3D Printing Filament Update

Thanks to everyone who contributed, we were able to buy five 1kg spools of plastic. The 3d printer is getting some good use these days, here are some of the objects being cranked out. This is the stuff left behind so I can only assume there is even more awesome things being made that people are taking home.

We have our 501c3!

Ace Monster Toys received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dated April 10 that informs us that our request to become a 501c3 federal nonprofit corporation has finally been approved. Due to backlog at the IRS, we have been waiting for the last year for word on our application.

As a result of this, donations to AMT are now deductible from your federal taxes (though dues are not). This paves the way for a variety of grant applications as well as more local donations!

We need more plastic for 3d printing!

We only have a single roll of 1.75mm plastic, and I've been using it all up! So I started a campaign to collect some money to buy some more rolls of plastic. The more money we can collect, the more interesting colors and materials we can get.

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In other news, we had our 2nd official 3d printing night, and it went well, though not quite as busy. We had people working on separately:

* Assembling a foldarap

* Assembling a Makergear Prusa

* Assembling a Mendel Prusa

* Attempting to repair an old Makerbot Cupcake

* 3D printing on the working Makergear Mosaic

3D Printing Night, every other Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Two weeks ago our resident 3d printer addict Al started up a 3D Printer Assembly night, where everyone can come and chat about 3d printers, use our 3d printer, and help Al put together his many partially assembled 3d printers! It was a huge success, and we are about to have another one tomorrow night, Mar 13 7:30-9:30pm. This event is open to all, please stop by and check it out!


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NPR Weekend Edition Story on Hacker Scouts and Ace Monster Toys aired today

Hacker Scouts

National Public Radio's program, "Weekend Edition," aired its program on the Hacker Scouts program at AMT today.

You can listen to the content on the page for the story or read it below:

Countless kids have grown up with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts or Campfire Girls, but for some families, the uniforms and outdoor focus of traditional Scouting groups don't appeal.

In recent months, Scoutlike groups that concentrate on technology and do-it-yourself projects have been sprouting up around the country. They're coed and, like traditional Scouting organizations, award patches to kids who master skills.

Ace Monster Toys is a hacker space in Oakland, Calif., where members share high-tech tools. Normally, grown-ups congregate there, working on electronics or woodworking projects. But two Sundays a month, the place is overrun by 50 kids and their parents for the gatherings of a group called Hacker Scouts.

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