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“Cloud Bean” in the Making - post

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Here are some photos of Maker Works member Michael Flynn building a giant mylar dome dubbed the “Cloud Bean”, inspired by the Cloud Gate in Millenium Park, Chicago, Illinois.

AnnArbor.com mentions Maker Works Open House - post

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Special thanks to AnnArbor.com for mentioning the May 11th Maker Works open house. http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/get-a-tour-of-the-high-tech-workspace-at-the-maker-works-open-house/

Laser Demo Video - post

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Want to learn how to avoid shark-related injuries with our Epilog Laser Engraver? Check out our video demo! There is plenty of room in both of the two Laser Classes offered this week, so reserve your spot and get lasering!

Ironworker Demo Video - post

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Heres a tool demo video featuring our 45-ton Scotchman Ironworker.  This small-but-mighty machine can make quick work of steel in various shapes.  Give it a look.

Go-Tech Meeting – May 14th 7pm - post

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A reminder that the May GO-Tech meeting is Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 7pm at Maker-Works in Ann Arbor, MI. The meeting is free, and everyone is welcome! Pass this message along to folks who might be interested, including any young … Continue reading

Closed on Labor Day, Monday Sept 2nd - post

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Maker Works will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 2nd. Please have a safe, enjoyable Labor Day from all of us at Maker Works!

Improve your welding skills! - post

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The time has come to develop your welding skills. Those of you who have taken our MIG/TIG checkout class will love this opportunity to explore the wonderful world of welding. This is a really great class, led by a skilled … Continue reading

Fix It Friday! 9/20/13, 4-6 PM - post

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The third Friday of the month is Fix-It Friday at Maker Works. In September, that’s Friday the 20th, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Bring in something that needs fixing, or bring yourself and help fix things. Things that need … Continue reading

Camp ShopBot at Maker Works, Saturday 9/28! - post

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Maker Works is delighted to welcome Camp ShopBot, Saturday September 28th. Learn new techniques, see examples of advanced work, and meet fellow ShopBot users and owners. It is free to attend, and you do not need to be a member … Continue reading

Maker Works Holiday Hours - post

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Maker Works’ holiday hours are as follows: Halloween, Thursday 10/31:  regular day, we’ll be open! Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/28:  closed Friday 11/29, Saturday 11/30, Sunday 11/31:  open Christmas eve Tuesday 12/24:  1 pm – 6 pm (closing 3 hours early) Christmas, … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday is Back! October 18th 4pm – 6pm - post

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The third Friday of the month is Fix-It Friday at Maker Works. In October, that’s Friday the 18th, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Bring in something that needs fixing, or bring yourself and help fix things. Things that need … Continue reading

FIRST Teams Utilize Maker Works Space and Race Full Speed Ahead - post

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Someone invents a completely new sport, explains the rules, and then asks you to build a robot that will not only successfully play the game, but compete against other robots, too. Oh, and you have just six weeks to do … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday – February 21, 2014 - post

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broke, or just doesn’t seem quite right, stop by on Friday, February 21 between 4 and 6 pm, and we’ll work with you to get it back up and … Continue reading

FIRST Robots: Complete & Ready to Compete - post

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Dexter, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline High Schools have been making use of Maker Works space as they prepare for upcoming FIRST robotics competitions. Each robot will compete against other teams’ robots in an original game called Aerial Assist. We got … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday! March 21, 4-6pm - post

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  Bring your well-worn, well-used, or just plain broken-down items and we’ll take a look at them. Or, if all your items are in gear, stop by and take a look someone else’s!

