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 501c(3) nonprofit organization 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
Please Note: 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 one of our group projects, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (We apologize, but nonmembers can not use our wood or machine shops because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10 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. There won’t be any formal instruction but others will be there to share their knowledge and experience.
September 9 – Board Meeting – CANCELED
September 10, to October 15, (Wednesdays) 7-9 PM – Introducing The Arduino – Beginner level introduction to the microprocessor board known as the Arduino. The course will cover the basics of simple input and output devices as well as the fundamentals of programming for Arduino.
September 11, Thursday, 7 – 8 PM - Safety Orientation for New Members - Any members looking to use our Wood shop and heavy mechanical equipment are required to take a brief 45 minutes safety session.
September 27, Saturday, 11:30 AM – Rochester Mini Maker Faire Informational & Volunteer Meeting – Come learn about the Faire and how individuals, groups and businesses can get free exhibit space or how you can volunteer.
October 1, to October 22, (Wednesdays) 6:30 – 9:30 PM – Stained Glass Series – Come to the Rochester Makerspace to learn the basic skills for making a stained glass project. The Tiffany Stained Glass method will be taught and supplies will be included with purchase.
October 10, Friday, 5 – 8 PM – Understanding Western Handsaws – In this class students will learn about the various types of handsaws, how they differ, and what operations they perform. All saws and required materials will be provided.
October 11, Saturday, 9AM – 12 PM – Hand-Cut Dovetails – A follow up to our woodworking series, this class will teach each student to create through-dovetails by hand without the use of power tools. An effort to focus on layout and theory will be made. Some materials may be required.
October 11, Saturday., 5 – 8 PM – Using the CNC Router – The Makerspace is now host to a very cool piece of equipment known as the CNC router. This class will instruct students to use Cut2D software and give a good foundation for further use of the computer controlled router.
October 25, Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 – Potluck Dinner
October 25, Saturday, 6 PM to 9 PM – 2nd Annual Halloween Party
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.
You can find more information about classes on our Eventbrite page.
Please sign up for our email list to receive news and information about the Rochester Makerspace.
We’re always looking for instructors. You can teach as a volunteer or be paid. Please let us know if you’re interested.
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 because we’re new and we want to grow quickly. You can keep this rate indefinitely by either 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 small machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- Bike Repair Station
- Free workspace and worktables
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 2 PM
We plan to expand our staffed hours soon.
We Are New & 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.