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July 2014 Build Night with Dremel Answered

Deadline to sign up: Monday, June 9. Accepted spaces will be notified by June 11

We are partnering with Dremel, the versatile hand-held tool system, for our July 2014 build night. We have over $1000 in materials! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: We will only be sending the list of tools above. You are responsible for providing materials to use with the tools.

  1. Select a Build Night Host: Each space must pick a host to present a 15 minute tool safety demonstration at the beginning of the build night.
  2. Host a Build Night: pick a night in July (any night) to host a project build night using the Dremel tools and kits. You can host multiple build nights during July and August to work on your projects.
  3. Post Instructables: post 2 Instructables using the Dremel Tools. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights).
  4. Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage.

We will be hosting Google Hangout events during the month of July to talk about the tool. Stay tuned for a schedule announcement!

SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above

This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP.
  1. Fill out this google form.
  2. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by June 11 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Dremel materials without completing this step.

Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications.

If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when the events are announced in the forums. If you have signed up for a past build night or this build night you are already on our announcement list.

Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.


If anyone is in the greater Philadelphia region, we are opening our Dremel Build Night to everyone. Come one, come all! Date TBD but will post on our site soon. If you have any questions, email angie.hilem at nextfabstudio dot com. Thanks SO MUCH, Instructables! We actually had some recent requests to get Dremel tools and feel extremely lucky to be selected.

This is awesome! Huge thanks to Dremel. I know I'd be lost without mine.. Why is there no makerspace in this city!?

I've been talking to my professional connections in the college of engineering at my University for over a year. I'm planning on it within the next year actually. : )

I'm lucky enough to be a founding member of our hackerspace ( rivercitylabs.org ) and would be more than happy to be a board to bounce ideas off of as you get going. Surely, you'll find your best way to make your own org, but some aspects are just recreating the wheel.

I am willing to help too as a cofounder of a group and a board member for another (over 3 years) I am more then happy to help.

Thank you as well Hal! I'll be in touch in the future I'm sure.

Thank you! I really appreciate the offer. I'll be in touch in the future for sure.

I am reliably informed that a good way to start a maker space is to simply start meeting regularly in, for instance, a pub.

That does seem like a good starting place. However I'm planning on starting this space primarily as a student organization, and I can't say I have a group of making friends to start meeting with to move in that direction. All in good time I suppose.

Nottingham Hackspace started in a pub, with no members lined up in advance - the guy who kicked it off just announced it, put up posters etc, and was there every week, even if nobody else turned up. Over time, people accumulated.

After a while, there were enough people to warrant using one of the pub's private rooms, then they realised it would be cheaper to hire a dedicated space than to spend their money on pub-price beer.

Nottingham Hackspace was born, and is now the second-largest Hackspace in the UK (the London Hackspace recently moved into slightly larger premises...).

I thought the first rule of Nottingham Hackerspace was, you do not talk about Nottingham Hackerspace.

yikes! Its a shame we missed this one by a day! I loved my Dremel specifically because I can hack so well with it!!! In fact mine is now hanging in our makerspace so others can make use of it...and boy does it get used!

Five Dremels?? Wow, that is generous!

Oh, wait, USA only...

Will there be a non-US Dremel night?

Unfortunately no :( but we have more international build nights coming up this month.

And actually we're giving away 8 dremels!! Five rotary tools and 3 oscillating tools.