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Updates, Media, and Upcoming Classes!

Hey everyone!

We know an update is long overdue, but we do have a lot to say and show off! The past couple of months have been crazy, exciting, and busy for the Rochester Makerspace. We have a host of new members and our Open Houses have been packed each week. Because of that we’ve fallen behind on our blog and we have a couple of things we really want to share with you.

First off, our Open Houses are getting really exciting. Our Arduino meetup attracts new members each week and people are bringing in some really cool projects. This past week one of our members Dave brought in his Tesla Coil and got it running. Needless to say fun times with fluorescent bulbs ensued. Here’s the video:

 

Another interesting project was done by one of our members Mike who created a replacement part for our Bandsaw using our Solidoodle 3D printer. The following image shows the process, from the broken part, to the first revision, and second from left to right.

Mike's Bandsaw Part

Replacement part created on our 3D printer.

 

And speaking of images, we have a ton of new ones of the space, our tools, and our wonderful group of makers using them. The following shots in the gallery were taken by Jeff Stalker. Thanks Jeff!

 

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And the last piece of media we have for all of you is a short radio interview I did about a month a go. Thanks to Kathleen Borbee’s marketing and Sales classes this fall we were able to secure a lot of media attention this fall. The interview:

 

 

 

Now let’s get to our classes and events. Our team has been working diligently to get these classes and events running, so thanks to all of them! Here is the full event and class list:

Every Thursday Night from 7 until 10 PM - Weekly Microcontroller Meetup

Work on your Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone projects with other users of these small inexpensive computers. All skills level are welcome and you don’t need to be a member. There won’t be any formal instruction but others will be there to share their knowledge and experience.

February 4, Tuesday, 7 – 9 PM - 1st Tuesday Work Night - Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.

February 15, Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm - Build a Hovercraft! $10 individuals & $20 families

Learn to make a hovercraft from materials around the house or purchased from the hardware store. Great for kids 8 years and older. Hands on with a chance for the kids to ride the final project at the end. A parent needs to be present to sign the Makerspace waiver.

February 15, Saturday 10 AM – Noon - 3rd Saturday Work Session - Please come help clean, organize, fix tools and improve the makerspace. You don’t need to be a member to help.

February 22, Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM - Sewing – Patching & Mending Class - $15

When your favorite clothes get ripped or worn around the edges, there’s no need to throw them away. If you can find the sharp end of the needle, you can mend. You can also add decorative patches or trim to clothes and backpacks. It’s shocking how fast it can be, many repairs take only 5 minutes. All ages!

February 25, Tuesday, 7 PM - Stained Glass Meetup & Demo - Free

The Rochester Artists & Craftspersons Meetup Group is having a stained glass demo and meetup at our makerspace. Come see an experience stained glass artist give a demo and then try working with stained glass yourself. Those with experience are invited to bring their own projects to work on. Please RSVP.

Beginning March 1, Saturday, 11am – 2:15pm - Narrative Figure Drawing - $120 all / $30 for individual sessions.

Learn basic human anatomy & make drawings from a live model which evoke a narrative based on costume, & props. Detailed handouts & explanation will be given along with step by step instruction through the drawing process. Expect to complete many sketches & about three more polished drawings per session, & to leave with a greater ability to accurate capture the human form. Total of five sessions. Save by signing up for all five, or see our Eventbrite for individual listings.

March 4, Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 PM - Mixed Media with Found Objects Class - $120 – 4 Sessions

Learn to discern the aesthetics hidden in common objects around you. Working with instructor, you will explore your own creativity as you learn to work with found objects, wood, shop tools, paint, magazines, markers, glue, X-Acto knives, etc. You will make an abstract “painting” by blending media and using multiple tools to collage materials and make a vivid visual overload two dimensional work of art on the found wood.

April 2, Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00pm - Introducing the Arduino! - $150 w/ kit & $75 w/o kit – 6 Session

In this six-week course, we’ll explore project possibilities with the Arduino microprocessor board. The Arduino enables anyone to make interesting electronic projects quickly and easily. The course will cover the basics of simple input and output devices: buttons, knobs, sensors, lights, buzzers, motors, and more. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of programming for Arduino, as well as circuit assembly technique. Previous electronic experience is not required. The last offering of this course sold out quick, so sign up today!

And as always we have our weekly Open House every Thursday night from 6-10pm. If you haven’t check us out already or want to visit again, please come out! We have a tone of more classes and exciting things in the works so stay tuned!

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!

Rochester Makerspace in the News Again!

Hello Everyone,

Excited to share with you that we were recently featured in a global news story about our Makerspace and it’s impact on the city of Rochester. We’d like to share that video with you here. Please feel free to spread the word and share the video amongst your friends who may have questions about us! You may also watch the video by visiting the YouTube page.

 

Also, about two months ago some friends from RDM Makerspace (Rotterdam, Netherlands) visited us on their cross-country trip. The following video is from their stop. Again you may also view via YouTube.

 

Thanks for watching and please share!

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!

Join The Founder’s Club!

Hello Everyone!

First, we want to thank all of you who have helped us get to this point through interest and support, volunteering, or donating money and tools.  Together, we have already done something difficult and incredible, but there is still a lot of work to do and many problems to be solved.

We want to create a organization and facility that every member of our community can use and be proud of. Now that we have a space we want to fill it as quickly as possible with users and events. In other words, we want to get off to a fast start instead of a slow one. To do that we still need some essential tools and other items, and we can’t keep asking the same generous supporters to buy them for us.

