• October 22, 2021 by

    Open House!

    Come see Ithaca Generator’s NEW Cherry Street Digs! People of all ages are welcome to visit and enjoy food and local music while watching tool demonstrations, including a live forge, and perusing works created by Ithaca Generator members. Interested potential members will have the opportunity to sign up and take basic training on 3D printing […]

  • March 19, 2019 by

    Upgrade Electronics Lab to LvL 2

  • May 16, 2018 by

    Publicizing Ithaca Generator News & Events

    In general, communicating on behalf of Ithaca Generator is so appreciated. The voice of Ithaca Generator is a collective one, and is characterized by the diversity of contributors and messages that we have to share. With that said, here are a few ways to stay on-brand and maintain a consistent voice and tone for the organization: Keep […]

  • October 12, 2017 by

    Report on Our October 6th Dance Marathon Fundraiser

    On October 6th Ithaca Generator held a dance marathon fundraiser we called The 12-Hour Dance Out. Eight intrepid dancers collected pledges and danced for up to 12 hours in support of the Generator; additional dancers signed on on the day of the event to collect even more money; eight of Ithaca’s best DJ’s provided music; […]

  • October 2, 2017 by

    Dance Out Prep; flyers, linoleum, pixels, & a whole lotta love

    It all starts with an email, right?  Something like:  “Hey Norm, I want to whip up a little dance performance out here in the alleyway and I thought you might like to do some sort of live video projection”.  This is precisely what my maker friend Laurence said, and he was right.   Laurence builds […]

  • September 18, 2017 by

    Maker Spotlight: Elliot Wells

    Meet the makers! This is part of our series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. Meet Elliot Wells – President of the Ithaca Generator board of directors since September 2016. What first brought you to Ithaca Generator? I had moved to downtown Ithaca after years of living in a rural setting, where […]

  • September 18, 2017 by

    Secretary’s Report

    Board Goals for the Ithaca Generator in 2017 As we get ready for the annual all hands meeting and board elections, I want to take time to consider our accomplishments this past year. Below are the goals the board set for the year in priority order along with a short commentary about our progress toward […]

  • May 30, 2017 by

    Meet the late-night staffers

    As we expand open hours, we also want to get to know our new members and staff volunteers. In this post, meet two of our awesome members who have stepped up to keep our doors open until midnight on weeknights! Caleb Thomas Staff shift: Wednesday nights, 9pm-midnight I’m an artist passionate about art as a […]

  • April 18, 2017 by

    12 Principles and the Sustainable Enterprise

    What has Permaculture got to do with a makerspace? Most of the activities taking place in a workshop are attempts to slow the natural decomposition of our things, or to invent something new. We oil and sharpen the tools, try to make wooden toys that do not rot or deteriorate, invest in the newest SoCs, […]

  • April 5, 2017 by

    Maker Spotlight: Buddha Buck

    Meet the makers! This is part of our series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. Meet Buddha Buck – a founding member of Ithaca Generator who just completed his 500th staffing shift. You’re a founding member – tell us about your part in IG’s origin story. I had been hearing about Maker/Hackerspaces […]

  • February 2, 2017 by

    Maker Spotlight: Geri-Safe

    Meet the makers! This is part of our series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. Meet Abhilash, who joined Ithaca Generator in December. He’s the Manufacturing Engineer for wellness device company Geri-Safe. Why did you join Ithaca Generator? The workshop is more suited to our next level of prototyping. We need to […]

  • February 2, 2017 by

    Linear Motion for Makers

    Many of the machines we use in a makerspace require controlled linear motion and positioning. Examples include 2D and 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, CNC and manual milling machines and lathes, etc. In these machines either the tool or the work piece must be moved in a controlled manner along one or more linear […]

  • January 26, 2017 by

    DIY Prescription Glasses by Kirby!

    Super fun project – thanks to member Kirby for sharing his process on video! Check it out:  

  • January 8, 2017 by

    Building a Boat at the Ithaca Generator

    For my winter project last year, I built a Standup Paddleboard at the Generator. I chose the 14 foot Kaholo kit from Chesapeake Light Craft. As boats go, this is one of the smallest and easiest to build kits, typically taking a new builder about 60 hours. I made a few modifications and chatted with other Generator […]

  • January 5, 2017 by

    Maker Spotlight: Bike Club!

