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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 :-)

We’re building a “Delta” 3D printer for our Makerspace

Our Solidoodle 3D printer is now available to use after you’ve had some training. We think there could be some long waits to use it as we get more members, so we’re building another printer. It’s a “delta robot” that looks and works much differently than older designs. Watch the 40-second video if you would like to see how it operates because it’s pretty hard to describe. We have nearly all the parts we need and it will probably be assembled soon, although it will take longer than that to get it working and calibrated properly.

This new printer is going to cost about $400 to $500. Our nonprofit makerspace is just getting started and we’re broke, so a handful of our supporters have loaned us the money to build it.  Someday we’ll need to pay them back, plus we’d like to build or buy even more p3D rinters.  So we may seek donations, selling shares that will allow you to use it, or charge a very small hourly fee to use it.

Join The Founder’s Club!

Hello Everyone!

First, we want to thank all of you who have helped us get to this point through interest and support, volunteering, or donating money and tools.  Together, we have already done something difficult and incredible, but there is still a lot of work to do and many problems to be solved.

We want to create a organization and facility that every member of our community can use and be proud of. Now that we have a space we want to fill it as quickly as possible with users and events. In other words, we want to get off to a fast start instead of a slow one. To do that we still need some essential tools and other items, and we can’t keep asking the same generous supporters to buy them for us.

So, we are starting a Founder’s Club, which will be made up of the first 100 donors who contribute $100 or more to the Rochester Makerspace.

By donating to the Founder’s Club you’ll get bragging rights and your name will be displayed on a commemorative plaque that will forever be prominently displayed in our makerspace. Most importantly, you’ll help ensure that we become a successful and sustainable organization that will benefit the entire community.

We realize that many of our supporters can not afford $100 and that’s OK.  Even a few dollars will be a huge help and no contribution is too small! We appreciate anything you can give. To donate any amount please follow this link.

We have been blown away by all the support and response we have received thus far about this project, and we can’t wait to share this incredible organization with you and the Rochester community.  Please make sure to “Like” us on our facebook page!

A Big Thanks,
The Rochester Makerspace

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