All Hands Active is moving!

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Raised by 34 people in 33 months
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tyler worman
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Help us outfit our new location!
All Hands Active  (AHA) is Ann Arbor's oldest makerspace. Formed in 2009 by a handful of makers, AHA has slowly grown to 50+ members. We're a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that offers weekly classes and public free access to tools such as a laser cutter, CNC router, soldering irons, sewing machines, vinyl cutter, and 3D printers. The brightest minds in Ann Arbor come to our space to learn, explore, hack, and make. We invite entrepreneurs to use our co-working space as a place to get started. Over the past 7 years, we've slowly grown our space by continuing to add new tools, classes, and equipment. While we're excited to provide our members and the community with more variety, it's become increasingly aware that our space is running out of room. To allow for more growth and provide makers with more project space, we've decided to relocate.

We're excited to announce that we've secured a new location 2 blocks from our current space on Liberty street! With 300 more square feet, multiple divided work areas, better power availability, handicap access, and natural light, we can easily say that this relocation will provide our makers with a more comfortable space to work.

Our goal is to give the new location is a more professional look with a fully outfitted classroom that will allow us to offer programs throughout the week. We are humbly asking for the help of our members and the community to raise additional funds to make our new location as awesome as it can be.

Thank you for taking the time to consider making a donation to our cause.

Photos of the new space under construction can be seen here:

What we've accomplished so far:
Here's what we've accomplished last year with the help of our members:

Acquired new large laser cutter for public use
Acquired new large vinyl cutter
Upgraded all public access computers
Upgraded portions of our network and now providing shared storage for projects
Built out our kitchen
Upgraded our electronics bench with new gear
Purchased more electronics bits to provide the public free of charge
Upgraded our 3D printing area with more printers available to the community
Streamlined our event and class hosting process.
Designed and built new programmable soldering badges to offer at conventions.

Proposed layout of new location
A mock-up of our new location is shown below

What we hope to purchase:
The total estimate for all the space improvements is just over $14,000. That is a staggering amount of money for All Hands Active. To secure the lease, All Hands Active used everything we had left in our savings. Without your help, our new space will only be a shell. We need to make our new location feel like a polished new home to ensure our success as we hope to continue growing and impacting the community.

Better electric access 
We presently run an array of small surge protectors and long extension cords. We've had our new location properly wired with lots of outlets to eliminate many of these. We'd love to finish the job by securely mounting power bars to the wall behind each table and installing power drops from our classroom ceiling.

3 power strips (48") @ $50 each = $150
* 1 new bar for our sunlit work area
* 1 new bar in our craft area.
* 1 new bar for the 3D printer area and store display

Total: $150 *PURCHASED!*

Improved security
The new space will offer RFID/NFC/pin based locks on both the building and space entrances. All Hands Active needs to purchase, contract the install, and manage keeping the building secure for us and other tenants. We've already acquired a new camera system to improve monitoring. The new key system will support NFC so many users will be able to use a phone in place of a key card to access the location.

2 RFID/NFC Systems and new tags @ $250 each = $500


Total: $500 *PURCHASED!*

Improved floors
The new location will need floor upgrades to address one of the major issues at our current location (uneven, unable to clean, difficult to locate dropped items). We started with a mix of carpet, 3 types of worn tiles, cracked concrete and damage from previous tenants. We removed all floor coverings, a wall and several counters. A contractor was hired to remove tile glue, grind, and polish the floor to a high gloss. After the concrete work is complete. , we'll trim the edges of the floor to give it a finished look.

New floor @ $6750



Decoration and signage
The new space is a white box. Big, but boring. We'll need to add splashes of color to the existing walls, and have some new signage, business cards, and banners printed with our new address. We can use our vinyl cutter to create signage for our windows and outdoor advertising locations.

Printed signage/banners @ $500

Paint @ $300 *Purchased*

Vinyl/Acrylic for new outdoor signs @ $200


Total $1000

Better seating
Our present selection of chairs is a collection of home and office chairs that were donated. Most of them have become worn and broken. While we do our best to maintain them, some are past their expiration date. We'd hate to have to keep the chair with 2 missing wheels.

19 Matching office chairs from UM property disposition @ $16 each = $304


Total: $304 *PURCHASED!*

More work area
Our present work areas are 8ft laminated folding tables which have seen better days. We've recently completed the build of several nicer wooden work benches. The larger space will call for more tables. We'd prefer larger, finished work benches for in entrance and classroom areas. These will stand up to the daily abuse that our makers put on them. They will also give the space more of a finished feel and less like something we've cobbled together over time.