    Meet the makers! This is part of our series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. But instead of a single member, we’re spotlighting a group: meet the Bike Club. For several years Laurence managed a free bike clinic in Ithaca called the Friends Bike Clinic. For two hours a week volunteer mechanics […]

  • November 20, 2016 by

    Maker Spotlight: Casey Griswold

    Meet the makers! This is the first in a series of posts introducing you to some of our spectacular members. Casey first walked into Ithaca Generator as part of a class project. Nearly 4 years later, Casey’s an IG regular who you can find routinely working on the laser cutter. What have you learned at […]

  • November 13, 2016 by

    Ithaca is a Maker City

    image source: Maker City by Hirshberg & Dougherty This past October I was invited to share stories about my city, Ithaca, NY, on a panel at World Makerfaire in Queens. The panel was moderated by Peter Hirschberg, urban innovator and co-author of the new book Maker City: Urban Manufacturing and Economic Renewal in American Cities. […]

  • March 5, 2016 by

    Ithaca Tech Magic: Interview with Edward “Eddie” Moran

    original image by Marg Hester Photography Eddie Moran is the Head of I.T. and the Tech & Media Literacy Coordinator at Southside Community Center

  • November 21, 2015 by

    IG Members at roc maker faire

      We recently traveled to Rochester Mini Maker Faire  to share some of our work and get folks hooked on the power of making. Mark, Greg, and Elliot set up a RoboSumo workshop where makers remixed weird old toys with DC motors to make something entirely new. Claire and Gabe shared the stream gauge project […]

  • November 11, 2015 by

    Interview: Jennifer Westling, IC Women in Computing

      Jennifer Westling is an IG member, CS student at Ithaca College, and co-founder of IC Women in Computing (ICWC). Recently her group hosted a “Get Your Git On” event at IC and invited IG President, Jenn Colt, to lead the workshop. We caught up with Jennifer Westling to get the details. IG: So you just […]

  • November 7, 2015 by

    repost: Make Better Stuff Lab at IG

      originally posted on MakeBetterStuff.org by IG member Xanthe Matychak Last night my students from the Make Better Stuff lab at Ithaca College hosted a public laser cutter demo at Ithaca Generator for First Friday. The Make Better Stuff Lab is a course that I wrote for IC freshmen in which they learn about sustainable […]

  • September 13, 2015 by

    New board and officers elected!

    We are happy to welcome our new board as of Sept 12, 2015!

  • September 11, 2015 by

    Fall Course Update

    We’re excited to announce upcoming classes, starting in October. There will be lasers, welding, woodcutting, puppet-making, and more! It’s an exciting time for Ithaca Generator (like this new website).

  • July 10, 2015 by

    Summer Membership Special

    Just in Ithaca for the summer? We’re offering new members a two-month standard membership for $60 ($10 less than paying for two months separately).

  • May 25, 2015 by

    Summer Fun at The Makerspace

    Hi IG Community. Summer is here – yay! – and there are a few things you should know about: 1. Robo Sumo and Open House. We’ll be open all day Saturday 30 May for Ithaca Festival. Mark will be hosting a Robo Sumo event for those who want to build and compete. Plus we’ll just be open […]

  • March 9, 2015 by

    3D Printing – what is it good for?

    It’s likely that you’ve heard of 3D Printing by now. But for some, the technology still seems mysterious. You may have questions like, “What exactly is 3D Printing” or “Why does 3D Printing matter?” Below are some answers. HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS. 3D Printing is kind of like a hot glue gun that has the […]

  • January 18, 2015 by

    Winter classes available

    Check out our winter class schedule!

  • December 10, 2014 by

    IG Celebrates Two Years; Come Party on the 19th

    Yes we’ve occupied our space in Press Bay Alley for two years! Come help us celebrate with a potluck on Friday December 19th 6pm to 8pm. Tell us what you are bringing here. Don’t buy! As part of the celebration we will be offering gift-making workshops all weekend long. See our class pages for details.

  • November 25, 2014 by

    Alternative Black Friday

    Hey. We’ll be gathering at the makerspace at 6.30pm on Friday for a potluck supper, games, and perhaps some craft. Come on down to eat and hang out with friends. Peace on earth. And food. And games. And makin’ stuff… Hoorah! facebook event

  • November 5, 2014 by

    Laser cut design studio returns!

