First! Before asking a question, see if it’s been answered in the FAQ.
If that fails, we have several places for your inquiry to go:

In person

Come to orientation on the fourth Sunday of each month 4-6pm or an open house every Tuesday at 8 pm. If that doesn’t work for you, go to the public mailing list and ask for help.


For press inquires, scheduling a private tour, or to simply contact our PR Director please contact [email protected].

For other inquiries that you feel need the attention of the Board of Directors: [email protected]. An email there will get a response from a director or one of our many other members.

Please don’t email our insanely busy board of directors to find out if/when you can come visit. The answer is: come to an orientation on the fourth Sunday of each month 4-6pm or an open house every Tuesday at 8 pm. If that doesn’t work for you, go to the public mailing list linked below.

Mailing Lists

Public Google Group:

The public list is for talking about cool projects or events, open to all, and is a friendly place full of people who are happy to help.

Members Google Group:

The members list is for help with tools, talking about space policy, talking about issues in the space. Keep internal stuff there!


#pumpingstationone on or use our Web IRC Chat. We’re present in the channel at most hours, we’re here to help! General inquiries here!

Social Media

Twitter @pumpingstation1
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Meeting Notes

If your interested in the nitty gritty you can see our board and member meeting notes.


10 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Greeting for MSI and the Fab Lab. I met two very engaging and knowledgeable gentlemen at the pumping station last night; Shawn and Patrick. I promised that I would share my contact information so we talk about how we could collaborate on some things. My numbers are 773.947.3160 and 312.772.3714. Please contact me if there is any interest among the members to visit MSI or the Fab Lab. In turn, I will be in contact with you all hopefully to set up some opportunities to gain some insight and skills from you all.

    Ciao for now


  2. Hi All,

    If you would like your events to automatically show up on the Chicago calendar at, feel free to send me your iCal feed link. Presently, your RSS feed for events ( ) does not produce start and end dates properly for calendar rendering.

    Thanks for all you do for the community!


    David Flint
    (312) 772-5631

  3. Jobs for propeller heads –

    I am a PSOne newbie mostly interested in guitar-related technologies.

    I work managing R&D at a 75 employee industrial machine vision company in Aurora ( ). They are looking for an IT Manager. Great company (I have been there for two years) full of the usual Dell laptops.

    They are also always looking for Field Engineers and Project Engineers. No experience necessary for the best and the brightest.

    If anyone is interested, contact me and I will forward to the right people.

    tim w
    [email protected]
    603-496-1281 (NH cell)

  4. Loom: I saw a posting about acquiring a loom on Make Magazine daily. Congrats. Looms take lots of time and space. The large loom you have will take at least 2′ additional all the way around and probably more when wrapping the warp.

    The first loom I remember was a computer controlled loom at a IBM booth at the Hemisfair in San Antonio TX when I was a kid. Draw on a screen and it would come out on the loom all being driven by an IBM 360 series mainframe (smaller computer than a current day laptop in capability). All that being said, if you want to computerize it, you could probably drive it with an arduino. But it is better used (at least the nice big one you have) as a manual loom.

    My wife wanted to teach our kids about looms after taking them to see professional hand weavers near Houston, because the pro’s couldn’t afford to slow down to show the kids what they did. So I checked a book out of the library on how to build a 24″ 4 heddle manual loom and I built it sight unseen. It is ugly, but it worked and is still in storage (It took me two months part time in the garage. As a software geek, this was a big DIY project for me.)

    I would suggest getting (or building) a smaller loom or two for your fiber arts area. The large loom is probably worth getting it set up and working as an example, but keep it in another area with enough room (possibly put a cover over it to keep dust and fingers out while not in use). Or use it as a ‘Roaming Display’ for PS1, that you could take in a trailer or truck to a school or a museum to leave there for a while and have PS1 volunteers come by and demo it for the public or kids.

    There are also fiber arts groups around that would probably be glad to help with it as a combined project. If so, you could loan it to them as a combined effort, keeping use of it available for PS1 as needed.

    Best of luck. … Jack

  5. I’ll echo and expand upon what Jack said. Looms are cool but also quite complex. However, I am sure you have lots of handweavers near you, and that you could find someone who would be willing to come over and help. If you have any $$ to pay them it would be nice since many handweavers I know have a very low income.

    That said, the loom is the basis for digital technology and also has a great deal of mathematics embodied in it. Probably lots of hackers have projects for which some sort of textile would be needed. You can also, once you master the basics, try weaving with nontraditional fibers, including fiber optic filament and stuff, and also weaving in circuits for the lilypad arduino.

    Very cool. We aspire to have a loom in our under-development hackerspace too.


  6. My mind is still whirling about how incredibly awesome you all are and what an stellar space to create. It was great to meet you all or re-meet…

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