Now Accepting Membership Nominations!

Milwaukee Makerspace is now accepting nominations for membership! Come to one of our Tuesday evening meetings, or another open-to-the-public event, make a couple friends and join. Be sure to read through our By-laws.

We meet each Tuesday from 7PM to 9PM at:
3073 S Chase Ave, Bldg 34
Milwaukee, WI 53207

“Nominations?! You mean I can’t just plunk down some money and join up?”

You see the thing is, we have some equipment that is very expensive and/or very dangerous. What’s more, at our heart, we are a social group. By requiring folks to have some human contact with us before joining as full members we hope to maintain a safe and friendly environment for everyone in the space. Please don’t be intimidated, we are really very friendly folks.

As a member of the space you’ll get unfettered 24/7 access to the space and its tools. Browse through the Available Equipment Gallery to see just some of the things we have. Or, even better, drop by the space on a Tues. evening and take a tour!

Once nominated the subscription rates for membership are

Period Cost Cost/Mo
1 month 80 USD 80 USD
3 months 225 USD 75 USD
6 months 420 USD 70 USD

Gift Memberships are available, please inquire with info@milwaukeemakerspace.org

 

Giant Logo!

 

We painted our logo on the 20ft wall today. It looks AWESOME!  We also painted the lower half of the machine shop area in a nice red color. It too looks pretty swanky. Not pictured is Jason Gessner who also did a lot of work on the logo.

Fritizing

Raster posted recently about Fritzing.

Fritzing Schematic Capture Program

It appears to be a specialized Schematic Capture and PCB layout program targeted at beginners. The program actually starts you off in a solder-less breadboard centric capture mode where you are literally placing components in the holes of a breadboard and running jumper wires between them.  This mode looks fantastic to me for the purpose of giving tutorials.

At the recent BarCampMilwaukee5 I gave an Arduino presentation where I found myself really wishing I had a macro focus web cam so I could show the actual wiring I was creating on an actual breadboard with an actual Arduino. This program would probably be faster, cleaner and no less instructive than the real thing.

For beginners I see that ability to have a breadboard jumper wire configuration automatically converted into a schematic and pcb layout rats nest could be huge to understanding and very empowering. It can also be a good introduction to the basic concepts running around the semi-professional programs so that the learning curve is not so high. I want to try this out on a beginner soon!