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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

A Bandsaw and Jointer have been added to our Woodshop

Rikon Bandsaw We’ve added two major tools to our woodworking shop. One is a brand new Rikon 14-inch Deluxe Bandsaw and the other is a barely used Jet 6-inch jointer. We also have a table saw, a smaller bandsaw, and a collection of power and hand tools. In addition, we went to Buffalo this past weekend to buy an industrial quality air filtration unit to help control dust.

Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for the landlord to sand and refinish the floor in our woodshop, which is in a separate room to control dust and noise.  So we’re not quite ready to do woodworking yet, although we’ve been very busy building workbenches and tables.  We hope you’ll come and visit us soon if you haven’t already done so.

The Central Library Wants to Help Promote Your Artwork

The Rochester Central Library wants to promote local art and artists by displaying pictures of their work on a large screen monitor. Please call Nanci Nugent in the Arts Division at 585-428-8145 if you’re interested.

Work Days Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays – Online Donations

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Some of our members hard at work!

Hey everyone,

Lately we’ve been planning and announcing our work meetups a few days in advance. We realize that everyone has busy schedules (including ourselves), and that giving a bit more advanced notice makes it easier for more people to come to the space and help out. Therefore I am pleased to announce a more consistent schedule and recurring schedule for these events.

Someone will be in the space to facilitate a work meetup on the following days and times:

  • Saturday - From roughly 9am to 1pm
  • Monday - From roughly 6pm to 9pm
  • Thursday – From roughly 6pm to 9pm

To keep these dates and times, as well as other important events in your Calendar, make sure to add our Google Calendar. If these dates don’t work for you please join our Volunteer Group and let us know, so we can try to work out something that fits your schedule.

You may also notice that a Paypal donation button has popped up on our site. That’s because we’ve started taking online donations! Eventually we will be using Paypal to also take membership dues, and will allow us to do automatic payments for everyone’s convenience.

For now though, please contribute through an online donation! Every bit counts, and we appreciate anything you can give.

Thanks to everyone who has already helped and contributed so much. Hopefully with these extra days and times we will soon be ready to open to the general public! Til the next meetup!

Official Workday Thursday (02/21)

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Slowly moving stuff in! Time to organize!

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to notify everyone that we will be in the space on Thursday (02/21) starting at 6:00pm for an official work meet up. We will be doing a number of things, including but not limited to:

  • Workbenches - Finishing what we’ve started in the workbenches. We have made some good progress, and we probably have enough now to start. We may build a few more, but our focus will be on finishing and placing what we have.
  • Organizing – Begin moving stuff into place, and organizing the space.
  • Floor Cleanup – Our floor needs some work. Before we put floor tape down we need to clean it. Hopefully we will have what we need to get a crew cleaning it.
  • Computing & Security – Setting up workstations, setting up camera system.
  • Discuss Fundraising - We will be working on a number of fundraising options in the next month or two. We may spend some time organizing those efforts.
  • General Cleanup & Hanging Out – Anything else that comes up or needs to be done, we will try to get to. Also will use the time to simply hang out.

Although this is a work night, please feel free to stop by, see the space, and meet us.

If you are interested in becoming a member, an active participant in our group, or want to donate to our efforts please stop by and see us or contact us

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Work Night this Wednesday (2/13), Dues & Founder’s Club

This Wednesday (02/13), starting at 6 PM, will be the first of many regular weekly work nights we’re going to have to make improvements to the space, fix tools, clean and organize, discuss issues and work on administrative and planning tasks. EVERYONE is welcome to come and help, although you will have to sign a liability waiver. You’ll also have to wear safety glasses. We’ll have some you can buy for $2 or $3 if you don’t have any.

Here are some things we may be working on:

  • Building workbenches
  • Installing security cameras
  • Cleaning, checking and tuning-up some of the tools
  • Buying wood and other materials at nearby stores
  • Searching online and calling about woodworking tools that are for sale
  • Planning classes and events
  • Working on the website, etc.

Although this is a work night, you are welcome to just come by to see the space and meet some of us. By the way, Saturday is also going to be a work day at the space, starting at 9:30 and going to at least 1 PM.

In case you haven’t heard, our furnace hasn’t been working. The maintenance man says a new one will probably be installed this week, but I can’t promise it will be ready by Wednesday. So it could be chilly in the space.

We also don’t have many small hand tools there yet or things like nails, screws, cleaning supplies, etc. So please bring along what you can.

We’re probably going to order pizza and put out a donation jar to help pay for it. It would be greatly appreciated it if you could bring and donate some soda, bottled water or other beverages so we have something to drink.

You won’t need a ticket, but we’d appreciate it if you would help test our Eventbrite pages by registering for this event and then giving us any feedback you think is important.

DUES

We still not sure how much we need to charge for dues. Plus, we want to grow our membership quickly instead slowly. So for the first two or three months we’re going to charge $40/month for an individual, family or student membership. And you can lock that amount in for as long as you want by paying in advance. We’re going to start collecting membership dues on March 1st.

We think that eventually a regular individual membership will cost about $65, a family membership about $75 and students will probably be $50.

