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The MakerSpace gets a nod from the Rochester Business Journal

The RBJ (Rochester Business Journal) recently published an article about maker spaces and how vital they are to the advancement of productive communities in today’s economy. The article explained how the Makerspace fosters the spirit of community and collaboration while providing a space and equipment for the development of a variety of projects.

The article pointed out that a mich higher quality of products results when a diverse group of people with diverse skill sets collaborate on a project than when one individual is expected to provided all the ingenuity and creativity independently!

Read the article here:
RBJ article

Rochester Mini Maker Faire

Please join us on Saturday, November 21 from 9-5 for the event of the season!!

The Rochester MakerSpace is a sponsor of the Rochester Mini Maker Faire which will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Individuals and organizations from all over the area will be showcasing their talents. You can expect to find everything from jewelry making to computer technology to amazing balloon inventions and a whole lot more!

Tickets are available at They are $8.87 for individuals and $32.49 for a family pass which covers two adults and up to three children ages 5-18. Prices at the door will be $12 and $45 respectively. You can find more information at Eventbrite.

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!

November Events

The Rochester Makerspace has lots of new events coming up this month.  Don’t miss out on all the fun!
On Tuesday, November 17th. Model Railroad Meetup will be meeting from 6:30-8:30 PM.
This Meetup is coordinated in conjunction with the Genesee-N-Ontario Model N-Gineers.
The group will be working on N scale trains as they prepare to exhibit at upcoming shows around the area. This event is free and open to the public.

On November, 21 The Second Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Rochester Riverside Conventon Center from 9 AM – 5 PM. IT is being held in conjunction with the Rochester Makerspace and many other local crafts people and organizations. This event is for anyone, young, old, or somewhere in between who likes to invent, craft, hack, build, play or think! There will be hands-on activities, crafts, exhibits and concessions available. Advance tickets are available for $7.50 at Tickets are$12 at the door. Advance Family Passes (2 adults and up to 3 kids) are $30 online or $45 at the door.
On Saturday November 28th and Saturday December 5th, a very special two-day class on how to knit socks will be held at the Rochester Makerspace from 1 – 2:30 PM . Students will learn to knit a nice pair of warm winter socks using about ease, short rows, shaping, and Kitchener stitch. Students should already be familiar with casting on, binding off, and the basics of knit and purl. Students should bring with them 300 yards of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 4 double-pointed needles. Patterns will be provided by the instructor. Only the first ten registrants will be accepted, so anyone interested should sign up before space runs out! You can register at . The fee is $31.74. For your convenience, PayPal is accepted.

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.


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.

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