Hang out and tinker at our Open Hack Nights!

Hang out and tinker at our Open Hack Nights!

To hack something is to take something apart and change the way it works. Anything can be hacked from appliances, toys, clothing, furniture, vehicles, robots, and whatever else you can get your hands on. It’s a exploration in the way things work, and seeing what interesting ways they can be modified.

At our weekly Open Hack Nights, we invite everyone to come and tinker with us! Whether you repurpose fabric and furniture or tinker with toys and electronics, all are welcome to these events. We have a lot of interesting things to take apart in our Electronics Lab’s scrap bins, plus plenty of workspace for those that just need room to tinker and want to be around others. We only open our Electronics Lab and Classroom for guests at this event, the rest of our shop is off limits for non-members.

Every Friday at 6pm, join other makers, explore the way things work, and make them do something interesting!

 

December Newsletter: Make the winter months more interesting with classes and gifts from the makerspace!

Upcoming Classes
Glass Bottle Cutting Workshop December 17th @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Intro Welding December 18 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Intro Soldering December 22 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Intro to CNC Routers January 19, 2017 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Intro Soldering January 26, 2017 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Free Open Hack Nights!
Every Friday Night 6pm-8pm
Bring a project and work on it in our Electronics Lab or Classroom Space. Share, meet, and collaborate with other makers.
(Note: Next year we will be calling these “Open Create Night” to avoid confusion. Originally named after Life Hacking and the focus on clever ways to make/repurpose stuff.)

Holiday Closure
The makerspace will be closed to non-members between December Sunday 25th 2016 and January 2nd 2017. If you need to contact us you can send an email to shop@portcitymakerspace.com, but our phones will not be answered during that time. Thanks!

Want to host a meet-up in our common area? Submit a request! Groups can meet for free!
We want to know…
We know we want to expand the share workspace offerings we have here beyond just the metal, wood, auto, and electronics spaces, but we need your help figuring out what to do!
Tell us what space you would want to be available here, and how you might be able to help get it set up!

Fundraiser with other non-profits!

Five non-profits, including our makerspace, were selected by the Fabulous Find this month of donations! For those that aren’t familiar with it, the Fabulous Find is a thrift store that dedicates its sales to supporting other non-profits related to the arts, environment, food pantry, fuel assistance, animal shelter and educational organizations.
The non-profits they select each month receive a portion of the sales generated during that month. A couple of us from the makerspace attended the kickoff meeting for this month and got to witness previous organizations receive checks of $7800 each!Help us this month by making your thrift store purchases at their shop!

See our posts about it with #fabulousfindkittery on instagram!

Free Soldering Workshop!
at the Dover Public Library

December 20th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Attendees learn to make simple soldered circuits at the Dover Public Library. Participants will use a hot soldering iron to melt solder and then fuse LED lights to a robot badge ornament for the tree or a light up 3D Christmas tree!

This workshop is already full up, but stay tuned on the library’s page and newsletter for more in the future!

Adult Science Night
at BadLab in Somersworth

December 15
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Alex and Jeff will be doing a 3D Printing demo at Bad Lab Brewery in Somersworth! They will be talking all about how the custom-built 3D printer works, how they made it, and how easy it is to make a 3D print!
Free to attend! Suggested donation of $8. 
Ages 21 and up.

✔ DiResta 6 TINTYPE CLASS!
One of our members has been doing regular DIY demonstration videos of several projects. You can see larger videos on his youtube channel, and lots of quick ones on his instagram at @residentmaker

New Pottery Equipment! Soon, Classes!

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Thanks to a generous donor we now have a nice big potter’s wheel, currently residing in our garage by the Bike Bench. This pairs greatly with our kiln, which we’ve had for about a year now. With these two combined you can now start making pots, mugs, jars, and more at the makerspace!

For those interested in learning we will soon have a class on working with clay and doing firings in our kiln. The potter’s wheel may require a one-on-one class, and will have to be scheduled by interest. If there’s a class you’d like to hear about when its scheduled, see our Class Waiting List page and fill out the form there.

Classes mid-March

We’ve got a nice variety of classes this next couple of weeks. Take a look!
Learn Soldering, Photoshop, Wood Working, and CNC Routing!

New to this lineup is our Intro to Photoshop class, taught by Matthew Doherty. Matt works out of the Button Factory and has done a lot of digital editing work professionally. He has also done some impressive projects here such as a mobile changing room for surfing and refinishing a large canoe with fiberglass resin.

March 8-12 2016 preview

Seeking New Volunteers

The Makerspace is looking for more volunteers for it’s Volunteer Program! Can you spare 4 hours a week to help out at a fun and creative community shop? Tell us when and how you can help! We offer a complimentary membership upgrade for members on the Port City Maker level, but for non-members we do credit towards either a month of membership or day passes. Sign up today and help out a great community resource!