Tools and Equipment

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NOTE: This page is constantly being updated and expanded to include information on what tools are in what areas, the 'tool privilege' (red / yellow / green tags) requirements for each tool, the list of persons who can grant red- or yellow-tag privilege for each tool, specs and manuals for the tools, and lots more information. That's a lot of work, so please be patient...



Certain tools require membership and/or Rockford MakerSpace training to use. We use a red/yellow/green color coding system to denote the requirements. Details are on the following page:

Many of our tools require design or operating software to use. The following page has a list of free or open source software:

There are a number of sites providing online tutorials and other resources, free graphics which can be used with the laser cutter/engraver, 3D printer, etc. The following page lists some of our favorites. As with anything that you find online, some is good, some -- not so much. Your mileage may vary. Use at your own discretion and risk. Here are some sites you may find helpful:


3D Printing

Area Captain: Jake Ellenberger, Bob Wise

Email: 3dprinting@rockfordmaker.space

3D Printing area usage

Aeronautics (rockets, drones, etc)

This area is in the planning stage . ..

Area Captain: Jake Ellenberger

Email:

Screw City Rocketry Club

Arts & Crafts

Area Captains: Sonnie Glusman, Rebecca Osterberg

Email: crafts@rockfordmaker.space

Links to free graphics

Automotive

This area is in the planning stage . . .

Area Captain: Rob Wise

Email:

Ceramics

This area is under construction . . .

Area Captain: Rachel K

Email:

Classroom

Area Captain: Rob Wise

Electronics Lab

Area Captain: Brian Latham

Email: electronics@rockfordmaker.space

All of the Windows-based PCs in the classroom have a wide variety of software installed.

Forging

Area Captain: Dennis Neubauer

Email: forging@rockfordmaker.space

Forging tools usage

Laser Cutting / Engraving

Area Captains: Bob Wise, Rob Wise

Email: laser@rockfordmaker.space

Links to free vector graphics

Laser cutter/engraver usage

Metalworking

Area Captains: Kevin Holdmann, Jamie Taylor

Email: metalworking@rockfordmaker.space

Metalworking tools usage

Networking (LAN)

Area Captain: Brian Latham

Email: contact@rockfordmaker.space

  • FOG server
  • IP cameras
  • routers
  • switches
  • various other networking equipment

Paint Booth

This area is in the planning stage . . .

Area Captain: Rob Wise

Email: paintbooth@rockfordmaker.space

Paint Booth(-ish)

Area Captain: Rob Wise

Email: paintbooth@rockfordmaker.space

  • various brushes
  • various spray paints
  • various liquid paints
  • various stains

Note: Users are expected to provide their own consumables, or replace those that are used.

Photography / Darkroom

Area Captain: Brian Latham

Email: photography@rockfordmaker.space

Note:

  • The darkroom is a  yellow  tool area. You MUST HAVE A PROFICIENCY CHECKOUT before using it alone. Contact the Area Captain to set up an appointment for your checkout and/or training.
  • The darkroom is called that for a reason. Please KNOCK BEFORE ENTERING. If you don't, you might inadvertently let all the dark escape. And that's usually not good.


  • Beseler 45 MXT Enlarger
    • 35mm Negative Holder
    • 120 6x9 Negative Holder
    • 120 6x6 Negative Holder
    • 120 6x4.5 Negative Holder
    • 4x5 Negative Holder
  • Enlarger Easel
  • Light Table
  • Changing Bag
  • Stainless Steel Developing Tanks
    • 35mm Developing Spirals
    • 120 Developing Spirals
  • Plastic Developing Tank for 35mm Film
  • Plastic Developing Tank for 4x5 Film
  • Developing Trays
  • Free wifi

Robotics

This area is in the planning stage . . .

Area Captain:

Email:

Screen Printing

Area Captains: Bob Wise, Rob Wise

Email: screenprinting@rockfordmaker.space

  • basic screen printing supplies
  • heat press
  • screen printing frame setup
  • Free wifi

Links to free graphics

Vinyl Cutting

Area Captains: Rob Wise, Bob Wise

Email: laser@rockfordmaker.space

Links to free vector graphics

Welding / Fabrication

Coming soon!

Area Captain: Jasper Meyers

Email:

Note: The welding area is a  yellow  tool area. You MUST HAVE A PROFICIENCY CHECKOUT before using it alone. In addition, some tools in the welding area are  red  tools. Contact the Area Captain to set up an appointment for your checkout and/or training.

Welding tools usage

Woodworking

Area Captain: Rob Wise, Jason Heinz

Email: woodworking@rockfordmaker.space

  • Various other hand tools and power tools

Woodworking tools usage

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