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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

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!

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