No Open House on Christmas Day

Just a quick note: We won’t be doing an open house on Christmas day (12/25). As of right now I’m planning on being at the shop on New Year’s Day, so we’ll have Open House then as usual for a Wednesday night. Have a great holiday everybody!

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!

Join Us at the Tool Swap & Expo!

Twin Cities Maker will be setting up a booth and bringing the life size operation game to the Twin Cities Tool Swap & Expo Oct 19 from 10am-4pm

Stop by to say hi, and test your operation skills 🙂

Location: Bloomington Armory, 3300 W 98th St., Bloomington

Where to Go to See More Info On the Event:

IT interest group meeting: Thurs 10/24 @ 7pm

coding on a smartphone

World’s smallest development machine

Are you an IT-type person? You know, computers, servers, networks, coding, that sort of thing. If you are, I’m looking for you! TCMaker has a lot of tech-related things to take care of, and we also want some shiny technological wizardry to make various useful things happen. If you’d like to help out, please come by the IT interest group meeting on Thursday 10/24 at 7pm. If you’ve got any questions or ideas please let me know either in person or at I’ll have an agenda up a few days beforehand.

Volunteers Needed to Staff Info Booth

Jon (Wood Shop Manager) is looking for volunteers to staff an informational booth at the upcoming Tool Swap & Expo being held by the Minnesota WoodWorkers Guild Sat Oct 19, 2019 from 10am to 4pm.  If you have interest in sharing your excitement about Twin Cities Maker, please sign up for  a time slot by clicking here or emailing  We are looking for at least 2 people to staff the booth during each 1 hour time slot.



The annual Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Noon. We need a minimum of approximately 30 people to reach quorum, so your attendance is important. This is your opportunity to talk about organizational and shop issues that are important to you. The meeting will probably be wrapped up by 2pm, if not earlier.

Agenda items of interest:

Board Elections: Two board members will be elected to serve three-year terms on the board of directors. We are still looking for individuals interested in participating in our governing body. If you are interested in running for a board seat, please email

Dues: Our rent was raised this year. We’re going to talk about raising membership dues and would like to hear your thoughts and questions.

Payment processing: Limiting payment methods may come to a vote by the membership at this meeting, so you might want to attend.

10th Anniversary Shindig: Twin Cities Maker is officially celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary! So, we’re throwing ourselves an anniversary party following the annual meeting. We’re planning to have food, drinks, and live music. Other activities may include a show-and-tell for all your awesome projects, robot demos, and an amateur radio event.

Keep an eye out for more information! Hope to see you all there.

Wench Welding Night is Back (7/25 @ 6pm)

Wench Welding night is back at the Hack Factory! We’ll have a project and get re-acquainted with the space and machines. We’ll meet July 25th @ 6pm in the classroom space at the Hack Factory and transition to the shop! We’ll have jackets, welding hoods, and some spare gloves but if you have your own set, we encourage you to bring it!

If you have any questions, you can email

–Clara and Cory

New Donation Box & Refreshment Tray for Classroom

We have a new donation box and refreshment tray for our classroom.

Classroom Counter with new refreshment tray and donation box.

Classroom Counter with new refreshment tray and donation box.

Please remember to throw some cash in the box when you grab a drink or something to eat. Your contributions allow us to continue provide this, and other amenities for you.

Classroom update

Classroom is mostly finished and functional. The projector works for video, but no sound yet. The printer and SEM haven’t been hooked up yet. Please be patient during this remodel as we make improvements to the functionality of the space. Short term annoyances (like sound or printer) will eventually translate to long term benefits.

If you are interested in helping (like running ethernet above the ceiling), email

Also, please do not hang things on the freshly painted walls. There is a plan.

Belt sander and buffing wheels

Members, take note that our gracious former member who lent us his belt sander and buffing wheels for metal shop use took them to their new home yesterday.

Please plan accordingly for projects, keeping in mind the shop has two angle grinders that would be useful when fitted with a wire wheel or buffing wheel, easily found at Discount Steel or Harbor Freight.