MakerPlace updates

08 Jun 2012 6:02 PM | Anonymous

We will be holding another “Open House” (a.k.a. the Maker Meet and Greet) for the general public on June 9 and 10 from 10a.m. to 4p.m.  This is an opportunity to introduce prospective members to the extensive MakerPlace facility (many of our current members found MakerPlace through our previous open house events) and the many creative projects being developed by our members.  We encourage anyone with a project–completed or not– to display, sell and/or explain it during the event. We are hoping for more media coverage, so have your TV face on.  Many of the big tools will be periodically demoed throughout the day.  Members are welcome to work regular hours (9a.m. - 9p.m.) but, during the open house, the use of power tools will be restricted and be used for demonstrations.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.  Upon request, we will offer extended hours those days for anyone who absolutely, positively needs to get some work done …  just contact the front desk, Brian, Michael or Steve. 

Refreshments will be available during the Open House. This includes free beverages for all our members and, as a small token of our appreciation, free lunch for all Pioneers who flash their badges and for those individuals who conduct the tool demonstrations. Lunch will be available from the renowned MIHO Gastrotruck. 


We will be also offering membership specials during the event: 

(1)   New member will save 10% off membership list prices during the weekend event only

(2)     If a member brings a buddy and the buddy signs up for a month or more, both will get a $50 credit AND both get lunch.  We appreciate any and all referrals. 


(3)    If a member upgrades to a Pioneer or Volume12 level, in addition to a great deal, we will also throw in a $50 credit as well as a free lunch.  We appreciate the confidence and support of all our members and we hope to close admittance to the Pioneer program at this event.

Whats Happening…

MakerPlace member and rocket scientist Belle Holder launched Play Doh, her model rocket, at the Plaster City Proving Grounds .  Upon command, Play Doh slipped the surly bonds of Earth and screamed into the azure sky.  At 2,000 feet altitude, the nosecone parachute deployed as planned and returned the package gently to the ground unharmed.  For this successful launch, she was promoted to Junior Level 1 Rocket Engineer.  Congratulations are in order for great work skillfully executed.

Rocket Scientist Holder’s Dad and MakerPlace member, Wayne Holder is competing 

June 15th in Sparkfun’s  ( autonomous vehicle competition in Boulder, CO with his GPS guided 

remote control car.

Happy Owl Studios successfully demonstrated their integrated iPad controlled cash drawer and has offered it for sale on .  Check it out!  If your business (or someone you know) needs a classy way to handle retail transactions (cash and/or credit cards), this is a totally cool solution

MakerPlace partner FabLab San Diego was awarded an “Editor’s Choice” award for their exhibit in the “The Future of Education” area at the Bay Area Maker Faire last month.  The MakerPlace staff visited their area and it was packed with enthusiastic young students interacting with the many educational exhibits.  Well Done!

Chris Schaie (MakerPlace Pioneer and CNC instructor) demonstrated his

mechanical octopus in the MakerFaire ShopBot booth. Unfortunately, the octpuses’ head exploded during transport to the fair but no one seemed to notice in that the arms still waved and was fascinating to watch.  If any of you have experience with exploding heads, please offer your insight to Chris.

Our thanks to all the MakerPlace members who turned out at 5:30am to meet the KUSI News Team.  We know the publicity will be good for us and we hope it benefits your companies as well.  If you didn’t catch us on TV we’ve shared links for the segments on our Facebook page, so be sure and check it out.

Give the Gift of MakerPlace

By popular request, the front desk is offering MakerPlace Gift Certificates in any amount. They are the perfect gift for Father’s Day, important teachers, new graduates, students looking for a productive summer or anyone interested in learning a new skill such as embroidery, quilting, welding, arduino or 3D modeling. 

Up for a Challenge?

Steve has launched The Instructables Challenge! A $150 MakerPlace Gift Certificate goes to the FIRST MakerPlace member who successfully publishes an “instructable” that references MakerPlace on  and a $50 gift certificate goes to EVERY additional instructable referencing MakerPlace for all of 2012.  Just document your work with a few pictures and claim your 

reward and bragging rights.  See for submission details.  This challenge is open to MakerPlace staff too, so get it into gear!

New Classes

Starting in June, we are pleased to announce two new classes …

Pat Downing, an award winning artist and MakerPlace Member, is going to deliver a unique course entitled “Introduction to BandSaw Boxes.”  This two-part course will give you the basic techniques to make unique, beautiful and functional boxes using just a bandsaw and a sander.  During the first part of the course, Pat demonstrates a variety of techniques and results.  The second part makes Pat available for one-on-one consultation and resolution of issues.  During the two parts, students have the opportunity to select unique materials and create a design.  Due to the need to practice between class sessions this course is open to members only unless they have a bandsaw at home.

Rick Schnieder  will be delivering a course teaching the safe use of an oxy-acetylene welding torch.  Major techniques of welding, cutting and brazing will be demonstrated then performed by students. Students will become proficient in the safe use of the welding apparatus and become knowledgeable of the various techniques available using a welding torch. Methods to be explored will be oxy-acetylene welding of mild steel, using the cutting torch to cut shapes from mild steel and brazing mild steel and copper.  During a follow-up advanced course, Rick will teach the use of the torch in artistic efforts.

Additionally, FabLab San Diego has rescheduled their Printed Circuit Board (PCB) milling class for the June 23.  If you need a fast, cheap way to fabricate single or double sided PCBs using the K2 precision CNC mill, sign up while slots are available.  Bring your own circuit on EagleCad or Fritzing or use our Real Bare Bones Board (RBBB) Arduino template (see for a public domain schematic).

Thanks agin for all the support and we look forward to seeing you around.

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