Luke, I am your fire pit…

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Whether you think this looks like Darth Vader or Dark Helmet it’s still cool. Mark has been making fire pits and wood burning stoves out of used propane tanks for a while at the space. This is the first one I’ve seen him make that is meant to look like a character. As usual he’s doing a great job. Mark has also been giving some more one-on-one welding classes at the space. Don’t miss out if you want to learn how to weld from a master.2 imagesDarthThe welding is only the beginning.  It can be easy to forget about the less sexy part of making.  Grinding and painting.  Though the natural look of rust is cool Darth Vader was black.  I am looking forward to seeing more characters represented in Mark’s work.  If you see him around the space suggest one to him.vader 3 images

Come Visit Us During Doors Open 2016!

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Doors Open Milwaukee is back!  Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

This is Milwaukee Makerspace’s third year participating in the city-wide event and each year we’ve seen about 800 guests per weekend!  If you’ve been meaning to check us out, but haven’t done so, Doors Open will be a great time to get a tour and ask your questions.  We hope to see you this weekend!

Casting Maker Faire Ingots

For the last few months Kayla has been working on casting a pile of ingots for Maker Faire Milwaukee.  These ingots are made from scrap metal donated to the Milwaukee Makerspace by its members.  Everything from Kayla’s personal favorite, hard drive casings, to parts of tools and engines.  Its really cool to see her take trash and turn it into treasure in the form of aluminum bars.

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Be sure to watch for Kayla at Maker Faire Milwaukee pouring hot metal and helping people make stuff September 24th-25th at Wisconsin State Faire Park.

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Maker Faire Signs

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Over the last few weeks the Maker Faire team has been hard at work making some new signs to hang in the exhibit hall.  These signs are 10 x 5 feet and will make finding your way around much easier.  The logos are first traced on vinyl sheets and then carefully cut out.

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After the stencils are cut they are laid out on the fabric banner for painting.  It can be a challenge to get the curved lines of these very large logos to lay flat.  Kim, Mike, Kathy, and Pete have been doing a great job.  This project has been a labor of love for Kim who designed these signs and has seen them from drawing to fabrication.

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Be sure to look for these signs and lots of others this month at the largest free Maker Faire in the US right here in Milwaukee at Wisconsin State Faire Park.  For more information about Maker Faire Milwaukee and all the amazing makers that will be there click here.

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Dryhootch Fence Removal

This month a team from the our makerspace volunteered to remove some fencing for Dryhootch coffee shop.  Dryhootch is a coffee shop that provides a way for veterans to reconnect.  The front patio of the shop was enclosed with 6 foot steel bars, which does not make it look inviting.  The organization came by the space to ask for some help and said we could take the fence with us.

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We call that a “WIN, WIN” scenario.  We got to help a good cause and got a bunch of raw material for making things with.  I’m sure you can look forward to more projects with Dryhootch.  Now that we have a pile of steel its time to get making.

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Special thanks to Tom G., Wolfgang, Shane, Vishal, and Mark for volunteering a Sunday morning to help.