Excited to share with you that we were recently featured in a global news story about our Makerspace and it’s impact on the city of Rochester. We’d like to share that video with you here. Please feel free to spread the word and share the video amongst your friends who may have questions about us! You may also watch the video by visiting the YouTube page.
Also, about two months ago some friends from RDM Makerspace (Rotterdam, Netherlands) visited us on their cross-country trip. The following video is from their stop. Again you may also view via YouTube.
Thanks for watching and please share!
Halloween might be called the “Maker’s Holiday” because many people make costumes and decorations for it. So the Rochester Makerspace is thinking about having a Halloween party on Saturday, October 26th.
If we’re going to do this then we quickly need to make some important decisions so those who want to will have enough time to make costumes. So we’re looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that will plan and prepare for the party. It will meet for the first time on Thursday, September 5th, at 7 PM at the Rochester Makerspace. If you can, please let us know if you plan to attend or if would interested in being the committee chairperson or serving in some other key role.
You don’t need to be a member to help. You also don’t need to attend the meeting to tell us if want us to have a Halloween party, or to make suggestions. Just leave a comment below.
Here are some of the things we quickly need to decide:
- Date and time (tentatively Saturday, 10/26)
- How many people can we safely accommodate?
- Are we going to do this just for fun, or as a fundraiser?
- Should we charge admission, and if so, how much?
- Are kids are going to be welcome, and if so, how do we entertain them?
- How much should we budget for food, decorations and entertainment?
- Will we need to provide extra security in the parking lot, and if so, how?
- Should we have a theme (Zombie Apocalypse, Sci Fi, Monsters, Fairy Tales, Comic Book Characters, etc.)?
- Should costumes be required for admission?
- Should we award prizes for costumes, and if so, what?
- Should we try to encourage guests to make their costumes at the makerspace, and if so, how?
- Who is going to be the committee chairperson and those in charge of key tasks such as advertising, food, entertainment, decorations, etc.
- When and how often is the committee going to meet?
Woodworking, metalworking, electronics—these are all pretty standard elements of a makerspace. But Victoria Makerspace in British Columbia, Canada, has something few, if any, other workshops can claim.
The club has a working blacksmith shop, complete with a propane forge, a number of hammers and two anvils. It’s got the standard woodworking tools as well, like a variety of saws, a wood lathe and belt sander. It also has metalworking tools, including a drill press, TIG and MIG welding equipment and even the start of a casting furnace. For electronics enthusiasts, Victoria Makerspace has a Cupcake 3D Printer, soldering station and a Full Spectrum 40W laser cutter.
Victoria Makerspace has an interesting membership plan. It has the normal monthly rates–$51.50 for a regular membership and $103 for a key and 24/7 access—but also gives an option to drop in for the day for $20.
People who want to take a free look at Victoria Makerspace have ample opportunities as well. The club holds an open house every Tuesday night, and on Thursdays has a get-together where electronic enthusiasts can work with Arduinos. The night isn’t anything formal, the club says, just a chance to play with the electronics, get help on problems from other members and share a beer or two with them.
Posted this to our Twitter and Facebook account about a week ago but wanted to share it with you here. One of our members, Mike Turiano, recently used our space and tools to complete a really cool repurposing project. Please check his website for and in-depth look at his project and other cool stuff he has completed!
The Rochester Makerspace is completely volunteer-run, and we know that everything up to this point would not be possible without our wonderful group of donors and volunteers. We appreciate everything that everyone has given us, and we’d like to thank all of you for your continuous effort and support!
The following have joined our Founder’s Club by donating a $100 or more. This has given us much needed financial support, allowing us to buy materials, supplies, and keeping our space open.
- Claude Adair
- Brave Creative, Inc.
- Kevin Besig
- Kim Buerman
- Vincent Burolla
- Ron Callari
- Michele Caponi
- Christopher Carter
- Chuck Dempsey
- Mike Doolin
- Greg Evershed
- Leo Farnand
- Roy Green
- Sean Hayes
- Leif Hardison
- Mark Indovina
- Akemi Fabiana Kotoriy
- Wyatt McBain
- Robert Ring
- David Roll
- Mary Roll
- Robert Roll
- Philip Schmitt
- Rob Storms
- Steve Verzulli
- Robert Walton
- Jeffrey Wieme
As a brand new and growing Makerspace we are constantly in need of materials, tools, and equipment. These individuals have graciously donated supplies, which are now being put to good use in the space and are free to use by all members.
- Kevin Besig
- Vince Burolla
- Chuck Dempsey
- Mike Doolin
- Paul and Laurie Eschmann
- Leif Hardison
- Roger Leete
- Naomi Pless
- Rob Ring
- Robert Roll
- Vincent Sauer
- Mike Slade
- Rob Storms
- Steve Verzulli
- Bob Wagner
Our dedicated group of volunteers are too numerous to list, but they all deserve special recognition for their effort in making the Rochester Makerspace a reality. Our volunteers have worked tirelessly creating furniture for the space, performing administrative and organizational tasks, and completing other necessities that keep us going. Without people willing to donate significant amounts of time to the space none of this would have been possible.
We can’t thank you all enough, so once again Thank You! It’s been a pleasure working with all of you thus far, and I know everyone on the Rochester Makerspace team feels the same. I hope I have included all of our donors on this list. If I’ve missed you please Contact Us, so I can get it right!
If you’re interested in becoming a Founder’s Club member, or would like to make another financial contribution to the Makerspace please see our Donate page or follow this link. We also have a Wish List that describes what we need and a Volunteer Survey for those who would to donate time.
Again many thanks! We look forward to seeing you all and working with you soon.
Wyatt & The Rochester Makerspace Team
It’s a DIYer’s dream, but don’t expect those dreams to come true at rocket speed.
