Monthly updates

MakeICT January News: Kansas Day, David Springs, LED Trees, Budget Overview

January 25, 2018 2:08 am
Are you a fan of our metalshop? Thank Paul and Jeremiah for the ventilation improvements! Next safety class is January 31.

MakeICT January News

Dear members: This month your leadership was very focused on approving the 2018 budget. As a new president this was an eye-opening experience and I wanted to pass on some of the things I learned.Our budget this year is based on having 300 members, because we are confident we will stay above that number all year. Each of you pays $25 a month just like me so it might help to break down what your dues are for. Nearly $20 of your dues are for the basics – rent, utilities, insurance, and of course $1 for paypal fees if you’re on the automatic month-to-month payments. The rest is split up among the various makerspace areas, first for “core expenses”, aka what it takes to keep running. Screenprinting screens, saw blades, repairs, small tools, and new tools. When it comes to funding new equipment we were very conservative, knowing that we have not only limited funds but space. There will be fundraising efforts throughout the year for equipment, you might have already seen talk of a second laser cutter in the the forum. In key areas we allocated budget to match these efforts. Fundraising has many benefits – it gives the community a chance to take part in MakeICT’s mission, ensures that our dues stay very low, and it tells us what we’re really willing to gather together and work for. If new equipment is important to you, talk to your area lead about what it will take.I said we budgeted for 300 members – we currently have more than that. Most of our costs are fixed, so additional members provide a safety margin in case our membership decreases. We also have an important task ahead of us of evaluating possible new locations for future years. Our makerspace is amazing and I will keep working to make it better, and we’ve appointed founder Jens Torell as chair of our new building committee. This way if a fantastic space opens up, we know our requirements and we’re ready to move on it.It’s very important to me for us to have a budget that we stick to and take seriously. By doing this we convey a message to our community and potential grantors that we are serious about using our funds wisely. If you have questions about the budget or our plans for this year please reach out to me or our treasurer, David Springs. Board meetings are always open to everyone and we take suggestions for our agenda with the google group.I’m very proud to be the president of an organization that’s maintaining financial stability while achieving so much success. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you: members, area leads, and donors who contribute so generously of their time, expertise, and money. Thank you for all that you have done to so we can keep planning our bright future.- Kim

Join us for Kansas Day

January has a 5th Monday and this year it coincides perfectly with Kansas Day! Join us at 7pm on January 29 to make Kansas art, color laser cutter ornaments, and show off our makerspace for this public event. Invite all of your friends to our facebook event and we’ll see you at the makerspace.

All About David Springs

Meet our featured maker for January: David Springs. He’s an incredibly helpful, artistic, creative individual who has shown us all kinds of ways to go big, leverage arduinos, use anything for a clock. Read more on our blog…

Make LED Trees

In December our most popular class was taught by James Lancaster: LED trees. If you’ve got some time to sit and solder you can make one of these at home. Read the instructions on our blog…

Newsletter Suggestions

Do you have a suggestion for next month’s featured maker or project? Shoot me an email (kim@makeict.org) – especially if you’ve got photography skills or could help with a write up. Our blog is a great place to give new visitors an idea of what goes on at our makerspace!

December Newsletter

December 15, 2017 6:42 pm
Hello Makers! I wanted to send you this photo of our makerspace, with its new sign, on a beautiful winter day. If you think the outside of our space is amazing, check out what’s be going on with the inside of our space:

December Member Meeting December 18

We are going to have an awesome holiday party in conjunction with our maker member meeting on Monday December 18th at 7PM! To fully appreciate this event you should definitely read the entire event description at the facebook event, but in a nutshell: #OhMGE seasonal activity! Bring a $10 gift, wear a festive sweater, sign up to bring a snack, bring a friend!

The Gift of Making

Wondering what to get the creative Wichitan in your life? How about a MakeICT gift card? Visit makeict.org/gift-memberships to read how you can give the gift of making!

Committee Sign Up

Our committee sign up sheet is a great ongoing way to get involved in the space. We’ve had leadership positions open up for the Special Projects committee, and we’re forming new committees for Decluttering and New Building Selection. The sign up sheet helps us collect interest so we can appoint the right people to these important teams so let us know what you’re interested in.
bit.ly/makeict11

2018 Area Lead Appointments

Our 2018 area leads have been chosen – thanks to everyone who volunteered! The list of names is here: Area Leads Appointments. If you’re passionate about an area, talk to the new area lead about how you can help. Many of them are appointing assistants or would just like your feedback on how to improve our makerspace. I’d like to extend a huge thanks to our 2017 area leads – you make the makerspace what it is!

Do you have a photo badge?

Shortly after the first of the year we’ll be checking to make sure everyone is wearing a photo ID when they use the space. If you’re a newer member this is no problem, photo badges are the only keys we’ve issued for months. If yo’ure a more established member you might still need to have one made. This will help us get to know each other, standardize nametags, and prevent others from using your key. Contact security if you’re still using one of the old keys: security@makeict.org

Giving Back

December is the season of giving and we have been hard at work! Our woodshop elves, consisting of MakeICT and Sunflower Guild members, made 163 toy trucks for distribution by Salvation army last Thursday the 14th. Several volunteers helped at Wichita’s Alternative Gifts market to raise $529 for Egyptian Zabbaleen recyclers. We hosted a girl scout ornament making workshop where dozens of girls learned graphic design to make their own laser cut ornaments. To get involved, stay tuned in with our forum!

