We Made Popular Mechanics!

Sometimes it pays to just keep on making and hacking.  Case in point, the Special Issue of Popular Mechanics (June).  We are one of 3 Makerspaces listed for Michigan.  Delaware, N. Dakota and W. Virginia don’t yet have dedicated Makerspaces.  My guess is if you looked hard enough, you’d find something similar.  Think of the movie “October Sky“.  Many of us who got to play with REAL chemistry sets can relate to the “launch” that blew up his parents fence ;-)

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3D Printer – Makeup Class

Rescheduled from 6/6/15.  Come learn this popular technology in our 3D Print Center.

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A2 Mini Maker Faire is TODAY!!!!

Join AHA and share in the fun at the 7th Annual Mini-Maker Faire at Washtenaw Community College.


Older than the Detroit Maker Faire, it’s a great FREE way to find out what the Maker movement is, meet excellent people, and at least 1 scorpion at our table…

Hope we see you there!

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3D Printer

Thanks to the efforts of Alex White and Nick Ristow, the Kossel 3D printer is working.  You’re looking at a 6 in. owl that was printed over 5 hours.  The slight burning near the head is likely only visible when using white or clear filament.  To be continued…


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New Board Elected!

Hi all,

Elections for Board of Directors wrapped up last Thursday. It was a very close race this time around, and we had a great turnout! Congratulations to the new Directors, and thanks for stepping up to help grow All Hands Active!

Please join us in welcoming the new Directors:

Donnie Jones
Greg Gage
Tyler Soo Hoo

As always, if you have any questions for the Board, please email board at allhandsactive dot com.

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April Board Nominees BIOs

Click on the link at the end of this post for the final list of nominees you will be voting for on Thursday’s election, and a little bit about them. You might wish to check back there before the election as we will continue adding more bios up until the voting starts.

Bios here!


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April Board Elections!

Elections for the next Board of Directors are coming up! Beginning today is the nomination period for prospective Directors. We are looking to fill three of our Board positions during this election (see the list of incumbents below).

We are an official 501(c)(3) and so our next goal mostly concerns really hitting the ground running with our fund-raising effort. If you think you can help us achieve this very important objective, please consider running for the Board of Directors! A Director’s term is one year long.

The powers of the Board of Directors are explicitly laid out in the AHA Bylaws (see “Powers of the Board” here), and since Directors take responsibility for financial activities so they must:

  • have no financial conflicts of interest
  • make an unrestricted financial contribution each term
  • engage with and support the standing committee activities of Fundraising (development), Financial (operations), and Governance.

Here’s the breakdown of important dates for elections:

  • Today until April 16 at 11:59PM: People can start nominating themselves or others over the ahashop_members at googlegroups.com mailing list.
  • April 17 until April 23 at 7:00PM: absentee voting. If you know you will miss the election, email the board for guidance on how to vote absentee.
  • April 23 7:00 PM to 10:00PM – Elections Party: We host a themed Build Night in which the goal is to build a Board! Converge on AHA at 7:00PM, eat potluck-style foods, and cast your ballot. We will tally votes promptly at 10:00PM.
  • April 24 at Midnight: Elected Board Members are put into place!

The actual voting process will involve assigning each nominee a number from 1 to N (N being the number of nominees we have by the end of the 16th). Higher numbers represent the nominees you favor most, with 1 being your least-favored. We will add up all of your ranking values and pick the three highest-scoring nominees, who will become the newest Members of the Board.

If you are a fully-paid Standard Member ($50)Reduced Membership Member ($20), or 4 ‘n’ 4 Staff Member ($0) in April, you are entitled to vote. You may become a member at any time up until the 23rd if you would like to be counted for this election.

And here’s the current Board:
Ken Lynch(I)
Zach Steindler(I)
Nate Yost(Substitute)

Larry Works
Nick Ristow

Incumbent Board Members who have completed their term are denoted by (I).
Substitute Board Members’ terms will expire and are denoted by (Substitute).
Please leave a comment here or on the Board Elections mailing list thread with election-related questions, or nominations. If you have matters of a sensitive nature, you may also email the board directly at board at allhandsactive.com.

Thank you, and see you for elections on April 23rd at 7:00PM!

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Big Red (aka Softdog) is “On The Air”

It is with much joy we announce the new laser cutter Big Red (aka Softdog) is ready for usage.  Meaning it’s ready to use.  FYI – You do not have to be an AHA member to use this wonderful tool.  But you do have to take the Learn To Laser Class.  Offered on the 4th Saturday of each month it is limited to 8 people.  Should more people show up, their contact information will be collected.  And, if an instructor is available, a special class will be conducted.  For those interested in specs it’s a Transon TS-1490 80W CO2 w/ a working material bed size of 47″x35″.

This machine is owned by the generous folks at Backyard Brains.

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AHA Meetup Reaches 100 Members!

Lookee what we did today…thanks to Zach W. we added another digit.

Join our Meetup and RSVP for …Art Party!  See you tonight!

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No Cosplay this month.

We’re taking a break in January.  Cosplay resumes in Feb. at Maker-Works and in March at All Hands Active.  Look here for inspiration.  As always, if you want to work on your costume, Thursday Build Night is a great place to be.  See you soon.

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