Fall 2021 Updates

Hi all! I hope you have been safe, healthy, and productive this year so far. Like many this year, The Make Space has been focusing more inwardly and finding ways to better ourselves and the organization, and find new ways of serving our members and our community.

There has been a lot of changes in the Space since the last update. Here are some of the big ones:

  • Upgraded our band saw to a new floor-model 14″ WEN
  • Upgraded the planer to a new Dewalt model
  • Added a new small CNC machine that is being set up and documented now
  • Working on digital signage for the front window
  • Added to our bike tools and parts, including a Park Tools bike stand
  • Updated our lighting in the front room to LED lighting to match the back, making it much brighter in all of the space and saving money on lighting

We have had organizational and financial setbacks that we will need to find solutions to for this coming year. Our expenditures will more than triple this coming year, and we will need to work on finding other ways of funding the Space. We are confident we can continue to serve the community and our members, but will need volunteers and support more than ever.

If you would like to help us further our cause of fostering the maker spirit in State College and enabling makers to see their plans come to fruition, we have added donation buttons to the site for anyone to become a Friend of The Make Space through one-time donations or reoccurring monthly donations in several amounts. Both of these options offset our expenses and continue to make our makerspace accessible to those who want an outlet to create, fix, make, and express themselves. We cannot express enough our gratitude for your support!


Beginning of Summer Updates

We have been hard at work during the last few months and have a lot of news to talk about! Let’s get started:

  • We received a $1,000 grant from the Trailhead Foundation/Three Dots for expanding our tools and advertising for our Repair Cafes! We are so very grateful to them for allowing us to be better able to reach the State College community.
Some of our members posing with the Trailhead grant signage.
  • We have purchased a new 3D printer! The new Creality Ender 3 will use PLA filament and is added to our aging Davinci printer which uses PETG.
The Ender 3 before we built it.
  • We are working on a wiki with training and up-to-date information on the Space so that the public can see what we have and our members can learn how to use our tools and get tips and tricks for their best use.
  • We are making changes to our membership models! The new models will include a discount for volunteering at the Space and lower prices for students and families. We will update the membership page and process for signing up very soon.
  • We are purchasing a button maker! We will have the machine available to members with a small charge for the supplies and optional designing. Stay tuned for when it arrives.

Repair Cafe Tomorrow!

If you have anything that needs repaired and you want to know how to diagnose and fix it, bring it by tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 2, 1pm-3pm) and we will do our best to work with you to give your items new life!

What can you bring? Appliances, clothing, furniture, housewares, toys, and pretty much anything else that’s broken that you can carry on your own! If you wish to know for sure whether someone will be able to help mend your broken item, email us at

Advice and help from the members of the The Make Space is free of charge, but a voluntary donation is appreciated – we’re a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit!


3D Printing Demo Tomorrow

Hi all, we will be having a 3D printing demonstration and open house tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 pm! We will go over 3D models, where to find them, a bit on how to make them, and how to use the printers at the space. If you have are at all interested in 3D printing, stop by!


Join Us for First Night!

Update: We have giveaways! You’ll be able to choose between several cardboard model kits seen below. The instructions for construction will be listed below.

While you are out enjoying the ice sculptures, shopping, music and more on New Year’s Eve, make plans to stop by the MakeSpace for a special open house from 3pm-6pm. We will have several demonstrations set up and knowledgeable members around to give you a tour of the space. Please join us and start your new year actively making it the best one yet.

Space Improvement Weekend Update

Weekend Updates Dec 8th-9th – Big Update!

So this week we were notified by the IRS that we are officially a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization! Our hard work and reams of paperwork have paid off and we are even better equipped to work with our community! I would like to thank Jason, John S., and Camille for taking the lead through the hundreds of hours it took to complete this momentous task for the MakeSpace.

This week we have been working on the following:

  • More progress on the MPCNC! We have the basic skeleton put together, made of conduit and our printed 3D parts
  • We updated some of the lighting in the backroom, removing some non-functional lighting and moving some other lighting to better cover the space.
  • We have updated our Membership page to include a now working sign-up page for monthly memberships.
  • Matt N. brought in his K40 laser cutter and we worked on changing out the controller board for a Kickstarted replacement called Gerbil.
Joe and Vidur adding the side rails and carriages.
Projects Weekend Update

Weekend Updates for December 1st-2nd

Parts for the CNC machine. More progress to come!

This weekend was yet another great and productive weekend for us. Here are just a few things that we have accomplished:

  • After Matt N. helped us move the laser cutter and replace the aging vent motor, Camille practiced for a demonstration she will give for open house by showing Joshua, Vidur, and a few other members how to use the laser cutter.
  • Joshua replaced the monitor for the laser cutter monitor with a wide screen version, and Matt N. fabricated a monitor adapter for the odd sized mount.
  • Matt N. also repaired the beloved heater in the space, removing the broken wheels and building a sturdy base for it.
  • The MPCNC project group (consisting of Vidur, Joe, Joshua, Matt N., and Joey) have have made a lot of progress on Vidur’s CNC, making space for its construction, cutting out the base, and printing out all the 3D-printed pieces needed for the project. We hope to get the machine finished close to the first of the year.
  • Vidur and Matt N. replaced a battery in a portable car jumper, extending the life of the jumper and keeping it out of the landfill.
Space Improvement Weekend Update

Weekend Updates September 15th-16th, 2018

shelving with neat boxes and sorted materials

This weekend we cleaned up the office space next to the front door and started creating our electronics workspace. We need to get better lighting in the space; would like to create some ventilation for soldering, 3D printing, and laser cutting; and need some better shelving and storage along the wall. But it is a really big step in organization and we thank John S., Joe B., Joshua, Camille, Matt, and Brian for their help!

Speaking of organization, thanks to Camille and Lane for their organization of the arts and crafts supplies in the back room. Everything is so much more accessible and useful now!

John S. and Brian were on the hunt for wiring, tracing connections and disabling old unused connections.

Joshua and Joe are continuing their work on the 3D printers, and are starting to document and create training so anyone can print! We will let everyone know when that is ready.

Space Improvement Weekend Update

Weekend Updates August 18th-19th, 2018

We had a very productive weekend at the Space! Here is what we accomplished this weekend:

  • We had a very productive business meeting, selecting some members to form a temporary board to push us through into incorporation.
  • Member [Joe B] and his daughter power-washed the front area of the Space, getting rid of most of the green and dirty covering on our steps and brickwork and making our entrance look better than it has in years. Thanks both for your efforts!
  • We were able to get our Prusa i3 clone working again, thanks to [Joe B], [Mack B], and [Joshua W]. It still needs some tweaking, but when doesn’t a 3D printer?!
  • [Joe B] and [Vidur] were able to fix up a Arduino that had a corrupted bootloader.
Metal Projects

Foundry Fired Up

Members [Jason] and [Joshua] fired up the foundry on Saturday, July 28th, 2018. The goal was to melt down a large collection of aluminum cans that have been accumulating for some time in Jason’s garage. We were able to get about half a recycle can full melted down into around half a dozen mini-loaf ingots. It was a lot of work, but it was nice weather and Jason is getting quite a stockpile in his collection.