Storage Policy is Published

After a lot of discussion and refinement of process, we have an official Storage Policy in place and posted prominently on the wiki.

Jakob Brouillette did a ton of work writing up, and making changes to this policy in response to clarifications and suggestions by other members and officers.

It’s on the wiki if you want to read all the details, but I’ll highlight some of the big points here.

Inbox

We are no longer any accepting items without prior approval. Organizing and disposing of things has taken a lot of energy this last year, and it’s hard to identify much value that has come as a result of things dropped off which weren’t specifically requested, or cleared ahead of time.

So, if you want to donate a thing, check the “Items Wanted” list and see if it’s on there.  If it’s not, you will have to get approval before leaving it at the space.

Hackpile(s)

We now have two hackpiles.  One is a free for all which will have items of low value, but some utility. Anything in that pile is free for the taking for any purpose by any member.  The other is the Premium Hackpile and items there will have price tags on them. Members can buy those items by leaving money in the bucket designated for that pile.

Impound

If anyone finds anything left out in a common area that isn’t supposed to be there, they can move it to the Impound area.  Anything still there for more than a month becomes property of the makerspace and will be sold or auctioned off during the first week of each month.

If you find that something of yours wound up in the Impound area, simply take it out and put it in your appropriate storage or take it with you. The area is not locked down in any way. It’s just a place we will put things left out.

Don’t take anything from the Impound if it’s not yours.

If you do move things others may have left out, please be respectful and keep the items together by putting small things in a box before moving to impound.  We want to keep the place clean, but not at the expense of damaging or losing things.

And More…

Read the wiki on the Storage Policy for more details on things like Special Permits and Parking Passes.

CANCELLED – Informal Q&A with Adam Ernst iOS developer at Facebook

DUE TO WEATHER THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED

This weeks Coder Cooperative will be joined by Adam Ernst iOS developer at Facebook!  Adam said he’d take us through a day-in-the-life of FB iOS development.

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So join us 7:00pm – 9:00pm(ish) tonight (and every week) at the Appleton Makerspace for #codercooperative!

Miller Electric Donates TIG Welder

  
The Appleton Makerspace’s Metal Shop is a major step closer to being operable with Miller Electric’s generous donation of a Diversion 180 TIG welder. It’s awesome to see a local company like Miller Electric, whose corporate headquarters are just a few blocks away, helping their community. (Check out their Website.)

This machine adds tremendous capability to our shop as it will allow us to weld both steel AND aluminum of a wide variety of thicknesses using a relatively clean and easy to control welding process. 

We’ve been spurred by this exciting addition to hasten setting up a safe and usable Metal Shop. This, along with the previous donation of safety equipment, will bring much more utility and educational opportunity to local Makers and the community.

Please thank Makerspace Member and Miller employee Ryan Peterson for arranging this for us! 

KB9VR Antennas Donates 2-Meter J-Pole to Appleton Makerspace Hamshack

The Appleton Makerspace's J-pole  looks great in a fall sunset.
This J-pole antenna was donated by Michael Martens, who hand-makes quality, affordable antennas for Amateur Radio Enthusiasts

The Appleton Makerspace’s growing Hamshack received the welcome donation of a 2-meter J-pole antenna from KB9VBR Antennas. The antenna radiates primarily on the 2-meter band (144-148 MHz) but also radiates well on the 70 Cm band. This antenna will enable us to better participate in Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club (FCARC) nets and other VHF nets in the area. 

The antenna is made out of copper pipe, which is an excellent conductor, and is robust enough to last through Wissconsin winters. For more information on KB9VBR Antennas, check out their Website.

Currently, the Appleton Makerspace Hamshack has capabilities for: 13cm data, 70cm fm voice, 2m fm voice, and 20m all mode. We have antennas for 6m, 10m, 40m, and 75/80m that still need to be installed. 

Live from the Barnes & Noble Mini-MakerFaire

We started out yesterday afternoon and have had a nearly non-stop flow of store customers coming to our table and talking with us about the products the store is selling as well as some of the projects we’ve brought in from the makerspace.

Mini Makerfaire

The vast majority of the people I talked with there when I asked “Have you heard of a Makerspace before?” had not.

In some cases the Barnes & Noble advertising was how they first heard about it. In other cases, walking by our setup was the first time.

We’ve had a lot of adults stop by and talk with us about the Quadcopter that Steve built and the Shapeoko that Inventables donated to our space.

This is a fundraiser for our space also, and we think we’ve probably raised close to $200 so far from sales from customers who have mentioned us as they checkout!

But the best thing to come from the event is that a lot of new people are learning about our Makerspace and many of them are excited to come by on a Thursday night soon to check it out.

If you haven’t come out yet, please swing by and say hello!