5 8ft work benches for classroom
* 5 8ft coated Oak tops @ $85 each = $429
* 5 Work bench bottoms @ $90 each = $450
* 5 Sets of heavy duty Casters for new tables @ $40 each = $200

Total: $1079 *About to be ordered*

More storage
In our current location, we've used many plywood shelves and a mixture of old kitchen cabinets. We find the cabinets to be better at organizing and deterring clutter. We hope to add storage cabinets above our work areas. We'd also like to plan for a rolling tool chest that will allow makers to roll the chest to wherever they're working. This will help to avoid repetitive trips across the space to gather tools, and improve tool organization.

10 Steel wall mounted cabinets @ $175 each = $1750

4 for craft/laser area
2 for loud noise room
2 for electronics area *Purchased*
Rolling steel tool chest @ $200 *Purchased*


Total $1950

Upgraded network
The current network at AHA is a mismatch of 10/100 and 1GB switches. We'd like to replace the remaining 10/100 switches and better distribute network connections (wireless and wired) throughout the new space.

Wall plates, cabling and keystone jacks @ $250

1 24 Port 1GB Ethernet switch @ $70

1 16 Port 1GB Ethernet switch @ $35

1 wall mount rack, shelving @ $100


Total: $455 *PURCHASED!*

Classroom improvements
We'll finally have a formal classroom at the new space. We'd like to have movable benches and many of our tools on movable carts. This will make for less disturbance of the work area when classes are going on. In addition, our new classroom will be properly wired for power. We'd like to purchase a larger LCD screen for in classroom class use. We currently move a smaller TV around our space to when we need to present.

Wall mount Large LCD screen @ $750

Podium @ $100 *PURCHASED!*


Total: $850

Additional tools
Adding tools enables new types of projects to be done at All Hands Active. Our wood shop is getting a major overhaul during the move. We would still like to fill gaps with a few additional tools.

Replacement Band saw @ $150

Lathe @ $300


Total: $450
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Thank you for all of your help! We moved into the new space and we couldn't have done it without you!
We're officially marking this campaign closed.

Stop by the new space and check out how we have grown. In February we'll be moving the classroom across the hall to the old PR Fitness Location, we'll install better signage, get a new electronic bench and we'll officially open the new co-working space.

We have awesome plans for further improving the space and building out the craft area which we hope to communicate soon!

Thank you all again!
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Hi all! If you didn't make it to the open house, please see the attached photo of the donor plaque. It's located to the right of the entrance way.

We'd still love for you to stop by and see the new space in person. We'll be open this Thursday from 6-10 pm for build night.
Donor Plaque
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Open house preparation is underway! We hope to see you all this Saturday. Stop in anytime between 3pm and 10pm to get a tour of the new space, chat with members, and see project demo's.

We have two more classes this week. Tonight we'll be hosting a class on using our 3D printers and tomorrow Nick is running a class on the vinyl cutter.

On Wednesday night we hosted the laser cutter class and tried out the rotational axis for the first time. We were able to successfully engrave on the side of a can.

Plaque design has been completed and we'll be running the design on the laser before the open house this weekend! Members can stop in before the open house to check it out.
Open house prep started! See you 9/10!
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Hi folks!
Sorry for the lack of updates lately. This past week we switched the location of the loud noise room and craft area. We started putting the final coats of paint on the electronics area and did one more purge of old gear and supplies. The Makerbots were brought online again. On Friday the laser cutter ventilation project wrapped up and this week we'll see the CNC machine come back to life.

Our current plans are to resume classes at the end of August. We'll have an open house on September 10th from 3-10pm. We'd love to see you all there!

In preparation for the open house, we'd love to have the donor plaque in place. To do that, I need the preferred name you wish to see appear on the plaque. I'll be contacting everything this week and ask that you please reply by August 24th. We'll finalize the design by the end of that week.

For those that have yet to make a donation, if you do so via gofundme before the 24th, your name will appear in the donor plaque in time for the open house.

Thank you all for your patience, donations, and encouraging words. This move would not have been possible without you.
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$6,383 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 33 months
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Created March 23, 2016
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All Hands Active
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Ann Arbor, MI
EIN: 271870284
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Robert Johnson
24 months ago

Looking Forward to a Great Time

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Open Source is the future
28 months ago

Open source is the future! It would be cool if the plaque said that instead of my name. Thanks.

Krunal Desai
28 months ago

Good luck guys! I want to see the new space!

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