One of the toy trucks made for kids in need by our woodshop elves

November Updates for Members

November 5, 2017 6:37 pm

This email was sent to members only November 5, 2017

2018 Area Lead & Assistant Signup

What is your favorite area of the makerspace? Are you passionate about its tools, potential, safety, and getting new people in to use it? If so I strongly encourage you to sign up as an area lead or assistant area lead. The signup deadline is November 27th, leads will be appointed by the board. We depend on area leads and their teams to keep our makerspace running smoothly. Sign up is here: bit.ly/makeict129

Collecting Demographics

Our demographics survey is running to help us collect member information for grants. It takes two minutes and it’s extremely important for our makerspace so please fill it out: bit.ly/makeict14

Seeking Teachers

Have you ever wanted to teach a class at the makerspace? We have tips to get you started! There will be a meeting Thursday November 9th at 7pm for members and non-members. This is a great opportunity to recruit some friends to the space who are ready to share. So many people join our space to use our tools, I really wanted to reach out to a different audience with this event, so share with lots of people: facebook.com/events/1732740153412275/

New Laser Cutter Software

As many of you know, last month the control board for our laser cutter up and died. Christian and James L did an amazing job jumping in to get it back up and running, with a new lost-cost, open source solution that would work on a lower-cost control board. It means we have to use new software but it’s not difficult. There is a 3-ring binder next to the laser cutter computer with screenshots to help you out. Learn more about getting up to speed…

Everything Else

As always, check out our calendar for everything going on at the makerspace because it is too much to list. James S has an exciting Saturday of electronics workshops planned for November 18th, get your welding classes in before the holiday rush, drop in with the Wichita Drone Club and as always, come tell us what you’re making at Maker Monday.

See you soon,

Kim

October Newsletter

October 24, 2017 6:40 pm
Can you, right now, invite at least ten facebook friends to our Annual Benefit MakeICT Art Auction this Friday from 6-10PM?

The items are set out and look amazing! Furniture, sculptures, wall art, gifts, lamps, metalwork and more – the diversity of talent displayed for this event is so impressive we can’t wait for Wichita to see what we can do! The money raised will go to buy new tools for our non-profit makerspace. If inviting friends is all you do and then you zone out and skip the rest of this newsletter, I’ll forgive you.

But in case you’re still in, of course there’s always more going on…

Halloween Party

Our Halloween Party on Monday October 30th will be a spooky blast. Wear a costume and bring a scary snack. Facebook event | Halloween contest guidelines

Demographics Survey

Active members: We need more information about you for grants, proposals, and community outreach – more that just a name and email. It’s not the most exciting survey but it’s very important to us. Please spend some time this week to help us collect basic demographics about who we’re reaching by taking this survey.

Volunteers needed!

We need help staffing our art auction October 27th, Bartlett Ecofest bike generators on Sunday October 29th, table at the Wichita Alternative Gifts Market on November 11th, setup for the halloween party, and there are lots of “constant” volunteer opportunities around the space. Volunteering is a great way to get to know your fellow makers. We now have one signup form that will change throughout the year to sign up for what’s available: http://bit.ly/makeict15

Tallgrass awards

A huge thanks to Curt Gridley, David Springs, Susan de Wit, and Jeremiah Burian for creating awards for this year’s Tallgrass Film Festival! Thanks to their efforts MakeICT was a community sponsor for a fantastic movie: Dave Made A Maze. The movie was funny, creative, artistic and perfect for us to sponsor.

We could host a conference!

The enormous and wonderful Nation of Makers wants to have their first conference, and when it comes to possible host cities, they are thinking very seriously of Wichita Kansas! This would be huge for us. To help out with the bid committee fill out our volunteer form.

Reach out

As always, I’d love to hear from you about how MakeICT is going – kim@makeict.org. If you’re a new member, wondering what to do first, I am happy to help you. We were all new once!  Let’s help each other grow so our organization can keep serving Wichita as the treasure that we are.

September Updates From The President

September 5, 2017 3:39 pm

Welcome to September! This email has more volunteer sign up forms than any email ever, so if you’re a new member wondering how you can get to know people at MakeICT, pick a thing! Maybe you joined MakeICT to make your own stuff – I know I did. But I quickly learned that I am smarter and a better maker if I’m friends with makers. You know what I mean – those people who just SENSE when you’re confused about a tool in the woodshop or your Inkscape design isn’t matching your vision at all? I got to know those people through attending events and volunteering. Well now that I’ve started off about my personal abstract about journeys, let me get to our highlights. – Kim

September 28th General Meeting and Chili Cookoff

Remember the annual meeting was so fun, we voted something along the lines of “we should do this more often!” Well that quarterly time has occurred. Join us for our first member meeting. We’re making it a potluck chili cookoff! Bring a crock pot of chili, a topping or side that goes along with chili, or a prize for the winners. Apparently some people have asked to be total anarchists and bring soup. Fine with us!

One very important thing we’ll be doing at this meeting is talking about Spaces. What if you could create your dream makerspace? Would it be in a different building, or can we keep making this building into our dream? It’s a topic that comes up and we’re forming a building committee to focus our 5 and 10 year plans. Your input will put them off to a great start.