    We’ll be holding another laser cut design studio this Friday, November 7, from 5 to 8pm! Hand-draw designs and IC Park students will help you convert them to vector graphics and cut them on the Epilog 40 watt Zing! First come, first served. Suggested donation: $5  

  • October 4, 2014 by

    People Create at the Laser Cut Design Studio!

    At Ithaca Generator, we believe that creativity exists in every corner of our community. And that by providing public access to 21st century tools and technologies we increase the chances of discovering tomorrow’s brightest inventors and innovators. In this  spirit, we hosted a Pop Up Design Studio on Oct 3rd and invited the public to manufacture their […]

  • September 28, 2014 by

    Jennifer Colt is the New IG President

    Hi IG Community! We had our Annual General Meeting on Saturday night and have a few announcements to make: Jennifer Colt is the new IG President Vic Aprea is the new Treasurer Laurence Clarkberg is the new Education Director (not an elected position, but news none the less) We are excited about these new roles and want […]

  • August 12, 2014 by

    4Ps of the Media Lab

    Last week Jenn C and I went to the Scratch Conference at MIT Media Lab. Scratch is a visual programming language developed by folks in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard. The goal of the project is to help kids (and adults) transform themselves from “consumers of stuff” […]

  • August 5, 2014 by

    GERLS Camp – Encouraging Young Women in STEM

    Last week, Ithaca Generator (IG) partnered with Xraise, the outreach program at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, to host a week-long GERLS Camp for middle school girls. GERLS is an acronym developed by the program’s leaders Lora Hine, director of outreach at Xraise, and Claire Fox, education coordinator at IG. The acronym […]

  • July 12, 2014 by

    Paper circuit class kicks off summer collaboration with Tompkins County Public Library

    We kicked off our summer-long collaboration with Tompkins County Public Library last Wednesday with a paper circuit making workshop just for adults! Literary Elements: Electrify Your Writing and Drawing was presented as part of TCPL’s adult summer reading program. Later this summer we’ll present programs for both teens and young children. Our library/makerspace collaboration will […]

  • July 6, 2014 by

    Handmade in America Fest

    On Saturday, July 5th we participated in a “Made in America Fest” in Press Bay Alley. Pressbay Alley, for those who haven’t seen it yet, is a new micro-retail spot on Green Street just west of Cayuga in Ithaca NY. We were thrilled to be included because we see makerspaces playing an important role in the “Handmade in America” […]

  • June 17, 2014 by

    Mayor Participates in White House Maker Faire – and so does Ithaca!

    Have you ever wanted to invent the next greatest thing that no one can live without? Well, now is your chance and Ithaca is the place to do it!  On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Mayor Svante L. Myrick will be participating in the Mayors Maker Challenge and White House Maker Faire.  The Maker Faire will feature Makers, […]

  • June 11, 2014 by

    June newsletter available

    The laser cutter is here and so is the June newsletter!

  • May 17, 2014 by

    Celebrate International Scratch Day

        Celebrate International Scratch Day with us!  

  • May 9, 2014 by

    Arizona Mathematics Roadshow Bus Party!

    Saturday May 10th 5-8pm (Demo at 5:30pm, interactive exhibits throughout the evening.) What has forty feet, lives in the Sonoran Desert, drinks vegetable oil, and runs 55 miles-per-hour? The Arizona Mathematics Roadshow! Award-winning science outreach aficionado and university mathematics professor, Dr. Bruce Bayly, will be stopping in Ithaca where he will reunite with his old […]

  • April 20, 2014 by

    Electronic component jewelry & art from trash

    We had many visitors try out IG’s creative re-use projects at the Spring Into Action event at the Johnson Art Museum. Electronic component jewelry was very popular, and some new styles were invented, including a lovely charm bracelet and dangling earrings out of resistors and capacitors. Suspending fragments of plastic detritus in glass vials of […]

  • April 10, 2014 by

    Spring into Action with IG and the Johnson Museum of Art

      This Saturday we’ll be at the Johnson Art Museum for their Spring into Action family event! In our activity, inspired by Mark Dion, you will imagine that you are a future archaeologist, excavating artifacts from this time period. You discover enormous piles of plastic fragments and broken electronic waste, and learn about the environmental challenges […]