Patent Attorney Vincent Re, PLLC – Wednesday, March 19th, 2-3pm - post

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Are you interested in learning more about getting a patent or protecting a trade secret on something you invented? Meet one-on-one with local registered patent lawyer, Vincent Re, PLLC, to get legal counseling on moving forward with your invention, for … Continue reading

Hot off the Press! boundedition - post

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boundedition, housed right inside Maker Works, is a book arts center with tools and classes in paper-based arts, including intaglio, woodcut, and lithography. Drop in, take a class, or contact boundedition about registering for a one-on-one independent study on tabletop … Continue reading

Calling All Creators of the Cool, the Unusual, the Whimsical - post

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Maker Works is excited to announce the 2014 Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire! Saturday, May 10th 10a-5p Morris Lawrence Building Washtenaw Community College Maker Works members create incredible things, and the Faire is the place to share those creations with … Continue reading

Brain Monkeys: Inspiring All Kinds of Young, Inquiring Minds - post

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Discovery-based education means engaging in self-directed, hands-on learning. Brain Monkeys offers exciting summer camps where instructors work to understand each child and teach in ways that are best-suited for him or her. There are two camps taking place at Maker … Continue reading

Call for Maker Faire Exhibitors - post

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We can’t wait for the 6th annual Faire, where Makers will share their exciting creations. If you’ve got an exhibit or demonstration in science, technology, engineering, or art, we want to see it. Apply to be an exhibitor at the … Continue reading

Robotics for Kids & Adults - post

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Whether you’re just curious about robots or have built ones of your own, come join others to experiment, build, and learn about various aspects of robotics. The Michigan Robot Club meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. And… Brain Monkeys … Continue reading

GO Tech: May 13th - post

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You’re invited to GO Tech‘s monthly “Geek Show & Tell” meetings at Maker Works, where DIY projects and cool tools are the talk of the shop. Did you know: You can stay in the loop by joining the GO Tech … Continue reading

Hone Your Welding Skills - post

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with Tommy Butler Mastering welding on your own takes loads of time and effort. It can challenge you. It can cost you blood, and sweat, and tears. It can make you want to throw in the towel. But it doesn’t … Continue reading

TechTwilight – Friday, May 16 - post

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6:30 – 9p Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum What’s all the hubbub about Ann Arbor being an entrepreneurial hub? See (and hear, and play) for yourself as local creatives showcase BIG ideas. All-ages, hands-on exhibits in science, technology, and art, including … Continue reading

Revamp Your Outdoor & Lawn Tools - post

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2014 Mini Maker Faire is Just Around the Corner - post

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Get more information about the Faire, check out the speakers, RSVP, or sign up to volunteer.

FLY Children’s Art Center Presents: Fabulous Contraptions - post

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A Marvelous Mile of Marbles Wednesday, May 28 | 4p – 6p Woohoo! An Exhibit and Party Friday, June 6 | 4:30p – 6:30p Taking place at: FLY Children’s Art Center Admission is free! Sponsored by: Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation … Continue reading

Get Your Ticket to Maker Faire Detroit - post

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Maker Faire Detroit July 26 – 27 | 9:30a – 6p The Henry Ford Museum Two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking. Join the Ann Arbor Maker Works team for a Nerdy Derby! Maker Works … Continue reading

Maker Works will be OPEN Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) - post

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On Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) Maker Works will be open regular hours: 1:00pm – 9:00pm. We will also be holding our Epilog Laser Cutter, MakerBot, IronWorker, and MIG/TIG welding classes. Space is limited; sign up soon!

Pictures from the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire - post

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There were robots, 3D printers, remote-controlled LED Tetris, traditional letterpresses, an open-source plant research project, and much more.

Stop By for Your Free Tour - post

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Stop by the shop any time during business hours and get your free tour from a Maker Works staff member. We can’t wait to meet you!

Beth Johnson Origami - post

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It all started with an owl. Well, a niece who loved owls. And for this niece’s birthday, Beth Johnson thought she would try and fold one out of paper. That was the first time she ever used a crease pattern, … Continue reading

Maker Works Open House - post

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For the Person with Everything… - post

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Introducing… Maker Works Gift Certificates Any denomination. Good towards classes or memberships. Pick yours up at the front desk & get a free tour if you haven’t already.

Where Woodworking Meets Fiber Arts - post

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Al McWaters worked with the salvaged crabapple and walnut wood, and Aviva Kleinbaum sheared, dyed, and felted the wool. What they created is a one-of-a-kind bench that will astound you.    

