What we're about

Hacking and Making the World a better place since 2009. We're Ann Arbor's Original Makerspace. If you're just learning to solder or if you're a wiz with a sewing machine, or like to code around some neat people, come do things with us. We have all sorts of tools (3D printers, 3D scanners, sewing machines, soldering stations) and lots of curious makers. It's a great place to hang.

The AHA Google Calendar (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=allhandsactive%40gmail.com&color=%2329527A&src=cg2t1o77iq5slq98tnie60jh895ldhme%40import.calendar.google.com&color=%23853104&ctz=America%2FNew_York) is always the most up-to-date source on what's happening.

Upcoming events (5+)

Documentary Screening: "The Art of Warez"

All Hands Active

In the early internet/pre-internet days of the 80s and 90s, users with a modem would dial-in to Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) to communicate, chat on public message boards, play text-based games, and share files. As the sharing of pirated software grew, so did the custom of bundling them with ANSI art crediting the crackers that provided the software, like hacker graffiti. Over time this art form evolved and stood on its own, with artists and crews pushing the boundaries of this 8-bit art form, and releasing art packs separate from any warez. Please join us as we watch "The Art of Warez"! This 30-minute film is unrated, but we would describe it as PG-13, and totally cool. If you're interested in graffiti, pirating software, hacker/cracker subculture, or reminiscing about BBSes and old computers, you'll love this. "A new documentary, The Art of Warez, directed by artist and filmmaker Oliver Payne in collaboration with one-time ANSI artist Kevin Bouton-Scott, dives into this world of warez and ANSI art." -DJ Pangburn, VICE “Whilst graffiti exists illegally on private and public property, ANSI originally existed on (and to take credit for) illegally pirated software. As they are criminal activities, both require anonymity and the use of a tag name to achieve notoriety within the scene. The best artists create fresh fonts using crazy color combinations and go hard to make as many dope ANSIs as they can. It's totally hacker graffiti and the folk art movement of the proto cyber crime scene.” -Oliver Payne

3D Printer Class

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Stop by All Hands Active and learn how to use our WanHao i3 3D printer. Learn to print out objects from the internet, or designs of your own! Find more information about our 3D printers on the wiki (https://wiki.allhandsactive.org/3D_Printer). We'll demonstrate the printer, how to create gcode files, and how to perform basic debugging. Taking this class certifies you to use the machine during public hours or during member only hours without supervision. Bring the following form with you, signed - Liability - http://goo.gl/QXG5l Class cost: $20 public/$10 members. - Exact cash at the door - Paypal here: PayPal (Add a note that it's for the 3D Printer Class) (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KEQF3RMU5RPG4)

Space Improvement Day

AHA! (All Hands Active)

What's a space improvement day you ask? Literally it's just a time for us all to get together and do things that make the space better for us all. Here are some ideas: - Cleaning things - Organizing things - Painting - Decorating - Working on the Wiki/Site - Writing documentation for tools - Doing maintenance on things Basically, whatever you think needs to happen can happen. If you aren't sure, folks will be there to help you figure something out!

Rust Meetup

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This meetup will be in the spirit of an unconference: come, bring stuff to work on, be prepared to collaborate or ask for help, to inspire or be inspired. Anybody who is very motivated to give a talk is welcome to do so! The primary locus for this meetup is over at the Ann Arbor Rust Meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Rust-Meetup/). FINDING THE SPACE: There are several building entrances. At 7 pm, generally the front doors (on Liberty between the record store and Nagomi Sushi) will be unlocked. To get to the space from this entrance, you will go down the stairs and turn left, then go to the end of the hall. The back stairs are usually open in the day and evening. These are on Fifth Avenue, behind the Afternoon Delight trash/recycling containers, and have a sign marking them 'for delivery only'. If you go down these stairs and through the door, the space will be straight ahead. The stair door by Antelope Antiques (on Liberty between the front doors and Nagomi Sushi) is generally only open when Antelope Antiques is open, so I expect it to be closed at 7 pm on a Wednesday. However, to use this entrance you go down the stairs, walk through to the hallway, and turn right.

Past Events

Laser Cutter Class

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