Long overdue…Highly anticipated…Possibly the worst kept secret…Biggest investment to date…
Thunder Laser USA – Nova 51
The Nova 51 was selected from three options presented to the Board by the Laser Shop to increase capacity, expand capabilities and decrease maintenance time. Thunder laser systems have a reputation for being dependable mid-range laser cutters that can stand a lot of abuse and are backed up by excellent customer support from Thunder, USA. The order is being finalized and we expect delivery in 3-5 months.
The addition of the Nova 51 to TC Maker will necessitate a few changes as it is too large for the existing laser room. The space committee has proposed that the current classroom be subdivided into a small kitchenette, electronics workspace, multipurpose room, and much larger Laser Room. This is where the Board would like your input and help. If you have any suggestions on what the space should look like or want to help with the build out please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Also, with the rapidly rising cost of construction materials, lumber is up 188%, the Laser Shop has started a GoFundMe page to help offset some of these higher than anticipated costs. Our community needs your help to support making this area of Twin Cities Maker a better place to make, share, & learn. Please help by giving financially, volunteering for the build, or just cheering our team along.
If you are able to give financially please use the following link:
Stay tuned for more updates on the Nova 51 and shop improvements. The Board and our dedicated shop managers and volunteers have lots in plan for 2021 as we slowly re-open and can come together again as a maker community.
TC Maker Board
Annual Membership Meeting On ZOOM: Saturday, October 3
We’ve scheduled our annual meeting for Saturday 10/3, starting at 1:00pm .
To keep everyone safe we will be holding the meeting and election remotely. You be able to attend the annual meeting via Zoom, look for more meeting information to come.
We’ll go over the previous year’s financial s and major happenings, and talk about future plans. We’ll also be voting for two Governing Board seats that are up for reelection this year. There will be more information coming out as we get closer to the meeting date.
Which brings up a couple of sub-points:
Nominations for board positions are open
Have a member you think would be an excellent leader for out organization and want to nominate for the Twin Cities Maker 2020 Election? Please do email [email protected].
Eligibility Requirements: Any member in good standing and 18 years of age or older may be nominated to the Board.
The board terms are for 3 years and will expire in 2023.
Want to know what a board meeting is like? All of our meetings are open to members! The next board meeting is Tuesday 9/8, starting at 6pm here: go.tcmaker.org/boardmeeting .
The meeting agenda is also open
Got something you’d like to discuss at the Annual Meeting? Let the Board [email protected] know that too! We need to get the agenda at least mostly set by Friday 9/25, so please submit your items before then. There will still be the chance to bring things up at the meeting, but 9/25 is the last day we can get it onto the agenda that will be sent to all members. (Why do we send it out to all members? We want members to be involved and state law says we have to!)
Want to get Involved another way? We have open shop positions that need Leaders to fill them.
These positions are an excellent way to make a positive impact on the Twin City Maker community, the lives of others in it, and those who are touched by it’s impact.
Shop General Manager
Robotics Team Coordinator
Marketing Team Volunteers
Position details and responsibilities can be found on our wiki here: https://wiki.tcmaker.org/about_us/org_chart/start