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Decatur Makers is a welcoming, family-friendly community of inquisitive, motivated people who work together in a safe environment to discover, understand, design and create interesting things. We do host activities for children, but please note that any children present at a Meetup must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

We also have a google group and are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which we use to communicate and discuss activities. More info (and others ways to support us) here (http://decaturmakers.org/).

Upcoming events (5+)

Make It Monday with The Society of Lady Makers

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• What we'll do The Society of Lady Makers will be in the space! Come join us on the last Monday of every month as we host these creative ladies and make cool stuff. This is for all Ladies whether you're a member of Decatur Makers or not. • What to bring • Important to know

Welding Machine Basics

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Want to use DM's new welding equipment? This class will cover the safety and use of the TIG/Stick and MIG machines at Decatur Makers. Each attendee will get to startup, use, and shut down the machines so you can be cleared to use the equipment. You'll learn how to do some basic troubleshooting and how to take care of the equipment properly. We will discuss TIG, MIG, and Stick applications and welding different types of metal. We will also touch on adjacent equipment, like angle grinders and clamps, needed to weld. *This is a class on how to use welding machines - learning how to weld is a seperate class.* Student must wear natural fiber clothes (100% cotton, leather, hemp, bamboo, linen, etc) and shoes. Closed toed leather shoes (no mesh). Covered arms and legs (long sleeves and long pants). If you have your own safety equipment you can bring it. Bring reading glasses if needed (must see up close). Here's a little information to get you started: MIG (GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding) is the easiest process to learn. It has a MIG "gun" that is live once you push the trigger. There is a continuous feed of wire that serves as filler metal and electrode. Stick (SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is the earliest modern welding to use electricity. This process doesn't require gas tanks and is used in the field and under water. It can be challenging but rewarding to learn. TIG (GTAW - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) welding is a process that allows very high quality welds, even on very thin metals. Welding with TIG is the cleanest process with little to no splatter. You can choose whether to use filler metal and have constant heat control. Min age: 12 years old - adult Max number of students in the class: 4 Cost: = $15 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going beforehand). Thanks!

Family Build Night

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Family build night is geared towards our littlest makers, age 6-10 and their adults. All projects supplies are free. But donations are welcome. This is a drop-in event. Come for the whole time or just a bit. Bring your dinner and hang out if that helps you get here! === This month, we will be celebrating National DNA Day (4/25) with DNA necklaces. Kids will extract DNA from strawberries and place it in necklace tube to keep. === Parents/Guardians must stay at Decatur Makers with their kiddos. It is FAMILY Build night after all. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help be family night coordinators. Let us know if you are interested!

Open Build Night

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We are now hosting open build nights on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7 PM. These nights are open to members and non-members so if you're interested in checking out the space, come on by. Bring a project you'd like to work on, meet others who have the same passion or can help out, and/or work on one of our Decatur Maker projects du jour. This is for makers of all ages, skill sets, and interests. Stop by, stay hi, and stay for the making.

Past events (1,019)

Decatur Arts Festival - Sunday

Downtown Decatur

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