The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street in almost 4,000 square feet of workspace. We’re a volunteer-run 501c(3) nonprofit organization and our mission is to encourage learning, creativity and collaboration. We do that by providing low-cost and free access to sophisticated tools, offering a wide variety of classes, and by providing opportunities for “makers,” artists and craftspersons of all kinds to meet, interact and learn from each other.
Upcoming Classes & Events
You do not need to be a member to take classes or volunteer at the makerspace.
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM – Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with a group project, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers can not use our wood or machine shops because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 9:30 PM – Weekly Microcontroller & Robotics Meetup
Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don’t need to be a member. We’ll help you by sharing our knowledge and experience.
October 1 to October 22, (Four Wednesdays) 6:30 – 9:30 PM – Stained Glass Class For Beginners - Learn the basic skills for making a stained glass project. Nonmembers can continue to use our stain glass studio on Thursday nights and members can use it daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.
October 11, Saturday., 5 – 8 PM – Using the CNC Router – The Makerspace has a 25×25-inch CNC router that carve or cut-out intricate shapes and parts. This class will instruct students to use it.
October 14th, Tuesday, 6-10 PM – Make-A-Costume Party - Come to the Makerspace for a huge costume making party! Bring your costume making supplies and some to share! We have access to sewing machines, glue guns and a few crafty things. There will also be live music. $3 at the door, $1 with supplies in hand.
October25, Saturday, 11 AM – Rochester Mini Maker Faire Information & Volunteer Meeting – Come learn about the Faire and how you can volunteer and help in other ways.
October 25, Saturday, 6:00 to at least 9 PM – 2nd Annual Halloween Party & Potluck – Please join us for food, refreshments and fun at this family friendly event in our decorated makerspace. All are welcome. You don’t have to be a member and you can stop by anytime. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Come early with a dish to pass if want to join us for a potluck dinner. Appetizers will start at 6 and we’ll start eating the main entrees promptly at 6:30.
November 7, Friday, 5 – 8 PM – Understanding Western Handsaws – Students will learn about the various types of handsaws, how they differ, and what operations they perform. We will also cover and demonstrate typical joinery cuts made by these tools, proper sawing techniques, and the basics of sharpening a saw. All saws and required materials will be provided.
November 8, Saturday, 9AM – 12 PM – Hand-Cut Dovetails – Another in our woodworking series, this class will teach each student to create through-dovetails by hand without the use of power tools. We will discuss layout and theory followed by each student cutting their own joints. Saws and materials will be provided but you may bring your own dovetail saw if you wish.
November 22, Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM – Rochester Mini Maker Faire at the Rochester Convention Center. Apply now to be an exhibitor! Space is free for individuals, groups, nonprofits and even businesses. We are expecting thousands of visitors to this family oriented event.
Learn more about classes on our Eventbrite Page.
Sign up for our mailing list to learn about new classes and events.
Contact us if you’re interested in teaching or organizing an event.
Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. Members enjoy the benefits of lower class prices and unlimited use of the Makerspace. This is an introductory rate and you can keep it indefinitely by signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription.
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Tools & Equipment
- A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
- A Solidoodle 3D printer.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A Computer Lab
- A machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- Bike Repair Station
- Workspace and worktables
The makerspace is open daily for our members from 8 AM to 10 PM. Visitors are welcome on Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 10 PM, on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM, and many other times if you contact us first.
We Need Your Help
We are a new and completely volunteer-run organization with an ambitious plan to encourage learning and to build an organization and facility that the entire Rochester community can use and be proud of. Please help us by becoming a member, volunteering or by donating money.
For More Information
Please see our FAQ and news pages for more information. You can also contact us by email or phone, and you’re always welcome to visit us at the Rochester Makerspace. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.