All posts by Chris Vestal

Pikes Peak Makerspace World Record Attempt.


We will be 3D Printing Pikes Peak, On Top of Pikes Peak.  
Highest Terrestrial Altitude 3D Print.
Saturday Aug. 8

Those involved with the project and anyone who wants to help or just be around for the day of.

We are in need of people willing to film the event and give us the footage to use for our submission. 


– Meet and load van, at PPM, 8am  
– We head up at 9am 
– Start setting up approximately 10:30 
– Print until 2pm. 
– Back at PPM by 3:30 PM. 
– Unload 
– Celebrate at PPM

If you are interested in helping or just being a part of it. Shoot us an email

PPM Member Cookout


Saturday July 25, 11-4pm.

This event is for Paid Pikes Peak Makerspace members & their family (guests too).

Let’s get together, grill some stuff, talk about future events, what can we do better as a club, etc.

Makerspace will provide the proteins to grill, we would like help with beverages, sides and desserts.

Beer & wine is for sale at the Cafe or BYOB. Softdrinks provided by Kelly.

Please reply in comments or email

11:00 to 11:30 prepping and starting the cooking process

12:00 food served

12:00 to 3, hang out and have fun.

3:00 to 4:00 we will get slightly organized and discuss future events, what we can do improve, get caught up on the behind the scenes of PPM operation, etc.

Hope to see all members out for this one!!

Grand Opening Celebration

Please come help us celebrate our grand opening. Free Admission.

– Fun Interactive Demos for Kids young and old!
– 10am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
– Lulzbot Booth
– Member Project Showcases
– 3D Printing Demos
– Laser Cutting Demos
– Mold Making Demos
– Electronic Demos

– Grant Sabin 5-7pm

– Sunday the 26th, Wold Record Attempt. “3D Print Pikes Peak ON Pikes Peak” highest altitude 3D Print. Sponsored by Pikes Peak Makerspace,

Do not forget about our many upcoming events. The most recent 9 are listed on the left of our page.

PPM Grand Opening Flyer cv5

Intro to Blender course.

** Re-scheduled to a winter course.
Join us for the second run of the “Intro To Blender” course.

Class 1:
Intro to Blender interface and Navigation.
Intro to modeling concepts,scale, and creating a simple box model.
Placing orthographic images into a scene.
Start the Spin top.

RSVP and more information on our Meetup Page.

Cost: $95 for the full, 4-class, course.
Per person cost, full amount paid at first class.
Cash or Credit Card

Introduction to Blender overall course description.

Instructors:  Hunt Hodgkins

Explore three-dimensional navigation and hard-surface modeling in an Introduction to Blender.  In this instructor-led workshop, participants learn the fundamentals of Blender to create 3D hard-surface objects for use in printing, animation, and digital art using concepts and techniques of the industry.

By the end of this course participants will:

Have a basic understanding of Blender and proficiently navigate in 3D space.

Be able to create hard-surface models.

Be familiar with 3D modeling components and terms

Be familiar with different modeling techniques using edge extrusion, box modeling, and Boolean operations and understand when to use each technique.

Be familiar with modeling for use in 3D printing



Ken ; “Excellent work by all involved! I’m gaining an understanding why many of my designs were flawed as a

direct result from this class! Many thanks again, see you all next week!”

Rick; “Outstanding. Hunt and everyone else involved did an excellent job in teaching us the in’s and outs of

Blender. Thank you so much.

Hunt & Ryan teach a wonderful course. The depth of their knowledge of Blender is extensive. They are

both a wonderful asset to our group. It is too bad that Ryan is leaving but I am sure he will continue to

share his knowledge in the next 3D group joins. Kudos to both.”

Bjorn; “The class has already paid off for me. I had a broken model file the other day. I was able to open it up in

blender and remove the internal faces and make it manifold. Prior to the class, I wouldn’t have reached

for blender first. Now it is a tool I feel I can better use.”

Joe Weisenbach; “The step-by-step instructions are a great help — thanks.”


RSVP and more information on our Meetup Page.


Under Construction

We have the electricians and HVAC contractors in for a week for our upgrades.

Current members please work with them/around them, best you can.

Most of the work is on the metal shop side of the main room.

Photo is them pulling copper to the new sub-panel located on the far side of the glass doors in this photo.



thank you for your cooperation,
Chris V.

We are moving in!

We get the keys to the new space Jan. 1. We start moving in Jan. 2!

If you would like to help, please head here.

We are already scheduling up our classes, workshops, member projects and equipment training! Please sign in (lower left) to get updates and access to our forum. (not everything will be posted on meetup)

To join, please contact us & we will schedule an appointment.  Or simply show up to one of our open house events.

More info soon!

Pikes Peak Bulletin clarification

We are grateful the Bulletin wrote such a great article… Unfortunately it has an innacuracy.

The article states: “The Makerspace group, which also maintains a Makerspace at Library 21c, was looking for a venue in which to complete large projects.”

This is not a true statement. We have nothing to do with the Library 21c.
Thank you for your understanding,
Chris V. – Founder of the Pikes Peak Makerspace

Indy Give campaign

You can help the Pikes Peak Makerspace with a (tax deductible) donation to the Indy Give Campaign. The Manitou Art Center and Indy Give are going to DOUBLE your donation to go towards our Makerspace.
If you donate $100 = $100 goes to the MAC and $100 goes to our Makerspace!!!!! How cool is that?

1. Click to go to the Indy Give website HERE:

2. Click the DONATE button

3. Under the “Big Ideas” category, fill out your amount at the Manitou Art Center field.

4. Pick your rewards

5. Check the box next to “I would like this donation to be in memory of someone” to send them an email stating “I want to go towards the Pike Peak Makerspace.”

Thank you for you donation!!
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