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 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 will be unable to use some of our tools because of insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10PM – 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.
July 19, Saturday, 10 AM – Noon – “3rd Saturday” Clean up and Maintenance Session – Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.
August 5, Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – “1st Tuesday” Work Night – Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.
August 9, Saturday, 9AM – Noon – Beginner Soldering Class – 3 hour soldering class perfect for those new to soldering or those simply looking to practice their soldering skills. Fee is $20 with basic kit included in package. Limit 6 students.
August 12, Tuesday, 6 PM – Board Meeting
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’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 keep this rate indefinitely by either signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription or by paying in advance.
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. We’ve been building a second 3D printer that’s almost finished.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A small machine shop
- Sewing machines
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- A Bike Repair Station
- Plenty of 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 3 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 improve the quality of life in Rochester. 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.