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.
March 28, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM – Arduino Day 2015 – Free. We’ll be participating in a worldwide event to bring together Arduino people and projects to celebrate the Arduino’s 11th year. Please come and bring a project to work on or show others. We’ll have some Arduinos and components for you to play with if you don’t have your own. We’ll also have experienced Arduino users willing to share their knowledge of these inexpensive and easy to use computers that can be used to build robots, control all kinds of things, and to build interactive art or other projects.
March 28, Saturday, 10 AM to 11:30 AM – Machining Techniques. An advanced class for adults, teaching how to machine complex parts and features.
March 29, Sunday, noon to 3 PM – The Rochester Makerspace will be hosting a 6×6 Party in support of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This is the 7th year for the International 6×6 Art Exhibition. The show will consist of thousands of artworks made and donated by people all over the world using all mediums, except glitter! So grab your favorite art supplies and join us for an afternoon creating some small scale artworks for a very big show!! Fun for all ages, so bring your family!
April 4, Saturday, 10 AM to 11:30 AM – Machining Class Project. An advanced class for adults, working on a machining project. Prerequisites: All previous machining classes.
April 4, Saturday, 9 AM – Staff & Volunteer Breakfast Meeting at the Cornerstone Restaurant & Cafe, 2130 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd (Rt 250, near Rt 441), Penfield.
April 6, Monday, 6 to 9 PM – Rochester Lego User’s Group - This group has a big focus on kids but anyone of any age who is interested in Lego is welcome to attend.
April 11, Saturday, 11 AM – Shuttle Tatting Class. $11.24 -Tatting is a method of making lace by tying overhand knots. The shuttle method produces the most precise knots and offers more techniques than needle tatting. In the class we will learn how to make a basic lace edging. The student kit will contain tools and materials to make several snowflakes or bookmarks. Instructor Denise Skidmore is a shepherd of rare Cotswold sheep, and a collector of fiber arts techniques.
April 12, 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, small woodworking, 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!
April 17, Friday, 6 to 9 PM – Free Community Art, Craft, and Makers Show – Are you an artist, crafter, craftsperson or other maker who would like to exhibit your work? Then please come to our free monthly show. We just ask that you bring some snacks, beverages or appetizers to share and complete this short application.
April 18, Saturday, 10 AM to 2:00 PM – Intermediate Embedded Microcontrollers Class – In this intermediate level class, you’ll learn a functional understanding of the hardware and software necessary to program and use an embedded microcontroller for a custom circuit. You’ll learn how to setup the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for use with AVR Microcontrollers, specifically the ATTiny85. And you’ll learn how to program a microcontroller IC using an Arduino as an In-System Programmer (ISP).
April 18, Saturday, 1 PM to 2:30 PM – CNC Basics Class. In this class, we’ll cover the basics of the CNC machine.
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.
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
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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.