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Member Spotlight: Liz Patterson

Say Hello to Liz Patterson! She’s been a member at Area515 Des Moines Maker Space for almost 8 months. Liz is an Intern Architect with experience working with Christian non-profit organizations and graphic design. Liz has a lot of knowledge about woodworking, and loves working on wooden boxes and lamps; her favorite project she’s worked on […]

Member Spotlight: Ben Brown

Ben Brown, a regular at the Maker Space, has been a member for roughly a year. Ben loves to create metal art at Area515, and is largely responsible for making our garage space usable and presentable (thanks!). He also works on steel and wood furniture. His favorite project created here (and the reason Ben joined the Maker […]

Amateur/Ham Radio Meetup Recap: 9/28/2016

This month’s meetup was small, but successful! We discussed a few other local radio enthusiast meetups around the area, including HARC (Hiawatha Amateur Radio Club; meets 2nd Thursday of every month at the Perry Public Library) and the DMRAA (Des Moines Radio Amateurs’ Association; meets 4th Tuesday of every month at Plymouth Congregational Church, 42nd and Ingersoll, […]

Member Spotlight: Chris Johnson

Yeah, the tools and workspace are pretty awesome, but we’ve got some excellent people here too! We wanted to highlight some of the Makers that frequent Area515 and help put some names with faces around the space. First up: get to know Chris Johnson! Chris has been a member of Area515 for about two years. […]


Maker Faire Recap

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire 2016 was awesome! We got a TON of new visitors on Monday, both at the Maker Faire booth at the Science Center of Iowa and at our Open House on Tuesday! Take a look for yourself: If you didn’t get a chance to make it out–or if you’d like to […]


Maker Faire 2016 Sneak Peek

Maker Faire’s right around the corner… We wanted to show you a couple of projects our members have been working on that will (hopefully) make an appearance at the 2016 Des Moines Mini Maker Faire! Come check out the Area515 booth at the Science Center this Monday. We promise you’ll find something awesome! We’ve got […]

Photo of Ray, Sean, and a 3D printer at Maker Faire 2014 by Kalyan Mysore

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire 2016

This year’s Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is on Labor Day, September 5, from 9am to 5pm at the Science Center! Come check out makers, tinkerers, and craft and tech enthusiasts from all over Iowa and beyond, featuring: Star Wars-themed exhibits, including Troy Powers (a local  lightsaber builder), and a life-size, moving R2-D2 replica The Des Moines […]

Laser Cut Drone Takes Flight!

Local maker brings tricopter to life at the March 3rd open house using wooden dowels and a plywood frame cut on our very own laser cutter.  The frame was cut a few months ago with the wooden booms and flight electronics being assembled over the last couple of months.  At our latest open house we […]

Special Open House

Area515 will have a special open house with all of our neighbor stores on December 14 from 12 – 4. Come see the makerspace, enjoy the neighborhood, find some style at our neighbor shops, and meet new friends! Happy holidays! For your calendars ‎

Support Area515 with Amazon purchases!

Support Area515 with Amazon purchases!

Just by shopping at Amazon, you can make small contributions to Area515 just by setting up as your AmazonSmiles charity! Follow the link to get set up and then just shop as normal, but use AmazonSmiles to do it, and we’ll get 0.5% of your purchase value! Learn more about AmazonSmile: Area515 – […]