Why should I support the Rochester Makerspace?
- We’re an educational organization – We teach people how to use tools and to make things because they learn useful skills, problem solving, perseverance and to plan ahead. We also encourage interest in the skilled trades, engineering, science, technology and the arts.
- We improve the quality of life in Rochester – Many people enjoy spending their leisure time making, fixing or creating things, and being around others who share their interests. We help make that possible by providing low cost access to tools and work space that the entire community can use. We also provide free programs and services to the community.
- We want to help new businesses get started – We hope to encourage entrepreneurship by creating a large community of smart, creative and experienced people with many different skills, and giving them access to work space and sophisticated tools.
- We’re nonprofit and run by volunteers – We keep our costs low and carefully use our member’s dues and the donations we receive.
How can I help?
- Join – become a member
- Donate – money, tools and equipment
- Volunteer – What we’re trying to do is big, ambitious and complicated. We need lots of help and you don’t have to be a member to volunteer.
- Teach – We need instructors to teach classes and mentors willing to spend time in the Makerspace and help those who need it.
- Lead – we need volunteers willing to start and lead group projects that our members and visitors can work on. They can be anything (art, robotics, flight simulator, etc.) but we would like to create some projects that will use our manpower, tools and skills to benefit the community.
- Lease us tools and equipment – We’re still working out the details but we hope to have a program in place to soon lease large tools and equipment for 2% of their value each month, plus we’ll take care of maintenance and repairs. We’re interested in leasing things like a laser cutter, full-size mill, TIG welder, metal fabrication equipment, lamp / flame -work torch and accessories, etc.)
- Tell others about us – We hope to have a significant advertising budget some day, but for now we mostly draw visitors and new members by word of mouth.
I am impressed by your equipment, but I don’t know how to use any of it!
We offer the following FREE, hands-on training classes to our members (visit our home page for dates and to RSVP):
- Wood Shop Orientation
- 3-hour class
- taught by a professional woodworker with over 30 years of experience
- gain experience with almost every major piece of piece of equipment in our wood shop
- Benchtop Machine Tools Training
- 3-hour class
- taught by an RIT graduate student
- gain experience with our mill, lathe, and grinder
- CNC Router Training
- 3-hour class
- taught by the person who built the machine
- Laser Cutter / Engraver Training
- 3-hour class
- taught by a professional engineer
- Electronics Workbench Orientation
- 2-hour class
- taught by a professional electrical engineer
- Arduino / Raspberry Pi Introduction
- 2.5-hour class
- taught by a professional programmer
More free training classes are coming in June 2016:
- Wood Lathe Training
- taught by a professional woodworker
- 3D Design, Printing, Scanning
- taught by a professional machine designer
For training on the Bridgeport Mill, we charge $20 for each class. You’ll gain 30 minutes of experience on the mill. You’ll also watch an instructor demonstration and observe other students using the mill.
Are you a 501c(3) Tax Exempt Organization?
We are! This means that any donations that you make to our organization are tax-deductible.
Where are you located and when can we visit you?
Please call 585-467-5565 before visiting us to make certain someone will be available to show you around and to make certain the parking lot gate and the outside door to our building will be open. We almost always have the space staffed on Thursdays from 6 to 10 PM and on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM.
We’re located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street at the corner of Scrantom St. and Conkey Ave., about three-quarters of a mile north of the Genesee Brewery. We’re easy to get to from Rt. 490. Just take the inner loop exit, then the St. Paul exit, and head north about 1.5 miles. Park in the lot at Scrantom St. and Conkey Ave. and follow the signs.
What are your hours?
We are open to our members from 8 AM to 10 PM seven days per week, 365 days per year. We are open to the public on Thursdays from 6 to 10 PM and on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM.
How much do memberships cost?
We are currently charging $40 per month for an individual, family or student membership. Our membership fees will eventually increase, but you can lock in our “introductory” rate by paying in advance.
Can I use the Makerspace for free?
