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The Face Shield Iniative STL has distributed 650 Face Shields with more on the way each day!

With a demand of over 4,000 our AR members and fellow community makers are going strong! 

Keep up the good work! We support you! 

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In response to the quick and drastic needs of our local healthcare workers, the community of St. Louis makers and makerspaces have united to help fabricate much-needed hardware for nurses, EMTs and doctors.
 
Led by maker David Cervantes, Face Shield Initiative STL is composed of volunteer community leaders from MADE Makerspace, Inventor Forge, and Arch Reactor. Together we are pooling the maker resources at hand to help the 1st responder teams, doctors, nurses, and medical staff by fabricating face shields. There is an overwhelming demand or face shields used to protect the facemasks in which medical/responder staff has a finite quantity.
 
We are responding to this demand by activating local makerspaces and individual makers with access to 3D printers to print an open-source harness made by Prusa Research. Volunteer makers with access to laser cutters or Cricuts are helping by cutting out the transparent PETG face shield film. Volunteers are also aiding by shuttling the materials required to print the harness, the film, and delivery to those in need.
 
We have now pooled over 15 printers and 6 laser cutters so we can pump out our initial goal of 300 face shields for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. We want to help as many health care workers and hospitals as we can. There has been an overwhelming request to help other medical centers and cities; we want to help as many health care workers and
hospitals as we can. The St. Louis community has already donated over $800 in funds to help supplement our material and transportation costs.
 
We are restricted by time, material resources, and budgets. This entire operation is a bootstrap effort; every volunteer has used their personal funds and resources in an uncertain economic climate to help others. We are making progress obtaining the PETG face shields, but still require a solid supply. While our maker community continues to
run their 3D printers around the clock, we will quickly run out of PETG and PLA filament, and the elastic bands used to aid securing the shields will run low.
 
We delivered the first batch of prototypes today, March 22nd, for product refinement to doctors, nurses and first responders. We plan to begin our crowd-sourced mass production efforts by the end of this week. If you’d like to participate in this call to action, please reach out the folks below.
 
Financial Donations:
 
Operations
David Cervantes, David@Cervantesdesigns.com
 
Material Donations
George Fetters, gfetters@gmail.com
 
Communications
Emily Elhoffer, eelhoffer@gmail.com
 
Fabrication
Scott Rocca, scottarocca@gmail.com
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After careful deliberation the board has decided to close Arch Reactor to classes and events effective immediately until further notice. Card access is still enabled and private use is permitted if members continue to 1) Do not come to the space if not feeling 100%. 2) Clean your space with the provided cleaning agents prior and after use. We are sorry for this inconvenience, hope further actions are not required and wish for a prompt return to normalcy. Thank you for your understanding.

-Board

 

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Decorated Eggs
Pysanky Eggs

 

Set aside some time between

March 29 and April 11, 2020 to 
learn how to decorate Pysanky 
(Ukrainian Eggs)

Multiple dates/times available if
you wish instruction or assistance, 
come to one or all sessions.  
Supplies available anytime AR is 
open if you do not need assistance.

Everything supplied but your 
creativity!  (Donations to the space 
appreciated but not required)

Due to the use of lit candles, this 
event is not suitable for small 
children.  All children require close
parental supervision.

More info at:
http://archreactor.org/pysanky

Questions to: sudduthd@gmail.com

 

 

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BE THERE!    BE THERE!    BE THERE !

Join us for this crazy unique annual fundraising event in it's 10th year with our buddies the GATEWAY BURNERS (the St. Louis local chapter of Burning Man)  

MEMBERS - you should look at this as an opportunity to fulfill your 2 hours of volunteer time in and have a great time while doing it as well as to get to know the organization a little more and make connections with your community! 

this event is our biggest money maker all year, so please help spread the word; getting friends and family in the know is important...I know it's last minute, but there is still time!!!  

hope to see you there!    

 

 

 

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Please welcome the newly elected board!
 
President    Derek S.
Vice President    Joe C.
Treasurer    Alex H.
Secretary    <EMPTY>
Sergeant at Arms    Ann J.
 
Public Relations   Kim S.
Education    Ed H.
Webmaster    Joshua F.
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Super Bowl of Destruction

Everyone is invited to come to the Arch Reactor for the Super Bowl of Destruction. We will have the football game on our big screen for everyone to watch. Not interested in football? Don’t worry, we also throw this party as something for the non-football enthusiasts. As a hackerspace, we use this time to breakdown all of the donations that are no longer usable or fixable. We have hard drives, computers, printers, server equipment, and more! Come join the mayhem and destruction! Bring a Super Bowl snack to share. We had some great food last year.

Destruction starts at 4pm on Sunday, February 2nd at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave.

Check out our facebook event for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/ical/upcoming/?uid=100002097565473&key=birk0I3KeyMCojU7

 

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH 2020, 5:00p-8:00p

Joel Leonard arrives to the Arch Reactor around 5pm continuing his current 2020 MAKER HAPPEN TOURS

He's been visiting makerspaces and hosting a fun HOLD MY BEER BRAINSTORMING SESSION to develop plans for future community projects and events.  Called Hold My Beer because the intent is to have fun and unusal activities for 2020.  He will be sharing some ideas to get started and then looking to our community members to prioritize possible projects and then hoping to flesh out  a plan of action! 

So if you have great ideas to share or want help sparking ideas or just want to attend a fun time with THE CHAMPION OF MAKERS come visit us this SATURDAY!   

PANCAKEBOT WILL BE UP AND RUNNING 3D PRINTS OF BEER SHAPED PANCAKES DURING THE SESSION

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!  

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This year the nominations for the 2020 elections will be occurring online.  The nominations can entered and viewed once logged into the website under the Members tab -> 2020 Election Nominations or by visiting:

 
When entering a nomination the email address is optional but can be entered if known.  To decline a nomination please email the board at arch-reactor-board@googlegroups.com.  Nominations will be stricken through when/if they are declined.
 
To view nominations you can either click the specific position or click the Candidates tab to view all.
 
Please email the board if you have any questions or issues 
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What is Hacktivus?  Hacktivus is a holiday that I made up this morning and is now the official open source secular winter-time gift exchanging celebration of Arch Reactor, as well as any other Hackerspace or Makerspace that wishes to copy it.  It's allegedly the perfect holiday where trying to get a group of techies, tinkerers, and free thinkers to show up at a specific time and place for any kind of holiday party is more difficult than herding cats.

Celebrating Hacktivus with the traditional Hacktivus Gift Exchange:

- To sign up to participate in the Hacktivus Gift Exchange, fill out the Google Form from January 1st-10th. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnxQRVstK0m7wYyZiIs6HWSBKht5xRIMyVj5mjpBCU_7t0TA/viewform
- Everyone that signs up will eventually get an email with the name of another random member that also signed up for the gift exchange.  Keep it a secret though, that's part of the fun!  Oh, and I promise not to just pair everyone up with my name!
- Make, hack, re-gift, or purchase a gift for the member who's name you were given.  Try to keep the spending limit at around $20.
- Wrap the gift to the best of your gift-wrapping capabilities and label it with the member's name that you were given.
- Deliver the wrapped gift at Arch Reactor and place it by the customarily decorated Hacktivus Robot.  It will vigilantly protect your gift until the gift's intended recipient can come by and pick it up.
- Once you've delivered your gift, please respond to the email you received so the organizers can notify the gift's recipient that their gift is waiting for them.
- Now wait anxiously for the notification email informing you when a Hacktivus gift has been delivered for you!
 
 

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