Maker Faires, Over 8 Years - post

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Join in the Nerdy Derby - post

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The Open House is Here - post

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Open House: Success! - post

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Saturday, June 28 was filled with fun and creativity. New folks enjoyed the tours and tool demos, experienced members enjoyed seeing and displaying original creations, and everyone enjoyed good food and good music.      

Maker Works featured by Maker Faire Detroit - post

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Meet the Maker: Maker Works by Lish Dorset makerfairedetroit.com What is Maker Works doing at the Maker Faire Detroit this year? Maker Works, a makerspace in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been at every Maker Faire Detroit so far, and we … Continue reading

Hone Your Welding Skills: Upcoming 3-Day Workshop - post

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July 22, 24, 25 with Tommy Butler Mastering welding on your own can loads of time and effort. It can challenge you. It can cost you blood, and sweat, and tears. It can make you want to throw in the … Continue reading

This Woodworking is a Cut Above - post

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Just one year ago, Maker Works member Chris Riecker made his first cutting board–a gift for a cousin’s wedding. In the short time since then, he’s made over fourteen others, each one more intricate than the last. He makes them … Continue reading

Volunteer With Us at Maker Faire Detroit - post

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At Maker Faire Detroit (July 26 & 27), Maker Works will put on a Nerdy Derby. At this miniature car building and racing competition, we’ll help kids create custom cars and race them down a one-of-a-kind wooden track. Sound fun? … Continue reading

Nerdy Derby photos are coming! - post

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We’re working away on getting the hundreds of photobooth photos from the Nerdy Derby at this years Maker Faire Detroit posted as quickly as we can.  Hopefully we’ll be done by tomorrow–please check back! We really enjoyed seeing the cars … Continue reading

Nerdy Derby at Maker Faire Detroit - post

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Maker Works had a blast putting on a Nerdy Derby at Maker Faire Detroit on July 26th and 27th. On the grounds of The Henry Ford, participants designed derby cars from blocks of wood, decorated them, and then raced them … Continue reading

Maker Faire Detroit - post

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With over 400 exhibits ranging from an electrifying, bicycle-powered Jacob’s Ladder to glorious Diet Coke and Mentos fountains, Maker Faire Detroit, held at The Henry Ford, was truly a melting pot of all things innovative. See for yourself.

Maker Camp by Brain Monkeys - post

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July 21-25, Brain Monkeys hosted Maker Camp at Maker Works. There were laser-cut notebooks, and wooden owls assembled from dozens of little pieces. There were birdhouses with sandpaper roofs, and chain-mail change purses. There were funny monster-like pouches with zipper … Continue reading

Nerdy Derby at Maker Faire Detroit 2014 Photos - post

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Sorry for the wait–here are the photos from the Nerdy Derby at Maker Faire Detroit 2014.  They are in order based on your car number.  If you didn’t have a card, the photo will be at the end. Thanks so … Continue reading

2 Free Workshops with Local Patent Attorney Vincent Re - post

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Intellectual Property 101 with Attorney Vincent Re   Copyrights – Protect Your Artistic or Literary Work & Trademarks – Protect Your Brand Monday, August 18 | 6pm – 7pm Held at Maker Works Learn to protect your creative efforts.  From … Continue reading

We Make Health Fest: August 16 - post

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Saturday, August 16th is the first ever We Make Health Fest, held at the University of Michigan. Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, stop in for exciting health-themed design and maker activities geared toward the whole family. … Continue reading

Maker Works Announces NEW All-Hours Membership! - post

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Announcing… All-Hours Membership A new level of membership   All-Hours Membership allows you to come into the shop and work any time you like–you’ll have your own key and alarm code to the building. Previously available only to members who … Continue reading

What’s the story behind DIYLILCNC? - post

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If you’ve been in the Maker Works woodshop, you’ve seen our ShopBot CNC router—a tool that can do almost anything. It uses 3D modeling software and a 3-axis router to cut hardwood, plywood, MDF, particle board, wax, Styrofoam, acrylic, HDPE, … Continue reading