Sign up to bring a food here: http://bit.ly/makeict128

Join the building & facility committee here: http://bit.ly/makeict11

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/160439797841335/

October 27th Art Auction

We’re planning something big for October’s Final Friday: A MakeICT art auction. Join the artists, craftsmen and builders of MakeICT at the Gallery for a night to remember on Final Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6-10 p.m. On display will be a collection of art that combines the skill and creativity of the vibrant local maker community. The pieces in this collection are an intersection of art, technology, science, and culture that the members of MakeICT have donated to a silent action. Funds raised will be used to purchase equipment to enhance & modernize our local community makerspace.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/148841592371360/

Sign up to help: https://goo.gl/forms/fthbeaORM23nbu2K2

Sign up to donate your art: https://goo.gl/forms/9rpLrMXrbvxDVlor1

We’re Big In Wichita

There’s a lot going on in Wichita and MakeICT wants to be present for all of it! Can you help by representing us at a table? Events coming up are:

Open Streets – Spend time at the makerspace giving tours while the entire city walks down Douglas. Sunday September 24th 12-4PM.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159392824626093/

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/yMQrU5bfNWBUXSD53

North End Urban Arts Festival – Help kids make rockets at our table on Saturday September 30th 3-10PM.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902071053410033/

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/6lvEPsbzHo3tFRt62

Delano Fall Fair – Demonstrate woodwoorking or 3D printing at our booth on October 6-8

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/123200994992896/

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/qRAg1ZekftXEmrxk2

Bartlet Ecofest – Help out at our booth or with our bike generators that power this concert. Sunday October 29 12pm-5pm

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880533508856971/

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/6VaBJ9i10LNc7Orz2

Alternative Gifts Market – We’re showing off our holiday ornament-making skills and raising money for Egyptian recyclers on Saturday November 11 10AM-4PM. Help make ornaments to get ready.

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1368549073179019/

Information about our cause, and sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/44t0khke4h78lEbs2

More News from the Makerspace

There are lots of events going on at MakeICT. Are you certified on our plasma cutter yet? Read about it on our blog: http://makeict.org/2017/08/24/new-cnc-plasma-cutter/

Our summer eclipse road trip was a huge success! Check out James’ photos and lessons we learned.

We decided not to have scheduled open hours on every Monday and Thursday anymore. The biggest reason for this was that there is so much going on, members without keys have plenty of opportunities to get involved.  Classes, workshops, game night, Toastmakers, committee meetings, ceramics night, textile tribe, and as always Maker Monday – my number one piece of advice for new members is to stalk the calendar and dive in.

October will be huge – we love Halloween! As always our annual Halloween maker challenge will be judged on the last Monday in October. If you make something spooky, take photos along the way so you have a log of your process to submit. You have plenty of time so get your ideas going now.

Do you have questions, comments, or feedback? As always send us an email (info at makeict dot org) or fill out our ongoing survey (bit.ly/makeict55) – we’re all in this together, so you hold the key to improving MakeICT. Thank you!

 

 

July Update: Mostly MakerFaire, also everything else

July 7, 2017 1:23 am

Greetings members! It is time to be paying lots of attention to MakerFaire.

MakerFaire Call For Makers
Friday July 7 is the deadline for groups or individuals interested in presenting their project, activity, or performance in this event. Fill out this application:

http://wichita.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/

MakerFaire Call For Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for Wichita’s annual Maker Faire on July 22nd & 23rd at Exploration Place – 300 N McLean Blvd. This two day family-friendly event is a gathering of people who enjoy learning and sharing what they do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Tickets to MakerFaire are $9.50, free for members of MakeICT or Exploration Place, and of course free for volunteers! If you or someone you know has never seen Exploration Place this is a great opportunity – they don’t have to buy a ticket on the day they volunteer. Spend a couple hours giving back as part of the team and in return get to experience MakerFaire and Exploration Place for free the rest of the day.

http://wichita.makerfaire.com/volunteer/

Polls and Surveys
The new board wants your opinion on everything these days! If you haven’t filled out the surveys we’ve been sending out lately, take some time to tell us about yourself. Polls we are running right now include:

Summer Member Feedback – a very open-ended suggestion box
Where do you live? – when we consider marketing efforts or future spaces we’d love to understand where our members are coming from! You can put in just your zip code, no address required
Storage Policy Straw Poll – should we let members leave projects in the space? Weigh in on a possible policy change.

Upcoming Events
It’s hard to pick a few interesting events in these newsletters because there are a LOT of upcoming events. Be sure to visit our calendar to stay up to date. It’s only the first week of July and already we’ve filled the calendar up enough that there are five total days that do NOT have something going on. Come join in!

We even have a new form: the Request A Class form. Was the class you wanted full? Did you miss it? Do you have a suggestion for a new class? There is now a form for you. We’ll forward your request to the most likely instructor so they can understand demand and plan accordingly.

Summer Eclipse Road Trip Should we go to Kansas City or Nebraska? Who wants to go? Join with us to find the best view on August 21.

