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.

A Message from Cassidy

Girl Making Snap CircuitsUsually 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!

Safety Orientation for New Members Scheduled!

Hello Everyone!

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!

May Status Update

Hello All,

We know it’s been a bit since we’ve done a status update, but our attentions have been elsewhere. We’ve had a busy couple of months readying our space at 850 St. Paul St., meeting with various organizations in the community, and introducing people to the Rochester Makerspace during our open nights, including the Open House we hold every Thursday from 6-10pm.

What’s New

We’re officially open and taking memberships! After signing up and taking a safety orientation (Yes, those are running too), members have access to the space from 8am-10pm. Follow this link to join!

Our first round of classes at the Rochester Makerspace have completed and were very successful. We are still searching for instructors to head our next round of classes. Please contact us if you’re interested.

Our wood shop is fully functional and our SawStop table saw has arrived. This acquisition will certainly make our shop safer and help members gain confidence with this tool.

Our great group of volunteers and donors have helped us build out the Rochester Makerspace, providing us with plenty of workbenches, light fixtures, and other necessitates for our space! For all those that have contributed to this point, Thank You!

Volunteer Opportunities & Donations

If you believe in our idea and would like to help provide Rochester with a Makerspace that the entire community can use and be proud of please consider donating! We also have a Founder’s Club for donors of $100 or more. For more information on this program follow this link.

New volunteers are always needed at the Rochester Makerspace. We have a complete list of who we are looking for on our Wish List page, but there are a couple of volunteer positions that we need to fill quickly. They are:

  • Writers – Including providing regular status updates and/or blog posts, writing ads, letters, and other promotional materials. Grant writers are also needed.
  • Marketing/Promotions – To develop, create, and distribute promotional materials about the Rochester Makerspace. This includes graphic designers and experienced brand developers.
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Managing volunteers, projects, and supervising efforts.
  • Officer Positions – We are currently lacking a Secretary. We also need an Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.

Large time commitments are not necessary to help produce this vision. All that is necessary is consistency. We value any amount of time people are willing to donate to this effort, and hope that you will consider contributing. To help us by volunteering. Contact Us.

In Closing

Again thank you to everyone who has helped, volunteered, and donated to the Rochester Makerspace! We’ve accomplished great things together and we have much more in store.

If interested please Join or come visit us in the space on Thursdays in between 6-10pm. We are located at 850 St. Paul St.. Parking is in the back of the building, walk through the big bay doors, and take a left down the hall.

Look forward to seeing you there!

We Need an Electrician

After almost two months the electrical outlets our landlord promised us have finally been installed. However, there were suppose to be fourteen of them and the contractor only installed twelve. They also put “double” outlets in the main room instead of “quads.”

Ironically, the two missing outlets were going to power our electronics workbench.  The lack of quads will make it difficult to plug in the many shop lights Vince has donated to provide better lighting over workbenches.  There is also no outlet anywhere near the microwave oven and small refrigerator that Roger and Rob donated.

We were willing to pay to have some additional outlets installed. But we thought the quote O’Connell Electric gave us was a little unreasonable. Installation of additional 110-volts outlets would have cost about $300 each. The three 220/240-volt outlets we wanted for an air compressor that’s being donated, our thickness planer and the SawStop table saw hope to buy someday soon would have been about $700 each, even though they would all have been placed within about fifteen feet of the electrical panel. In all, the bill would have been about $3500 and there’s no way we can afford that.

We are going to get quotes from other licensed electricians. Some have been recommended to us but we haven’t had time to call or meet with them. We’d really appreciate it if someone would volunteer to do that, or if an electrician would volunteer their services or let us do some of the work to save money.

Free Open Nights on Thursdays

We still have much more work to do, but the time has come to shift from building a makerspace to using it.  We want to fill it with people and projects and to do that we’ve decided to open up the makerspace to everyone on Thursday nights.

We’d really like to have a big turnout every week.  Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd, so we hope you’ll help us by coming if you can. We encourage you to:

  • Bring a project or something to work on
  • Bring things you’ve already made to show others
  • Help us work on the space or some of our group projects.
  • See what we have to offer and meet other makers

We will be ordering pizza and asking for donations to pay for it.  It would be greatly appreciated if you will help us create a feast by bringing beverages, munchies or deserts to donate.

We’ll be open by 6 PM.  Please park in the rear lot of 850 St. Paul Street. We’re about a half-mile north of the Genesee Brewery, at the corner of Scrantom Street, in a big old factory that is painted dark red, and which has a fence around it. Unfortunately, we don’t have a sign yet.  You can come in through the loading dock if it’s open, or use the code “0850” to unlock the door that has our name and phone number on it.  The hallway lights are motion activated and we’re easy to find in the left rear corner of the building.

We’ve added a thickness planer to our woodworking shop

Grizzly G0550 Planer

We’ve added a like new, barely used Grizzly G0550 thickness planer to our woodshop. This 400-pound machine is used to create boards that have a smooth finish and an even thickness over their entire length. Our shop also has a brand-new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw (that everyone raves about), a Jet 6-inch jointer, a full-size table saw, a full-size drill press, a scroll saw, and a chop saw. They haven’t been installed yet, but we also have a 2-HP dust collector and an industrial quality air filtration unit.

We are still in need of all kinds of woodworking clamps, along with more benchtop and handheld power tools. We also like to acquire a stationary sander and a lathe someday.

The planer uses 220-volts and so does an air compressor that is being donated to us, and the SawStop table saw we’re trying to raise $2,800 to buy. We’re going to have to pay a licensed electrician to install outlets for them and that’s a problem. The only quote we’ve had time to get so far was for $700 each, to install surface mounted conduit and outlets less than 15 feet from the electrical panel. We know we can get the work done for much less, but even so it’s going to be a struggle to pay for them. So please be understanding and generous when we plead for donations :-)

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