is open to everyone, if you can, RSVP via Facebook so we get a count for the food.

Their new printer has a much larger bed, heated build platform, and can print using two colors. They will be doing demos during our Open House (open to all every Wednesday) at the Hack Factory starting at 8pm. We will also be doing a BBQ with grillables and beer provided by Makerbot starting at 7pm, and showing off our hacked 3-D printer that had a previous life as a medical device sampler. This is a great opportunity for the community to check out their new products, and talk with MakerBot.

Power wheels racing! 4th place!

June 26th, 2012 by videoman

The Hack Factory placed fourth at this years Power Wheels Racing series! It was awesome! We love our car!

Maker Faire KC 2012 Power Racing Series: Stop Breaking Down from Power Racing Series on Vimeo.

Thanks to the following folks for making this happen:
Build crew

  • Andy Kvamme
  • Steven Anderson
  • Jude Dornisch
  • David Bryan

Pit Crew

  • David Bryan
  • Karin Fitchett
  • Riley Harrison
  • Brandon Paplow
  • Becca Steffen

Drivers

  • David Bryan
  • Karin Fitchett
  • Riley Harrison
  • Becca Steffen

Producer

  • David Bryan

A big thank you to Hammer Space for hosting the team, and for the tips and tricks from Sector67. It was super awesome!

PPPRS Coming along!

June 19th, 2012 by videoman

Andy, Jude, and Steven are helping to bring the 2012 PPPRS to life! http://powerracingseries.org/

We need to help the PPPRS raise another 3k in 15 hours, with your help we can do it!

 

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PPPRS 2012 Build, a set on Flickr.

Keyfob access update

May 15th, 2012 by orion

Hey folks, we have the shiny new Open Access Control System in place, and it works great!  So what does that mean?  We will be shutting off the old key access system June 1st.  If you have an old fob, we can cross trade you for a new one, just see David, Brandon, or Jude to get a new fob.  If you can’t make it to a Wednesday night open house,  email Brandon; treasurer at tcmaker dot org to setup a time to swap out your fob.

 

UPDATE 6/3/2012 The old controller is now inactive if you have not changed your key you will not get in.

Twin Cities Maker Gets a Laser Engraver/Cutter!

May 10th, 2012 by wammie

The Hack Factory will be getting a laser cutter/engraver!

The tool has a 40 watt laser, sufficient for burning and cutting softer materials, but not something that will cut through thick metal. The unit is located in the lower level of the Hack Factory.  You must take the class in order to use this guy.  The class will be a few hours, and cost $40.  When using the laser it’s $1/10 minutes, or $5/hour.  We are only asking that you track and pay for the time that the laser is active and burning.

We will need to be careful when using this tool, observing applicable safety rules to prevent damage and personal harm.

For more information on our new acquisition, see our wiki article on the DC-KIII Laser Engraver/Cutter.

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Tonite

May 7th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Electric Guitar
Details
Mondays 7pm
May 7th-28th
Class Sign Up
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3267082933

Tonight kicks off the first class of DIY guitar building. Still 2 tickets left.

Downtime

April 26th, 2012 by orion

The servers are undergoing downtime April 27, 2012, from 22:00 til 0600 CST the blog forum and wiki will be affected.

Thank You !!!

April 15th, 2012 by Judeling

getting ready

So another Faire is in the books. Despite some early weather worries the day couldn’t have been more perfect. The rain held off, the Sun came out, what more could you desire?

 

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a more formal recap, but I wanted to get out this big thank you right away.

 

 

Thank you visitors.

Thank you for giving us a chance to show off our space and the neat stuff we do. That you came and showed us your good will is greatly appreciated. (The fact that you were so neat and pick up was a breeze was a bonus).

 

Thank you exhibitors.

Thank you for your grace and understanding. There wouldn’t be an event without you.

 

Thank you performers.

Thank you for your patience, professionalism, skill and artistry. Your efforts took the event up a level and made it memorable.

 

Thank you volunteers.

Thank you for your willingness to take on any job and your inventiveness in solving any problems.

 

closing the day

I only have two last requests.

If you have any photos, video or sounds of the day you would like to share please email the links to [email protected] with photo in the subject line.

I would also like any feedback on the event you would like to share. We want to make this annual event as great as it can be. So email or use the contact us form with any impressions, suggestions or criticisms.

Thanks again and see you next year at Minne-Faire IV 4/13/2013.

It’s a Celebration

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

In addition to the Projects, Exhibitions, Prizes and Hands on Demonstrations during Saturday’s Minne Faire from Noon until 5:00 Pm, we will have a Celebration starting at 7Pm.

After a hard day of showing off all our cool stuff, the only thing left for us to do is throw a party.

Come and join us.

 

Tim Kaiser
Will be starting us out with his gonkulations and acousto-electric contraptions, weaving aural sculptures that are haunting, startling, just down right amazing. It is no wonder that he is the troubadour of the Maker/Hacker movement. (Tim will also be exhibiting at the Fair).

 

Jazari
Is up next. Patrick Flanagan’s steamfunk percussive driving sound is unique and unforgettable. As the human component of the cybernetic juggernaut that is Jazari, Patrick brings an impressive level of skill and craftsmanship to the creation of his instruments, the beauty of his software and the energy of his performance. I can never decide if the awe his instruments inspire or the inventiveness of his performance is more impressive.

 

 

Savage Aural Hotbed

Closes the show.

“…the sound of steel and rust, oil drums and hubcaps, screeches, sparks, grinders and gears finding new fury and energy… It’s also fun, it makes you smile to see a man make music with an electric saw…”
— Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio
‘nough said.

It is Complex

April 11th, 2012 by Judeling

Despite the recent controversy the show will go on.

The Minneapolis’s The Hacktor’s Collective Production of

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs:

 

Will be presented Friday April 13th

Both the author and the subject have their good and bad. The performance of this work at this time highlights the complexity of the Human makers of things and art.

 

 

 

 

Because of the performance Friday night drop off for the Minne – Faire will be closed from 6pm – 10pm.

Bridgeport: Safety and Basics

April 10th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

• The time will be Saturday May 5th from 9am to 2pm.
• This will be a hands on class taught in a quasi-Socratic fashion.
• Safety is the foremost goal, getting familiar with the machine and how it works.
• Everyone will get a chance to drill, face and mill a block of material.
• Practice material will be included.
• Class size is limited to 5 people.
• The price per student will be $50.

Class Registration:
http://hackfactorybridgeport.eventbrite.com/

Hack Factory Bridgeport

Beginning Luthier Workshop – Electric Guitar

April 10th, 2012 by swinkdaddy

Ever wanted to learn how to build your own guitar? Well wonder no more! This 4 night class will go through the process of building your own electric guitar. The class is $40 and only for members, but you can purchase a 1 month membership for $55. The reason for this is the class will make heavy use of the woodshop for homework. Be warned, the cost of wood, hardware parts and pickups can cost $300-$400. But if your ready to make that custom guitar you’ve dreamed of, then this will be a good start.

Details
Mondays 7pm
May 7th-28th
Class Sign Up
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3267082933

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