Textile Tribe This Saturday July 8! Are you a textile aficionado? Do you dabble in the textile arts? Are you looking for a tribe to encourage and inspire your fiber artistic creativity? Or do you have questions about textiles you need answered? Once a month we will get together to encourage each other to explore fiber in it’s many forms and work through our UFOs(unfinished fiber objects). So come play with your yarns, thread, cloths, felts, or fibers in whichever state they exist. Hand, machine, and print work encouraged.

Toastmakers – Every Sunday at 7pm. Toastmakers is a weekly meeting where creative and technical people work on their presentation and communication skills. We are in our early days of starting up and would love some more guests. Every week we feature new speakers with fresh and brilliant new topics, so join us. You do not have to be a member of Toastmasters or MakeICT but this is a great way to check out both. No preparation required, just meet us at 7 and join in!

Fusion 360:Sketching for Makers Thursday July 20th, 6:30 PM. This is class on sketching with Fusion 360 by a professional instructor with 27 years experience in CAD training. By the end of the class you’ll have a final project that is a 2D shape that you would like to make. Learn the basic interface, shapes, constraints and simple extrusions.

February Update

February 10, 2016 3:47 pm
Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up!

Volunteer opportunities


Newsletter:

We’re looking for a newsletter composer and contributors! These monthly updates reach a wide audience of our members, supporters, and other subscribers. If you’re looking for a way to help out and this interests you, let us know!

Ceramics studio build-out:

We’re looking for volunteers to help us complete the build-out of the ceramics studio. We’re looking for people to help provide direction on erecting a couple of small walls and doors as well as able-bodies to perform the work. We’re planning to work on February 20 at 10am. More information and discussion is on the forum.

Engineering Expo booth:

We need volunteers for the MakeICT booth at the Engineering Expo on Saturday, February 20th. The event runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and MakeICT will be there to demonstrate 3D printing, help kids make Marker Bots, and teach people binary code using a punched card reader. If you’re interested in helping, contact barb@makeict.org or reach out on the forum.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

What we’ve been up to


The Newsletter is getting Makeover!

Please feel free to contribute ideas and stories at liberty.

The Team has assembled and met at the Makerspace to toss out ideas and bounce them off of each other. It was a very productive meeting, and we expect to accomplish a great deal in the near future.

New Categories that will be included in the Newsletter are Exploring Makerspaces, which will include different ways that Makers have developed their spaces and Work Areas to see if we can spark some ideas from and for our membership; Kid’s Corner, which will include kid hacks, Mom Hacks, activities, and crafts; a Lesson’s Learned and Did you Know? sections, which will cover lessons from mistakes, quick fixes, and interesting facts; a Featured Maker article every month to help introduce some of our great makers and their favorite projects, and understand their personal take on the makerspace; lastly, a Community section where we will share fun information about Wichita and various happenings in the community.

We want our newsletter to have a fun name, so we will be seeking ideas soon through our forum. The winning newsletter-namer will receive a a $25 gift certificate!

Woodshop & Metalshop Safety Workshops

Mike H. has ongoing safety workshops, and the MakeICT woodshop is a great place to learn woodworking or find a mentor in some very talented woodworkers! Keep an eye out on the forum for dates and times when veteran woodworkers are available to lend some time and knowledge.

Jeff E. has been contributing to the makerspace metalshop safety training and welding classes. These will be ongoing classes, so keep an eye on the calendar.

Laser Cutter Certification Workshops

The laser cutter has been very popular too! We’ve done a bunch of laser cutter certification workshops now, and people have been making some cool stuff. We’ll also be keeping these going every month.

Wii modding workshop

This was a unique workshop where MakeICT member Lewis came in and shared his knowledge on modding video game consoles to provide more usability and fun. There is so much more you can do with your electronics than just what comes out of the box!

Intro to Webcam Graphics

Laura Scholl, who teaches Graphic Design and Digital Art at Newman and is an active member of Women Who Code Wichita taught this workshop using tools like Processing and a webcam to create interactive graphics and art. We’re looking forward to more workshops like this in the future! If you’re interested, let us know!

What’s coming up


Throughout February: Let’s learn Fusion360!

We’re hosting Fusion360 learning opportunities for members (and their guests) who are interested in learning the toolchain for use with the Tormach PCNC1100.

February 10: Basic Electronics Class with James S.

Demystify electricity, learn basic electronics skills, and even make your own touch lamp, in this fun filled class for total beginners! The instructor is our electronics lab guru, James. This award winning artist has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on embedded design and has worked as an analogue test engineer for several years. Registration is required.

February 12: Not-So- basic Electronics with James S.

Discussion of commonly used circuits and devices and how to use them, what to look for on a datasheet and how they lie, and how to use some simple equipment. The instructor is our electronics lab guru, James. This award winning artist has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on embedded design and has worked as an analogue test engineer for several years. Registration is required.

February 17: Intro to Kicad with James S.

This class outlines the basic board design work flow, as well as basic board layout consideration using KiCad, an open source cad program. Laptop with Kicad installed is required to take full advantage of this class (laptops are available for use at the makerspace). Registration is required.

February 20: Wood Shop Safety Workshop with Mike H.

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this Safety class including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool and how to maintain safe control for improved performance.

Tools covered: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw. Registration is required.