  • April 1, 2014 by

    Women’s Arduino Meetup

    Our first Women’s Arduino Meetup is this Thursday, April 3, at 5pm. Please join us! Arduino info: http://www.arduino.cc/

  • March 30, 2014 by

    Reverse Engineering for Everyone: Demystifying the Black Boxes of Everyday Technology

    Cameron Finucane hosted the first meeting of a very broad, participant-driven workshop held at 6pm on Monday evenings at Ithaca Generator. The workshop series aims to increase awareness of issues relating to the social and political effects of technology by shedding light on the inner workings of the “black boxes” in our lives. Participants will explore […]

  • March 30, 2014 by

    An introduction

    If you’re looking for an introduction to Ithaca Generator, this video – recut from our Lazerthon campaign video – is a nice start. If you have any questions about IG you can always email us at info@ithacagenerator.org.

  • March 16, 2014 by

    Spring classes announced!

    Our spring classes are now available for enrollment! Please check them out: http://ithacagenerator.org/events/winterspring-2013-class-descriptions/

  • March 9, 2014 by

    Play-testing at game night

    It seems like only a little over a week since the last Game Night, and now it’s a little less than a week until the next one. I guess that’s how bi-weekly Game Nights work. We have something special planned for this game night, so I hope that a lot of folks can show up. […]

  • March 7, 2014 by

    A Game Promoting Full-Group Participation

     image: Paul and Vic passing a virtual ball, a light, using IR transmitters and receivers A handful of us at IG are developing a game for Ithaca Festival.  The project started with the question “What makes us feel like we matter?” One of the answers we agreed on was “listening and being heard.” So we […]

  • March 5, 2014 by

    First monthly housekeeping gathering!

    This Saturday 3/8/2014 from 11:00a – 3:00p all who are willing and able are encouraged to attend the first monthly Generator Housekeeping Day. Come on down for some or all of it as your schedule permits. Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • January 30, 2014 by

    Lazerthon update!

    The Lazerthon reached its funding goal earlier this morning. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported it. The campaign continues and we’ve created some stretch goals to give you an idea how additional funds will be spent. Funds raised in addition to the initial goal will be used for: Upgrading to a 90W laser Improved […]

  • January 30, 2014 by

    John Reeser on meaningful games

    Next Sunday, Jenn Colt and I are offering a workshop of sorts, a space for people who want to make games that are personally meaningful in some way, with guidance and development support for those who want it. In preparation, I thought I’d share a few of the games that have had an impact on […]

  • January 15, 2014 by

    Launch of the Lazerthon!

    We’ve launched our Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the purchase of a laser cutter for the makerspace. Please consider funding the campaign and spread the word! Check out and share our campaign page!

  • December 1, 2013 by

    Winter classes announced

    Our winter classes are now available for registration! We’re very excited to be offering classes in electronics, sewing, art, game design, music and more this session. We hope you’ll join us! Register here: http://ithacagenerator.org/events/winterspring-2013-class-descriptions/

  • November 29, 2013 by

    Gifts for Geeks – Holiday Make Sale on Dec 6

    On Friday 6 December we’re hosting a Holiday Make Sale from 5-8pm in concert with the First Friday Gallery night. The pictures above are of a few items we’ll have at the sale – all made by IG members! This is a great night to come out and find gifts you can’t find anywhere else. […]

  • November 21, 2013 by

    Game night on Friday

    Come out for Game Night this Friday at 7pm. Here’s what Buddha has in store: We have board games, card games, and mind games.  Games for adults, games for kids, games for all ages.  If you think we’d enjoy a game, bring it! Last time we played a couple of games of Cosmic Encounter, a […]

  • November 21, 2013 by

    Ithaca Week article!

    We were excited to have some visitors from Ithaca Week in the space last week. They wrote this nice article about us. Thank you!

  • November 5, 2013 by

    November Gallery Night and The Mathematics of Origami

    Much fun was had this weekend with Gallery Night on Friday and The Mathematics of Origami, a talk by Dr. Robert Lang, on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who attended the events and to Marty for the photographs and Xanthe for the videos.  

