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Pardon Our Dust

This is an exciting time for Maui Makers. Not only does the breadth and depth of our membership continue to grow, but we also have secured access to 1500 sq ft in a 3000 sq ft warehouse. This will allow us to provide the Maui community with a better quality of services.

This is a Brand New Warehouse in pristine condition and we will be the very first occupants. We’re just working through final details on getting the electrical installed and inspected by the County. We are targeting a soft opening in mid-to-late September, followed by a Grand Opening after we work some of the kinks out.

This space will offer the following:

  • 3D Printers
  • Electronics Assembly and Testing Area
  • Common Area
  • Taig CNC mill
  • Woodshop including: saws, planer, joiner, drill press, belt sander and mini mill
  • Metal working station including: welding, cutters, grinders, saws, drill press and lathe
  • Air tools
  • Portable power tools
  • General hand tools
  • Measurement tools
  • Work benches

More photos:

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Getting Things Ready

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Bright Shiny New Floor Being Sealed

Watch for exciting changes over the next month. As a membership-supported, all volunteer community organization we are still working to keep our services affordable to the community. A big Mahalo to all the volunteers who are helping us get this space in shape.

If you’d like to volunteer, contact info@mauimakers.com. We can use all types of skills–even non-technical skills like organization, grant writing, etc. Or if you’d prefer to give us a tax deductible donation, click below:

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BIG NEWS: We will be moving into a bigger better space

Stay tuned for details.

Exciting news! Maui Makers has secured a brand new space in Central Maui, near Maui Tropical Plantation.

If you want to get an early look at the space, please come help us make the space ready. We hope to be ready to open Labor Day weekend, so there is a bit of prep work to do.

We want the space to look spiffy, so please join us for painting the drywall wall, as well as cleaning and sealing the new concrete floor.

Items needed:
*a wringer mop bucket
* paint poles, paint trays, and rollers
* paint stirrer attachment for an electric drill (5 Gal size)

For liability purposes, this event is limited to current Maui Makers Members and their family members 16 years and older. A new liability release form need to be signed–got to keep the lawyers happy.

Fri, Sat, Sun from 10 AM till 6 PM.

Note the building does not yet have power installed. Keep this in mind if you bring snacks and refreshments.

The Waiehu Beach space will be closed Sat July 30 and Sun July 31.We

Email info@mauimakers.com for additional info.

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Electronics and Programming–Learn About Arduino!

You can learn Arduino one of two ways:

  1. Come to the Arduino Special Interest Group on Thursdays, click here for more info, and do a self-paced study course over several weeks. We can provide you with all the items you need, coaching, patience and assistancel.
  2. Email us at email classes@mauimakers.com and let us know that you’re interested. We will set up a special, focused beginner-friendly session to get you on your way quickly.

What is an Arduino?

Arduinos are a low cost, easy to use family of microcontrollers.  Want to learn about the basic use of Arduino computers?

Free to paid members. $5.00 for non-members. First time is FREE.

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Menehune Makers–for Young Makers (K-2nd grade)

2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm

A different theme each week.

This is our special program for children. Events will vary, but the primary focus will be on the Art of Tinkering, which encourages learning through exploration of ordinary objects and re-using them in interesting and creative ways.

This week we will be experimenting with Gears! Gears! Gears!

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian, who will be encouraged to explore with their child(ren).

Free to members, otherwise $5.00 per child.

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3D Printing and Prosthetics Special Interest Group

Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm

3D Printing is a fantastic technology that lets you create parts at low cost form 3d-design files. Maui Makers has several 3D Printers in house (our own and on loan from members).

The group has a couple of focuses:

  1. Introducing all skill levels to the power of 3D Printing.
  2. Printing e-Nable hands for those in need on Maui. These low cost prosthetics are a great way to understand the power of 3D printing. Come on down to the makerspace and help out!
  3. Learning Fusion 360 so we can customize designs for the hands (and personal projects). Fusion 360 has a rather steep learning curve, but is very powerful. Learning in a group eases the frustration.

Free to paid members, $10.00 for non-members. First time is Free.

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Menehune Makers–for Young Makers

Day Change–Tuesday from 5:00pm-6:30pm

We are expanding and moving things around to accommodate more events. Please join us at our new time.

This is our special program for children. Events will vary, but the primary focus will be on the Art of Tinkering, which encourages learning through exploration of ordinary objects and re-using them in interesting and creative ways. Check the Maui Makers Calendar for specifics.

Primary focus is K-2nd grade. Events are suitable for 3 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian, who will be encouraged to explore with their child(ren).

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Maui Makers in the News

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Happy New Year. Merry Christmas.
Year of the monkey!

Maui Makers looks forward to 2016

Everyone. You may have noticed that we’ve been pretty quiet while we revamped the website. This was a major overhaul, but I think we’ve got a great new look to go along with a great new year. A shout out to the Maui WordPress group that helped us with some troubleshooting, and some dedicated behind the scenes work from our volunteers.

I’m excited about what’s ahead.

2015

This was a happening year for us. We moved into our very own space last year around this time, and have been building momentum since then. We got a basic workshop and multi-purpose classroom set up/built out. Made it through our first year as a non-profit in the black, and got 3 small grants/sponsorships: Boeing, Kokua Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

We got some great donations/equipment loans in terms of 3D-printers, a CNC milling machine, soldering irons, vinyl cutters and various odds and ends. We continued our Monthly public meetings and established classes and working groups. Got a few interns, and some nice featured Instructables by our members.

We instituted a paid membership structure to pay the bills. We’re all-volunteer, so 100% of your membership dues or donations go to basic operating expenses.

2016

So what’s on tap for next year? We are going to press forward with creating a community of Makers. We are reaching out to the other Makerspaces across Hawaii to develop connections that help us share knowledge. We’ll also look at some ways to reach out into the community more and we’ll continue to tweak our events, classes and programs to match the interests and needs of our members.

One reason for revamping the website was to make it easier to communicate what we’re up to.

More later, so stop reading and Go MAKE something!

 

Laura

President

Maui Makers

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Electronics and Programming–Learn About Arduino!

You can learn Arduino one of two ways:

  1. Come to the Arduino Special Interest Group on Thursdays, click here for more info, and do a self-paced study course over several weeks. We can provide you with all the items you need, coaching, patience and assistance with Adafruit’s online tutorial.
  2. Email us at email classes@mauimakers.com and let us know that you’re interested. We will set up a special, focused beginner-friendly session to get you on your way quickly.

What is an Arduino?

Arduinos are a low cost, easy to use family of microcontrollers.  Want to learn about the basic use of Arduino computers?

Free to paid members. $5.00 for non-members. First time is FREE.

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CNC SIG Meeting Tuesday 15-Dec-2015

Our CNC Special Interest Group will be meeting on 15 Dec (630-830pm) to continue discussions. Meeting will be at our makerspace, upstairs at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Wailuku, HI.

First time attendance is open to all. After that we request you become at least a Friend level member of Maui Makers.

We’ll discuss the new toys in the inventory, as well as some in the pipeline, along with the usual talk story.

CNC = Computer Numeric Control… basically a robot that makes things.