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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

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 PMMicrocontrollers & 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 5, Thursday, 6 to 8 PM – Pottery Demonstration – Join us for another of our popular pottery demonstrations. Everyone is welcome to come and watch Rochester potters Sue Barnes and Brooke Millecchia demonstrate the process of wheel throwing and you can join in, too! Come out and support pottery at the space. If we get enough interest, we will make the necessary equipment and resources available to our members (and maybe our visitors, too) on a permanent basis to enjoy throwing and firing pottery at the Rochester Makerspace.

May 5, Thursday, 6 to 9 PM – Introduction to Using a Jeweler’s Saw -Tools will be provided and you will learn the correct way to change and tension saw blades in a jeweler’s saw frame. We will cover basic sawing techniques including curves and how to cut crisp corners without breaking your blades. Material for sawing exercises will be provided as well as 2 dozen saw blades. If you foresee breaking more than that, more will be available for $1 per dozen. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

May 7, Saturday, 10 to 11 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 for this free event and get your ticket before we run out!

May 7, Saturday, 11 AM to 2 PM – Bridgeport Mill Training Class – 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!

May 11, Wednesday, 6 to 8 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!

May 12, Thursday, 7 PM (if 2 or more people RSVP by 5/10) – Mandatory Safety Class – 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 4, 0 people have RSVP’d.)

May 14, 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!

May 14, 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!

May 14, Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM – Mosaic Techniques for Beginners (Part 1) – Participants will learn about the tools and materials needed to create mosaics, safe practices, as well as how to nip and cut glass and various types of tiles used in mosaics. They will learn about different types of adhesives and grouting techniques as they plan a project, and develop and create a mosaic design on a small frame or flower pot. All materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring any tiles, broken (or whole) china, jewelry or other types of found objects they might want to incorporate in their project. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

May 14, 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!

May 21, Saturday, 10 AM to 12 PM – Mosaic Techniques for Beginners (Part 2) – Participants will learn about the tools and materials needed to create mosaics, safe practices, as well as how to nip and cut glass and various types of tiles used in mosaics. They will learn about different types of adhesives and grouting techniques as they plan a project, and develop and create a mosaic design on a small frame or flower pot. All materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring any tiles, broken (or whole) china, jewelry or other types of found objects they might want to incorporate in their project. Visit the Eventbrite page to sign up for this class and get your ticket before we run out!

May 21, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 1 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!

May 22, Sunday, 2 to 5 PM – Sunday Artists and Makers Expo at the Rochester Makerspace (SAME) – Last year, we hosted a very popular monthly event called the Third Friday Community Art/Craft/Maker Show. At its peak, we had over 30 vendors in attendance. The event is back with a new name, a new day of the week, and earlier hours! There will be live music, plenty of free refreshments, and a vibrant atmosphere provided by dozens of artists, crafters and other makers. This is a FREE monthly event and all are welcome to attend. Vendors and musicians may apply here.

May 26, Thursday, 7 PM (if 2 or more people RSVP by 5/24) – Mandatory Safety Class – 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 4, 0 people have RSVP’d.)

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. Sign up on the 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

  • 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, lathe, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit
  • CNC Router
  • Lulzbot and Solidoodle 3-D printers
  • 3-D scanning station
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi workstation with multiple units of each and components
  • Electronics bench with oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, soldering irons, and more
  • Computer lab
  • Machine shop with a Bridgeport mill, benchtop mill, grinder, benchtop lathe, and measurement tools
  • Laser Cutter / Engraver
  • Ham radio bench
  • Sewing machines
  • Silhouette electric cutter
  • Stained glass grinders and tools
  • 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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