Prop Party Saturday, November 16

Join local members of The Replica Prop Forum for a party, with props!

Do you have an interest in building props for cosplay or your own collection? Come in and meet some local prop builders, learn some techniques, find some sources.  This event is open to all prop builders, collectors, prop curious, costumers and cosplayers.

TC Maker Members drop in whenever you want, otherwise please register on through our class registration system.  See you then!

Wood Shop Project Day Results

Of the 20 or so wood shop projects we were able to get over half of them done this last Saturday!  Thank you to all of you who came in and spent some time making our metal and wood shops just that much better!

Grilling! With food! Wednesday night!

They said it couldn’t be done. They said we were foolish to try. But Grillchefmeister Michael is planning on doing what doubters said couldn’t, nay, shouldn’t be done! Grill outside in the lovely fall weather we’re currently experiencing. So come early, come often to the Open House Wednesday night, and experience the Thrill of the Grill when you can actually use some nice hot food.

(If it may seem wrong to grill without mosquitoes, we regret to tell you you’ll need to bring your own.  But we’d prefer you didn’t.)


New space presentation and discussion: Saturday 6/30 @ 3:00PM

As you may have heard by now, Twin Cities Maker is expanding! We’ve signed a lease for just over 3000 square feet of space opposite the wood shop’s south wall. The board and shop managers reviewed and discussed a number of possible floor plans, and have come up with one that we think solves a good number of the space problems that we are experiencing.

We invite you to come give feedback and comments on the proposed floor plan. We’ll be having a discussion/presentation of our space plan on Saturday, June 30 at 3:00PM. You can take a look at the proposed layout below (click to embiggen). The plan gives both the metal shop and wood shop more space, and moves member storage closer to the loading dock.

If you’ve got any questions, please come by on Saturday, or talk to any of the board members or area managers in person or via email.

First “Hardcore Hacknight”

Hack Factory hosted its first Hardcore Hacknight on March 22nd. This is a recurring event for software developers to mingle, share their projects, and collaborate. We had a packed room, definitely more than thirty people. The event brings an increased software presence to the space to complement Hack Factory’s abundance of physical wood/metal/electronics projects.

a full room

Part of the room at the first meeting of the hardcore hacknight

What We Worked On

The general format for the event is to get a group of interesting programmers together for pizza, beer, and pair programming. After eating and chatting, we go around the room and each person says briefly what they’re interested in working on, or things they want to learn.

There were lots of cool projects. We had Eric talking about generating Erlang from Idris, Ioannis showing some cool C-based X11/graphics demos, and Dave busting out a development environment totally inside a smartphone and doing M4 text processing. The room was full of conversations and lore about everything from BSDs to embedded devices.

coding on a smartphone

World’s smallest development machine

Team Rust commandeered a whole table. Boyd was going deep into writing algorithms in Rust without using any standard library functions, as low level as you can go.

rustlang strike force

“Team Rust.” People kept joining this table throughout the night.

There were quite a few people who either knew or wanted to learn about Haskell and functional programming. Darren was leading a table on some game design and I think doing it in Elm. Then there is Scott who has many years of experience with Common Lisp (even Maclisp, straight out of MIT), Racket, and Clojure.

We also had people exploring new computer interfaces, like Craig who does a cross between C++ development and fine arts. Or David who likes making music and has a project that maps syscalls into a complex chorus of sounds so you can hear your computer’s processing.

Ian and some conspirators were building a neural network from scratch, and struggling with the intracacies of backpropagation. And speaking of networks, Neil was distributing tasks between machines with ZeroMQ, experimenting with the ventillator pattern.

In addition to all the above, let’s not forget the intrepid beginners who showed up. As Alex, a code bootcamp student joked, “I’m understanding only about one out of every ten terms I’m hearing tonight, and it’s awesome!”

Join the Next Meeting

Our second meeting will be Thursday, April 26th at 6:00. If you’d like to attend please RSVP at the meetup page. The event is free, but we do ask attendees to bring a few bucks to chip in for food.

Noodling Night: Friday 2/23 @ 6pm

No, this isn’t about catfishing. To quote from the New Oxford American Dictionary (3rd Ed.):

noodle | ˈno͞odl | verb (informal[no object]) improvise or play casually on a musical instrument: tapes of him noodling on his guitar | (as noun noodling) : ambient synthesizer noodling.

Thus, Noodling Night, where we will bring in some instruments and noodle on them. Maybe we’ll learn a song or two. Maybe we’ll just sit around making various more or less musical noises. Either way, it should be fun!

You don’t need any particular skill level to join in — I’m scraping 25 years of rust off my so-so chops, so if you’re a beginner you’ll be in good company. And any instrument is welcome, including hands, feet, and voices.

So if this sounds like your kind of thing, well then dust off that autoharp, dig out the old Casio keyboard, and we’ll see you on Friday night!

Twin Cities Maker 2017 Member Meeting

Twin Cities Maker will hold its annual Member Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2:00PM, at our offices at 3119 E 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

The agenda of the meeting is as follows:

  • A report on the financial condition and activities of Twin Cities Maker.
  • Election of 2 Board Members to replace Board Members whose terms of office are expiring.
  • A Q&A period for members to ask questions or bring up any suggestions or motions they may have.
  • Act on any other matters that may properly come before the meeting.

The meeting will start at 2:00 PM. Afterwards we’ll pull out the grill and feed everyone!

Members in good standing of record on the books of the Corporation up to the close of the meeting on 9/23/2017 will be entitled vote at the meeting or any adjournment thereof. Member in good standing, for purposes of the annual meeting, means a Member who is current on payment of monthly membership dues.

You may vote for Governing Board candidates in person, or via email or physical mail. Information about the current candidates and an official ballot are contained in the Member Meeting information packet linked here. Instructions for submitting a ballot are included in the packet. Votes must be received by the start of the Member Meeting, 2PM on Saturday 9/23.

You may also assign proxy voting rights to another member in good standing who will be attending the meeting. Please complete the Proxy Voting Form contained in the info packet, and send it to Twin Cities Maker via email, postal mail, or in person. Members who attend the meeting may revoke their proxy and vote in person if they so desire.

The governing board would like to thank each and every one of you for being a member and supporting Twin Cities Maker. The making, sharing, and learning could not happen without you!

Scott Hill, Vice President
for the Twin Cities Maker Governing Board

Minnesota Mini Maker Faire 2017

Coming up fast! More information here.

MSP Maker Faire This Weekend May 14th #MNMakes


Hello TC Makers, just a friendly reminder that we have a great event coming up this weekend Saturday May 14th. If you have no plans then stop on down at the State Fairgrounds between 10am and 6pm.

Also don’t forget about our very own and – Free – Minnie Faire happening the following weekend. Saturday May 21st, Tim Kaiser will be performing at the after party as well as wood-shop manager Reed’s Guns and Roses Tribute band. Happy Hour and in between music also provided by DJ Stankyleg.

Party? Party! Friday @ 7PM

radiohatsWhy a party? Why not a party! It’s almost Valentine’s Day, there’s fresh snow, it’s Friday, it’s Blair’s birthday, Stevie Nukes didn’t burn the shop down… pick your own reason, and come celebrate it at the shop. This party is a potluck, so bring something tasty to share with everyone. It’s also BYOB, so bring your tasty beverage(s) of choice for yourself. Although if you want to share your tasty beverages I’m sure you’ll make new friends. There will be music of various types, maybe some games (if you bring ’em along), yakking, and various randomness. I hope to see lots of people there!