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Updates, Media, and Upcoming Classes!

Hey everyone!

We know an update is long overdue, but we do have a lot to say and show off! The past couple of months have been crazy, exciting, and busy for the Rochester Makerspace. We have a host of new members and our Open Houses have been packed each week. Because of that we’ve fallen behind on our blog and we have a couple of things we really want to share with you.

First off, our Open Houses are getting really exciting. Our Arduino meetup attracts new members each week and people are bringing in some really cool projects. This past week one of our members Dave brought in his Tesla Coil and got it running. Needless to say fun times with fluorescent bulbs ensued. Here’s the video:

 

Another interesting project was done by one of our members Mike who created a replacement part for our Bandsaw using our Solidoodle 3D printer. The following image shows the process, from the broken part, to the first revision, and second from left to right.

Mike's Bandsaw Part

Replacement part created on our 3D printer.

 

And speaking of images, we have a ton of new ones of the space, our tools, and our wonderful group of makers using them. The following shots in the gallery were taken by Jeff Stalker. Thanks Jeff!

 

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And the last piece of media we have for all of you is a short radio interview I did about a month a go. Thanks to Kathleen Borbee’s marketing and Sales classes this fall we were able to secure a lot of media attention this fall. The interview:

 

 

 

Now let’s get to our classes and events. Our team has been working diligently to get these classes and events running, so thanks to all of them! Here is the full event and class list:

Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10 PM – Weekly Microcontroller Meetup

Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi and 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.

February 4, Tuesday, 7 – 9 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.

February 15, Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm – Build a Hovercraft! $10 individuals & $20 families

Learn to make a hovercraft from materials around the house or purchased from the hardware store. Great for kids 8 years and older. Hands on with a chance for the kids to ride the final project at the end. A parent needs to be present to sign the Makerspace waiver.

February 15, Saturday 10 AM – Noon - 3rd Saturday Work Session – Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.

February 22, Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sewing – Patching & Mending Class – $15

When your favorite clothes get ripped or worn around the edges, there’s no need to throw them away. If you can find the sharp end of the needle, you can mend. You can also add decorative patches or trim to clothes and backpacks. It’s shocking how fast it can be, many repairs take only 5 minutes. All ages!

February 25, Tuesday, 7 PM – Stained Glass Meetup & Demo – Free

The Rochester Artists & Craftspersons Meetup Group is having a stained glass demo and meetup at our makerspace. Come see an experience stained glass artist give a demo and then try working with stained glass yourself. Those with experience are invited to bring their own projects to work on. Please RSVP.

Beginning March 1, Saturday, 11am – 2:15pm – Narrative Figure Drawing – $120 all / $30 for individual sessions.

Learn basic human anatomy & make drawings from a live model which evoke a narrative based on costume, & props. Detailed handouts & explanation will be given along with step by step instruction through the drawing process. Expect to complete many sketches & about three more polished drawings per session, & to leave with a greater ability to accurate capture the human form. Total of five sessions. Save by signing up for all five, or see our Eventbrite for individual listings.

March 4, Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 PM – Mixed Media with Found Objects Class – $120 – 4 Sessions

Learn to discern the aesthetics hidden in common objects around you. Working with instructor, you will explore your own creativity as you learn to work with found objects, wood, shop tools, paint, magazines, markers, glue, X-Acto knives, etc. You will make an abstract “painting” by blending media and using multiple tools to collage materials and make a vivid visual overload two dimensional work of art on the found wood.

April 2, Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00pm – Introducing the Arduino! – $150 w/ kit & $75 w/o kit – 6 Session

In this six-week course, we’ll explore project possibilities with the Arduino microprocessor board. The Arduino enables anyone to make interesting electronic projects quickly and easily. The course will cover the basics of simple input and output devices: buttons, knobs, sensors, lights, buzzers, motors, and more. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of programming for Arduino, as well as circuit assembly technique. Previous electronic experience is not required. The last offering of this course sold out quick, so sign up today!

And as always we have our weekly Open House every Thursday night from 6-10pm. If you haven’t check us out already or want to visit again, please come out! We have a tone of more classes and exciting things in the works so stay tuned!

TEDx Rochester Viewing Party 11/4 & Facebook Discussion Group

Hey Everyone!

As most of you already know the Rochester Makerspace will be at the TEDx Rochester event this Monday (11/4). But we are also pleased to announce that the Rochester Makerspace location has also been chosen as a viewing party location for those who were not able to secure tickets. The entire event will be live streamed at the Makerspace, and the promoters have also arranged for a food truck to come during the day.

To register please see the organizer’s website via the following link. The TEDx Rochester event always has a great lineup of speakers that are working on awesome community projects and ideas. There’s no reason to think that this year’s group won’t be the best yet. So please join us on Monday an experience it yourself.

Also, we know that a communication channel between members and people interested in the space has been lacking, so we are experimenting with new ideas to solve this issue. Therefore we’ve created a facebook group outside of our business page for people to interact, share ideas, and schedule meet ups at the space. The facebook group seems the best choice right now, as notifications of posts push to members automatically, and most people use the service.

Also, we are scheduling a Safety Orientation for Thursday November 5th at 7:00pm. The class is required for all new members who want to use our wood shop equipment, so grab your tickets today.

Thank you all for your continued support, and please remember to stop out any Thursday evening for our weekly Open House!

Rochester Makerspace in the News Again!

Hello Everyone,

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 Party – Organizational Meeting, Thursday 9/5 at 7 PM.

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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?

Victoria Makerspace

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.

Bar(n) Raising – A Project by Mike Turiano

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Hey everyone!

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!

A Big Thank You!

Hey Everyone,

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

 

3D Printing Demo Night Recap

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.

3D Printing Meetup, Screen Printing, & Woodworking!

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!

Awesome Open House Last Night!

Hey everyone! Just wanted thank you all for coming out last night, as well as offering a couple of reminders.

Members Congregating During our Open House

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.

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