Space is closed for the Holidays

Santa’s factory is now closed, and the elfs will be going home to their families.

The Space is closed for the Holidays*. Enjoy time with your families and see you next year.

*closed Dec 24-25 and Dec 31-Jan 1

Merry Maker Christmas

Whatever you call the holiday season, enjoy the time with your families.

Happy making and support your local Makerspace!

Nation of Makers

It’s really an exciting time for Maui Makers. Not only has Maui Makers opened up a brand new space on Maui!!! we’ve also been working with Maker and Hacker Spaces across the nation to share ideas, expertise answer resources.

We are excited to announce a formal umbrella to facilitate this resource sharing through anext organization called Nation of Makers. This group has grown out of a loose collective of Makerspaces talking and sharing ideas, which has already been helpful in providing advice, expertise and encouragement during Maui Makers’s recent growth phase.

We look forward to working with the Nation of Makers to provide more Maker resources in Maui.

You can find out more about Nation of Makers here. And our letter of support here.

 

Exciting News…we are open

Thank you for your patience.

We are back, and better than ever. the County gave us our final signature today.

Watch the calendar for events and open hours. And most important, come join us at the space.

 

 

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.

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

Crafty Makers–Origami Boxes

Looking for a cool way to box small presents this holiday season. It’s fun and easy to make colorful origami boxes.

Join us every Sunday from noon to 2 PM  in the month of December (2015) to make these clever boxes.

Free to paid members, $5.00 for non-members.

Bring your own paper, or pay a $5.00 materials fee.

Intel IoT Instructable Posted

The Intel IoT Invitational Instructable Contest was extended a few times. It closed monday 9Nov. Our entry for the AINA: Field Lab Using Edison IoT was successfully submitted and is garnering interest (1400+ views in about 1 day). The project proved out several of its goals, found some issues with the Edison/Bluetooth, and leaves many options for ruggedization and enhancement.

Some of the major issues to be addressed:

  • Bluetooth activation and pairing seems to require console access (command line tools) on the Edison.  Rather silly for an embedded device with no or minimal human interface.
  • Grove connectors and cables are not adequate for outdoor use
  • Proper housing of a field lab unit has many issues not addressed in the project
    • weather protection of electronics
    • exposure of sensors to elements they need to test
    • ventilation while protecting from flora and fauna (geckos, bugs, mold, etc)

Please check out the instructable and Vote for it before Nov 12!

Looking for unique, handcrafted presents?

Paper Filigree/Quilling Classes – 3 sessions

Three Saturday Mornings: Nov 14, 21, 28, 10:00a.m. – Noon

our very own Rob Bartlett is a master of turning paper into wonderful and exquisite art. He will be teaching us how to do the same!

He will introduce students to the zen art of quilling, also known as paper filigree – the coiling of paper in intricate designs. This art form, now enjoying a huge comeback, was supposedly used by ancient Egyptians, and throughout the ages. Modern tools and papers take this art to the next level. This class will cover the basic shapes and provide the students with the skills, tools, and materials needed to create 3 increasingly complex patterns designed by the instructor.

For more details, see our Our upcoming events page.

So we can plan appropriately, please register at Meet Up.

Special Event–Calling All Audiophiles

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Maui Makers 6 to 9 PM

200 Waiehu Beach Rd, Upstairs

Steve Griffin from Boeing has offered to preview his class on using the SigmaDSP board.

This class has several interesting aspects:

A group tutorial setting up a noise canceling system to eliminate background noise. This is similar to the system used in expensive noise canceling headphones. It can also be used to reduce noise in building ventilation systems.

The Sigma DSP board here. This cute little board is specially built for audio processing and can be used to optimize your soundscape and compensate for noise or limitations of your equipment and environment.

A tutorial on Sigma Studio, a graphical programming environment that is used to program this board. It can also be used to program SHARC processors.