4th Annual Michigan Camp ShopBot - post

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The 4th Annual Michigan Camp ShopBot hosted by: TechShop Detroit   Intro to CNC Training with Randy Johnson Thursday, September 25 & Friday, September 26 | 9 am – 4 pm TechShop Detroit | 800 Republic Dr, Allen Park, MI … Continue reading

E-nabling the Future at the We Make Health Fest - post

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On Saturday, August 16, the first-ever We Make Health Fest was held at the University of Michigan. There were all sorts of exhibitors and speakers promoting innovative approaches to health. One that caught our eye was a group called E-nabling … Continue reading

Speed Sumo Sundays - post

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Parent & Child Robotics Classes Sunday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 19 | 2 – 4pm Presented by: Rocks and Robots Come to Maker Works this Sunday, September 14th for the first in a 6-week series of fun, fast-paced courses … Continue reading

2 New Membership Options & Unlimited Possibilities - post

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Recently, we’ve announced two new membership options–the All-Hours Membership and the Punch Card Membership–in addition to our traditional membership options. To recap, here they are: All-Hours Membership: Come in and work any time you’d like–you’ll have your own key and … Continue reading

World Maker Faire 2014 - post

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In less than a week’s time, over 600 exhibitors and thousands of makers will gather in New York City for the fifth annual World Maker Faire. For anyone who tinkers, makes, and hacks, this is the Faire to keep an … Continue reading

Red-Tagged Items: Do You Have a Project at Maker Works? - post

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All unlabeled projects left in the shop have received red tags. Starting October 1st, these items will be discarded or absorbed into Maker Works materials if we cannot get a hold of their owners. If you have a project that’s … Continue reading

A Car That’s Fully Electric… and Fully 3D-Printed, Too - post

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Strati is the Italian word for layers–and it’s a fitting name for the world’s first 3D-printed car, whose carbon fiber frame was literally extruded layer by layer. But what’s possibly even cooler than witnessing the first 3D-printed car is learning … Continue reading

Arduino & Open-source Imagination - post

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“You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.” At the 5th annual World Maker Faire in New York City last weekend, Massimo Banzi presented on Arduinos–affordable micro-controllers that help make projects interactive. Banzi, a co-founder of the Arduino Project … Continue reading

Spooky & Special Halloween Classes - post

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Keep a lookout for these crafty classes coming up in October at Maker Works, where you’ll get to make and take home your own original creations. Mini Top Hats: Make your own unique mini top hat out of felt and … Continue reading

Member Feature: Quentin and Daniel’s Hex Chests - post

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Maker Works members Quentin and Daniel began making 3-inch hexagonal boxes as gifts for friends, and after their projects were shared online to an overwhelmingly positive response, the two decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a … Continue reading

Wonderful, Whimsical Mini Top Hats - post

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We had a whimsical and wonderful time at our Mini Top Hat Make-N-Take class last week! All materials were provided, and students got to create their own original top hats with one-on-one instructor attention. The next (and final) mini top … Continue reading

Member Feature: Crafting a Wedding - post

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Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows just how much work it takes. First there’s the invitations, and then come the decorations for the ceremony, and the reception, and the tables and cake, too. Not to mention the seemingly millions of … Continue reading

Amazing Halloween Creations - post

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  Many Maker Works members created totally original costumes in the shop, which were inspired by characters from like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and The Addams Family. With a little elbow grease and creativity, these makers took Halloween to a … Continue reading

First Annual “Nightmare Before Christmas” Costume Potluck Extravaganza - post

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Saturday, December 6 | 6-11p; Kids welcome til 9pMaker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to the first-ever Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Potluck Extravaganza. Don a costume and enjoy games, music, food, and laser fun. There will be prizes … Continue reading

