Technocopia

Technocopia is maker space located in Worcester, MA.  We provide our members with workspace and access to a bunch of tools to work on whatever they can dream up!

I Hate Talking Money, Cool Stuff, and What's Happening in October.

Hey everyone... again... double post today, trying to get everyone up to date. 

Important News!

Our Stripe page is now working.  While the rest of the web-based member services we plan to have, i.e. online queue, etc., are not set up, this basic members page will allow members to purchase new subscriptions, and set up reoccurring payments.

We would like to have most or all of our members using Stripe so we do not have to chase people down for subscriptions every month.

Which reminds me, all September members... October's memberships are due.  Please sign up on Stripe, or come down to the space.    Remember, if your membership doesn't stay current, you don't keep your intro rate.  October members, you guys are all paid up, so no worries... yet.  Get signed up with Stripe so you don't have any problems in the future.  We will make sure the payments are counted for the right months.  We will be paying extra close attention to the payment system, as we are anticipating a few bugs as we fini sh building the members page and Google back-end.  That said, the payment system itself is secure, as all payments are handled through Stripe, not us.

It will ask you for permission to use your Google Account, this is how we manage our subscriptions, queue, and permissions to the space.  If you don't have one, you will have to make one.

Here is the Stripe link. 

If you see Alex, thank him.  He set up the payment page in only two days... staying up all night.  He will also be building the members page and a lot of the back-end. 

New Space!

We moved into our new space!  Members used to going in through the glass door next to Running Start... we are now on the other side of the building.  You now enter via the loading dock.  Don't get lost.

All Machines Working!

All of our machines are finally working.  Some still have a few bugs to iron out, but members are now successfully using them to build.  If you see Alex, thank him... he's been slaving over these machines for weeks.

Member Activity.

So we have about a dozen members, new and old... but we seldom see many of them.  So I would like to gently encourage members to come by at least once a week.  We are here to help anyone with the projects they have been working on.  While the lull in activity is great for working out the bugs in our machines, we would also like to see everyone getting the biggest bang for their buck.  That, or maybe we just feel lonely in our new big & empty space.

Halloween Stuff!

Every Sunday is now Hack-a-thon Halloween... uh... HNight.  It's Kevin's favoriate time of year... when he gets to justify dropping everything and making a new Halloween demo robot.  However, this year... he will be making himself available to help others with their Halloween projects and plans.

Starting tomorrow at noon (10/6/13, sorry for the late notice everyone) Kevin will be teaching an intro to animatronics class.   He will be teaching skills that members will be able to use the rest of the week to start their first Halloween creations.

Up Next...

Staff is working on the starting elements of our new Rostock 3D printer design, which will increase our number of operating 3D printers from 1 to 2.  That's an improvement of 100%!!!

We are also using the CNC Router to build new desks and furniture.

We will be building a wall in front of the back wall, this wall will have thee immediate purposes. 

  1. It hides the mess that is the notorious back wall. 
  2. It will serve as a projector screen for our new lecture hall huge, HD, projector.   Movie night anyone?
  3. We are expecting a new vacuum system to be donated to the space, which will exit through a vent behind the dummy wall.  The wall will help us mount and hide the exhaust fan/vent assembly. 

As always, if you would like to get involved in our projects... just drop us a line or stop in.

That's all for now, 

Nick Bold

Technocopia 
44 Portland Street 6th Floor
Worcester MA, 01608
Ph. (774) 420-2244