Area 515 Face Shield COVID-19 FAQ

We have made over 4,235 face shields for Iowa Medical Workers!!! We will reach our goal of 5,000 but we’re also starting to wind down our face shield operation. We believe local manufacturers can now fill the PPE gap much more efficiently than we can. We are no longer...
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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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Website maintenance

Yeah I know, we hate these notifications too. I guess if you’re seeing this, it means our website is up! Our website host is performing some upgrades, and the site might go down this evening sometime between 5 – 8pm. As always, the workshop is still open for members....
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