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Rochester Makerspace Home Page

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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

Every Thursday Night, 6 to 10 PM  Weekly Community Night & Open House

Every Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM  Weekly Community Night & Open House

You are invited to drop in at the Rochester Makerspace to explore, learn, and make… for free! Stop in and use our stuff (sorry – the wood shop, machine tools, and laser cutter are for members only, due to safety and insurance). Our open houses always draw a big crowd (visitors and members), so you’ll have the chance to meet a lot of other makers. Get inspired and try something new! Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to offer tours. Park in the lot at Scrantom St. and Conkey Ave. and follow the signs.

Every Thursday Night, 7 to 9:30 PM  Microcontrollers & Robotics Meetup

Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Picaxe or Beaglebone projects with other users of these small, inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome. We’ll help you by sharing our knowledge and experience.

 

October 19, Thursday, 7:30 to 8 PM – Mandatory Safety Orientation – The safety training you will receive during this orientation is required if you want to use our woodworking shop or machine tools. The class will take about 30 minutes. After the class, you will have the chance to get certified on individual pieces of equipment. RSVP on the Eventbrite page. (Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop or machine tools, even during our open house events.)

October 21, Saturday, 2 to 3 PM – Introduction to 3D Printing – Come learn how to use our 3D printers. We will cover how to set up a print as well as how to choose the best material and settings. After this class you will be ready to use all of our 3-D printers with confidence. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

October 22, Sunday, 12 to 3 PM – CNC Router Training – In this FREE class, we’ll cover the basics of the CNC machine. We’ll use Cut2D, which is designed to let CNC machine users convert CAD DXF and graphics designs into GCode / CNC Toolpaths for machining parts and components. This class also includes some GCode instruction. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

October 28, Saturday, 10 AM to 12:30 PM – Laser Cutter / Engraver Training – This FREE class will teach you the basics you will need in order to use our laser cutter / engraver. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

October 28, Saturday, 1 to 3 PM – Electronics Workbench Orientation – Learn the roles of our various electronics workbench equipment in testing and developing circuits. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

October 28, Saturday, 1:30 to 2 PM – Mandatory Safety Orientation  – The safety training you will receive during this orientation is required if you want to use our woodworking shop or machine tools. The class will take about 30 minutes. RSVP on the Eventbrite page. (Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop or machine tools, even during our open house events.)

October 28, Saturday, 2 to 4:30 PM – Woodworking Orientation – In this class, which is taught by a professional woodworker with 30 years of experience, you will get hands-on experience with our table saw, jointer, surface planer, bandsaw, drill press, disk / belt sander, router table, and assorted handheld tools. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

November 2, Thursday, 7:30 to 8 PM – Mandatory Safety Orientation – The safety training you will receive during this orientation is required if you want to use our woodworking shop or machine tools. The class will take about 30 minutes. After the class, you will have the chance to get certified on individual pieces of equipment. RSVP on the Eventbrite page. (Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop or machine tools, even during our open house events.)

November 4, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM – Introduction to Machine Tools – Here’s your chance to make something at the Rochester Makerspace and find out if machining metal interests you. During this class for beginners, you and a few other makers will create a metal car using a machine mill and lathe. Our expert instructor will handle the more technical aspects of the project so you can get as much hands-on experience as possible. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

November 4, Saturday, 2 to 3 PM – Introduction to 3D Printing – Come learn how to use our 3D printers. We will cover how to set up a print as well as how to choose the best material and settings. After this class you will be ready to use all of our 3-D printers with confidence. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

November 4, Saturday, 2 to 5 PM – Introduction to CAD – In this class we will teach you the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) using Autodesk Fusion 360. We will cover navigation of the software, 2D sketching tools and process, and then you’ll create a 3D design based on a provided sample object. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

November 15, Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 PM – Wood Lathe Introduction – In this two-hour class, you’ll learn the essentials of wood-lathe operation and safety. You’ll learn how to set up the lathe for turning, the uses of various wood-turning chisels, and proper technique. You’ll also obtain supervised hands-on experience turning a practice spindle from raw stock. You MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend this free class. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

December 17, Sunday, 2 to 5 PM – SAME (Sunday Artists and Makers Expo) – Join us as we showcase the amazing creations of Rochester’s vibrant Maker community. We’ll have live music and plenty of refreshments on hand as we feature the work of local innovators, artists, and craftspeople. If you have something you’d like to show off at the event, click here to apply. The event is FREE for everyone, including exhibitors!

