Snow Day Fun at the Maker Space

With yuletide season winter’s greetings broughtA holiday event at the lot Where Makers young and old gatherTo make and tinker, but mostly blather But on this special winter’s dayWere snowflakes of all kinds crafted, (though not of clay) For the space has many things to useLike lasers, and printers,...
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Snow Day is Back!

After 3 long years, we are happy to bring back snow day. Come join us Saturday December 3rd from 1PM to 5PM for holiday themed crafts suitable for all ages, as well as cookies, hot cocoa, and a general sense of yuletide cheeriness. Crafts will include making snow flakes...
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Building Bridges Together

The Area 515 Community Engagement Committee is pleased to announce the success of this year’s Bridge Building competition held on October 2nd prior to this year’s annual member meeting. Makerspace members gathered to design and build popsicle stick bridges with the goal of holding as much weight as you...
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Member Work: Number Sets for Toddlers

Member Ross Sweet used the Lead CNC machine to make a series of toddler tray puzzles. Mathematics fans may recognize the characters – for the rest of us, it’s the common number sets! N – the natural numbers, which are the numbers we use for counting (1, 2, 3,...
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We made it! – Red Bull Soapbox Race

In June, members of the makerspace participated in the Red Bull Soapbox Race in downtown Des Moines. The Red Bull Soapbox race is a long-celebrated maker tradition of building the wackiest, fastest, and most creative non-powered vehicle and racing downhill against contestants from all around the country. Working within...
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Still here, still making!

We’ve been quiet on the blog, and the shop isn’t quite as social as we’re used to, but our members are still in the shop making cool projects! With proper pandemic precautions, of course. We have been putting up photos on our Instagram if you’d like to see what...
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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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