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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 […]

3D Chess Set

3D Chess Set

.   Member of Area515, Nabil Hanke, was intrigued with a chess set posted on Thingiverse, designed by ethanjurman. As the parts slowly accumulated, fellow makerspace members offered a suggestion of using the laser cutter to etch away the backing of a mirror to create the board’s gridwork. Finishing touches included using a shadow box […]

May First Friday Recap

In case you missed it, here’s the video from May’s First Friday with C and S Brew Supply! Sorry, you don’t get to try tasty home brew samples via video….   Our next First Friday is bike themed with Ichi Bike! This Friday, June 5th at 7pm!

March First Friday Followup

Jeff Reiland of Abundant Design came and talked to us about a variety of backyard garden projects. He started with a beginners’ garden you can’t mess up and then covered compost bins, pallet planters, rain gardens and rain catching systems. Very grateful for the timely wisdom as the growing season kicks off! Here is the […]

First First Friday Followup

We had our first ever First Friday event this last week. Nate Cline was brave enough to take the first speakers’ slot and showed us some of his awesome art, jewelry, and lights he made out of discarded technology. He also shared some of the techniques and methods he uses to create his pieces. It […]

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New Year, New Projects, New Hackery

Its a new year for new projects at the new space! That’s a lot of new. Eggbot Everyone’s favorite Eggbot is busy putting some decoration on decorations. The dry erase test prints came out well, and final designs will be printed on them at an upcoming open house.   Shapeoko 2 upgrade/build Given a sturdy […]

Some news and upcoming elections

501c3 We received our 501c3 tax exempt status last week! This has taken a long time and a lot of work, but it puts us in a unique position that few other makerspaces are currently in, and should help tremendously in reaching our goals. FYI – as we filed our application within the 27 month […]