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Update on the Makerspace

Maui Makers continues our build out. Things are coming along nicely. The picture shows the electrical run in the tool room. It will allow for flexible set up and configuration for optimum use of space.

Pete and Wayne have been doing the bulk of the work this last week, with assistance from others.

The team will be hitting things pretty hard Tuesday night at 5 pm at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd in the old Y Hata Building. Some folks may know it under its new name of Da Warehouse.

The focus has been on 2 of the main rooms: the Conference/Class Room and the Tool/Workbench Room. We will start on the side room once the property manager fixes an issue in that area.

The classroom has a sink area, cabinets, a whiteboard and a projector screen set up. Pete was building and painting shelves last I talked to him.

About half of the electric conduit has been run. Wayne should have most of the conduit run tomorrow and be ready to pull wires on Wednesday.

Goals:

Membership: 10 new members this month. We are halfway there!

Grants: We have submitted four grants to pay for equipment and tools. Fingers crossed.

Classes: Arduino Workshop is coming back this Friday, and we’ll acquire some fundamental skills necessary for computer control of machines, while making some valentines.

makerspace build out update

Thanks to everyone who contributed this weekend. If you want to help design or build, go to our google group here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/mauimakers

Pete Menningen, supported by Cole Santos, have been doing a great job leading the build out. Basic painting in the Build Room and Conference/Class Room. Room lights in and plumbing. Whiteboard and projector screen.

Electrical is big item for this week. Then we can start moving equipment in.

Ways to help:
1. Become a member–your memberships will help us make the space nicer and get better tools.
2. Make a donation. Even small donations help us buy needed items and tools. A lot of what we need is small parts. Those add up quickly.
3. Join us in an awesome group build to celebrate our grand opening. What about a remote controlled vessel that monitors the health of our coral reefs? Do you think we can make it happen?
4. Design and build a sign.
5. Design membership cards.
6. Design marketing material.
7. Volunteer to facilitate a workshop. You don’t need to be an expert–that’s a benefit of a makerspace–we learn together.
8. Help us find and write grants.
9. Let us kn kw if you are interested in becoming a Board Member or Committee Member.
10. Get everybody you know excited about Makers.

Today’s blast from Maui Maker’s past is Wade’s reprap 3d printer from a couple years ago.

Makerspace Build Day–Sat Jan 10, 2015 9 AM to 6 PM

Help us Make Maui’s Makerspace a reality.

If you are available, we need the following skill sets:

1) Painting
—wear suitable clothes, we have supplies
2) Installing fixtures (electric)
—experienced makers only
3) Sorting and inventorying equipment
—no experience necessary
4) Building and plan marketing materials and events
—bring computers and ideas

Note that our lease allows us access solely for the purpose of building out the space. Please come prepared to work.

We will meet at the new space: 200 Waiehu Road starting at 9 AM, for those helping with painting and installing fixtures.

For those who can help with sorting and inventory, meet at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School after 10 AM.

For further info, email laura@mauimakers.com.

We need a few volunteers to help move heavy items during a weekday next week. If you are available, please contact laura@mauimakers.com.

Today’s Blast from the Past is Cole and Jerry from 2011 with their Chill Box.

Aloha,
Laura

Physical Makerspace Under Construction–Jan 2015

January is Make a Makerspace on Maui

Most events in January will be focused on getting the Makerspace built out for Feb Grand Opening.

The location is 200 Waiehu Beach Rd (some people might know it as the Y Hata building). We still have access to a classroom at St Anthony, so expect to see some of our future activities to take place at St Anthony.

January Activities will be:

Jan 8: Public Meeting: Help Plan Build Out of Our New Space, St Anthony, Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21, 6 to 9 PM

Jan 10-11: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 15: Public Meeting, Self Help Activities: Sorting equipment, Inventory, Painting, Etc. We will meet at St Anthony Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 between 6 and 6:30 PM. Some volunteers will do prep work at St Anthony, some at the new space.

Jan 17-19: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 22: Public Meeting, Self Help Activities: Making things for the Makerspace, Sorting Equipment, Inventory, Etc. We will meet at St Anthony Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 between 6 and 6:30 PM. Some volunteers will do prep work at St Anthony, some at the new space.

Jan 24-25: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 25: Make Valentines the CNC Way: Learn basic graphic import and editing: Class 1 of 3, St Anthony, Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Make Valentines the CNC Way: Learn basic graphic import and editing: Class 1 of 3. Each class is $5 for Members, $10 for non-members. Follow up classes on 4 and 11 of Feb.

1 Feb 2014. Makerspace Grand Opening. Thanks to Doug Allan for making us a drawing of the floor plan.

Prior to opening of the Makerspace, memberships are discounted. Click here to join.

Membership Drive

Aloha Everyone,

Maui Makers needs your help.