February 12 (and most Thursdays): Code and Coffee

Most Thursdays! Join us for a pre-work meetup to have some coffee, get your day started, and hang out with some fellow developers. Show up whenever, leave whenever. Join us at The Labor Party to get your day started right!

February 15 and 29: Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Do you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework or tool? Level Up is the event for you. Bring your laptop (or borrow one of ours) and start learning. We provide the space and the mentors to give guidance and answer questions.

This is intended to be a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

February 22: Maker Monday

Bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring yourself! Come check out our makerspace, meet cool people, find help with a project, see who you can help, or just come hang out!

Maker Mondays are always free and open to the public, and we now have volunteers providing fun activities and demonstrations for kids!

February 27: Laser Cutter Certification with Dominic

Come learn how to use our 80w CO2 laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter for members who have their key and non-members who want to take public laser-cutting workshops in the future.

January Update

January 4, 2016 11:24 pm
etched-stool

Volunteer opportunity


We’re looking for a newsletter composer! These monthly updates reach a wide audience of our members, supporters, and other subscribers. If you’re looking for a way to help out and this interests you, let us know!


What we’ve been up to


Network upgrade

The makerspace network has been upgraded! We replaced a couple of consumer-grade wifi routers with a commercial-grade MikroTik router and 3 access points. This has dramatically improved the reliability and speed. Our volunteers ran nearly 6,000 feet of cat5e cable and installed physical ethernet drops around the makerspace.

HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who helped make this possible!

We want from this router:

tp-link-router

To this router (and 3 access points):

mikrotik-router

Plus, check out this patch panel I wired up and didn’t completely ruin!

network-patch-panel

We have few other site-wide projects like this that I’m pretty excited about – stay tuned for future updates!

Step stool workshop

stool-workshop

Jerry’s DIY step stool workshops are great way to start learning woodworking and some of the equipment available at the MakeICT makerspace.

Check out this picture Jeremiah made during one of the workshops, then etched on the laser cutter, and finally stained for finish.

etched-stool

Jerry’s doing another DIY step stool workshop this month – see the events listed below to sign up!

Coffee roasting

A relatively small but committed group came out for Dean’s coffee roasting workshop. He covered the whole process, from green bean to coffee pot and more. According to lingering aroma, this workshop went pretty well!

Woodshop safety workshop

Thanks to Mike H’s woodshop safety workshops, the MakeICT woodshop has been buzzing with activity. We’ll keep these safety workshops going every month, so if you haven’t had yours yet, just keep an eye on the calendar!

Laser cutter certification workshops

The laser cutter has been very popular too! We’ve done a bunch of laser cutter certification workshops now, and people have been making some cool stuff. We’ll also be keeping these going every month.

3D Printing

In this workshop, we learned some modeling basics as well as how to change filament in the Ultimaker 2, how to level the bed, and how to create a 3D print from the model. The Ultimaker 2 is just one of the three 3D printers we have at MakeICT. They all use slightly different software, but the workflow is the same, so once you’ve learned how to use one it’s easy to learn the others.


What’s coming up


January 5: Woodshop Safety Class

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this Safety class including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool and how to maintain safe control for improved performance.

Tools covered: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw.

Prerequisites: Please read the wood shop tool access policy and safety requirements on the wiki page prior to coming to class.

Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves
  • Advisable: Hearing protection

Once you take and successfully pass this class quiz, you can use this wood shop equipment for your projects whenever you work at MakeICT as a member! Additional woodworking classes will be offered, so watch the calendar for notification.

January 7: Code & Coffee

Join us for a pre-work meetup to have some coffee, get your day started, and hang out with some fellow developers. Show up whenever, leave whenever. Join us at The Labor Party to get your day started right!

January 9: Gamedev Build and Demo Day

Wichita’s first free game development and demo day! Hosted by devICT and The Labor Party and FREE OF CHARGE!

January 9: Wii Modding Workshop

MakeICT member Matthew Warren will explain the what, why, and how of modding the Wii video game console.  Participants are invited to bring their own Wii’s to get assitance with setting them up to enjoy homebrew apps.  The workshop outline is as follows:

  • Brief history of Nintendo
  • Wii game console specifications
  • Benefits of modding on the Wii
  • Installing homebrew channel (gateway to Wii modding)
  • Using homebrew channel to launch apps
  • Homebrew browser (download and install apps)

The instructor, Matthew Warren, is a regular at the makerspace and occasionally brings a Wii to Maker Monday’s to share.  His interests are gaming technology and gaming trends, artistic geometry and symmetry, visual mathematics, 2D and 3D graphic arts, technology in all aspects of life, creating-making-modifying things, photography, sculpture, music:listening-playing-creating.

January 11 & 25: Maker Mondays

Bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring yourself! Come check out our makerspace, meet cool people, find help with a project, see who you can help, or just come hang out!

Maker Mondays are free and open to the public!

January 11: New member orientation

Are you a new member (or are you considering becoming one)? Join us during the Maker Monday on January 11th for new member orientation!

January 12: devICT Hangout

Our monthly hangout is an informal social gathering and open hack night. Bring a project, or don’t, and come hang out with fellow Wichita developers. This is open to anyone interested, the only rule is to get out of the house and show up!

January 12: Inkscape for laser cutting with Dominic

January 13: Inkscape for laser cutting with Dominic

Inkscape is a free, open-source application for creating vector graphics and designs. It has many uses, and designs created in Inkscape can be used for foam-cutting, laser cutting, 3D printing, and more!

