Rochester Makerspace Home Page

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 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 – 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 PMRochester 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 PMMicrocontrollers & 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.

August 3, Monday, 6:30 PM to 9 PM – Rochester Lego User Group – Rochester Lego User Group’s monthly get together. Bring models to show off, stuff to trade or sell. We will be discussing themes and plans for our fall and winter events as well.

August 22, Saturday, 10:30 AM – 12 PM – Rochester Mini Maker Faire Community Information Meeting – Come get information on how you can participate in this year’s Rochester Mini Maker Faire! The Call for Makers is open. Get answers to any questions you may have about this year’s event. Whether you’ve already applied, are thinking about applying, or would like to volunteer to help make this event a wonderful experience, please come and find out more. This meeting is open to everyone.

August 22, Saturday, 1 PM – Learn to Make Your Own Printed Circuit Board (PCB)  – A free step-by-step demonstration on how to make your own Printed Circuit Board at home. Learn to prepare the copper clad material, transfer a printed image to the copper surface, and then etch the image into the copper. This method is can be used not only for creating Printed Circuit Boards, but also for creating copper etched artwork. Along with the demonstration, you’ll also receive handouts on sources for software, hardware, and materials. Please sign up to attend.

September 8, Tuesday, 6 PM – Monthly Board Meeting

September 10, Thursday, 7 PM – Mandatory Safety Class – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop. Nonmembers can take this but they can’t use the woodshop even during our weekly Community Nights. The class will take about 60 to 90 minutes.

September 13, Sunday, 2 PM – Sunday Crafternoon – A gathering where we can meet, socialize, show off our projects, share ideas, and be inspired. The form of Crafternoon is very open; there is no lesson, no one central project being worked on. It is a bring-your-own-project event and you are welcome to bring any type of project to Crafternoon – knit/crochet, papercraft, metalwork, beadwork, jewelry, scrapbooking – anything you can bring to the makerspace! Crafternoon is FREE and everyone is welcome.

September 18, Friday, 6 to 9 PM – 3rd Friday 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.

October 16, Friday, 6 to 9 PM – 3rd Friday Free Community Art, Craft, and Makers Show

October 24, Saturday, 6:00 to at least 9 PM – 3rd Annual Halloween Party & Potluck  – Please join us for food, refreshments and fun at this family friendly event in our decorated makerspace. All are welcome.

November 21, SaturdayRochester Maker Faire

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.


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

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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 membervolunteering 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.

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Donations are taken through Paypal. Thank you for your contribution! Any bit counts!

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