  • October 30, 2013 by

    Upcoming events

    After Halloween is over, we have two exciting events coming up this weekend! Friday, Nov. 1,  5-8pm is downtown Ithaca’s First Friday Gallery Night. We’ll be showing games and toys this month, please come check it out! We will be in the regular IG space, not up in the alley. On Sunday, Nov. 3 at […]

  • October 10, 2013 by

    October Gallery Night and Apple Harvest Festival

    This past weekend we had fun sharing some of our work with our fellow Ithacans. On First Friday Gallery Night, we hosted a temporary installation by Xanthe and Ken that included interactive projection, paper textiles with programmed LEDs,  laser cut woodwork, and a web based spin on the game telephone. Following that, we set up […]

  • October 2, 2013 by

    Ithaca Generator Wins Second Place in Maker Faire Power Racing Series!

    Our electric race car “the Dragon” wowed the crowds last week at the Maker Faire in New York City. We’ve been hard at work all summer building the car out of bike parts and steel tubing, engineering a novel tilting chassis that allows the driver to lean into turns, and decorating the body with a […]

  • September 29, 2013 by

    Secretary and Board Members Elected

    On September 28, 2013 we elected our new Secretary (Bez Thomas) and seven board members  (Ken Rother, Victor Aprea, Jennifer Colt, Xanthe Matychak, Chris Westling, Abram Connelly and Dirk Swart). We thanked Laurence Clarkberg for his year of serving as IG’s secretary. (We’ll thank him again now: THANK YOU, LAURENCE!) We also had dinner and […]

  • September 16, 2013 by

    Tabletop Game Design Expo

    Participants in IG’s Tabletop Game Design Class showed off their final products. The play-testing was quite fun, and it was very cool to see their original concepts evolve and come to completion.

  • September 3, 2013 by

    Revamp Camp

    Revamp Camp was a collaboration between Ithaca Generator makerspace and Xraise outreach from the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics at Cornell. After learning some Arduino basics the campers took off on their own individual projects, with spectacular results! Here are some photos of our campers and their mentors over the course of the action packed week.

  • August 25, 2013 by

    Fall classes announced!

    Our fall classes will be starting next weekend! To enroll or view our current classes, click here. We’re offering classes in electronics, game design, 3D printing, solar energy and more. Several of this session’s classes are offered free of charge. We hope to see you in the classroom!

  • August 23, 2013 by

    Revamp Camp Arduino Expo Today

    Post by Ithaca Generator.

  • August 19, 2013 by

    Ludum Dare at Ithaca Generator!

    IG is hosting Ludum Dare 27 this weekend.  Game developers will be working all weekend on games for this event, you can read more about Ludum Dare here. To participate, show up at 8pm on Friday for the kick off – we can order food and drinks.  We will have open times at the generator […]

  • August 3, 2013 by

    Maker Camp Weeks 3 and 4!

    Pixelation animation with kid actors, Magic Photo Cube making, hacking an inkjet printer to print in invisible crystalized lemon ink, engineering crash test race cars with egg passengers, T-shirt printing with photosensitive ink, graffiti T-shirts, and we were so busy making the electronic guessing games that we didn’t get any pics! Coming up this week: […]

  • July 25, 2013 by

    Sugru and the Art of Repair

    Last night we hosted another Instructables Build Night, this time with the material Sugru. Sugru is an air drying rubber invented by Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh. It can be used to repair, modify, or mash-up existing products. Dhulchaointigh grew up on a farm where there was a DIY spirit and ethos of repair. She was in […]

  • July 21, 2013 by

    Photos from Week 2 of Maker Camp!

    Thanks to Xanthe Matychak for these photos from Maker Camp Week 2! More projects this week including printing with invisible ink, making magic photo cubes and learning Scratch! Links: http://ithacagenerator.org/events/maker-camp-invisible-ink-printer-hack-an-ordinary-inkjet-cartidge-to-print-in-invisible-ink/ andhttp://ithacagenerator.org/events/maker-camp-magic-photo-cube/ andhttp://ithacagenerator.org/events/maker-camp-intro-to-scratch-programming/

  • July 12, 2013 by

    Photos from the first week of Maker Camp!

    Check out this page to register for upcoming camp projects: http://ithacagenerator.org/make-magazines-maker-camp-at-ig/

  • July 11, 2013 by

    Make Magazine’s Maker Camp at IG!

