Soft opening Oct 29-30 from noon to 5 pm (tentative)

We are in the final stretch. We expect our electrical meter to be installed this week. There are a few other administrative details to take care of, but we look to be on track to get those sorted out.

If we can’t have the soft opening, we will still be conducting tours and orientation.

What to expect in the new space:

It is a huge improvement over any space we’ve had exclusive access to. The building and fixtures are brand new. It also gives folks room to make, without tripping over each other. We think you’ll like it.

The building is a 3000 sq ft warehouse shell. About 1/2 of it is shared with a for-profit business that shares the makers ethos.

To get in as quickly as possible and keep costs low, we haven’t built out any internal structures. We will have tool areas, workbenches, and a community area. For anyone wanting dedicated space for storage or build out of projects large or small, we have a limited area available to advanced members at an additional fee.

This is a large growth spurt for us, so we will be tweaking the numbers to get ourselves to a sustainable funding level. Our aim is to keep memberships accessible to anyone, but the realities of rent on Maui make this challenging. If we need to raise dues, members who are current annual members will be grandfathered in.

Id also like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are an all volunteer organization. Were going to ask everyone who is a member to spend an hour or two a month, helping with some of the essential chores, that will keep things in good shape. This will allow us to keep dues as low as possible. We don’t have paid staff–we’d like to keep it that way.

Since we don’t have any walls (yet) to block sound or dust, we will have regularly scheduled noisy times and quiet times.

We will post updates as this firms up.

We still plan to offer 24/7 access to qualified, advanced members, but still need to secure funds to upgrade the lock system before we can get there.

And in other news, it looks like some exciting things will be happening on the national maker front. Connections across spaces are starting to solidify, which we hope will lead to more opportunities for everyone to make awesome things.

 

 

Soon…

We’ve finished the electric and are working through getting the meter installed and final inspections. We can’t give an exact date, but are expecting it will be soon.

We’ll have a post within the next couple of days discussing what to expect in the new space.

In the meantime, start planning your projects.

What will you make?

To celebrate, we are planning a group project to build a trebuchet, and water balloon launchers…for the kids.

Space Update

We hoped to be open by now, but still installing the electrical. Our electrician expects to get it done before Thursday. Just need to finish wiring in the electrical panel and the safety lighting.

As soon as we get the electric turned on, we will have our soft opening.

We are planning an all ages build to celebrate. Watch this space for more details.

 

Calling creative makers

How are things coming?

We are almost finished installing the Electric. A few parts on order, but hopefully those get here Monday. If all goes well, we should get the last inspection within the next week. We don’t think it will take very long after that to get the electric turned on.

When will you be open?

Once that happens, we will be open for business. Right now we are hoping for 1st week of October,  fingers crossed.

What does the space look like?

We have most of the functionality worked out, but want the space to have a welcoming and creative feel, and let our membership make the space their own. We have blank walls, plenty of high ceiling, and tape on the floor marking what goes where. We also have some interesting recycled materials that are up for grabs, but either need to find a use, or ride into the sunset. Come unleash your creativity.

To maximize use of space, we aim to keep things modular. Most heavy tools will be moveable using a pallet jacket. This allows rapid reconfiguration to meet needs.

What toys will you have?

  • Small welding/metal forming
  • Large woodworking area, and a large supply of high quality pallet lumber
  • Common area with workbenches, and room to work
  • 3D printing
  • 3-axis Taig CNC
  • Shapeoko
  • Soldering, electronics test equipment TBD
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Sewing machines
  • and more

What times are you open?

For the moment, expect us to resume our Sat/Sun noon to 5 pm, as well as Tuesday Menehune, Wednesday 3D Printing, and Thursday Microelectronics  (aka Arduino).

Where are you?

362 Pakana, off of Waiko Rd.

What about a Grand Opening?

We want to get our members making again. Expect a Grand Opening about 2 months after we have our soft opening. Any event organizers want to help?

We Passed Electrical Inspection Part 1!

We passed our first inspection on the Electrical work.

This was the most challenging part of the process, with laying in the conduit and the high work installing the light fixtures.

The rest should go much more quickly. Our electrician still needs to wire in the outlets and get the meter installed.

We are working our tails off to get to a 1-October opening (fingers crossed). Without electric, theres not a lot we can do. We hope for no later than 15-October.

After that, we’ll schedule a Grand Opening!!!

Anyone want to help organize a Grand Opening?

Space Status

We are officially out of the old location.

Unfortunately the electrical permit process and work has taken longer than we expected. All the conduits are complete, but without wiring and meters, we can’t do much, even if we wanted to.

What must be done:

1. Finish Electric

2. MECO installs meter.

3. County electrical inspection.

4. County issues occupancy permit.

We are targeting a soft opening between 1 Oct and 15 Oct, but the only time line under our direct control is finishing the electrical.

In the meantime, our volunteer members will be setting up the workstations and equipment, and decorating the space. Please check out our calendar hereEvents Calendar and pitch in if you can.