In this workshop, Dominic will be sharing all of his tips, tricks, and techniques for creating designs specifically for the laser cutter at MakeICT.

If there is something specific you’d like to see, let Dominic know and he will try to work it into the lesson.

Laptops are available to borrow, or you can bring your own (mouse recommended). If you do bring your own, please be sure to have Inkscape installed before the workshop.

January 16: Laser Cutter Certification with Dominic (members only)

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

January 18: Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Do you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework or tool? Level Up is the event for you. Bring your laptop and start learning. We provide the space and the mentors to provide guidance and answer questions.

January 20: Build a Step Stool Workshop

The object of this workshop is to build a small pine wooden step stool, kids size, to use to get a drink or to stand on to brush teeth. The steps are listed below. Painting/Staining would be done off site. This is an entry level workshop that will demonstrate use of several tools in the woodshop. A follow on workshop will be hosted in the future to make a rustic step stool.

Tools used: table saw, planer, drill press, miter saw, lathe, drill motor with tenon cutter, , sanders.

MakeICT member Jerry Carpenter is our workshop host who is a woodworker extraordinaire specializing in hand made rustic items. He is also a member of the Sunflower Woodworker Guild.

January 23: Introduction to Wood Lathe

Learn from one of the best wood turners in Wichita, Royce Wallace, in the MakeICT woodshop!

Topics covered: work piece mounting, spindle turning, bowl turning, parting tools, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, scrapers, roughing gouge, etc.

PREREQUISITE: woodshop safety class is required to have been completed prior to this class!

December update

December 5, 2015 2:43 am

News


Gift memberships

Gift memberships to MakeICT are now available!These are a great idea because anybody you give a membership to can use the MakeICT makerspace to make gifts to give back to you! It’s brilliant!

Lounge projector

The lounge space at MakeICT is now 65%* more lounge-y! Jeremiah saw an opportunity to make better use of the space in the lounge, and he nailed it. He also cleaned out the filter on a donated projector and connected some of the donated video game consoles. Nice work! Check out that sweet Tetris-action in the photo below.
(*this number is guaranteed to be made up)

lounge


What we’ve been up to


Electronics Lab Clean out

The Electronics Lab at MakeICT has been totally cleaned out, organized, and re-assembled! We had about 20 volunteers over one weekend who helped make this possible, and the lab looks great! Checkout the album on Facebook for some before and after shots!

electronics-room

scope

Gel printing workshop with Skyler

November’s featured workshop was an introduction to Gel Printing. Skyler taught attendees how easy it is to make a simple gel mold and how to use them to transfer paint and ink. The gel is made with simple ingredients and can be cleaned/re-used. The only limits to the prints are your imagination!

gel-printing

Outreach at Irving Elementary

A group of 4th and 5th graders at Irving Elementary had a special treat when Tom and Dom came down to talk to them about inventing. We shared some of our personal projects, professional work, and things we’ve done at/with/for the makerspace – including Tom’s foam cutting machine! After sharing our story, the students received foam robot kits to punch-out and assemble, and everyone had a great time!

irving


What’s coming up


December 5: Operation Connectivity

We’re upgrading our network! A small group of dedicated volunteers has mapped out a full plan to improve the reliability and robustness of the network and wifi throughout the MakeICT. This work will be instrumental in other projects/plans we have planned that will rely on a good network.

December 5: Build a step-stool workshop with Jerry

step-stool

The object of this workshop is to build a small pine wooden step stool, kids size, to use to get a drink or to stand on to brush teeth. This is an entry level workshop that will demonstrate use of several tools in the woodshop, and a follow on workshop will be hosted in the future to make a rustic step stool.

MakeICT member Jerry Carpenter is our workshop host who is a woodworker extraordinaire specializing in hand made rustic items. He is also a member of the Sunflower Woodworker Guild.

Note: you must be certified in the woodshop to enroll in this course.

December 5: Laser cutter certification with Mike D (full)

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

December 7: devICT LevelUp!

Do you want to learn to code? Or maybe you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework, or tool? Level Up is the event for you, so bring your laptop and start learning!

This is a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

December 12: Coffee Roasting Workshop with Dean

coffee-roasting

Dean’s going to demonstrate the process of roasting and brewing your own coffee starting with green beans. Topics covered will include:

  • History of Coffee
  • Home Coffee Roasting
  • What to Roast
  • How to Roast

After his demonstration, Dean will help anyone who wants to roast their own coffee if they bring the necessary equipment. This includes:

  • Hot air popcorn popper
  • A single Chop Stick
  • Green Coffee
  • French Press
  • Coffee Grinder

Our instructor Dean is a MakeICT member and retired from Boeing. He has been roasting coffee for about 5 years and is a self-described coffee crank. He’s also active in the local blacksmithing group.

Visit the MakeICT forum for any questions and discussion about this workshop.

December 12: Laser cutter certification with Mike D (full)

This will be a repeat of the December 5th Laser Cutter certification workshop

December 14: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This certification course is available to active MakeICT members who want to learn how to use the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop grants the necessary certification to use the laser cutter.

December 14: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:15.

