Twin Cities Maker Covid Mask Updates
June 19, 2021

Hello TC Makers,

The Board would like to first and foremost thank you for giving us the time and your  input as we try and thoughtfully move to a more open maker space.  The survey results, comments, and conversations we have had with you over the past few weeks reflect the polarization seen in the wider community over COVID-19 prevention and vaccination.  Based on your feedback on June 20th 2021 we will move to align more closely with current CDC guidelines:

  • Vaccinated persons do not need to wear a mask ( but we would appreciate it if you would).
  • Non-vaccinated DO need to wear a mask ( and we appreciate you doing so).
  • If a fellow member asks that masks be worn while working in a shared space please do so ( this falls under our core shared value , the  rule of simply being excellent to each other).

There will be more movement to open TC Maker up in July and August as we work with the area managers to re-assess capacity limits and update the scheduling system in Clubhouse.  What won’t be changing anytime in the near future are our fellow TC Makers that are immunocompromised or unvaccinated.  As vaccination rates have soared in Minnesota leading to decreases in COVID-19 infection and mortality, what is being overlooked is a surge in cases amongst the unvaccinated and immunocompromised (Business Insider article).  In fact, the infection and mortality rates in the unvaccinated are as bad as it was in December 2020 and the emergence of new variants, such as Delta, merit continued concern (CDC surveillance program).

If you are immunocompromised, unvaccinated, or have any concerns related to safety and accessibility please contact the board to discuss your specific situation by emailing the board.  We’re actively exploring how to make our space more accessible to all members and it would be helpful to  learn more about individual situations and requirements as the Boards conversation progresses.

Again, thank you for your continued input and we look forward to seeing everyone in TC Maker in the near future.


TC Maker Board

Thunder Laser USA – Nova 51
April 8, 2021

Long overdue…Highly anticipated…Possibly the worst kept secret…Biggest investment to date…

Thunder Laser USA – Nova 51

  • 100w Laser
  • 55” X 40” work area
  • LightBurn Software
  • Red Dot Pointer, for ‘dry run’
  • Auto-Focus
  • Optimized raster, vector, or combined modes
  • Up to 800dpi with HR Head
  • Roller Rotary (for cylindrical objects)

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:

TC Maker Laser GoFundMe

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