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Second Annual Rochester, NY Mini Maker Faire

The Faire on Saturday (11/21/15) was a blast! Thank you to everyone who visited our booth and checked us out! Special thanks also to our dedicated volunteers who landed their support through the event from preparation to cleanup. Everyone did a phenomenal job!!

For those of you who didn’t, we had a 3D printer and wood cutter set where we our specialists created samples for our visitors, many of whom got to see plastic 3D copies of their faces!t

We also had samples from the stained glass meetup group. There was plenty of computer gaming and programming as well.
There was also a Rubiks Cube contest where our guests got to compete for a 1 month membership and a $20 gift card!

Overall, this year’s Mini Maker Faire was a success. Can’t wait till next year’s!

New Additions, Generous Donors

The official unboxing!!

The official unboxing!!

We have two new additions to announce here at the Rochester Makerspace!

A very generous person who prefers to remain anonymous has donated a new 3D printer (shown above).  The Lulzbot Mini, a high end device for the “do-is-yourself” market has fewer bugs and complications than other older types of printers.  This one is expected to work more quickly and easily and with a higher level of precision.  It will not only allow our makers to produce better projects, but will also allow us to print better parts for our older 3D printers, which will allow them to run more smoothly and with better precision as well!


In addition to our new 3D printer, the Fairport Public Library has donated several new work stations which have been installed in our main work room.  They have allowed us to create more space for more makers to be working on their projects at the same time.


We want to acknowledge our wonderful donors whose generousity helps us to keep on growing and making!  Thank you!

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.

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!

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.

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