December 15: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This is a gentle introduction to 3d printing and modeling for beginners. Topics include:

  • What is 3D printing
  • 3D printing workflow
    • Finding and creating 3D models
    • Slicing
    • Printing
  • How to use the Ultimaker 2

December 16: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 16: Woodshop safety with Mike H

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this safety class, including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool, and how to maintain safe control for improved performance. Tools covered include: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders, and scroll saw.

Members who attend and successfully pass the class quiz, are authorized to use the woodshop equipment whenever you work at MakeICT!

Space is limited, so register now!

December 17: Build a step stool workshop with Jerry

This will be a repeat of the December 5th step stool workshop.

December 17: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 15th 3D printing and modeling workshop.

December 18: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 19: Intro to 3D printing/modeling with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 15th 3D printing and modeling workshop.

December 20: Laser Cutter certification with Dominic

This will be a repeat of the December 14th Laser Cutter certification workshop.

December 28: Maker Monday

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

November update

November 6, 2015 4:30 am

News


Local plumber donates labor and expertise to help push progress

Local plumber and new MakeICT member, Kelsey Leidy of Leidy Plumbing & Heating, has generously donated his time and skills to help us install gas lines in the back warehouse area to the woodshop/ceramics furnace, the metal shop radiant heaters, and the forge. With Logan’s loaned scissor lift and a handful of volunteers, we were able to make pretty quick work of the whole process! Now that we have this work out of the way, we can continue our build out of the ceramics studio and metal shop! Interested in helping with that? Checkout the volunteer opportunities below!

plumbing

Makerspace metal shop receives more donated equipment/tools

Barb Davis, one of our esteemed board members and leader of our outreach activities, has made a substantial equipment donation to help us build out our metal shop even further. We sent a handful of members and volunteers to raid her basement, and we’re very happy to provide a new life and purpose to this equipment!

Meeting space made available to members

Good news for our members! We recently passed a new policy which allows members to reserve meeting space and other resources at the makerspace for free! If you’re a member and make a reservation (>14 days prior, please), aren’t charging your guests a fee, and follow the guest policies/rules, then you can bring in a whole crowd of people into the space! You can host your meeting in our co-working space, lounge, or classroom, which is equipped with a digital projector, sound system, laptop computers, and configurable seating for up to 25 people. Of course, there’s free wifi across the entire makerspace as well.

Space can be reserved by emailing dom@makeict.org.

meeting

WSU announces name for their future makerspace

Congratulations to Wichita State on their announcement of a name for their future makerspace: “GoCreate, a Koch Collaborative”. We know first-hand what a makerspace can do for a community, and we’re sure this will be good for WSU. If anyone is eager to see what a makerspace is like and don’t want to wait another year or two to see the one on campus, please join us for one of our Maker Monday events, which are always free and open to the public. When you’re ready to join, we offer low-cost, no-commitment memberships, and all donations are tax-deductible.


Volunteer Opportunities


Our makerspace is built by members of the maker community for the maker community. DIY is at the very core of many of us, and we’re proud of what we’ve managed to create so far with the help of our volunteers and donors. There are many things that keep us busy as we continue moving forward, and here are some opportunities where you can help! In fact, anyone can volunteer with us – no membership required!

Ceramics studio build-out day

Here’s your chance to say “I helped make that” about a great community resource. We’re ready to finish the build out of our ceramics studio, which includes installing the drop ceiling, hanging lights, installing windows, building a partition, and constructing shelves. Burt Unruh and some of the other same volunteers who made quick work of the woodshop build will be leading this work. No experience is needed, just a willingness to work and a desire to be a part of something important!

Electronics lab clean-out day

Our electronics lab is pretty well-equipped, but maybe not super well-organized. Later this month we’re going to clear everything out and then clean up and paint. We’ll be sorting through and organizing the hackables, only keeping worthy pieces before re-organizing the room and putting things back in.

James S, our fearless BD, has put together a new floor layout for how the room should be organized, and he has a battle plan for making this process quick and painless. If you’re free, come join us when you can! You can probably even take home some treasures!

Outreach booth assistant at Emerald City Steampunk Expo

We’re setting up an information/demo table at the 2015 Emerald City Steampunk Expo! One of the most valuable ways for us to advertise is to be out in the community, and this type of exposure helps us attract more members and donors.

You can help! We need smiling faces at our table to hand out flyers and tell attendees about the makerspace. Let them know how awesome our makers are and what you’ve experienced through our makerspace and community. We also plan to have some demos running (like the 3D printer, foam cutter, etc), but if you don’t know how to use those we will teach you!


What we’ve been up to


Halloween Wreath Workshop

These deco-mesh wreaths speak for themselves. I mean just look at this thing; what else can I say? Oh! How about “thanks, Jess, for teaching a workshop!” If you’d like to teach a workshop too, let us know!

halloween-wreath

Woodshop safety courses

Our woodshop continues to draw in new members, and more and more have been certified to access it by taking one of the woodshop safety courses. Don’t miss your chance! Check our calendar below and sign up today!