Yes, during our two weekly open houses on Thursdays from 6 to 10 PM and on Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM. We invite you to bring your projects to work on or help us with ours. We also encourage you to bring things you’ve made to show others, or to just come to see the Makerspace or meet other “makers.” Sorry, but for safety and insurance reasons you can’t use our woodworking shop and some of other other tools.
Do you rent space for private work areas or studios?
We have a limited number of private work areas for rent. Please contact us about pricing.
Can I store my stuff at the Makerspace?
Many of our members currently store projects and materials at the Makerspace. We will work with you to try to accommodate your storage needs.
What tools and equipment do you have?
This is a partial list. It doesn’t include everything and we’re continually getting more equipment.
- 3D Design, Scanning and Printing Work Area
- workstation with Autodesk Fusion 360 3D design software
- Kinect (from Xbox 360) 3D scanner
- Skanect 3D scanning software (full version)
- Lulzbot Mini 3D printer
- Rostock Delta 3D printer
- Solidoodle 3 3D printer
- Solidoodle 2 3D printer
- Fully Equipped Wood Shop
- 3HP SawStop Professional Cabinet Table Saw with a 52″ fence (blade stops instantly and drops below the table if fingers touch it)
- Sears Craftsman 12″ wood lathe
- 24″ x 20″ x 4″ CNC router
- Rikon Deluxe 14″ band saw
- Sears Craftsman band sander (converted from 12″ band saw)
- Sears Craftsman floor-mounted, variable speed drill press
- Jet 6″ jointer
- Grizzly 15″ stationary thickness planer
- Grizzly 6″ x 9″ belt and disc sander
- panel saw
- chop saw (10″ miter saw)
- Delta 6″ x 4″ benchtop disc and belt sander
- Sears Craftsman benchtop router table
- wet / dry grinder
- Grizzly 15″ scroll saw
- Sears Craftsman 16″ variable speed scroll saw
- 2 HP dust collection system connected to table saw, band saw and jointer
- industrial air filtration unit
- over 60 clamps (pipe, Bessey, C-clamps, F-body)
- multiple handheld drills, sanders, etc.
- Machine Shop
- Bridgeport Mill
- 8″ x 12″ metal lathe
- “X2” mini-mill
- 8″ tool grinder and sharpener
- 1″ x 30″ belt sander
- metal-cutting band saw
- vibratory polisher & media
- Stained Glass Workshop
- 2 glass grinders
- soldering irons
- assortment of glass pieces
- copper tape, solder, other materials
- Electronics Workbench
- oscilloscopes (digital and analog)
- several adjustable DC and AC power supplies
- sine wave generator
- several digital multimeters
- variable temperature soldering iron
- audio testing equipment
- Microcomputer Workstation
- Raspberry Pi 2
- Raspberry Pi A
- 2 Arduino Unos
- 1 Arduino Mega
- jumpers, switches, breadboards, LEDs, joystick, range finder, many other components
- Silhouette SD Electric Cutter
- supported by internet-connected computer with Silhouette software
- standard blade and fabric-cutting blade
- Laser Cutter / Engraver
- Several Sewing Machines and accessories
- Ham Radio Station
- Internet-connected Windows and Linux Computer Workstations
- Food and Drink
- free ice cream, granola bars, and bottled water
- vending machine
- stand-alone freezer
- microwave oven
- coffee machine
- cups, utensils, and napkins
- Ten 3′ x 8′ work tables, 60+ chairs, 3800 sq. ft. floor area
We have some additional equipment that is not at the Makerspace yet because we haven’t had the time or expertise to install them or create a place for them:
- Mat Cutter for picture framing
- Large 220V air compressor
- 2-Ton Shop Crane
- Miller Plasma Cutter
- Miller MIG Welder
- Wire Core Welder, Auto Darkening Helmet, Welding Gloves & Jacket
- Jump Shear for cutting sheet metal
- 4×6 Horizontal Bandsaw for cutting metal
We have a wishlist of tools and other things that we’d like to acquire soon. It includes a metal-cutting band saw or other full-size mill, and a TIG welder.