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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

NEW!  Every Saturday Afternoon, 1 to 3 PM  Saturday Maker Camp
(note: The Maker Camp will not be held on May 28, Memorial Day weekend)

It’s time for your kids to get a chance to make things at the Rochester Makerspace! With the help of Larry Moss, the celebrated local artist and founder of Airigami, your children will pitch in to create a large Rube Goldberg machine that they will show off at the June kickoff party for the Maker Camp. After the kickoff event, our junior makers will be working on a new project every Saturday. The Maker Camp is intended for kids aged 8 and up. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP for this free event and get your ticket before we run out! Make sure you RSVP for each week that you will be attending.

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.

May 28, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (part 1)
June 4, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (part 2)
June 11, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (part 3)
June 18, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (part 4)
Make Your Own Smartphone Apps – Learn to program your Android smartphone or tablet and unleash its power by creating your own custom apps. You’ll build your own app during the first session. No programming experience is required and ages 11 to 99 can participate. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

May 28, Saturday, 2 to 4:30 PM  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. Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

June 4, Saturday, 9 AM to 12 PM – Ukranian Egg Decorating – Come join the fun and create a pysanka (Ukranian egg). You will learn how to decorate an egg using traditional techniques and designs that incorporate wax and dyes. All materials will be supplied, including a stand to display your finished project. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

June 4, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM  Benchtop Machine Tools Training Class – This FREE class will teach you how to safely and properly use our benchtop machine mill and our benchtop machine lathe. You will gain hands-on experience with these tools while receiving guidance on safe techniques for their usage. If you qualify, our instructor will certify you so that you may use these tools on your own whenever you are at the Makerspace. 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!

June 4, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM  Laser Cutter / Engraver Training Class – 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!

June 4, Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 PM  Woodworking Orientation Class – Due to popular demand, we are now offering FREE training to our members on most of the equipment in the wood shop. 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!

June 8, Wednesday, 6 to 8 PM (part 1)
June 15, Wednesday, 6 to 8 PM (part 2)
June 22, Wednesday, 6 to 8 PM (part 3)
June 29, Wednesday, 6 to 8 PM (part 4)
Beginning Woodworking – Hand Tool Box
 – This hands-on class will teach you a comprehensive approach to planning, designing and constructing a hand tool box. Our instructor, a professional woodworker with decades of experience, will advise you on how to collect the best quality assortment of personal tools to suit your needs and then help you customize your tool box to fit them. After designing it, you’ll learn about and use most of the stationary powered equipment in our wood shop to construct your tool box. With the experience you gain from envisioning and crafting this simple, practical project, you’ll be ready to use our wood shop to construct a limitless variety of useful creations. Since we will be using powered woodworking tools, you MUST be a member of the Rochester Makerspace to take this class. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

June 9, Thursday, 6 to 9 PM  Community Office Hours with the Democrat and Chronicle’s Khristopher Brooks – Join us as we welcome the D&C’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reporter, Khristopher Brooks, for his popular Community Office Hours. As part of his ongoing search for stories about things happening in the maker community, he will be available to sit down with you and entertain your ideas. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tell Rochester about your contribution to the local maker movement! To learn more about what Khristopher is interested in, check out this article.

June 9, Thursday, 7 PM (if 2 or more people RSVP by 6/7) – Mandatory Safety Orientation – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop.  The class will take about 45 to 60 minutes. Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop, even during our open house events. This class will only be held if there is sufficient interest. RSVP on the Eventbrite page to let us know that we should hold this class! (As of May 27, 1 person has RSVP’d.)

June 11, Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM  CNC Router Training Class – 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!

June 11, Saturday, 10:00 to 11:00 AM  Bridgeport Mill Certification – This FREE certification session is only for members of the Rochester Makerspace who have been certified on our benchtop mill. Attend this session if you wish to be certified to use our Bridgeport Mill. You will be allowed approximately 10 minutes to demonstrate to our instructor that you can safely and properly use the mill. The certification session will be followed by a Bridgeport Mill training class for those who would benefit from organized instruction.Visit the Eventbrite page to RSVP today and get your ticket before we run out!

June 11, Saturday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Bridgeport Mill Training – This class, which is only for members of the Rochester Makerspace who have been certified on our benchtop mill, will teach you how to safely and properly use our Bridgeport Mill. Following an introduction and demonstration by the instructor, each student will acquire 30 minutes of guided, hands-on experience with the mill. Students who pass the standards of certification for this machine will be allowed to use it whenever they are at the Makerspace. Students who are inexperienced with professional-grade machine tools should expect to take at least 3 separate classes to qualify for certification. More experienced students may require only 1 or 2 classes. If you are not a member or are not certified to use our benchtop mill, you will not be permitted to participate in this class! Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

June 17 to June 23  National Week of Making – The Week of Making is an annual event that is celebrated all over the United States. The Rochester Makerspace will be open to the public for activities on every day of this week, but we need your help to make them successful. Please fill out this survey to let us know what kinds of activities you would like to see and how you might be able to help out!

June 18, Saturday, 1 PM  Saturday Maker Camp Kickoff Party – It’s time to see what our junior makers have created. Join us for the unveiling of their Rube Goldberg machine as we celebrate the early success of our Maker Camp and look ahead to the exciting activities that we have planned for the kids. Refreshments will be available and everyone is invited to this free event!

June 22, Wednesday, 6 to 8 PM  Wall Art for a Purpose –The Week of Making is not just about creating, it is also about sharing creations with those who would appreciate them the most. Join us in creating artwork at the Makerspace, or bring us any finished paintings, pictures, and other wall-hangings that you or others have created. We will donate all of them to the residents of our local YWCA. Refreshments will be provided at this event.

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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
    • vibratory polisher & media
  • Stained Glass Workshop
    • 2 glass grinders
    • soldering irons
    • assortment of 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
    • cups, utensils, and napkins
  • Ten 3′ x 8′ work tables, 60+ chairs, 3800 sq. ft. floor area
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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. 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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