So, we are starting a Founder’s Club, which will be made up of the first 100 donors who contribute $100 or more to the Rochester Makerspace.

By donating to the Founder’s Club you’ll get bragging rights and your name will be displayed on a commemorative plaque that will forever be prominently displayed in our makerspace. Most importantly, you’ll help ensure that we become a successful and sustainable organization that will benefit the entire community.

We realize that many of our supporters can not afford $100 and that’s OK.  Even a few dollars will be a huge help and no contribution is too small! We appreciate anything you can give. To donate any amount please follow this link.

We have been blown away by all the support and response we have received thus far about this project, and we can’t wait to share this incredible organization with you and the Rochester community.  Please make sure to “Like” us on our facebook page!

A Big Thanks,
The Rochester Makerspace

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!

TEDxRochester 2012

Our booth at the TEDxRochester event.

Yesterday the Rochester Makerspace converged at TEDx Rochester for an overwhelmingly successful event. I first need to thank the event organizers, Jennifer Indovina from TED for inviting us, and all of our new potential members who stopped by our booth. It was exciting to meet you all and I sincerely hope that we will be meeting again in the near future.

I also need to make special mention to our volunteers; Jon, Heather, Jason, and Chuck. Thank you for helping out, bringing your cool stuff along, making this fun, and appealing to newer members. An honorable mention also goes to our supporters who have helped us along the way, and to everyone who sent their images to be used in our display.

TED and TEDx Rochester are about, “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Organizers seek out speakers that have ideas, organizations, or missions that have a positive impact on their community or humanity as a whole. The TEDx Rochester differs from the big TED in that it is independently organized, and focuses on speakers who are doing those positive things right here in our own backyard.

All of the speakers we heard are trying to move this community forward with novel and reasonable approaches to problems that Rochester faces. Most if not all of the attendees also had interesting things that they were working on. The overall sense that I gained was that everyone in attendance believed that these methods were working, that change at the community level was certainly possible, and that many of these projects are already having a meaningful impact.

Jon, Rob, & Heather at our booth.

This led to a captive audience not only for the speakers, but for our booth as well. The Rochester Makerspace is trying to fulfill a need in and for our community with a fresh approach. Many of our visitors expressed their excitement for our mission, and showed an expressed desire for all of the benefits that the Makerspace will bring.

This awesome opportunity brought with it a wonderful and interesting group of supporters, who I personally look forward to working with as the Rochester Makerspace moves forward. We also made contact with people who have roots and influence in our community, that I suspect will be of great help in the coming months.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and when we get our doors open. I know however that with this momentum, there is little that we can’t handle. We are also actively searching for assistance and volunteers. If you are interested please reach out to Info@RochesterMakerspace.org, join our Google Group, or introduce yourself on our forums.

We will be looking at least one space this week and we encourage all to attend. Rob will be sending out more information on that later. Again many thanks to all those I have mentioned, and I sincerely hope there is no one I have missed. Thanks for making the TEDx Rochester event amazing, and I hope to see you all very soon.

250 Cumberland St.

A look at the space from the bay windows.

Yesterday a few of us met at 250 Cumberland Street at the Old Post Office to look at the space Sean is currently using for his motorcycle business. It was great that more people turned up and showed an interest in renting this space. Because of that I would like to thank everyone who came out.

The space is roughly 3000 sq. ft. as it sits now. If we are to move in Sean will take roughly 400 sq. ft. for his business, partition it off, and we will take the rest. if we needed to we could also build an additional loft, which means we could double the square footage without adding to the rent. The rent is more than reasonable and the space in itself has a lot of opportunities as a starter space. The floor is geared for a workshop, there is a sprinkler system in place, and the building has freight elevators.

Our main concern is the lease terms, and as of right now we don’t have a clear idea of what they will be. We foresee a need for flexibility. Other successful Makerspaces have grown exponentially once they’ve opened their doors. Therefore we would prefer to not get locked anything too long term. The landlord for the building is Dennis Maguire, who also runs the Hungerford building. As we are unable to sublet the space from Sean the lease will have to be negotiated with Maguire. It is our hope that a six-month contract would be sufficient.

A look from the front of the space, towards the bay windows.

Yesterday everyone agreed that Cumberland Street would be more than sufficient as a starter makerspace. There is off and on street parking, but I could foresee spots in the off-street lot being in short supply during the week during business hours. There is also a loading dock, and even though the space itself is on the 2nd floor, the freight elevator is rated up to 8000 lbs. It is also pretty easy to get to. Rochester’s Inner Loop takes you right there.

Right now we are still hunting for a space. Spencer, and maybe myself, are planning on going to look at the 1,700 sq. ft. space in the Fedder Industrial Building on 1327 East Main Street. As discussed in the previous blog post the rent is cheap and the terms are month-to-month. However, some members have already spoken against renting the space, but I think it would be good form to keep an open-mind.

So let’s keep our eyes and ears open. If you know of a space that may work for us, please speak out about it. The same is true for any input, comments, or concerns on Cumberland Street or the Fedder Building. More involvement spurs more calculated decision making.

Our next informal meeting is this Thursday at the South Wedge Diner, located at 880 South Clinton Avenue We will be meeting at 6:30 for grub and conversation. Hope to see you there.

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