Women in Tech: Panel Discussion - post

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Sponsored by the UofM School of Information Entrepreneurship Program Tuesday, November 18 | 3-4pm 3100 North Quad: Ehrlicher Room University of Michigan Join a discussion on women in technology with panelists Lisa Nakamura and Stefanie Wuschitz with UMSI moderator Stephanie Wooten. Panelists will … Continue reading

Ann Arbor SOUP: Community Crowdfunding - post

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Ann Arbor SOUP is a fun and unique community crowdfunding event where, for under $10, attendees enjoy a SOUP dinner and cast a vote for a community project they want to fund. Presenting organizations and individuals get 5 minutes to … Continue reading

Holiday Hours - post

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Reminder: Costume Potluck Extravaganza this Saturday! - post

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We hope to see you at this party for Maker Works members, families, and staff!   You’re invited! Saturday, December 6 | 6-11pm; Kids Welcome until 9 at Maker Works Maker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to … Continue reading

Custom Gifts with the Epilog Laser - post

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The Epilog Laser is an excellent tool for making all sorts of gifts. You can use it to create a card by etching custom designs into paper. You can make a memorable gift by laser-engraving drinking glasses, water bottles, or … Continue reading

Gift Certificates - post

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Maker Works gift certificates are available in any amount, and can be used for membership (including our new 10-visit “punch card” membership) or classes. Stop by the front desk for yours today!

Woodworking Basics with BrainMonkeys - post

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Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7, 14 4:30-5:30pm Students in grades 6-12 will explore hand tools and learn how to use a drill, saw, hammer, planes, and screw … Continue reading

Snapshot: What’s Coming Up at Maker Works - post

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January Monday, 1/5: Intro to Raspberry Pi Thursday, 1/8: Corel Draw for the Laser Tuesday, 1/13: GO-Tech (Monthly Community Meeting, 7pm) Friday, 1/16: Fix-It Friday (Third Friday of each month, 4-6pm) Saturday, 1/17: Intro to Arduino Monday, 1/19: SheetCam Saturday, … Continue reading

Laser Cutting Fabric for Fabulous Designs - post

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You may have known you could use the Epilog laser cutter to make custom stamps, greeting cards, and drinking glasses, but did you know you can use it for cutting intricate designs into fabric, too? Maker Works staff member Je’Tone … Continue reading

The Great Maker Race – A Nerdy Derby-Style Event - post

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Saturday, 2/7: 10a-12p at Maker Works You’re invited to participate in a Nerdy Derby-style race as part of a collaboration between The U School and Maker Works. Starting at 10am on Saturday, February 7th, kids ranging in ages from kindergarten through third grade, along … Continue reading

Intro to MeshCam – Saturday, 1/24 - post

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Saturday, 1/24: 2-4:30pm   Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Check out the class description for the difference between 2, 2-1/2D, and full 3D … Continue reading

Mid-Winter Break Science & Technology Camp, Powered by BrainMonkeys - post

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Robots, Legos, electronics and more! This camp offers participants a taste of everything that Brain Monkeys has to offer.  During this week-long session, students will build and battle sumo robots, learn basic electronics using conductive ink and LEDs, and even … Continue reading

What is FIRST Robotics? - post

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It’s that time of year again–the time for FIRST Robotics! What is FIRST Robotics, you ask? Picture the culture of high school sports–the teamwork, the practices, the competitions–but instead of playing basketball or volleyball, the teams build robots to compete in original … Continue reading

Go-Tech Meeting this Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm - post

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The monthly Go-Tech of Ann Arbor meeting is taking place Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm! Come by Maker Works to see 5-minute show-and-tell presentations of awesome projects. Just stop in and listen, or bring a project of your own to … Continue reading

Attention Members! Pick Up Your NEW Member Handbook - post

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We’ve been eagerly working away at creating a new Member Handbook that covers everything members need to know about the shop–hours of operation, tools and tool checkout, principles of safety, classes, and other opportunities. We’ve printed one for every member, … Continue reading

FIRST Robotics Bots are Built! - post

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FIRST Robotics teams from Dexter, Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline high schools all designed and built awesome, original robots to compete in FIRST competitions across the state. Using Maker Works tools and space, each team got creative and solved the challenges … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday: March 20 | 4-6pm - post

