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Tool wish list

A snow day is the perfect time to clean out your workshop. Do you have tools you no longer use, or tools that were replaced by an upgrade? Just like any workshop, as Area515 continues to grow we are always looking for “that next tool”. If you have a spare of something on our wish […]


The art show was a success!

The art show Saturday drew nearly 100 visitors to the Des Moines Maker Space to see what artists can produce using modern technology. From 3D printed jewelry to multi-layered pieces cut on our laser cutter, several of the booths demonstrated the possibilities of CNC machines. An interactive pixel art display showed us that sometimes the […]

Spouse & Family Memberships!

The family that hacks together … ok, not sure where I was going with that. But electronics, 3d printing, and interactive technology are all great family projects. We are pleased to announce that Area515 now offers discounted spouse and family membership options! Sign up for a family membership and you can spend quality time building […]

Learn a Programming Language Party

We are joining up with Gravitate to host a PLIBMTTBHGATY: programming languages I’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to yet. It’s a lightly-structured party where people get together and work on a project in a new programming language, either with or just near each other. Refreshments will be on hand, plenty of people […]

We need your support!

As we enter the last weeks of 2015 and celebrate the season of giving, we also enter a season of charitable giving. I hope you will consider giving back to the community, and humbly ask that you add the Des Moines Maker Space to your list of organizations. While the makerspace is known for supporting […]


Laser Cut Coasters & Storage Box

When friends register at a store for wedding gifts, it is much easier to buy something they won’t hate.  But why avoid that risk? Instead, I launched off the giveaway coasters we made for the maker faire and made a series of custom coasters. But that wasn’t enough. They needed a box to hold them […]

Clock Build Night October 14th!

Recently, a high school student was arrested for having an electronic clock. That’s absurd. Help us teach the public that wires and circuitry are cool and awesome tools, not a sign of a terrorist act! Join Area515 for an electronic clock building workshop to learn how to build your own electronic clock. Kids more than […]

Area515 Promo Video

The Science Center of Iowa did a great job of helping us tell our story. This film ran in their Maker’s Studio exhibit this summer, and now it’s available for everyone to see!   SCI Iowa Maker’s Studio: Area 515 from DEFT on Vimeo.


3d Printer replacement part

Recently our laser suffered a fatal failure of the water pump.  This caused the tube to overheat and crack.  While waiting for the replacement tube and pump I decided to attempt to fix the pump by 3d printing a replacement impellor.  The first attempt failed because I used too tight of tolerances.  When I loosened […]