Dues Schedule:

Monthly Membership payments are due on the first of the month.  Failure to pay in a timely fashion will result in membership benefits being cut off until payment is made.  Membership may be suspended for one or more months with notice to a member of the Board.  A member’s first month’s dues will be prorated based on their desired membership start date and payment date.  The shop is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to all members, with the exception of limited access to certain facilities during scheduled classes or events using those parts of the space.

Monthly General Membership: $50 monthly
Monthly Student/Unemployed Membership: $25 monthly  (current Student ID or being on unemployment benefits required)

To gain access to the shop members must pay a one time space and keyfob deposit, or gain admission via another member or at scheduled open times.  If a member does not keep current with their dues and does not notify the Board of an intended lapse in membership.  A $10 per month maintenance fee will be deducted from their space deposit after the first month of lapse.  The deposit must be completed before a keyfob can be reactivated.

Key fob and space deposit: $50 one time

Typically the guests of members are prohibited from using any tools in the shop, however some folks are briefly in from out of town, or want a little help from a friend and they’d like their guest to be able to use tools.  Any Member may sponsor a Guest Member.  A Guest Member has all the privileges of full membership for 48 hours per fee.  The sponsoring member must have the Guest Member complete a Membership Agreement, see that payment is made (via electronic means, or cash or check in one of the donations box) and notify the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the start time of the Guest Membership and where the payment and membership Agreement has been filed.

48 hr Guest Membership:  $10

New Member Bounty:
If an existing member (of at least one month prior) brings in a new person, and the new person becomes a dues paying member, the referring member will gain a bounty of ten percent of the new member’s dues each month applied to the referring members next month’s dues for up to ten months.    Only one member can gain the discount from any one referral, and the new member must identify the sponsoring member when they sign up for their first month.  There is no limit set on this, members can not save up credit (it has to be applied to the next month’s dues)  and any surplus credit can not be claimed in any other fashion.  The ten month (inclusive) limit is chronological and does not pause for lapses in the referred or referring member’s paid dues.  A skipped month of dues can not be reclaimed either in later credit or for a month after ten months from the new membership’s initial start date should either the new member or the sponsoring member skip a month in dues payments.  Multiple referrals can be active for each referring member at once.

Updated 10-27-2010


  1. Here is an idea to increase membership. I would like to suggest getting a booth or table at the midwinter madness hamfest. The web page is at
    Lots of experimenters and tech people go every year.

  2. Dear, ladies and gentlemen from “Twin Cities Maker ”

    I visited your homepage and thought that this grant would be interesting for you and also for the people participating in your network. So maybe you can forward this e-mail to them or publish this information on your homepage. This could be a great chance to show ideas to an international audience!

    Prix Ars Electronica; “THE NEXT IDEA” 2010 – Call for Entries!

    The 24. Prix Ars Electronica 2010 – “THE NEXT IDEA” – grant is now accepting submissions and we are again in search of interesting projects.
    The aim of this grant is to honor new and extraordinarily promising ideas and to support the process of developing them further. This year, we seek to nurture projects that deal with three themes of key importance to humankind’s future: energy, mobility and access.

    We kindly invite you to submit your latest projects!

    If you know any further interesting works we’ll be happy to get your recommendation and please feel free to forward this to all interesting/ed parties!

    For detailed information about the grant, pleas check:

    For online submission:

    Prix Ars Electronica – THE NEXT IDEA – 2010
    Online Submission Deadline: March 5, 2010

    With kind regards
    Bernhard Böhm

  3. Used the paypal link on this page. Added the note as requested to note that the money is for the raffle.

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