What’s in a robot?

We’re going to be dismantling a commercial grade robot arm tonight during electronics night! Come down 7 – 9pm to check it out and see what makes this robot arm work. Can’t make it? I will take photos and post a followup, if you put the next electronics night on your calendar. Every 2nd Wednesday, […]

Area515 and Capital Crossroads 2.0

Des Moines is evolving, and Area515 is proud to be a part of the growth in our community! Area515 was recently featured in a Des Moines Register article detailing the roll out of Capital Crossroads 2.0, the next phase of a multi-million dollar effort to improve the Des Moines metro area. The program aims to, […]

Announcing Artist in Residence Program!

We’ll be starting a six-month Artists in Residence program in May, with the capacity for up to five artists. Artists in this program will have access to all the same tools and workspace as full Area515 members. An art show will cap off the program. Get all the details and apply at: https://area515.org/air-2017/

Family Membership Spotlight: Lisa and Guy Payton

In addition to our regular Area515 Maker Space membership, we have provisions available for multiple members in the same family. Meet two of our Family Membership users: Lisa and Guy! Lisa and Guy Payton have been members at Area515 for about seven months. Lisa is a wife and mother who also works part time for the […]


Happy New Year!

We’re kicking off 2017 with some awesome things to check out! January is always a great time to get started learning new things, and Area515 Maker Space can help you jump-start the year with some exciting events! First, this Saturday, January 7, we’ve got a Learn to Solder Workshop! For just five bucks, you’ll get […]

Urgent: We Need Flooring!

We at Area515 Maker Space have a burgeoning need for flooring! The “space” part of the Maker Space will be changing quite a bit within the first few months of 2017. Due to construction on our building, we’re forced to shift our work space (for more information, check out this post). As part of this […]


Snow Day at the Maker Space!

Come join us and make 3D-printed  and laser cut snowflake ornaments! On Thursday, December 8, at 7:00, we’ll be getting together to celebrate the season by creating some awesome snowflakes like these. They’ll be available for a small fee, and we’ll have different materials on hand to customize to your heart’s content! If you’re interested […]

Just in Time for Cyber Monday…

Area515 Apparel is now available! Visit our new Store at http://www.cafepress.com/area515 for all your Area515 Des Moines Maker Space shopping needs! We can add more merchandise as well; if you have any requests for certain items bearing our logo, let us know and we’ll do our best to get them added! We hope everybody had a […]

Learning the Limitations of Lasers

I acquired some beautiful African teak for a project in the laser. The multi-colored grain is gorgeous, and I wish I could share how the wood smells through the internet. I was going to have plenty, so I started with a power/speed grid. Speed gets faster left to right, and power goes up bottom to […]


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 […]