Halloween Party!!

On Saturday, October 24 there will be a Halloween potluck dinner and costume party, free and open to the public. Makers and guests of all ages are welcome.

Get ready for a spooky scavenger hunt! Bring a pumpkin to decorate!

Doors open at 5:30 and dinner begins at 6:00 and we will party on until the witching hour! (Okay, maybe closer to 9pm).

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a howling great time!!!

Girl Scouts of Western NY Visit – Hippie Pandas

Girl scouts


Solar powered lamps

The Hippie Pandas of The Girl Scouts of Western New York made a visit to the Rochester Makerspace this past Thursday. These ladies took apart old recycled materials, and learned how to solder. We all had a lot of fun! Thank you for visiting our community space!

Contact the Rochester Makerspace at 585-467-5565 if you are interested in scheduling a group event on a Thursday night!

Getting Ready for Airigami and our Halloween Party

Work Night October 2015We try to organize at least a couple of work sessions every month to clean, organize, fix tools and make improvements to the Rochester Makerspace.  Here are some of the folks who came on Tuesday, October 6th to help us get for a couple of big events.

Work Night Volunteers – 10/6

Work Night October 2015We want to thank these volunteers (including the one taking the picture) for helping at last night’s “First Tuesday” work session. They worked hard to make certain the Makerspace is ready for the talk that well known artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will be giving at the Makerspace this Saturday night (10/10) at 7 PM.  It is free and open to the public and they will be talking about “Making Art and Community from Thin Air“.

The Makerspace tries to have one or two of these work sessions every month to keep our facility clean, to work on tool maintenance and to make improvements. The hard work of our members and volunteers is one of the reasons why we only charge $40 a month for a membership and why we can provide a lot of free programs and activities to our community.

Making Art and Community From Thin Air

Local artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle will talk on Saturday, October 10th at 7 PM, at the Rochester Makerspace, about how Making has the power to build, unite, and transform communities.

They will share tales of their adventures in making with communities around the world, talk about their upcoming project in Rochester, and share insights that might help other makers, from concept creation, to managing teams, to crowdfunding. If you are a maker or have wondered what the whole maker movement is about, join us for a fun talk and follow-up discussion.

Larry and Kelly are the owners of Airigami and they make amazing balloon sculptures and installations that are often incredibly large and ambitious. One example is the five story tall Jack in the Beanstalk (video) that was built in Rochester’s Sibley Tower. Another is Elastic Park Acrocanthosaurus that was made for The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA.

This talk is free and open to the public, like most of the events at the Rochester Makerspace.


The Makerspace and Central Library Team Up for a Special Exhibit

3D Printed Jet Engine Cut AwayThe Rochester Makerspace has partnered with the Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System to bring you a wonderful exhibit of 3-D printed objects during the entire month of September! Come to the Central Library, 115 South Ave, on the second floor of the Bausch & Lomb building and see an extensive exhibit of 3-D printed objects.

In addition, On Saturday, September 19, we will have a special FREE event from noon to 2 pm. Come to the Arts Division, 2nd floor, and learn about 3-D printing from Jay Perez of Rochester Makerspace and Matt Jones, 3-D Printing Manager at A.W. Miller, Inc.

We will be having a raffle and a lucky audience member will be scanned and will win a full color 3D printed model of themselves!

Scan and 3D printWe encourage you to bring the whole family to this event. You’ll learn how scanned files can be used for a variety of purposes including 3-D printing, CNC machining, reverse engineering in a CAD system, or as input to virtual reality programs. You’ll hear about the latest research using 3D printing to develop new ways of creating Medical prostheses. And you’ll see a large range of high quality samples made using the different additive manufacturing technologies in personal, professional, and, production printers.

We look forward to seeing you at Central Library on Saturday! Follow us on Facebook for more information and, as always, we encourage you to stop by Rochester Makerspace on Thursday nights from 6-9pm for our free weekly Community Night and Open House.

Stained Glass at the Rochester Makerspace

Stained Glass NancyDid you know that the Rochester Makerspace has a large stained glass studio with enough hand tools, grinders and workspace for probably at least six people to work at once?  Did you know that we also offer free stained glass lessons almost every Thursday night from 7 to 9 PM during our weekly Community Night?

Our instructor, Nancy Topolski, is one of the area’s few active stained glass teachers. She’s a very talented artist who works in many other mediums.

Jenn’s Thursday Night Art Activities

Jenns ArtJenn, often with the help of Laura and others, usually leads some kind of interesting art activity every Thursday night that both kids and adults can do. Last week she brought in a bunch of “stuff” and the photo above shows what one of the kids made.

You’re welcome to join her or bring your own project to work on at our free weekly Community Night on Thursdays from 6 to 9 PM.

Our New Laser Cutter / Engraver

Fixing Laser CutterYou may have seen the 40 watt laser cutter and engraver we acquired a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it’s not operational yet.  The laser tube doesn’t fire and we think the high voltage power supply is bad. The seller gave us our money back and told us we can keep it.  We will fix it if it can be done at a reasonable cost or order another one soon.

The laser cutter was a bit of a gamble, but one we thought was worth taking because it only cost about $500. Many others who have bought bought these inexpensive machines say they work great once you fix all the problems they usually come with because of poor quality control. It’s capable of cutting or engraving wood, acrylic plastic, fabric, leather and many other materials.  Its approximately 8 x 12 inch cutting / engraving area is smaller than more expensive machines but it’s big enough for many uses and projects.

We were able to buy it because the generosity of Leif Hardison, a strong supporter of the makerspace, who has been donating $50 per month to us for awhile. Leif wanted his donations to be used to buy on a laser cutter if possible.

We also want to thank Bob Walton, Leo Farnand and the others who have been working very hard to get the laser cutter working and to write some instructions on how to use it.

The laser cutter is potentially dangerous and it can be damaged or destroyed if it is used improperly. So you will need to get some training before you can use it.  The laser tube also wears out so we may charge a small fee to use it to help pay for its replacement and other maintenance costs.

Mayor Warren Visits the Rochester Makerspace

Mayor Lovely Warren with 3D Printed Logo

On May 18, the Rochester Makerspace was visited by Rochester City Mayor Lovely Warren, her Chief of Staff Jeremy Cooney, Commissioner of Neighborhood & Business Development Baye Muhammad, the city’s new Director of Innovation Neil Martin, a number of other city staff members and many reporters.

We were impressed by the mayor and other city officials. They were very friendly and they seemed genuinely interested in what we’re doing and very supportive of our goals. We’ve already had follow-up meetings with the city and we hope to find ways that we can work together to encourage making and learning.

We want to thank all the Makerspace members and supporters who came to help our visitors feel very welcome. We had a large turnout even though many of them had to take time off from their jobs.

We also want to thank Jay Perez who stayed up late the night before to turn the city’s logo into a 3D printable file. You can see the results in the photo above. In addition, Albert Mazzeo worked hard to design and make a beautiful name plate for the mayor’s desk that he carved on the Makerspace’s CNC router.

All the photos here were taken by City of Rochester photographer Ira Srole. You can also see more photos on our Facebook page.

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