What we're about

MakeHartford.com (http://www.makehartford.com/),which opened in January 2014, is Hartford's first MakerSpace community of artists, technologists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to hands-on innovation. We are where minds create matter.

Where are you located?

We are located in the basement at 30 Arbor Street, the building next to Real Art Ways. Almost every Wednesday night, we have a free Open House from 6:30 -9PM. (See the schedule of Meetups for more information or to sign-up. Walk-ins always welcome.)

Do you offer classes to learn how to use tools and equipment?

Yes we do! Everyone was a beginner at some point. Check our website for a detailed listing of past and future classes (http://makehartford.com/MakeHartford-Class/Event-Descriptions). Most classes have a small material and instructor fee to help cover our costs. We do everything we can to keep class costs as low as possible.

Where can I park?

You may park in the front, side, or rear of our building. Our landlord also owns the Real Art Ways building and it's connected lots. You may park in any of these lots or the street, which is not metered. Basically, as long as it's a legal parking space (not reserved for handicapped or in front of a fire hydrant) you will be fine.

What is a Makerspace?

MakerSpaces (http://thegeekgroup.org/2013/09/12/anna-do-at-the-geek-group/) are community centers with tools and people to help you use them. The concept started in the late 1990's and there are now thousands of them around the country and the world. We started as just an idea in 2012 and opened in 2014. It took awhile, but we now we have space, tools, members and are growing rapidly.

What sort of equipment do you have?

Makerspaces (http://makerspace.com/), like ours, combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling any member to design, prototype and create almost anything they want. We can make things that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to most individuals working alone. We have some impressive equipment such as 3-D Printers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMil8GVmNYo), Laser cutters, milling machines as well as simple saws and hammers. And not everything we do uses tools, since our members are also involved in knitting, Origami and bread-making. We are a space for people who want to do something and if it involves "doing" then we "do it."

Best of all, we help each other do and get better at what we do. Got "Know-how (http://www.instructables.com/)" and want to show us? Whatever it is, we have members who are interested in learning about it: Origami (http://www.brdparker.com/gallery.html), soldering, wood working (http://thegeekgroup.org/2013/10/02/woodturning-bangle-turning/), knitting, pottery (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCc7yCv6UBE), programming, brewing beer, Lasers (http://thegeekgroup.org/?s=Laser), drones/UAV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvOmFu8gQV8), arduino (http://thegeekgroup.org/?s=arduino), electronics (http://thegeekgroup.org/2013/09/10/rebuilding-the-electronics-lab-abbreviated-workday-29/), jewelry, business startups and prototyping, and/or deconstruction (http://thegeekgroup.org/?s=thermostat). Let's share tools, skills and space and most of all - knowledge!

Some activities and meetings are free as public Meetups, while some other activities and classes have a small fee to compensate the instructor and to pay for materials. There is also a variety of memberships, which enable you to access and use any of the equipment at the space. We are non-profit and not commercial, a volunteer community group - like a club or a small group of friends and we work together as a team to keep costs down. Any fees are used strictly for our workshop rent and other associated costs only.

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Upcoming events (5+)




MAKE YOUR OWN 3D PRINTER Instructor: Paul Langdon NOTE: To enable us to order sufficient kits, registration ENDS ON MARCH 31st. After this date, if you are interested, let us know and we will schedule another session. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? In this class, students will use a kit to assemble their own Prusa i3 printer, which they will then get to keep and take home. They will also learn how to connect the printer to their computer, set it up and actually make things. ANY MORE INFORMATION? https://github.com/plangdon/3D-Printer-2018/blob/master/README.md The printer they will be making is a generic clone of the Prusa i3 MK2 WHAT IS THE DATE OF THE CLASS? Saturday, April 20 WHAT IS THE START TIME OF THE CLASS? 10 am to 4 pm HOW LONG IS THE CLASS? 4 to 6 hours WHAT DOES THE STUDENT NEED TO KNOW OR HOW TO DO AS A PREREQUISITE? There are no prerequisites for this class other than having a computer and being able to operate it. WHAT SHOULD THE STUDENT BRING TO THE CLASS? COMPUTER? If the student brought a computer to class (Windows or Mac) they will be able to connect their new 3D printer to it and begin to make things WHAT WILL THEY LEARN HOW TO DO AFTER THE CLASS IS OVER? They will know how the parts of a 3D printer go together and what they do. The will also learn how to modify and use the software to control the printer. WHAT IS THE COST OF THE CLASS? $225 and this INCLUDES the cost of the Prusa i3 3D printer kit ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS OR EXPENSES? There are no other costs. All of the material cost is included in the cost of the class WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS? For space and operations reasons, this class has a maximum capacity of 10 students but registration will be closed three weeks in advance to allow for ordering the kits. For the same reasons, people will NOT be allowed to just pop-in and be part of the class.

