Becoming A Member
Prospective members are encouraged to stop by on an Open Wednesday (a.k.a. "Open Hack Night") and pick up a Membership Agreement, or you can download and print the forms. With a signed Membership Agreement we require payment of the first month's dues, plus a $20 new member processing fee. Membership is open to any person age 16 or older, although we reserve the right to refuse or terminate membership for violation of the Membership Agreement or Shop Rules. Members under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign the Membership Agreement.
Current membership dues are $55/month, due on or before the first of the month. We also offer discounted options for 6 months ($275, one free month) and a full year ($550, two free months).
Regular membership allows you to use any of our tools and equipment (after completing any orientation needed for some specialized tools).
- 24 hour a day, 7 days a week access to the Hack Factory (excluding some events)
- Discounts on classes (where applicable)
- Discounts at events
- Discounts at some local business
- A vote at Members' Annual Meeting and Special Meetings
To enter the Hack Factory, you can be admitted by another member, come during open hours, or use a personal key fob (electronic key device) A key fob allows you 24/7 access to the space, and are issued during signup.
Regular 6-month and full year memberships are eligible for a "household" membership. Meaning that a primary member is eligible for shop access and voting rights, and a secondary member who resides at the same address would be eligible for shop access.
If you are 15 days late without communication to the treasurer your fob will be turn off and you will be subject to a $10 late fee. Your fob will not be activated until you are caught up the full amount. After 30 days of no communication your account will be marked as abandoned. An abandoned account may be reactivated if the missing month plus late fee are paid.
A reduced membership rate is available upon proof of financial need. Details can be found here: Scholarship Policies and Procedures
Members are allowed to have a guest in the space with them. Guests, however, are typically prohibited from using any tools or equipment, even if the guest brings their own tool(s).
If a guest wishes to use tools or equipment, we offer the option of a temporary Guest Pass. This affords the guest a temporary membership for 48 consecutive hours from arrival.
Some tools at the Hack Factory are restricted from general use without required training, or may not be used without direct permission from the person(s) who own those tools or oversee their use (i.e., experienced operators or shop managers). These tools require a "check out," or request for permission to use. The guest is allowed to use any tools that don't require a check out, and is allowed to check out the restricted tools with proper clearance.
We allow each Member to sponsor one Guest Pass at a time. A Guest Pass user must complete a Membership Agreement, and pay a $10 fee for each consecutive 48 hours they wish to use tools and equipment. Members can fill out this paperwork and drop the fee into the lock box at the Hack Factory any time, although we request that they also email the Treasurer (treasurer[-at-]tcmaker.org] a notice of the Guest Pass application. The Sponsor Member is still responsible for all actions of the Guest, and Guest Passes do not gain any discounts.
How to Pay Dues
When paying dues by electronic means, be sure that the Member's name, a "for dues" message, and intended payment month(s) is communicated.
Online via PayPal
Online via Dwolla
You can also pay person at our Open Wednesdays. We are open from 7pm - 10pm most Wednesdays. Current members, or those sponsoring new members, can drop off completed Membership Agreements and/or payments in the secure drop box in the space. If you pay with this method, please email the treasurer (treasurer[-at-]tcmaker.org) to ensure prompt processing.
You may send your dues via postal mail to: Twin Cities Maker PO Box 2118 Maple Grove, MN 55311.