The warehouse is 3000 sq ft, but a commercial CNC occupies about half the space. We think this will be a good fit for Maui Makers.

 

Update on the Makerspace

Maui Makers continues our build out. Things are coming along nicely. The picture shows the electrical run in the tool room. It will allow for flexible set up and configuration for optimum use of space.

Pete and Wayne have been doing the bulk of the work this last week, with assistance from others.

The team will be hitting things pretty hard Tuesday night at 5 pm at 200 Waiehu Beach Rd in the old Y Hata Building. Some folks may know it under its new name of Da Warehouse.

The focus has been on 2 of the main rooms: the Conference/Class Room and the Tool/Workbench Room. We will start on the side room once the property manager fixes an issue in that area.

The classroom has a sink area, cabinets, a whiteboard and a projector screen set up. Pete was building and painting shelves last I talked to him.

About half of the electric conduit has been run. Wayne should have most of the conduit run tomorrow and be ready to pull wires on Wednesday.

Goals:

Membership: 10 new members this month. We are halfway there!

Grants: We have submitted four grants to pay for equipment and tools. Fingers crossed.

Classes: Arduino Workshop is coming back this Friday, and we’ll acquire some fundamental skills necessary for computer control of machines, while making some valentines.

makerspace build out update

Thanks to everyone who contributed this weekend. If you want to help design or build, go to our google group here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/mauimakers

Pete Menningen, supported by Cole Santos, have been doing a great job leading the build out. Basic painting in the Build Room and Conference/Class Room. Room lights in and plumbing. Whiteboard and projector screen.

Electrical is big item for this week. Then we can start moving equipment in.

Ways to help:
1. Become a member–your memberships will help us make the space nicer and get better tools.
2. Make a donation. Even small donations help us buy needed items and tools. A lot of what we need is small parts. Those add up quickly.
3. Join us in an awesome group build to celebrate our grand opening. What about a remote controlled vessel that monitors the health of our coral reefs? Do you think we can make it happen?
4. Design and build a sign.
5. Design membership cards.
6. Design marketing material.
7. Volunteer to facilitate a workshop. You don’t need to be an expert–that’s a benefit of a makerspace–we learn together.
8. Help us find and write grants.
9. Let us kn kw if you are interested in becoming a Board Member or Committee Member.
10. Get everybody you know excited about Makers.

Today’s blast from Maui Maker’s past is Wade’s reprap 3d printer from a couple years ago.

Makerspace Build Day–Sat Jan 10, 2015 9 AM to 6 PM

Help us Make Maui’s Makerspace a reality.

If you are available, we need the following skill sets:

1) Painting
—wear suitable clothes, we have supplies
2) Installing fixtures (electric)
—experienced makers only
3) Sorting and inventorying equipment
—no experience necessary
4) Building and plan marketing materials and events
—bring computers and ideas

Note that our lease allows us access solely for the purpose of building out the space. Please come prepared to work.

We will meet at the new space: 200 Waiehu Road starting at 9 AM, for those helping with painting and installing fixtures.

For those who can help with sorting and inventory, meet at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School after 10 AM.

For further info, email laura@mauimakers.com.

We need a few volunteers to help move heavy items during a weekday next week. If you are available, please contact laura@mauimakers.com.

Today’s Blast from the Past is Cole and Jerry from 2011 with their Chill Box.

Aloha,
Laura

Physical Makerspace Under Construction–Jan 2015

January is Make a Makerspace on Maui

Most events in January will be focused on getting the Makerspace built out for Feb Grand Opening.

The location is 200 Waiehu Beach Rd (some people might know it as the Y Hata building). We still have access to a classroom at St Anthony, so expect to see some of our future activities to take place at St Anthony.

January Activities will be:

Jan 8: Public Meeting: Help Plan Build Out of Our New Space, St Anthony, Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21, 6 to 9 PM

Jan 10-11: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 15: Public Meeting, Self Help Activities: Sorting equipment, Inventory, Painting, Etc. We will meet at St Anthony Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 between 6 and 6:30 PM. Some volunteers will do prep work at St Anthony, some at the new space.

Jan 17-19: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 22: Public Meeting, Self Help Activities: Making things for the Makerspace, Sorting Equipment, Inventory, Etc. We will meet at St Anthony Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21 between 6 and 6:30 PM. Some volunteers will do prep work at St Anthony, some at the new space.

Jan 24-25: Volunteer activities for move in. Specifics to be announced.

Jan 25: Make Valentines the CNC Way: Learn basic graphic import and editing: Class 1 of 3, St Anthony, Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Make Valentines the CNC Way: Learn basic graphic import and editing: Class 1 of 3. Each class is $5 for Members, $10 for non-members. Follow up classes on 4 and 11 of Feb.

1 Feb 2014. Makerspace Grand Opening. Thanks to Doug Allan for making us a drawing of the floor plan.

Prior to opening of the Makerspace, memberships are discounted. Click here to join.