Avenue Art Days and mural painting

The Douglas Design District has started “Avenue Art Days” in an effort to bring more color to our city. This project has so far resulted in several new murals so far, as well as painting light poles on Douglas between Washington and Hydraulic. Jess Bechtelheimer, our Studio Arts Benevolent Dictator organized a team of MakeICT supporters to paint a mural designed by Valerie Lillich, who has done workshops at MakeICT. For progress pics, checkout our photo gallery on Facebook, and to see the rest of the Avenue Art Days works, check out the Douglas Design District’s photos – or just go and see them in person!

mural

Our mural celebrates this project’s effort to beautify our city as well as the city’s efforts to accommodate transportation modes for more livable communities. It’s located a quarter-mile west of the makerspace, on the side of the Canyon Granite building across from The Anchor.

Special thanks to the Douglas Design District, Janelle King at The Workroom, the City of Wichita, Jess, Val, and all of our awesome volunteers!

devICT Talk: Lightning talks!

devICT hosted another session of Lightning Talks in October. Unfortunately, it looks like the video is unavailable – so if you missed out, you missed out. Be sure to attend our new devICT event, “Level Up!”, detailed below.


What’s coming up


November 6-8: Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

Haven’t had enough Maker Faire yet? Good news, everybody! Barnes & Noble is hosting Mini Maker Faires in stores across the nation – including right here in Wichita! Hooray for makers!

I’ll be speaking at 7pm on the Friday the 6th about my experience with MakeICT, embracing the maker culture, and integrating with the Wichita community.

November 7: Ceramics build-out day – volunteers needed!

Come join our wonderful volunteer crew to help build out our ceramics studio! We’ll be starting at 9am, but you can join us whenever you’re available!

More info is available on the forum.

November 8: Exploration Place free admission day

Our friends over at Exploration Place are opening their exhibits FOR FREE, including the new permanent preschool exhibit Kansas Kids Connect and the current traveling exhibit Design Zone. They’ll also have live Science Shows and demo activities throughout the museum.

November 9: devICT Level Up!

Do you want to learn to code? Or maybe you already code and want to sharpen your skills? Maybe learn a new language, framework, or tool? Level Up is the event for you, so bring your laptop and start learning!

This is a self-learning event with mentors available to help push you in the right direction, or even figure out where you want to go in the first place.

For more information or to be a mentor, visit the Meetup event page.

November 11: Laser Cutter Certification

Attendees will create designs using CAD design software. DXF files will be exported and used in LaserCut v5.3 to interface with the laser cutter. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with cardboard.

Note: This is a members-only certification class, so only active members may attend. This certification is required to use the laser cutter at MakeICT.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2082606/

November 12: WSU Entrepreneurship Forum Series – The MakerSpace Revolution

Wichita State hosts these free forums for the public on various topics related to entrepreneurship. This one is all about makerspaces. Yours truly will be on the panel as well as Dr. Paul Adams from Fort Hays State and Nathan Towle from ESSDACK Makerspace in Hutchinson.

November 14: Electronics lab clean-out day – volunteers needed!

Come join our wonderful volunteer crew to clean out and organize our electronics lab! We’ll be starting at 10am, but you can join us whenever you’re available!

More info is available on the forum.

November 16: Maker Monday

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on!

November 17: Woodshop safety class

Learn the basics to safely operate the major woodshop tools in this safety class, including understanding the limitations of each tool, the forces created when using the tool, and how to maintain safe control for improved performance. Tools covered include: SawStop table saw, drill press, band saw, wood lathe, router table, jointer, planer, miter saw, oscillating spindle and belt / disk sanders and scroll saw.

Members who attend and successfully pass the class quiz, are authorized to use the woodshop equipment whenever you work at MakeICT!

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2085815/

November 20-22: Emerald City Steampunk Expo – volunteers needed!

Emerald City Steampunk Expo is a three-day celebration of steampunk culture. Enjoy three days of concerts, gaming, demonstrations, comedy, oddities, cosplay, LARPing, stage shows and more. (Click here to view the entire weekend schedule at a glance.) The Expo takes place November 20-22, 2015, at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kansas.

More info is available on the forum.

November 21: Laser Cutter Certification

Attendees will create designs using CAD design software. DXF files will be exported and used in LaserCut v5.3 to interface with the laser cutter. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with cardboard.

Note: This is a members-only certification class, so only active members may attend. This certification is required to use the laser cutter at MakeICT.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2082630/

November 21: Explore Gel Printing

gel-printing

Learn how to make monotypes using a homemade gel plate. You’ll create lots of pages loaded with color and design. In this 1.5 hour class you’ll learn how to

  • Get layers of color in just one single pull from the gel plate
  • Use homemade and purchased stencils
  • Make textures using found objects
  • Avoid color “mud” with a little color theory savvy
  • Build beautiful compositions using layers on the gel plate

These basic supplies will be provided: Acrylic paints, papers, brayers, water containers, gel plates, stencils, and paper towels. If you wish to bring additional supplies, you may. For example, consider bringing your favorite stencils, papers and your favorite colors of acrylics in any brand. Bring an apron or wear grunge clothes. Gel printing can be messy, but it’s always fun.

Space is limited. Register at http://members.makeict.org/event-2084522/

December 14: Maker Monday (+new member orientation)

Every other Monday is a Maker Monday! We open our doors to the public at 7pm and invite people to bring a project, bring a friend, or just bring themselves. There’s always something interesting going on! The first Maker Monday of each month is also new member orientation, which starts at 7:15.