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Attendees of February’s Fix-It Friday brought in all sorts of items, including chairs, camera tripods, and lamps. Maker Works members and staff worked with attendees to understand the problems and figure out solutions. Stop by the shop on March 20th … Continue reading

We’re Featured in “Artists & Makers” Magazine! - post

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“If the ideal maker space is a combination of community, education, and inspiring creative geeks, then Maker Works has achieved the trifecta.” The feature piece has quotes from Tom Root, Susan Grace Dodge, and Michael Kapetan, who give shout outs … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday - post

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We’ve had such great turnout at the past few Fix-it Fridays that we will be re-vamping the format of future ones in order to work with you and your items more efficiently. Members: Because Fix-It Friday is gaining attention and … Continue reading

A Visit from the Michigan Library Association - post

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On Thursday, March 26, seventy-five members of the Michigan Library Association visited Maker Works as part of their Spring Institute. The MLA was founded on the belief that free access to information is the cornerstone to a free society, and … Continue reading

Maker Works Open House – May 9, 2015 - post

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Maker Works Open House Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 2-5pm Everyone is welcome. Come join the fun! Featuring: The Great Maker Race Mother’s Day Present Making: Purchase a kit to make and decorate your own simple laser-cut flower vase! Member … Continue reading

Friday, April 17: Fix-It Friday AND Pop-In Event with A2 Art Center - post

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On Friday, April 17th we will be doing something very special indeed. We will be in two different places in the same evening! That’s right, this Friday we will be hosting Fix-It Friday from 4-6pm at our shop, and we … Continue reading

The Great Maker Race at our upcoming Open House! - post

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We are ecstatic for the Great Maker Race coming up at our Open House on May 9th. Young makers will get to create a miniature car from start to finish. They’ll draw the shape they want the car to be, … Continue reading

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire–Call for Exhibitors is OPEN! - post

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  The 2015 Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is Saturday June 6, 2015, 10 AM – 4 PM! The Faire is now accepting entries for exhibitors! Exhibits in the following areas are welcome: Robotics, CNC Green Tech (energy production/monitoring, electric … Continue reading

Keyboardio: An Open-Hardware Computer Keyboard - post

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On Tuesday, June 23rd, the creators of Keyboardio visited the shop. For those of you who missed it, Keyboardio is an open-hardware computer keyboard that is unlike any you’ve tried before. The base is milled from maple, and the split … Continue reading

HypnoLights: Full-color, Animated String Lights made by MW Members - post

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They say that good ideas often start with a light bulb going off. In the case of Chris Lomont and Gene Foulk’s Hypnocube, that light bulb just happened to be a literal one. Er, 64 of them, to be exact. … Continue reading

NEW Maker Works T-Shirts: Now in 5 Colors! - post

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Wear your Maker Works pride on your sleeve! Get a Maker Works t-shirt; now in 5 cool colors. Guaranteed to fast-become your favorite! Available in sizes Adult S – XXL. $20 each plus tax. Want us to ship it to … Continue reading

Reinventing the Wheelchair: Making the First Human-Powered, Stair-Climbing Wheelchair - post

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Growing up, Maker Works member Amer Abughaida had a classmate in Saudi Arabia who used a wheelchair to get around. However, their school’s two-story building did not have an elevator, which meant that it was a struggle each time the … Continue reading

Monthly Member Meeting: October 15th from 7-9pm - post

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Want to learn more about what’s going on at Maker Works? Join us on Thursday, October 15th from 7-9pm for our Monthly Member Meeting, led by Maker Works co-founders Dale Grover and Tom Root. In it, they’ll cover: Maker Works Business … Continue reading

Make Your Own Long Grain Cutting Board in our NEW Class - post

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Two-Part Class! Wednesday, 10/14: 6-9pm Thursday, 10/15: 6-8pm Improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction through the creation of a long grain cutting board. The entire process will be covered from beginning to end, beginning with selecting what types of wood work best and … Continue reading

