The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street in almost 4,000 square feet of workspace. We’re a new volunteer-run nonprofit organization (soon to be a 501c3) that encourages learning, creativity and collaboration by providing the Rochester community with low-cost access to a wide variety of sophisticated tools, workspace, and a wide variety of art, craft and technology classes. Our goal is to create an organization and facility that the entire community can use and be proud of.
Upcoming Classes & Events
You do not need to be a member to take our 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 one of our group projects, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers will not be able to use some of our tools because of insurance issues.)
December 5, Thursday, 6 to 7:30 PM - Free Safety Orientation for new or prospective members.
December 7, Saturday, 11 to 3 PM – Steam Punk Meet, Greet & Swap Meet sponsored by the Rochester Steampunks.
December 10, Tuesday, 6 PM – Monthly Board Meeting
January 11, Saturday, 11:30 to 2:30 PM – Introduction to relief printing (woodblock) – This class will cover the basics of woodblock carving including a brief history, trasfering a drawing onto the block, cutting the block, and printing a small edition. We will be using linoleum because it is softer than wood and easy to carve making it a great class for beginners that would like to learn more about woodblock printing. We regularly run free Safety Orientations for new and prospective members.
We’re always looking for instructors. You can teach as a volunteer or be paid. Please let us know if you’d like to talk about it.
Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. This is an introductory rate because we’re new and we want to grow quickly. You can lock this rate in by either signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription or by paying in advance. Please CLICK HERE TO JOIN.
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. We’re also building a 25×25-inch CNC (computer controlled) router that is about 70% done.
- A Solidoodle 3D printer. We’re building a second 3D printer that should be available soon.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A small machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Tools and equipment for doing stained glass.
Our members can use the makerspace anytime they want from 8 AM to 10 PM daily.
In addition, we have staff and volunteers at the space on:
- Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 10 PM
- Saturday from 11 AM to about 3 PM
We plan to expand our staffed hours soon.
We Need Your Help
We are a completely volunteer-run organization that is trying to do something important for our community. We have a variety tasks and jobs ranging from quick and simple, to long-term and challenging. By volunteering you’ll make a big difference, gain knowledge, experience and skills, meet others, and develop connections in the community. At the moment we especially need:
- A Class Organizer – help us find instructors and post information about classes on our website and Eventbrite pages and other online services.
- Photographer(s) – We really need more photos of our activities, members and facility that we can use on our website and Facebook pages, in our brochures, and at events.
- Instructors / Mentors / Shop Managers – We need artists, craftsmen, techs, woodworkers, machinists, welders, designers and others who are willing to share their knowledge and experience. You can teach a class (for free or for pay), lead group projects, or just be available in the makerspace to help or answer questions.
- Repair & Maintenance Help – To help us keep our tools working properly.
If you’re one of the first 100 to donate $100 or more you’ll become a member of our Founder’s Club which will get you bragging rights and your name on a commemorative commemorative plaque that will be prominently displayed in the Rochester Makerspace.
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.