    We’re hosting public “Maker Camp” sessions on Mondays and Thursdays this summer featuring innovative technology and art projects for beginner and advanced students. Maker Camp presents a related Google Hangout at 1pm with inspirational makers and inventers from around the world sharing a STEAM / DIY project. Ithaca Generator is offering an opportunity to do the day’s […]

  • July 8, 2013 by

    Team Race Condition Racing to Build a Power Wheels Race Car

    As noted in a previous post, Ithaca Generator has formed a crack team of makers to build our very own race car. We intend to race in the NYC Maker Faire Power Racing Series in September. In spite of our inexperience and wild ambition to build a novel tilting vehicle, we are making progress! We […]

  • July 6, 2013 by

    Art in the Alley

    IG participated in First Friday Gallery Night on the 5th of July. Above are a few pics of the projects we shared. Thanks to those who came down to visit! BONUS: cool video here, here, and here

  • June 27, 2013 by

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Web Site Maintenance

    The ability to register for events has been restored! If you encounter any difficulties registering, please send a message to info at ithacagenerator dot org. Thanks!

  • June 26, 2013 by

    Instructables Build Nights

    Ithaca Generator has been invited by the project-sharing platform, Instructables, to participate in their monthly build night program. Each month Instructables chooses a specific material or process to focus on for the build and provides participating makerspaces with  free stuff. In June the featured process was 3D printing. We started off the event with a […]

  • June 4, 2013 by

    Trash 2 Toys with GIAC and Xraise

    For the past 10 weeks we’ve been collaborating with Xraise Lab for Science Outreach and Make Better Stuff to offer “Trash 2 Toys” workshops for kindergardeners and 1st graders in the GIAC After School Program. The kids have been making toys with found materials and learning all kinds of cool stuff like how to make simple […]

  • May 30, 2013 by

    Ithaca Festival Parade

    Thanks, everybody, for coming out to the parade and cheering us on. We had a blast marching down Cayuga Street with our ArtCart, Game of Life, Tardis, Funky Bikes, and costumes. Woo – that was fun. Why don’t we have parades more often?!

  • May 22, 2013 by

    Cardboard Robot Army now forming!

    The C.R.A. needs you! The Cardboard Robot Army of Ithaca Generator (C.R.A.I.G. ??) will embark on the first leg of its summer goodwill tour on Wednesday May 29 at the Ithaca Festival Parade. We’re on a mission to seek out and exterminate any remaining pockets of ignorance about IG. Come to the Ithaca Generator this […]

  • May 11, 2013 by

    Video Game Expo!

    6:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday May 16th Come play locally-produced video games at IG’s first Video Game Expo! Try out a rogue-like starship game of building, management, and exploration, a musical themed motorcycle racing game, an artsy RTS game, and other adventures. Chat with their creators and learn more about game development. If you have any questions, […]

  • May 10, 2013 by

    The 3D Printer has arrived

    Come see it unboxed around 7:30 tonight (May 10)!  Everyone is welcome!  

  • May 7, 2013 by

    Breaking News: We won a 3D Printer!

    It’s official—the Ithaca Generator is awesome, and we’re not the only ones that think so! The winners in the Lulzbot Hackerspace 3D Printer Giveaway were announced today, and the Ithaca Generator is one of eight hackerspaces selected to receive a LulzBot A0-100 3D printer! LulzBot is a Mendel Max RepRap printer manufactured by Aleph Objects, […]

  • May 4, 2013 by

    First Friday Gallery Night

    On the first Friday of each month, many of the art galleries in Ithaca stay open late to participate in Gallery Night which is organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Ithaca Generator participated in the most recent Gallery Night on May 3 and we had a blast talking creativity with all of the folks who […]

  • May 1, 2013 by

    Game night on Friday was a big success!

