Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (12/27)

December 26th, 2014 by danbackslide

CleanupHope everyone had a good holiday! But now, it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our winter Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (Saturday 12/27), 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!

The Visor Project – Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter

November 21st, 2014 by Marissa


There is nowhere else like the Twin Cities Maker Space.  Your intelligence, innovation and humility impresses me more than any other setting that I have experienced.  And you really care, too.  I, finally, figured out where these people hang out!

I am really proud to be a member in this organization and I am proud to introduce my Smart Eyewear on Kickstarter!  Plastic fabricators were intimidated and if I didn’t have access to the tools here, I would still be waiting.

Your feedback is always appreciated!  And so is a $1 to my campaign!


Brandon- why can’t I insert a link?

Party time — the laser cutter has returned!

November 7th, 2014 by danbackslide

rejoicingLet the dancing begin, for I am happy to report that the laser cutter is back in service! The flow sensor has been replaced with a brand new unit which doesn’t spray water all over the floor. And as a bonus, the e-stop switch has also been fixed, so feel free to push the Big Red Button (though not too hard, for it is new, and we want it to feel welcome).

Everybody say thanks to Jude when you see him — he was the guy who crawled into the laser cutter cabinet to replace the flow sensor.

The laser is down. Please do not panic. [EVEN MORE UPDATED]

October 25th, 2014 by danbackslide

UPDATE 11/5/2014: Unfortunately the parts were delayed a bit, but I just got a shipping notification. Delivery is scheduled for Friday 11/7. We’ll get everything installed as soon as we can!

UPDATE 10/3system-down1/2014: Full Spectrum Laser has just received a shipment of flow sensors. They will be testing them this afternoon, then they will send out the parts either later today or (more likely) Monday. Shipping is via two-day air, so I’m expecting to get them sometime on Wednesday 11/5.The calendar will be updated to block out the time until then. Thanks for being patient, folks!

Original post:

Sadly, it is my duty to report that the laser cutter is down until further notice. The coolant flow sensor is leaking from its body. We will be contacting the manufacturer on Monday morning to get a new flow sensor (good thing we paid for the extended warranty). This post will be updated as soon as we have an ETA on the repair parts.


September 21st, 2014 by Nemesis

Quarterly clean up is this Saturday, September 27th. PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!!!!!!!!! Many hands make for light work and a clean shop. Come help out for even an hour. We’re going to be cleaning out storage as a big part of this clean up, so if you have anything stored, an you know you can’t make it to clean up, come and clean up your project ahead of time. Everything should be an active project, stored as neatly and compactly as possible, and each piece should be properly labeled with your name, the date, and your contact information. If your project is not in the membership storage area, you need to have permission from the area manager where your project is kept. Anything that is not properly labeled or looks like a hot mess WILL be red-tagged and slated to go away.

Punch and pie……

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