 

By Appointment (email [email protected]) – Arduino and Raspberry Pi Introduction – In the past 5 years, a revolution has occurred that has brought together computer programming and electronics in a way that is accessible to hobbyists of all ages. At the heart of this revolution are two powerful, cheap miniature computers: the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino. First, we’ll take a look at booting up a Raspberry Pi and connecting it to input and output devices. Then we’ll connect an Arduino to the Raspberry Pi and load a few simple programs on to it. We’ll also discuss how to tap in to the vast amount of online resources that will prepare you for infinite creative possibilities with these two amazing devices. This class is FREE, but you must be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to attend. Email our instructor at [email protected]. He is available six days per week to meet with interested students for personalized training.

Learn more about classes on our Eventbrite Page.

 

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Membership

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

This is a partial list. It doesn’t include everything and we’re continually getting more equipment.

  • 3D Design, Scanning and Printing Work Area
    • workstation with Autodesk Fusion 360 3D design software
    • Kinect (from Xbox 360) 3D scanner
    • Skanect 3D scanning software (full version)
    • Lulzbot Mini 3D printer
    • Rostock Delta 3D printer
    • Solidoodle 3 3D printer
    • Solidoodle 2 3D printer
  • Fully Equipped Wood Shop
    • 3HP SawStop Professional Cabinet Table Saw with a 52″ fence (blade stops instantly and drops below the table if fingers touch it)
    • Sears Craftsman 12″ wood lathe
    • 24″ x 20″ x 4″ CNC router
    • Rikon Deluxe 14″ band saw
    • Sears Craftsman band sander (converted from 12″ band saw)
    • Sears Craftsman floor-mounted, variable speed drill press
    • Jet 6″ jointer
    • Grizzly 15″ stationary thickness planer
    • Grizzly 6″ x 9″ belt and disc sander
    • panel saw
    • chop saw (10″ miter saw)
    • Delta 6″ x 4″ benchtop disc and belt sander
    • Sears Craftsman benchtop router table
    • wet / dry grinder
    • Grizzly 15″ scroll saw
    • Sears Craftsman 16″ variable speed scroll saw
    • 2 HP dust collection system connected to table saw, band saw and jointer
    • industrial air filtration unit
    • over 60 clamps (pipe, Bessey, C-clamps, F-body)
    • multiple handheld drills, sanders, etc.
  • Machine Shop
    • Bridgeport Mill
    • 8″ x 12″ metal lathe
    • “X2” mini-mill
    • 8″ tool grinder and sharpener
    • 1″ x 30″ belt sander
    • metal-cutting band saw
    • vibratory polisher & media
  • Stained Glass Workshop
    • 2 glass grinders
    • soldering irons
    • assortment of colored glass pieces
    • copper tape, solder, other materials
  • Electronics Workbench
    • oscilloscopes (digital and analog)
    • several adjustable DC and AC power supplies
    • sine wave generator
    • several digital multimeters
    • variable temperature soldering iron
    • audio testing equipment
  • Microcomputer Workstation
    • Raspberry Pi 2
    • Raspberry Pi A
    • 2 Arduino Unos
    • 1 Arduino Mega
    • jumpers, switches, breadboards, LEDs, joystick, range finder, many other components
  • Silhouette SD Electric Cutter
    • supported by internet-connected computer with Silhouette software
    • standard blade and fabric-cutting blade
  • Laser Cutter / Engraver
  • Several Sewing Machines and Accessories
  • Ham Radio Station
  • Internet-connected Windows and Linux Computer Workstations
  • Food and Drink
    • free ice cream, granola bars, and bottled water
    • vending machine
    • refrigerator
    • stand-alone freezer
    • microwave oven
    • coffee machine
    • plates, cups, utensils, and napkins
  • Ten 3′ x 8′ work tables, 60+ chairs, 3800 sq. ft. floor area

 

Directions

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Hours

The Rochester Makerspace is open daily for our members from 8 AM to 10 PM. Visitors are welcome on Thursday nights from 6 PM to 10 PM, Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 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 in Rochester, NY. Turn on to Scrantom Street (at the traffic light) from St. Paul Street and drive to the end of the long red building. Park in the lot at Scrantom St. and Conkey Ave. and follow the signs for the Makerspace.

We Need Your Help

We are a 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 the mailing list.

Field trips

The Makerspace is now offering field trips for students in second grade through high school! We offer demonstrations of woodworking, 3D printing, home made robotic cars and computers, magnetic crafts and more. We can also arrange study groups for small groups of students with specific interests. To make arrangements, contact [email protected].

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