MakeHartford Open House

MakeHartford, MakerSpace

Our Public Open House is the perfect time to stop in for a tour, get membership information, drop off equipment donations, get some work done, or just hang out and chat about art or technology projects and issues. This event is free and open to Non-Members or Future Members of MakeHartford (http://makehartford.com/). You do not need to be a paid member of MakeHartford (http://makehartford.com/) to attend this event or use our equipment. Think of this as a “trial membership” – however let us know if this is your first time here so we can give you an orientation and get some paperwork completed. The first Wednesday of each month is a Show and Tell event where anyone (event you!) can make a short 15 minute presentations about anything you’re working on or would like to learn about. Show n Tell presentations start at 7PM. Some light refreshments may be provided and/or you can bring something. LOCATION AND PARKING INFO: 30 Arbor street is the “H” building in between Real Art Ways on Arbor and the UHaul on Capital Ave. You can park in any of the free lots surrounding the building or on the street. Both the front and back door lead into the elevator lobby. We're in the basement of the building. Make a U turn getting out of the elevator and take a left at the T, or follow the signs in the hall. We have a large chalk board next to our door. Please forward this invite to anyone you know who may be interested in joining this group. Please visit our website: http://www.makehartford.com

Beginning Blender 3D



Blender is a powerful 3D modeling software, but the learning curve can be steep and the interface can be daunting. Students will learn the beginnings of box modeling and how to avoid or fix common pitfalls in Blender. How long is the class? 2 hours (12 noon to 2 pm) What does the student need to know or know how to do as a prerequisite?Nothing What should the students bring to the class? Computer? A laptop with a 3 button wheel mouse and the capability to get on the internet. Ideally, students should already have Blender installed on their computer. Obtained from Blender.org (http://blender.org/) What will they learn how to do after the class is over? Principles of 3D modeling and the Blender interface. Are there any expenses or extra costs? (materials cost?) No

Paper Arts Gathering

Ben Parker Studio

April We will be meeting at Ben's Studio in Essex this month with a topic of paper adhesives. Come with your favorite glues, pastes, and other things and show them off to the group (along with, as always... project you're working on). -------------- This is an opportunity for anyone interested in making, building or doing something with paper to get together to share ideas, projects and dreams. This is an informal session for paper artists who are doing or want to be doing anything to or with paper. Come and share! Come and listen! Come and learn! Please note that the material we will talk about is geared toward professional artists or generally those with a serious interest in the study of the paper arts. We define these widely, from those who create paper to whose who manipulate it in a wide variety of methods. Those with little paper experience who want to see what we're doing are welcome so long as they understand and are patient. Beginning in July 2017 the meetings will include a semi-formal presentation by one of the attending artists, or a short class in some area of the paper arts. Longer workshops will be scheduled and charged separately, but payment for any in-meeting class is on a freewill basis. Directions: 30 Arbor Street (between Capitol and Park, next to Real Art Ways) - Both the front door elevator & back door stairs lead to the basement, then follow the signs. There is parking in the lot in front, as well as the lot between 30 and 56 Arbor.

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MakeHartford Open House

MakeHartford, MakerSpace

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