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I woud like to learn more about the Mill Community-On the site there is a membership section but no content. Can someone give me some info?
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Johan Potgieter

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Can someone please tell me if there is a facility similar to the mill still in operation in the Twin Cities?
I need to contact someone who tinkers with 3D printing and maybe want to make a bit of extra money.
Preferably in the southern metro. 
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There are a few makerspaces running or starting in the Metro area. Email me at frank.beissel@8bitmn.org and I can forward your message. We have a new B9creater trouble that needs to be tested.
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Marcus Ritland

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Shapeways World Meetup is tomorrow(Thursday)!  I'm hosting the Minneapolis edition - 7PM at +The Mill.

Bring your 3D prints or drop in to see some - I have a nice collection.

#SWmeetup #Minneapolis #TwinCities +Shapeways 
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Marcus Ritland

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Anybody have a 3D printer and want to make some $$ from it? Sounds like it could be a good idea...
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sign yo'self up!
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Marcus Ritland

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Marcus Ritland originally shared:
 
Do you have ideas that you want to 3D print?  Sketchup is a great tool for learning modeling for 3D printing, and in this 4-part, 8 hour class, you'll learn everything you need to get you started making models for 3D printing.  You'll also be introduced to desktop 3D printers and certified to use the 3D printers available at The Mill.

Learn more and sign up here: http://skl.sh/VIB0IW
Sketchup Modeling for 3D Printing Class
Tue, February 5, 2013, 7:00 PM
The Mill, 2300 Kennedy Street NE Suite 130 Minneapolis, MN 55413

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Marcus Ritland

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Raspberry Pi Meetup at Coco next week
Marcus Ritland originally shared:
MAKE's First International Raspberry Pi Meetup
Thu, January 17, 2013, 9:00 PM
CoCo Minneapolis - 400 South 4th Street #401 Minneapolis, MN

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Brian Magnuson

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How about a catalog of projects you can cut on the Shop Bot.  Once you cut a project on it even if it's a canned product your hooked.
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Do a class where you can cut a number of stools out of a 4x8 sheet of plywood and take them home to show your friends. Add a little to the cost to cover the plywood and market it as a private orientation lesson.  It helps at home when you can bring something useful back for the family to see and use. Brand it with the Mill logo.
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William Dohman

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What about a membership kickback option? Not sure how the figures would need to work, but maybe for every 5 members you sign up you get a free month?
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+1
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Annie Donegan

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I am all over this. I have started to design a digital and physical flyer to post in maker heavy areas and to send out to members. The e mail will go out Monday January 7th and the first speaker will preform on Wednesday January 9th.
 
What if we had a program on each Wednesday where folks (members from our community or otherwise) could meet to hear short (no longer than 18 minute) talks about something they are working on/selling/tinkering with?

BYOdrink or thing to share. Starts at 7 or so?

From what I know this is actually going to start happening in January. I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about what you all are learning via your projects. 
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Physical flyers are definitely something we're lacking. Beyond members and maker heavy areas we should post at coffee shops and everywhere! 
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Greg Flanagan

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What if The Mill started a Maker League?

It would take the place of something like a bowling league. Cory has already done some great work putting together some ideas and a structure.

It provide another way to encourage involvement and offer an opportunity to get to know other members. 
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Micah is a good pick,  but I'll hold out for the Butcher.
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Eric Pasley

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I am looking for someone to help me with a wood working project.  I have a 20x24 puzzle that I am cutting out, my scroll saw is too small to handle it.  I am looking to just cut it in half with interlocking pieces.  Does anyone know of someone with a laser cutter or a 30" scroll saw???
In desperation!!!
Lori Pasley
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Email me at frank.beissel@8bitmn.org and I will pass your info off to the Nordeast Makerspace.
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Brett Naughton

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Has anyone narrowed down the Laser cutter settings for 1/4 hardboard? I tried, based on internet adice:
s13, p100, f400
s50, p40, f500
neither worked, maybe got halfway through. are two passes necessary?
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did that work? clean the lenses too?
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Frank Beissel

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I was surprised by the cap on memberships. It might be a good thing, but not what I expected.
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Marcus Ritland

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In this meetup, we'll talk about printing your designs in the Full color sandstone material from Shapeways.

Learn more and RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/ShapewaysCommunity/Minneapolis/863802/
3D Printing your models in multi-color
Wed, January 23, 2013, 6:00 PM CST
The Mill

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Marcus Ritland

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Here's a super detailed instructable by a professor from MIT about how to build products.  Must read for makers!
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Nathan Knutson

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One of the initial concerns as a prospective members is the a la carte nature of getting trained on pieces of equipment. Membership is a great deal, but the classes to become safety certified add up quickly. What if there is a discounted one-time training fee that covers all equipment in addition to the a la carte offerings? I do not mean that training would be all at once, but the costs would be bundled and somewhat reduced. I have additional ideas about high quality videos available on-line without a fee followed by quizzes that would precede full certification to be completed in-person. This could reduce the staffing requirements for safety training.  As far as safe thinking....a person teaching a class might not remember all the dangerous situations that need to be conveyed or breeze over a concept to a new user whereas a video can be created to be comprehensive. "Don't do this" examples can really stick in memory with a visual...I'm thinking graphic, dated, and hilarious machine shop safety videos. 
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You should also have a test with a passing grade to document their knowledge as well as certificate suitable for framing.
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Brian Magnuson

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Market to Ham Fests like Midwinter Madness. I am a member of the Robbinsdale Radio Club so I could do some marketing there if the Mill would spring for a booth. No much but you would get the word out fast and far.
The hamfest is on Saturday March 23, 2013.
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William Dohman

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I would love to see the mill open up more to the public. I could see school field trips from grade schools or high school shop classes, birthday parties with choice of happy meals, senior outreach programs, father son, mother daughter classes, scholarships for students, family stay vacation packages...

I think getting more people in on day or sub month passes would spread the word and importance of the mill in the twin cities.
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I'll add job interviews.
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Tyler Cooper

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We should reach out to clubs like: http://www.tcrobots.org/

Offer meeting space for their weekly meetings, with the hopes that a few of them will join.  They currently meet at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  There are probably a few other communities like this that would also apply.
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That's a solid idea.
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Cory Huseby

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How about tiered memberships
 
•Professional Membership
◦Intended for members making their living off equipment at the mill
◦12 hours on each machine in 4 hour blocks a week
◦Price level in the $XXX per month
 
•Maker Membership
◦Intended for Makers that use the equipment to make small runs and objects for themselves
◦12 hours of reserved machine time a week
◦Price point in the $XXX per month
◦To qualify for this membership you must exchange 8 hours of your time a month to The Mill (Marketing, monitoring shop, Designing products for The mill to sell, building products for The Mill to sell, Teaching, Cleaning, machine maintenance, etc.)

•Friends of the Mill/Sustainer
◦Monthly cost of $25 to $50 a month
◦Standing Invitation to Social events
◦Discounts on classes
◦It would be nice to force 1 month only members to maintain this membership throughout the year if they are on again off again members

Note: Pricing between The Professional and Maker memberships would be intended to be balanced with the hours put in by Makers. Pricing should be decided by a long discussion on how many members are needed and what Kind of funds would need to be generated a month.
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I think a tiered membership would be great. As someone who would probably be in the professional level, I would expect more access to the equipment per week than a lower level tier.
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