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TEDx Rochester Viewing Party 11/4 & Facebook Discussion Group

Hey Everyone!

As most of you already know the Rochester Makerspace will be at the TEDx Rochester event this Monday (11/4). But we are also pleased to announce that the Rochester Makerspace location has also been chosen as a viewing party location for those who were not able to secure tickets. The entire event will be live streamed at the Makerspace, and the promoters have also arranged for a food truck to come during the day.

To register please see the organizer’s website via the following link. The TEDx Rochester event always has a great lineup of speakers that are working on awesome community projects and ideas. There’s no reason to think that this year’s group won’t be the best yet. So please join us on Monday an experience it yourself.

Also, we know that a communication channel between members and people interested in the space has been lacking, so we are experimenting with new ideas to solve this issue. Therefore we’ve created a facebook group outside of our business page for people to interact, share ideas, and schedule meet ups at the space. The facebook group seems the best choice right now, as notifications of posts push to members automatically, and most people use the service.

Also, we are scheduling a Safety Orientation for Thursday November 5th at 7:00pm. The class is required for all new members who want to use our wood shop equipment, so grab your tickets today.

Thank you all for your continued support, and please remember to stop out any Thursday evening for our weekly Open House!

Halloween Party – Organizational Meeting, Thursday 9/5 at 7 PM.

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Halloween might be called the “Maker’s Holiday” because many people make costumes and decorations for it. So the Rochester Makerspace is thinking about having a Halloween party on Saturday, October 26th.

If we’re going to do this then we quickly need to make some important decisions so those who want to will have enough time to make costumes. So we’re looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that will plan and prepare for the party. It will meet for the first time on Thursday, September 5th, at 7 PM at the Rochester Makerspace. If you can, please let us know if you plan to attend or if would interested in being the committee chairperson or serving in some other key role.

You don’t need to be a member to help. You also don’t need to attend the meeting to tell us if want us to have a Halloween party, or to make suggestions.  Just leave a comment below.

Here are some of the things we quickly need to decide:

  • Date and time (tentatively Saturday, 10/26)
  • How many people can we safely accommodate?
  • Are we going to do this just for fun, or as a fundraiser?
  • Should we charge admission, and if so, how much?
  • Are kids are going to be welcome, and if so, how do we entertain them?
  • How much should we budget for food, decorations and entertainment?
  • Will we need to provide extra security in the parking lot, and if so, how?
  • Should we have a theme (Zombie Apocalypse, Sci Fi, Monsters, Fairy Tales, Comic Book Characters, etc.)?
  • Should costumes be required for admission?
  • Should we award prizes for costumes, and if so, what?
  • Should we try to encourage guests to make their costumes at the makerspace, and if so, how?
  • Who is going to be the committee chairperson and those in charge of key tasks such as advertising, food, entertainment, decorations, etc.
  • When and how often is the committee going to meet?

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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