    Game night on Friday was a big success!  Enough people showed up to play games that early on we had trouble finding a game that we could all play.  Luckily John showed up (yet another player!) with Cosmic Wimpout, which is a fine as-many-as-will dice game. I started the game well, scoring 105 points on […]

  • April 27, 2013 by

    Interactive Art-Making Opportunity

    Ithaca Generator has joined the elite group of organizations that host First Friday Gallery Night, a “monthly walkable tour of downtown Ithaca galleries and art houses”. Next Friday May 3rd promises to be a doozy, as our Press Bay Alley is also hosting the annual art book and eating expo known at The Arcades Project. […]

  • April 16, 2013 by

    A freestanding cabinet project

    by Mark Zifchock This is a cabinet that I designed and executed at Ithaca Generator.  It’s rough proportions are considered to reflect patterns in the concrete walls at our house, and to work with the existing room dimensions.  I selected a 3/4 inch poplar veneered plywood for two of the walls and the door.  The […]

  • March 15, 2013 by

    Science in Art workshop (Cosmos and The Game of Life)

    Chris Stieha, Claire Fox, and Victor Aprea ran a two-day Science in Art workshop at Ithaca Generator in collaboration with the Johnson Museum of Art. Participants gave this workshop great reviews – they enjoyed touring Leo Villareal’s amazing new LED installation “Cosmos” at the Museum, learning about  everything from contemporary light art to cellular automata, […]

  • March 13, 2013 by

    From Sketch to Reality: Metalwork at the Generator

    I get a unique makerly kind of satisfaction from imagining something, sketching it, and then bringing it into reality. And I think it is this palpable satisfaction that is behind the rapid spread of makerspaces worldwide. At the moment I am getting a lot of this makerly satisfaction from my metalwork projects at the Generator. […]

  • March 13, 2013 by

    Meet Our Interns

    The Generator has been blessed with the presence of three Lehman Alternative Community School interns on Thursdays: Lukas, Max Gilmore, and Ian Cullings. They have been sorting electronics components, salvaging electronics parts, helping set up shop tools, and helping with bike repairs. Thanks guys!

  • February 15, 2013 by

    Grand Opening: March 16th!

    We’re holding our official Grand Opening on March 16th from 11am to 3pm and we hope you’ll join us! More details will be posted soon but in the meantime, plan to help us celebrate by displaying one of your projects. We’d love to have local makers show off their work to our visitors during the […]

  • February 11, 2013 by

    February Newsletter

    Don’t miss the latest issue of the Friends of Generator newsletter. You’ll find information about upcoming classes as well as our grand opening, membership dinner & meeting, and an opportunity to show off your work. Take a look!

  • February 10, 2013 by

    Family Math Club Returns

    Family Math Club is now meeting every fourth Saturday at the Generator! Our presentations on fascinating puzzles and the beauty of math appeal to both kids and adults. Our next presentation is scheduled for Saturday March 23rd from 2pm to 3:30pm. Ithaca College professor David Brown will talk about cellular automata and Conway’s Game of Life. Space is limited […]

  • February 2, 2013 by

    Crystal Radio Workshop

    Herb Susmann led a fun Crystal Radio building class. Crystal radios use the energy from the radio wave itself to power the radio receiver, no other power source is required.  This interesting design uses a wire large loop wound around wooden crossbracing as a resonator, it does not require an external antenna or a ground wire. The […]

  • January 29, 2013 by

    Finishing Furnishing

    We are almost finished furnishing the makerspace. After our open house last month we set right to work. Our classroom plan called for flexibility: it is now set up so that we can move our folding tables out of the center of the room in order to hold robot competitions, play Twister, and work on […]

  • January 12, 2013 by

    Ithaca Generator Loves Teachers

    As part of Teachers Week, Generator is pleased to offer a 25% membership discount to educators with a VIT Pass. Send an email to info@ithacagenerator.org to apply.

  • January 11, 2013 by

    Mini-Makers Show Off Their Glow Box

    Here’s a video of my 8-year-old, Louisa, presenting our Glow Box at a recent Generator Lunch.

  • January 9, 2013 by

    Our Kickstarter Champions

    Two of our founding members, Dirk Swart and Vic Aprea, own an electronics company name Wicked Device. And how very wicked they are. Dirk just sent round this note: Hi folks, I thought I would share that the Air Quality Egg we demo’d last Friday was voted Best of Kickstarter: 2012. Cheers Dirk

  • January 3, 2013 by

    Now with Classes, Clubs and Projects

    Ithaca Generator is now not only open (see our open times here) but we are launching our very exciting educational program. Our programming consists of classes (a series of one to eight meetings led by an instructor), clubs (ongoing meetings without structure) and projects (sporadic gatherings with a goal). A few of our classes are […]

