Does your lumber make the grade?

Woodchips How much lumber do I get for 4 board feet? What are the grades of lumber, and why is grade B better than grade 1? Oh, and the most important question, why do we even care? These questions and more will be answered. Measurement First, let’s take a...
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Area 515 Face Shield COVID-19 FAQ

We have made over 6,000 face shields for Iowa Medical Workers!!! We have shot past our goal and have ceased production. We believe local manufacturers can now fill the PPE gap much more efficiently than we can. We are no longer accepting new requests for face shields and have...
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DSM among best maker cities

Do you ever Google your name just to see what comes up? We found we’d missed an awesome shout-out from last year. Popular Mechanics posted a list of the best maker cities in the US, and Des Moines is hanging out at #15 with a reference to Area515. We...
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Celebrate Snow Day 2019!

It’s our 4th Annual Snow Day! Come check out the shop and make some festive winter decorations in this come and go as you please project festival. Come laser cut, 3D print, or solder your own snow flakes and snowmen! This year we also have leather and woodworking projects...
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Wood Shop Upgrade

The wood shop at Area 515 recently got some new tools and equipment. Our Wiki tool list has been updated to include them as well. Here’s a list of our new tools: Jet Lathe DeWalt Scroll Saw DeWalt Planer Laguna Band Saw Rikon Joiner & Planer DeWalt Dust Extractors...
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Wiki Tool List Expanded

Hey everyone! Area 515 recently got some help reorganizing and expanding our Wiki tool list. Every tool now has a picture and we are working on getting descriptions, material lists, consumables, and resources up for each tool. If you’d like to see our complete list of tools available here...
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New Laser Cutter!

Area 515 has received a new Full Spectrum Laser Cutter through anonymous donation! The laser cutter needs a new exhaust installed before it is up and running for general use but expect it to be working in about a month. After the work on it is complete, Area 515...
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Upcoming Events – August 2019

This month we have a class on guitar maintenance. Jason will be teaching fret and fingerboard maintenance, how to setup a guitar, and keeping your instrument clean. Signup on Eventbrite! As usual, we have an open house every Tuesday night, come hangout and checkout Area515! Makerfaire DSM is coming...
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Upcoming Events – July 2019

This month we have an auto maintenance class coming up next weekend. Don’t forget to signup on Eventbrite! Next week Brandon Hart is hosting another Monday night 3D printing meetup on support material, and we are hosting a flower planter building event with BuildSomething and Kreg Tools on Thursday....
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Upcoming events!

This week at Area515 we are hosting the Central Iowa Linux User Group (CIALUG) on Wednesday. Come join and talk about what you’re doing with Linux! This Thursday we are having a space work day. Come on down and help clean things up, work on projects for the space,...
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