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 – Weekly 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 6:30 until 9:00 PM – Rochester Stained Glass Meetup
Learn how to work with stained glass or bring a project to work on if you already know how. We have lots of tools and grinders and enough supplies to teach you the basics. We also usually have an instructor. Free.
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 9:30 PM – Microcontrollers & 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.
April 23, Thursday, 6:30 PM - Image Transfer Demo - Artist Nancy Topolski will be giving a demonstration of acrylic medium transfers of images to any surface, focusing on glass.
The transfer process requires an application of a thin layer of acrylic medium over or under a laser printed image that you want to transfer. After completely drying, the paper backing of the image gets dampened with water and then removed. This leaves a transparent or translucent image imbedded within the acrylic medium.
This demonstration is free and open to all.
April 23, Thursday, 7 PM – Mandatory Safety Class – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop. This class will probably take about an hour.
April 25, Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM – 3D Printing Meetup – Bring your 3D printer and spend the day printing and sharing information and techniques with other 3D printing enthusiasts. Have you made something with your printer that you’re really proud of? Bring it too! You are also welcome to attend this meetup if you just want to learn about 3D printing technology or you need help deciding what printer to buy.
The Makerspace has three printers and enough table space and power for 20 more. You are come anytime during the meetup, which is free and open to the public. e encourage you to bring a lunch or snacks and we may take up a collection and order pizza around noon.
May 3, Sunday, 2 to 5 PM – Sunday Crafternoon – Are you a crafter who would like to meet other crafters? Join us at the Rochester Makerspace for Sunday Crafternoon, a monthly gathering where we can meet, socialize, show off our projects, share ideas, and be inspired.
The form of Crafternoon is very open; there are no lessons, no one central project being worked on. It’s a bring-your-own-project event and attendees are free to bring any type of project to Crafternoon – knit/crochet, papercraft, metalwork, beadwork, jewelry, anything as long as it’s portable for you! Rochester has so much creative talent, and bringing the community of crafters together is a wonderful thing. Hope to see you there!
May 19th, Tuesday, 7 to 9 PM – Beginning Knitting, Part 1 – This class will teach student basic beginner knitting techniques. Students will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off and read a basic pattern. You will leave knowing how to knit your first scarf! The cost is $30 for two nights of instruction and practice, and a set of knitting needles and yarn. The second night of this class will be on Tuesday, May 26th.
May 26th, Tuesday, 7 to 9 PM – Beginning Knitting, Part 2
June 6, Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM – Buffalo Mini Maker Faire - OK, so this event isn’t at the Makerspace or even in Rochester. But we think you should go to it and apply to exhibit your work if you’re a maker. Space is free.
November 21, Saturday – Rochester Maker Faire
Learn more about classes on our Eventbrite Page.
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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 CNC router, 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.
- Two Solidoodle 3D printers.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A Computer Lab
- A machine shop with a bench grinder, a drill press, a lathe and measurement tools.
- Sewing machines and Cricut machine.
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- Bike Repair Station with bike stand, wrenches, and a hammer, of course.
- 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.
Address / Directions
The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street which is at the corner of Scrantom Street, which has a traffic light. Please go down Scrantom Street to the rear parking lot and look for our signs.
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.