3D printers are capable of creating just about any little plastic doodad or spare part for household repairs you can dream up, but it can take between 2 to 8 hours depending on the object to complete.
“I jokingly refer to it as my Chinese factory in a box,” said Kevin Besig who ran the latest demo at Rochester Makerspace, “because I can make all the random little knicknacks that I love to find, but I don’t have to necessarily find the perfect thing. I can make it.”
Kevin showed off @ROCMaker’s resident Solidoodle 2 3D printer, assembled for around 700 USD. He used a spool of purple PLA plastic to create a flexible bracelet and displayed a handful of much more complicated Yoda heads, boxes, and glow-in-the-dark sculptures he’s made on his customized printrbot at home.
He said the even more consumer friendly Cube is now for sale at $1299. It’s more of a turnkey model that feeds in plastic through a printer cartridge, rather than the more technically challenging spool. The trick for any new user who wants to depart from 3D designs already uploaded to the internet is mastering the software to create unique objects.
So whether it’s an oven knob, random part for your lawnmower, or a Game of Thrones action figure come on down to Rochester Makerspace and talk to other 3D printing enthusiasts who can share their expertise and help you make your DIY project possible.
We know a lot of you have been hungry for some more classes, and we’ve been hard at work to secure instructors for our next round. While we are still working on developing more, I’m happy to announce the following classes and events in the coming weeks:
3D Printing Meetup & Demonstration – Free event and demonstration. Will be held on June 27th from 7-10pm. Please bring your 3D printers and prints. Also, Kevin Besig will be hosting a demonstration on the technology during the event.
Table Saw Basics & Demo – Free instructional demonstration on basic table saw techniques by experienced woodworker Jeff Faust. Will be held on July 11th during two sessions starting at 7 and 8 pm.
Intro to Screen Printing for Adults – 4 week course beginning July 14th on basic screen printing and photo emulsion techniques. Taught by Harold Copp, an experienced screen printing artist with numerous gallery associations in the area. Age 18 and up.
Intro to Screen Printing for Youths – 4 week course beginning July 15th with same course work as adult course, but specifically aimed at youths aged 12-17. Taught by Harold Copp, who has experience teaching screen printing to kids.
Weekly Open House – Every Thursday from 6-10pm. Please stop by to check out our space, inquire about joining, or to just hang out with other makers. All are welcome to attend.
We also have character design, more woodworking classes, and electronics for youths/adults in the works. If interested in any of these or other offerings please check our Eventbrite periodically. Furthermore if you would like to hand out flyers for these events/classes or if you would like to instruct a class yourself, please feel free to contact me or respond to this email.
The main area to report on our status is that we are open to the public and handing out key fobs to new members! This gives all members personal access to the space any day of the week from 8am – 10pm.
If you are interested in joining please see our membership page to join, download the new member orientation packet, and sign up for a safety orientation. Upon completing the orientation for safety and membership, you will become a full member and be given access to the space.
Thank you to all for your continued support!
Hey everyone! Just wanted thank you all for coming out last night, as well as offering a couple of reminders.
A big group at this week’s open house.
Last night’s Open House was busy, populated with new people, and very productive for our community at the Makerspace. We met with some new potential instructors, talked about their classes, and have some dates scheduled which we will be presenting you all with soon.
Furthermore it was exciting to see everyone getting to know each other, talk about their own projects, and sharing ideas because that’s what the Makerspace is about! We hope that everyone who came last night will continue to attend each week, as we all had a ton of fun, and it’s a good opportunity for all of us to begin working together.
As a reminder we will be holding our first Safety Orientation for new members next Thursday night. If you would like to be a member of the Rochester Makerspace Join, sign up for the orientation, and bring your Membership Agreement and Liability Waiver with you to the orientation session. Upon meeting those requirements you be given general access to the space and a key fob, allowing you to use the space any day between the hours of 8am-10pm.
I’d also like to remind everyone that there are still spots available for individuals or businesses to join our Founder’s Club. Anyone who donates a $100 or more to the space will earn their spot in the club, as well as their name on a metal plaque that we will display prominently in our space. This is a great way to support an organization that is actively promoting creativity, learning, and sharing in the Rochester community. If you’d like to contribute in some other way please check our Donate page as well as our Wish List.
Again thank you to everyone who came out last night, making our Open House fun and enjoyable for all! We hope to see you all next week. For daily updates or to interact with us please check us out on our Facebook Page. Also, if you have any further questions please feel free to Contact Us.
Usually girls don’t think that building things is cool because it’s for boys but that’s where they are wrong. Creating things is a unisex activity so anyone can do it.
The Rochester Makerspace can teach you things from how to make stained glass to how to make a circuit and they will help you every step of the way. So why not do what I did? Go to the Rochester Makerspace. You’ll be glad you did!
Going strong with a couple of updates this week, but we absolutely needed to get this one out. We know many of you want to access the space and we’ve finally met our needs to make it happen.
Our first Safety Orientation session for new members will be taking place on June 13th from 6-8pm. Space is limited to 15 participants, so make sure to head to our Eventbrite page to sign up. Don’t worry if you’re unable to make this session, as I am working hard to make these happen on a recurring and regular basis. If there is a demand I will do my best to schedule another orientation in the same week.
Members will be given an access card to the space after completing the safety orientation and finalizing their membership. This will allow them to use the space when they want to. The New Member Orientation Packet on our Membership page includes our membership agreement, liability waiver, and policies that each member is required to read and agree to. Please bring the signed liability waiver and membership agreement to the Safety Orientation or during our Thursday Open House.
So please head over to our Membership page on our website to Join, sign up for the orientation, and download your New Member Orientation Packet. We have a lot of exciting things in store for this summer as well as many new classes are on the horizon.
I look forward to meeting and making with you all!