Founder’s Club

In the meantime we need to pay March’s rent and buy all kinds of essential tools and supplies for the space. So I hope you will consider joining our Founder’s Club, which will be made up of the first 100 supporters who donate $100. You’ll get to brag that you’re a founder of the Rochester Makerspace, your name will be on a plaque that will be displayed in the space, and you’ll probably get some other kind of perk or reward (t-shirt, coffee mug?).

If you can help then please send a check to Rochester Makerspace, 850 St. Paul Street, Rochester NY 14605, or give your donation to one of the officers/directors (Rob, Wyatt, Jacob, Nick or Chuck) the next time you visit the space.

By the way, donations made right now may not be tax deductible, but our attorneys are preparing our 501c(3) application and they will be sometime soon. But please don’t wait, we really need your financial help and support right now!

Thank you, and as usual, please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Tuesday Meeting Reminder! Pizza! (02/05)

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick reminder and/or notice to all of our supporters that we will be having an informal meet-up at the space tomorrow night at 6:30pm. One of us will be in the space by 6:00pm if you want to come early, hang out, and talk with us or other members.

Our intention is to show the space to anyone who is interested, and to talk about our first project: Building workbenches for our space. If you want to volunteer, be involved in that effort, or want to share what times work for you please come and let us know.

If you can’t make it please join our Volunteer Group to be updated on the project.

We will also have time to answer a few questions. However this will not be a brainstorming session. We need to focus on what’s pertinent for the coming weeks, use our time wisely, and ensure that our message is clear. Thank you for understanding.

Here is a map of the space’s location. Google also has an image for point of reference. To get into the space turn down Scrantom St. off of St. Paul. Drive to the back of the building and you will see a gate to a parking lot to your right. Turn in, park, and walk in through the big bay doors. Go through the door, turn left down the hallway, and you will see us congregating.

We will be ordering pizza for everyone at 6:30pm, so come hungry! See you there!

Ready, Set, Go! – Space, Meetups, Etc.

Hello Everyone!

There’s a lot of exciting news that I am here to report, but I first wish to thank all of our supporters, volunteers, and to all those who have contributed to the Makerspace in some way. The only reason we have accomplished what we have is due to the people who are behind us. So again thanks.

We also realize communication and updates haven’t been our strong suit as of late. We realize this has left many of you in the dark, but other matters were more important. Many tasks could only be accomplished by a few of us, and we put forth all of our free time to getting us a step closer to being open.

With that being said I am pleased to announce that in this past week we finalized our insurance and as a result we were able to sign our lease! For those that don’t know we will be taking up two spaces at our 850 St. Paul St. location, for an approximate total of 3800 sq. ft. Both have been completely renovated, and will more than fit our needs for the time being.

But this is just the beginning! The real work has yet to start. A lot needs to be done to prepare the space, move tools into our location, and ready our organization for memberships and all that entails. We need plenty of help moving in, and we plan on beginning this weekend. If you have a truck, a van, or any other means to help us in this process please let us know by getting in touch with us on Google Groups.

We will also be building workbenches, shelves, and other necessities for the space. It doesn’t matter if you have no woodworking skills. This is an opportunity to learn, meet other members, and get involved in building out the space!

To start this process we are having an informal meet up on Saturday at the space from 11am to at least 2pm.

We understand that this is on short notice, and because of that we will also be meeting on Tuesday as well. One of us will be in the space by 5:30pm Tuesday, and we plan on ordering pizza around 6:30pm for everyone. Whether you want to show up before, during, or after is up to you.

Coming to one of these meet ups would be a great opportunity to find out how you can help, or offer a contribution to our effort. Expect more emails and check our blog for more information and updates. We are hitting the ground running so expect things to move quickly!

If you plan on coming either day please get in touch with us on Google Groups. If you see an RSVP thread, please do not create another one.

I look forward to meeting with all of you, and working with you in the next couple of days. Please see below for images of the space and another of Rob signing the lease! (The way to exit the images is by pressing ESC, good luck!)

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We’re going to have pizza and a 3D printer at our next meeting (12/18)

I just want let you know that we’re going to have pizza at tomorrow’s meeting.  We not sure how much to order.  If you can, we’d appreciate it if you’ll let us know if you’re going to be there.  We’re also not sure what kind of pizza to order other than pepperoni. So we’d also appreciate some suggestions, especially if you’re a vegetarian.

We’re also going to bring along our new Solidoodle 3D printer.

We have a lot to discuss and decide but we may be busy eating pizza, getting to know each other, and answering questions.  So we’re going to have second meeting this week, an informal one, on Thursday, December 20th, at 6:30.  

It’s going to be held at Rob Storms’ 2,000 square foot workshop located at 175 Norris Drive. It’s next to the Sound Source music store, near Cobbs Hill and Winton Rd. Rob is a “maker” who has a strong interest in bicycles, among other things. He’s been to every Burning Man Festival except for the last three, which he’s had to miss because he was caring for an elderly relative.

You’ll have two opportunities to eat free pizza this week because in addition to letting us meet in his workshop, Rob has generously offered to buy us pizza. He’s also become a strong supporter of the Rochester Makerspace and he has pledged to buy a year’s membership.

Tomorrow’s meeting is at 6:30 in the Brighton Memorial Library meeting room, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. We hope you can make it.

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