  • January 2, 2013 by

    Generator Stalwarts to Compete in Power Wheels Competition

    As a makerspace, Ithaca Generator is joining a growing community of makerspaces around the world. Makerspaces regularly engage in behavior that is both high-tech and absurd. Case in point: the annual Power Wheels competition held annually at Maker Faires in several large cities. For this competition makerspaces construct small cars that race around a track. […]

  • January 2, 2013 by

    Tool Collection Grows; Seeking Drill Press

    Thanks to Pete Marchetto for donating his faithful bandsaw to the makerspace. Thanks to Larry Clarkberg for donating a mitre saw purchased from Fingerlakes ReUse. Thanks to Al Nolan for donating a 3D printer. And thanks to Abram Connelly for donating a CNC kit. Our tool collection is growing but we still need a few […]

  • December 11, 2012 by

    Makers and Fixers Unite!

    Yesterday Diane Cohen, Executive Director of Fingerlakes ReUse, gave me a tour of their facility in Triphammer Mall. It is truly a maker’s paradise. If you are looking for a used stepper motor from an old inkjet printer, an old camera lens for a robot’s eyes, or even scrap wood for your geodesic dome project […]

  • December 3, 2012 by

    Teach a Class

    Ithaca Generator makerspace is now accepting program proposals for January, February, and March. Programs can be social or educational, and they can be a one-time event, multi-day workshop, or 8 or 10 week class. Some requested topics include: Intro to Electronics, Computer Programming, Metalworking, Intro to Arduinos, and Game Design – but we also look […]

  • December 3, 2012 by

    Students Attacked by Killer Robots

    Ithaca Generator’s educational program has begun: last month we hosted an awesome NXT robotics class. A dozen students competed individually and in pairs to design robots for a variety of interesting challenges. Four mentors from the Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists program at Cornell offered experienced guidance, from introducing programming to the beginning students, to […]

  • December 3, 2012 by

    Make a Photo Mobile Holiday “Card”

    Take a moment to deconstruct the concept of the “holiday card”. What exactly is its function? To share news of the year with far-flung family and friends? To send them a family photo? And to share something of beauty that you made yourself? Every year the Clarkbergs like to push the boundaries of what constitutes […]

  • November 2, 2012 by

    Our Board Meetings Rock

    We held our first meeting at the makerspace! As you can see it’s still under construction. Note that our board meeting minutes are now available on our website. These documents, although likely to be boring to an outsider, show that we are an inspired group of people with a wide and deep skill set. We […]

  • October 29, 2012 by

    Our Cool Space in Pressbay Alley

    We’ve signed a lease and it can now be revealed with certainty that Ithaca Generator is located at 116 West Green St. We have 900 square feet of space in the basement of the old Journal Building, which is next to the State Theatre. At the moment this location looks like an ordinary back alley. […]

  • October 12, 2012 by

    Good to Go!

    Over last weekend, Ithaca Makerspace, Inc. received a filing receipt from the Division of Corporations, letting us know we were officially a New York State Not For Profit Corporation. Today, we received two pieces of junk mail, one offering us credit card processing services, and one offering us legal/accounting assistance in filing for 501(c)(3) status. […]

  • September 26, 2012 by

    Project Spotlight: Al Nolan’s 3D Printer

    Al Nolan, a carpenter by trade, possesses an agile mind that likes to explore beyond the technology of wood. Last year he bought a 3D printer and enjoyed making stuff with it, including parts for a telescope and parts for a pendulum clock. Not satisfied with merely making stuff with the 3D printer, he decided […]

  • August 4, 2012 by

    Floor Plan Discussion

    At our general meeting on Thursday Rama Hoetzlein led a discussion about possible floor plans for our makerspace space. The three options shown below vary mainly in how much space we allocate to an (educational/safer tools/low dust and noise) area and how much we allocate to a (professional/dangerous tools/dusty and noisy area). Our final floorplan […]

  • July 14, 2012 by

    Build a New World with Us!

    We are Ithaca Generator, a group of inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists who are starting a membership-supported community makerspace. A makerspace can provide: Access to great tools – 3D Printers, CNC machines, powerful computers and software, and more Access to great classes – learn electronics, programming, fabrication techniques, sewing, and more Access to great […]