My brother, Doug Borzynski, works for the Buffalo Museum of Science and has offered the North Ridge a tremendous resource: on-going use of the MakeShift Workshop on the 3rd floor of the museum on Sundays, for the three hours before closing. The MakeShift Workshop has the following resources: Equipment: One EMCO Vacuum-pressure former model 1220-VP. 12x18 (14x20 sheets) Kelvin vacuum forming sheets. He has sheets for it we can use within reason; members doing a lot of builds should provide their own Kelvin vacuum forming sheets. He also has lots of sculpting foam blocks and sheets as well as foam cutters to sculpt molds again within reason. Two Cube 3d Printer - 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch square. For fair trade he gets to keep the image of cool items we design in exchange for the resin to make the item (ABS and PLA plastic) - can only print in one color at a time (red, black, white, or green). One Epilog 30watt Laser engraver 1' x 2' bed with rotary attachment for etching cylinders. One Drill press One Power sander One Sliding miter One Router Table Two sewing machines Tools: 1 Craft heating gun, 15 soldering irons, multiple adhesives bottles, hand sanders, safety glasses and aprons. Miscellaneous: Scrap fabric. Thread. Wire. LEDs. Plywood dowels, boards, and pieces. Workbenches: Four 50x60 inch tables with stools. Two members can easily work at one workbench meaning we can have up to eight participants working on projects at a time. Note: Ventilation inside the workshop is not sufficient for spray painting. He also wants to keep any mistakes made along the way to show to kids as examples. Also, Martin Camacho (a local photographer) has been invited to take pics throughout this process to document it. The first workshop session will be this Sunday, September 29, from 2 - 5 PM. Subsequent workshop sessions will be on Sundays from 1 - 4 PM. The workshop on the 29th is closed to the public, but subsequent workshops, as we have stuff to show as well as a sense of what we are doing, will be open to the public to enter the workshop and observe and ask questions of participant-club members. In exchange for allowing the North Ridge to use the MakeShift Workshop, Doug asks the following: 1) CAD designs used on the Cube 3d fabricator are property of the Buffalo Museum of Science and can be used to fabricate additional units at their discretion. 2) Errors made in building are not to be destroyed or thrown away but offered to Doug to be kept by him at his discretion to use as learning tools for kids. 3) Participant-club members will be courteous to museum patrons and consider themselves both ambassadors of the North Ridge as well as representatives of the museum when answering questions. Depending on the nature of builds, appropriate safety precautions to safeguard museum visitors will be discussed with Doug and approved by him in advance. 4) Participant-club members will commit to participating in workshop related builders events. At this time, we are being asked to set aside Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1 - 9 PM, for a Makers' Fair: 1 - 4 PM is the family-friendly portion for museum patrons, 4 - 6 PM is a break time and participants will have dinner, 6 - 9 PM is the adults only portion of the event. In addition to the North Ridge builders, other makers of things, seamstresses, bakers, crafters, programmers, robot builders (that is evil geniuses) will also be invited. Formal ads will be out after the event is fully green lit. If you sign-up and use the workshop, it is expected that you will abide by the four conditions above. A report by the museum that a participant-club member failed to do so will be reviewed by the diplomats and the club officers and could result in severe sanctions against the offender. At this time, the eight work slots have been filled for the 29th (this proposal was first fielded on the Snow Mandos thread and the slots went fast for building armor). Those initial eight, however, do not own those spaces; they are North Ridge spaces and any club member wishing to use the workshop in the future will get a chance. In our next club meeting we can discuss how the club wishes to manage sharing these workspaces over subsequent workshop sessions. Toward that end, if you know you'd like to be on the "waiting list", please feel free to say so. This thread will be used in future to update session dates and help manage use of the workshop.