Why Thursdays are Ideal

If you have visited the Kzoo Makers space or have been following the blog posts, then you probably have seen the stacks of Ideal Wood rough cut lumber. You may even remember reading about the Ideal Wood Field Trip from the summer.  Now Daniel Wilkins and Mark Bush have started Ideal Wood Thursdays at the Kzoo Makers. The Kzoo Makers February 2018…

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Are we there yet? Part 1

It’s been almost 14 months since the original post “Let’s Start the Makerspace.” At that point, Kzoo Makers had two buildings connected by a breezeway, some furniture and some equipment. Just like any other new business, things changed all the time. In fact, we joked as we walked in the door and wondered out loud what had changed since the…

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Ideal Wood Field Trip

When it comes to resources for the Kzoo Makers, having local connections creates the best benefits. If you have visited the Kzoo Makers space, then you already know how much the wood shop has grown. What you might not know is how to find the wood for your projects.Yes, you can go to a store such as Menards or Lowe’s,…

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Maker Faire Season

It’s Maker Faire season, but what, exactly, does that mean? Are you scratching your head and asking, “What is a maker faire?” A maker faire is marketed as “The greatest show and tell on Earth.” I like to think of it as being similar to a county fair. At a maker faire, individuals and groups display, demonstrate and may offer…

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What to do at a Makerspace

Have you wondered what projects people work on at a makerspace? Whether they are independent or a part of a group? If the makerspace is anything like Kzoo Makers, you will probably find a variety of activities. Kzoo Makers has space in two different buildings next to each other, and areas within the buildings are zoned for types of activities.…

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Tuesday in the Raspberry Pi Zone

Tuesday the Raspberry Pi enthusiast participated in a demonstration of a small robot project from Adafruit.  The robot came in a DIY kit form and was assembled by Paul Moreno.Ron Schubot, the Electronic Zone Mentor, did the fine soldering that required a very steady hand.  The group had previously worked with the Python “Turtle Module” and had found that experience…

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Charter Membership Opportunity

Time is running out to become a Charter Member of the Kzoo Makers! A Charter Membership provides some unique benefits and the sign-up deadline is December 31, 2016. To receive more information about the Charter Membership opportunities please use our CONTACT FORM. The Kzoo Makers are currently enrolling new members. The basic monthly membership has been set at $50.00 per…

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3D Printer Build Phase II

Worked resumed on the Rostock Max v3 desktop 3D printer this week.  The DIY kit was donated to the KZOO Makers by www.SeeMeCNC.com and has a six step assembly plan to follow.  This week we worked on finishing Step 2, the bearings and base assembly.                                              ——-> Scott and Shane began…

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3D Printer Build

Members of the KZOO Makers gathered on Sunday morning to assemble a Rostock Max v3 desktop 3D printer.  The DIY kit was donated to the KZOO Makers by www.SeeMeCNC.com and has a six step assembly plan to follow. Mark Peters and Ron Schubot lead the project with help from Rich Mather, Scott Mischke, and Paul Moreno. Ron and Mark work…

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