New Tools for You!

Glowforge Pro

Our new 3D laser "printer" (using CNC technology) is the Glowforge Pro. It is an $8000.00 Class 4 printer capable of cutting or engraving in a variety of materials such as wood, leather, paper, plastic, acrylic, fabric, cork, Mylar, cardboard, rubber and more! It can engrave only on glass, marble, ceramic tile, aluminum, stone, titanium, rubber stamps and more!

It has a pass through allowing you to use long materials. Materials can be up to 20" wide by infinity! The Glowforge can use a variety of formats of images as well as a tracing mode which scans material with drawing on it. There is also a feature for 3D engraving using Heightmap, a program you create your image in and the engraving will have greater depth and detail.

These key fobs were made with the Glowforge that Jeremy Wimer brought to our meetup this past August. Click here for footage of that event.

We expect our printer to be delivered by early March and the filter to arrive mid summer. We were able to take advantage of their pre order program to save almost $2,000 off its current price.

Purchase of this exciting tool was made possible through our Community Growth Initiative grant award, funded by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and facilitated by the Minnesota State University Business Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

A huge "thank you" to Dotson Iron Castings for donating our first 3D printer!

Board member Kim Spears & volunteer Daniel Halvorson set it up recently and you'll be able to use it soon!

  • The easiest and most versatile way to get from 3D model to 3D print.

  • Large build volume accelerates rapid prototyping and model making.

  • 100-micron layer resolution enables the creation of professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and complex models, right at your desk.

  • Supported by the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, a growing, synergetic ecosystem of products, materials, software, accessories, services and content that integrate seamlessly with each other to provide a satisfying MakerBot experience.

Grizzly Table Saw

Longtime friend of the makerspace project, Al Fack, donated this bear of a table saw and volunteers have been putting it to good use building out the shop spaces!

We are so excited for these new additions to our Makerspace family we want you to help us name these three new pieces! Submit your ideas for through our website or stop by 1700 3rd Ave, Mankato!

Makerspace progress: OPening day soon!

Help us set up shop!

Sundays and Mondays noon-6+PM

Thursdays 3-8PM at 1700 3rd Avenue, Mankato

(Goodrich Construction building)

Got another time that works better?

Schedule with Rick at ‭(507) 469-4010‬.

Volunteer to make YOUR makerspace!

Rick says we'll be opening in a few weeks,

so get your memberships and start thinking up projects!

Also keep your eyes peeled for upcoming workshops!

Equipment Drive:

We are always looking to better outfit our shops with equipment donations.

Our wish list includes, but isn't limited to:

  • Fabric scissors, rotary cutters and blades

  • CNC anything- plasma, lathe, router

  • chop saw-steel

  • metal band saw

  • welders

  • torch system

  • welding tables

  • paint sprayer

  • throwing wheels for ceramics

  • work benches

  • sanding boxes

  • anvils

  • standing hammer

If you have any "useable, yet unused" tools, equipment or supplies laying around, donate them to us!

We can pick it up!

Call Rick at 507-469-4010

(donation receipts available. If estimated value is $5,000+ an appraisal is necessary for tax purposes. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.)

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Thank you for your support!

Rick, Cindy, Kendrick, Joe, Kim, Don, Emily, Dustin & Robin

  • Mankato Makerspace Board of Directors

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