Check out Photos from Camp ShopBot - post

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On Saturday, September 26, Camp ShopBot took place at Maker Works. Beginners, seasoned veterans, and those just interested in learning more about CNC fabrication gathered at the shop for a day of demos, topic-based presentations from guest presenters, and show-and-tell. There … Continue reading

Drop-In Ornament Making: Meet the Kits! - post

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Stop by the shop on any of the first three Saturdays in December and make your own beautiful, unique ornament from one of our custom kits. Staff members Al, Je’Tone, and Beth have created designs and cut them out of … Continue reading

Go-Tech Meeting: Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm - post

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Check out photos from the November Go-Tech meeting, and join us on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm for the next one! We will have the usual 5-minute presentations, so bring in a cool project to share. Topics have ranged from … Continue reading

Beginner’s Toolbox Make & Take - post

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In this kid friendly workshop attendees will build a toolbox suitable for holding the tools of a beginning woodworker! A brief discussion on wood and general safety instruction will be followed by use of a rasp, sandpaper, hammer, nails and … Continue reading

MPowered Make-A-Thon - post

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Calling all makers with circuits, programming, and woodworking skills! Mentors are need to help student teams during the upcoming 36-hour Make-a-thon! Mak-a-thon is a design competition that aims to pull the most passionate artists, designers and creators for a weekend … Continue reading

Assemblage Workshop – Hosted by AAWA - post

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Choosing from an assortment of wooden boxes the instructor provides, create an assemblage piece using a variety of techniques including collage, painting, and construction methods. Several digital file options of shapes (geometric) and objects (tree branches, animals, etc.) will be available … Continue reading

Maker Works Artist-in-Residence: Monica Wilson - post

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Periodically, Maker Works has hosted artists in residence. After a long break from the program, this is our latest one. Maker Works’ goal in hosting artists like Monica is to promote people who are using the tools in creative ways, … Continue reading

7 Ways to Be a Maker Works Member - post

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You may have heard about our newest membership option: Pro. Pro membership provides additional hours of access to the shop from 9am to 1pm Monday through Thursday. (Regular membership already begins at 9am on Friday.) We will only have one staff person on hand … Continue reading

Save the Date! Summer Camps at Maker Works: July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

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We’ve been working hard to put together a group of fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper are going to love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the … Continue reading

Join us at the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 4 - post

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We’re gearing up for the 8th Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire Held at the Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch Saturday, June 4 | 10a – 4p Maker Works is ecstatic to be an exhibitor at this year’s … Continue reading

Join us for Summer Camps at Maker Works! July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Check out our fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper will love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the morning or afternoon. And, you can mix and match as many … Continue reading

Member Meetings are now Quarterly! The next one is July 21st at 7pm - post

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Join us for our Quarterly Member Meeting, led by Maker Works co-founders Tom Root and Dale Grover. In it, they’ll cover: – Maker Works Business Scoreboard and Profit & Loss – Membership Options – Announcements & Upcoming Changes If you … Continue reading

Ann Arbor Health Hacks – June 24-26 - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Ann Arbor Health Hacks (http://a2healthhacks.org/) is a non-profit organization in Ann Arbor that is geared towards building the community and bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to develop new ideas in healthcare innovation through healthcare hackathons. The topic for this year’s … Continue reading

A Maker’s Guide to the Holiday Season - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Handmade gifts can be the best gifts. But if you’re anything like us, sometimes the stress of the holidays can be magnified by scrambling to finish handmade gifts at the last minute. That’s why we’ve created this guide with tried-and-true … Continue reading

Summer Camp 2017 - post

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Camp registration is underway! Kinetic Camp Ages 8-12 Jun 19 – 23  9:00am – 12:00pm Comic/Manga Camp Ages 10-14 Jun 26 – 30 & Aug 07 – 11 9:00am – 4:00pm (aftercare available from 4pm to 5pm) Metal Sculpture Camp Ages 13-16 Jul 10 – 14 … Continue reading