Our new 3-D UV Printer
WOW! The Grand Re-Opening was fantastic! The new space at the Steinfeld is now open and is looking great. We have received our certificate of occupancy, and are now restarting our regular Open Hacks and classes. We have several new pieces of equipment including the bridgeport mill; a giant, precision pattern makers lathe; and the B9 Creator, a 3-D printer that uses an ultraviolet projector underneath to harden layers of UV reactive polymer into high resolution 3D objects, and a new 65 Watt Laser cutter.
With the new space come some new programs: a collaboration with the BitBuckets robotics club; the kickoff of a Women’s night; and hosting of a Maker Fair on November 16th. We expect a big influx of new folks that have found us through the great Press and our super Grand Opening.
WELCOME TO THE NEW XEROCRAFT!
We’ve gotten so much done this month. We got our Certificate of Occupancy, we got internet installed, we set THE BUTTON back up so the public will know when we open, we reinstalled the donation box and we cleaned up and organized a bunch. But all of that work has cost us money, though.
Since Xerocraft has been all but shut down this month, we have not brought in much money. And there’s not just renovation to think about. We also have the Grand Re-Opening in early September and Make Tucson in November.
We kindly ask that all members please donate whatever amount they feel they can part with. It’ll really help us out with the work we still face. Xerocraft is getting back on its feet. Soon we will be bigger and better than ever. But we can’t do it without you.
As always, we thank you for your support,
The Xerocraft Team
This gorgeous machine is an old Oliver pattern maker’s lathe- build primarily for cutting wood, but with the accuracy of a metal lathe. It’s huge: roughly 8 feet long, and weighs nearly a ton.
August 13th Update: The end is here
We did it! We raised $6500! That’s more than double our original goal. Thanks to everyone who donated or shared our campaign with others. We are working hard to get your prizes finished and shipped out to you. We want to be one of the few Kickstarter campaigns in history to actually meet their ship-by date. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: The opening was an incredible success! We were packed all day with interesting people who were fascinated by the potential this place holds.
If you couldn’t make it then you missed a fantastic event! But you can check out our Facebook Album and our Eye-Fi gallery. You can even watch video of Mayor Rothschild’s ribbon cutting with an angle grinder!
If you did make it to the celebration and you took photos, please send us your favorites to email@example.com and we will put them up on our social network!
What an amazing night and a great kick-off for the new Xerocraft. Thank you to everyone who came.
To get the most recent updates on our activity, check out our Kickstarter page.
Today we had a very successful day of moving. So successful that we are now officially in a state of limbo. Our old location does not have the tools or equipment to enable people to work on their projects and our new space is not quite ready. This means that until further notice all open hacks are suspended.
This is a good thing as we are rapidly approaching the opening of the vastly larger, shinier and better Xerocraft. We ask that current members and people who are interested in checking us out for the first time to please be patient. We will be providing more updates in the coming weeks as well as information about the renovations. We encourage everyone who wants to help to join us on our final push. We promise to make it worth the wait with new surprise toys and better facilities.
See you at the new Xerocraft
August 12th Update: Third Stretch Goal reached
With just hours to spare we surpassed our third stretch goal! The SawStop is ours. Now with four hours left, can we make it to $6500 as our final goal? Let’s find out…
August 6th Update: Third Stretch Goal announced
We did it! We crossed the threshold for the compressed air unit. For Goal #3, we are asking for a SawStop. A SawStop is a powertool with some 21st century technology mixed in. Under normal working conditions, the SawStop works like a normal tablesaw. But upon the detection of even the slightest contact with a finger or thumb the saw is instantly stopped and retracted back into the table. It’s amazing to watch.
SawStops go for about $1500. So with 5 days remaining in our campaign we are raising the bar to a total of $6000. That’s twice our initial goal! We think we can make it of we continue to get the word out. Thanks once again to all of your who’ve helped so far.
There you have it. Our new Goal is to reach
$6000 in 5 days!