Learn with OSMM: Needlefelted Snowmen!

Get into the Holiday spirit by needlefelting your very own snowman!

Needlefelting is the process of using a barbed needle to interlock wool fibers, allowing creation of either 2 or 3D shapes. In this class, you’ll learn to needlefelt a snowman and some fun accessories.

Ages 10 to adult are welcome for the class. The needles are very sharp – younger participants must have an adult present, and patience and an awareness of tool safety is important.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance through Eventbrite, or $12 at the door.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-with-osmm-needlefelted-snowmen-tickets-41156017757

2nd Annual Hack Friday is Back!

Skip the lines and the madness and join Ocean State Maker Mill for our Second Annual Hack Friday!  We’ll be offering an assortment of  holiday gifts with ideas borne from Rhode Island makers, some of which you’ll be able to participate in the making!

This year, we’ve boosted our offerings even more:

  • Not *just* Black Friday, *every Friday* between November 24th and December 22nd
  • We’ll be using our laser cutters, CNC machines, 3d printers and crafty prowess for some cool holiday gift fun
  • Watch the making in action, or get hands-on depending on the project
  • Some projects are customizable

Hack Friday hours:

  • Friday, November 24th: 2pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 1st: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 8th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 15th: 8pm – 10pm
  • Friday, December 22nd: 8pm – 10pm

Gift / project prices will range from $5 to $25.

We hope you’ll join us for some gift making fun!

Make: Magazine Annual 3D Printer / Fabrication Shootout

 

Everyone’s been wondering why we’re closed all weekend… but now we get to let you in on the secret!

Make: Magazine is reviewing 3D fabrication machines for their annual issue at Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket this weekend. Come visit on Sunday evening for an overview and to meet the testing team and Make: editors.

We’ll have our open house on Sunday, 7/9 from 6pm to 8pm at the OSMM workshops!
80 Fountain Street, #113
Entrance is at the loading docks in back of the building, off the parking lot. (Parking lot is just off of Blackstone Ave.) We’ll have a sign out so you know where to go. Hope to see you there!

Robot Block Party Wrapup, What’s Next?

Robot Block Party was a success!  Up top, we’re in setup mode at the event, but if you’d like to see more, check out our newly-founded Instagram feed!

We got some additional press from the Warwick Beacon as well, you can see us in action here:

http://warwickonline.com/stories/block-party-brings-out-robots-and-their-creators,123961?

So what’s up next for Ocean State Maker Mill?  Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  More info here, we hope to see you there!

 

Robot Block Party

It’s Robot Block Party time!  Our members have been super busy – from helping to support the Robot Block Party segment on The Rhode Show this week, to extended hours in the workshop making team tshirts, designing wobble bots, building robot race boards, creating info fliers, and building amazing surprises for the Robot Block Party event!

Check out the segment we helped with on The Rhode Show this week:

It’s a robot block party!

We’re busy bees!

We hope to see you at the Robot Block Party on Sunday, April 30th from 11 – 4.

For more information: http://risfnet.weebly.com/robot-block-party.html

Moat Boat Paddle Battle at OSMM

We’re bringing the Moat Boat Paddle Battle local!

If you haven’t been able to join us at any of the Maker Faires we’ve been to, this is your chance to show your design skills by building the fastest boat in the moat – locally!  Join us on Wednesday, February 8th 2017 for the 3DPPVD meetup at OSMM at 7pm and race your boat!

Make sure to follow the rules – they can be found here: Open class rules.

Anyone looking to race must register with us ahead of time. To register, please fill out the link below.

REGISTER HERE

 

Need some inspiration to get started?  Sample boats can be downloaded here.

We’ll hold the races at Ocean State Maker Mill, 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

No physical prizes for this local race, just racing for fame, glory, and camaraderie!

Join Us for Hack Friday!

Join Us for Hack Friday!

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Don’t stand in crazy lines and get in fights to shop for holiday gifts this Black Friday!  Join us at OSMM, relax, and make your presents instead!  Hack Friday > Black Friday!

This Friday (11/25) starting at 10 am, stop by OSMM and we’ll help you make one of the following holiday gifts! We have 3 different options to spark the maker in you!

  • laser cut cardboard dinosaur skeleton – $10
  • cnc milled tablet stand – $20
  • cnc milled wine caddy (holds 2 glasses and a bottle) – $15

Choose 1, 2 or all 3 projects!  In the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, we’ll be utilizing recycled materials for making.

If you have a great time and like what you see, we’re also offering membership gift certificates – for yourself or to give to friends and family!

The OSMM workshops are located at 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket RI, in the Classic Display Building.  Use the call box at the door to ring OSMM for entry.  We hope to see you there!

 

Moat Boat Paddle Battle is Back!

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The Moat Boat Paddle Battle is back for World Maker Faire 2016!  Join us for paddleboat fun on October 1 & 2nd at the NY Hall of Science in Queens.

Sunday will be our official race day (that’s Sunday, 10/2 only, no exceptions) – make your own boat ahead of time and enter to race!  We’ve updated the rules from last year – please take a good read through for the changes (most importantly: your paddle, propeller, etc. must be 3d printed this year): Moat Boat Paddle Battle Rules

Like last year, we’re sponsored by the amazing folks at SeeMeCNC – and the winner of Sunday’s race will go home with a SeeMeCNC 3D printer!

Race entry: https://goo.gl/forms/oeyZ4DSu35ojywXi2

 

We’re Having an Awesome (OSMM) August!

August has been good to the Ocean State Maker Mill crew, and we’ve been able to represent Rhode Island and Pawtucket in a big way over the past few weeks at a variety of events.  If we didn’t see you out and about, here’s what you missed!

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire at the Pell-Chafee Performance Center in Providence saw us out in full force with our Augmented Reality Sandbox project, as well as some 3D printer demos.  The augmented reality sandbox allows anyone interacting with the sandbox to see real-time changes in the topographical map-style display on the sand, as well as creating landscapes for the fish (in the water) and bunnies (on the land) to reside.  We’re working on some cool mods to this project for the future, so stay tuned for when we’ll be bringing it back out to play!

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DotAir

We showed some 3d printing art action live at the DotAir festival, amidst projection art and music from a downtown Pawtucket parking garage.  We got to meet lots of new friends!

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SamFest

We had a “blast” at SamFest this year at the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket!  Although we brought our typical 3d printing action, we also built some vortex cannons to entertain the crowd – giving us the ability to blow smoke rings with huge gusts of air.

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The White House!

OSMM’s very own Matt Stultz was invited to the Makerspace Organizer’s Meeting in Washington DC at the White House to speak on making and makerspaces, and to collaborate with other makerspace movers and shakers around the country.  We can all learn so much when we work together, and building a community is a key part of OSMM’s mission.

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What’s Next?

So what’s next?  World Maker Faire in New York!  Stay tuned for updates – you may want to get involved…

Upcoming Events

The Ocean State Maker Mill crew will be at several events coming up soon!  If you’ve been curious about what we do, would like to meet the team, or know us already and would like to join in the fun – now is your chance!

We’ll see you at:

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Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire (Providence) – Saturday, August 13

More info at: http://makerfaireri.com/

 

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DOT AIR (Pawtucket) – Saturday, August 20

More info at: http://dotair.org/dot-air-2016.html

 

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SAMFest at Slater Mill (Pawtucket) – Saturday, August 27

More info at: http://www.slatermill.org/samfest/

 

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World Maker Faire (Queens, NYC) – Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

More info at: http://makerfaire.com/new-york/

 

Hope to see you there!