After an intensive search, Maui Makers has secured an option to rent a space in Wailuku that will be a great home for us to set up our tools and house tools and equipment. The landlords love the idea of Maui Makers so have given us a great deal on rent. The space gives us rough finished areas suitable for setting up separate classroom, clean work space for electronics and printing, “dirty” work space for painting, dyeing, cutting, etc. and wood/metal working areas.

The space will allow us to have multiple events each week, and broaden our activities. It also allows members to access tools, equipment (3D printers, shapeoko, Arduinos, Dremels, hand tools, soldering stations, power tools), workbenches, build areas and fellow makers.

The space is rough finish, so we can modify it to fit our members needs, and it has adjacent space that allows us to offer members studio and storage space.

How can you help?
1. Help with daily administration of mauimakers: blogging, coordinating volunteers, championing a type of making, website management, bookkeeping, record keeping, board member, etc.

2. Hands-on turning the roughed in space into an awesome makerspace: painting, flooring, building shelves, equipment set up, equipment donation, installing workbenches, cables, etc.

3. Become a member (at http://www.mauimakers.com/blog/membership-in-maui-makers/, or mail a check to Maui Makers, Inc. 415 Kahului Beach Rd.Suite E-429,, Kahului 96732), or donate using the paypal button. All donations are tax deductible, and all funds will be used to support the physical makerspace. Memberships are discounted until we get set up, so get them now. Discounts also apply for 5-year memberships. A limited number of lifetime memberships are available. Email info@mauimakers.com.

4. Volunteer to lead classes or workshops. You don’t have to be an expert, just enthusiastic and willing to learn with others.

5. Spread the word and invite your friends. Spread the Maker bug. Making is a fundamental aspect of being human. Everyone is a maker.

Email info@mauimakers.com if you can help in any capacity.

3D Printing–November 13, 2014

We had a great turnout at the monthly meeting with some exciting show and tell. We also have some fun items on tap for the rest of November. All events are suitable for Family and free to paying members ($10 for nonmembers, make out checks to St Anthony Jr-Sr High School):

November 13, 2014 will be 3D Printing Night.
6 PM–set up the 3D printers
7 PM–Steve Griffin, a mechanical engineer from Boeing will be on hand to discuss how to get the best build quality

November 20, 2014 will be a return to the Art of Tinkering
We’ll build Paper Circuits.
Bring
–Coin Cell Batteries CR-1220
–Cardstock
–Scissors/exacto knife (age appropriate please)
–Scotch tape

Both meetings are 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School, Maryknoll Building, Rm 21.

What Happened at the November Public Meeting
Membership and a Permanent Home
Maui Makers discussed plans for leasing our own space. We have a strong contender in Wailuku, but are exploring alternatives, in case that falls through. With the space comes extra bills, so we are rolling out a paid membership structure. Once the bank account gets linked to Paypal, you can pay by credit card on the website. You can also pay by check at a meeting, or contact info@mauimakers.com. For a limited time, memberships will be discounted. Lorayne Lipps had the honor of being our first paying member. We anticipate being in St Anthony Thursday evenings through December.

Show and Tell
Sevan brought the 3D Printed Air Brush Nozzle he’s been working on:

Shannon Williams has built a an “oxyhydrogen generator”. It uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. This converts electricity into a clean burning fuel, and unlike gasoline the only emission released is—water!

3D Printing–November 13, 2014

3D Printing–November 13, 2014

Steve Jenness brought his tricked out motorcycle light:
3D Printing–November 13, 2014

Upcoming in November

Coming in November

We had some great classes in October and more to come in November!

Maui Makers is still working out the details of the November schedule, but expect to see Arduino, Wearables, 3D printing and more Tinkering. We will be meeting every Thursday at St Anthony and hope to add more dates shortly.

October highlights

Make Your Own Halloween Costume


Upcoming in November

Art of Tinkering-Scribble Bots and Marble Mazes

Upcoming in November

Upcoming in November

Upcoming in November

Upcoming in November

Business Matters

On the business and organizational side, Maui Makers has incorporated as a 501c3, and elected a Board of Directors and Officers. The Board has completed a Strategic Plan and a Preliminary Budget to take the Makerspace to the next level. In that light, you’ll be seeing a few changes in the near future:

A paying membership structure will be set up to help us pay the bills–electrons to keep you informed cost money. We are committed to keeping costs low, but will need your help in pushing to the next level with more tools, classes and a permanent space.

Members will get free or reduced cost access to classes.

We continue to explore space options. We have yet to secure affordable, unlimited access to a permanent home. If you have any leads in this area, please contact the Board at info@MauiMakers.com

Weekly Meeting Update

This week Thursday, May 30 2013, will be the last open public meeting we will be hosting at the Pu’unene facility. We are pretty much moved out of the main room and kitchen, which the DoEdu will be converting to offices.Come on down to the space this week and help us celebrate what has been a great run.There are no public meetings planned for June or later yet.
We are researching venues, such as community centers, but nothing firm yet.Sincerely,Jerry Isdale, Founder