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Third Stretch Goal surpassed! Can we make it to $6500?
We now have the funds to get a snazzy new SawStop! There's about 3 hours left in the campaign. Can we make it to $6500? Why not?
$6500 is our new (final???) Kickstarter goal!
Stretch Goal reached! Third Stretch Goal announced
Hooray! 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!
Second Stretch Goal announced
Well that was fast! We reached our new deadline in a matter of hours. We also just got our first $500 donation to immortalize our donor with a personalized plaque. Thank you!
We want to continue our success with a second Stretch Goal. We talked it over and decided on a centralized compressed air system to run pneumatic tools like nail guns and air drills.
It would be a good investment because air tools are reasonably cheap and powerful and it will reduce/centralize the electrical demand.
We think a decent air system would run about $700. So with that, we announce that our new goal is for $4500! Thanks to everyone for all your help thus far.
We did it! We reached our $3000 goal!
Thank you to everyone who donated or reached out to friends and family to get us heard.
Now we want to continue the momentum with a Stretch Goal. If we can make another $700 we will upgrade the dust collection system we use for some of our dirtier power tools. These dust collectors do a fine job of keeping things clean and reducing dust and debris. $700 will purchase a decent centralized system as well as the duct work to connect it to our various table saws and other equipment.
So that's it. The gauntlet has been thrown. $3700 is our new goal!
Xerocraft is Tucson's Hackerspace.
Wikipedia describes a hackerspace as “a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.” That's us.
Xerocraft is a resource for the city of Tucson. We provide tools and equipment for welding, 3D printing, metalcasting, woodworking, soldering, milling, lathing, laser cutting/etching and more. We make anything and everything from soft crafts to robots. Our members offer decades worth of wisdom and skill that they give for free to anyone who walks in. Xerocraft is the place to tinker, make, build, craft, destroy, repair, wonder, invent, reuse, fabricate, share, explore, create works of art and have fun. You can see what we're up to on our website, Xerocraft.org or on our Facebook page. Our Flickr page showcases what we're working on right now. We will also be the main venue for Tucson's first annual Maker Faire.
Xerocraft was founded in 2011 as a club by a small group of passionate hackers and makers. In January 2012 we incorporated and in May we became a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Over the last two years we've grown to the point that our current space is overflowing with equipment and projects. It's getting hard to move around. On Saturdays there are dozens of people crammed into a building of less than 1000 square feet.
We set out to find a larger space to move into and were very lucky to find an abandoned furniture warehouse a short distance north of our current location. The place is over four times the size of where we are now. It's a dream come true... almost.
Risks and challenges
The building is over 100 years old and needs extensive renovation. There are no working bathrooms and all the sewer and plumbing lines must be replaced. Most of the electrical wiring was stripped by copper thieves. The new wiring we install must meet the high standards of a hackerspace with many high-power tools. Some walls need to be torn down and others put up.
On top of all that, Xerocraft is taking part in a community effort to put on Tucson's first Maker Faire this November. Our new space will be the hub of the event. But we are unable to move in until we can get our Certificate of Occupancy from the city. The CO means that the building meets the proper safety requirements. Along with the renovations are the various fees and permits that must be paid along the way.
But we are not frightened by the challenge. Being a hackerspace, we have many talented people who do the work that is required in the building as day jobs and the tools needed to get things done. We are doing most of the work ourselves, turning wiring, plumbing and drywall work into educational workshops.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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