Dan loves fire! It’s a fact! For Maker Faire Milwaukee we made a fire poofer which was triggered by pressing a button. Tons of kids (and adults) pressed that button over the course of the weekend.
While Dan the Blacksmith (and John McGeen from BBCM) were the primary builders of the fire poofer, I did the trigger electronics and enclosure.
I’ve written up a blog post with lots of images explaining the (somewhat rushed) build of the device. It’s Arduino powered, has some relays and a beeper, and looks semi-nefarious. Read more about The Detonator.
If you haven’t heard, we co-hosted the Maker Faire Milwaukee last weekend. Over 26,000 people attended the inaugural event at the Expostition Hall at State Fair Park! Here’s a few highlights from the event.
Karen with her spinning wheel
Hiram’s Race Car
MegaMax 3D printer and its proud Dad
Ben Nelson’s Electric Motorcycle
Nerdy Derby Construction Area
Milwaukee Makerspace Booth
Brant’s scale model of the Milwaukee Makerspace!
We’re planning on setting up a Nerdy Derby track at the upcoming Maker Faire Milwaukee so to that end we are preparing car parts. We recently received a generous donation of filament from Inventables (thank you!) so MegaMax and others went right to work printing wheels for the Nerdy Derby cars. The goal is to print 4000 (!) wheels before the Maker Faire.
A small batch-test run of twelve wheels
Starting a batch: printing 40 whimsical wheels and once!
6 hours later, almost done!
MegaMax printing 40 wheels in one go. Go big or go home!
We’re just a few days away from Maker Faire Detroit, which is happening July 28th-29th, 2012 at the Henry Ford Museum over in Michigan. Since we’re in Wisconsin, it’s practically next door…
So yeah, there will be a bunch of Milwaukee Makers in attendance, and as for Power Wheels, yeah, we do that too!
I’m excited to the point of no return this week, as this will be my first official Maker Faire, and I’ll probably overdose on Maker-related things and activities. I’ll probably take too many photos, and talk to too many people, but that’s OK, as I can’t imagine doing anything else. I hope to see you there!
Milwaukee Makespace will participate in the Power Racing Series at Maker Faire Detroit. At the meeting tonight we discussed the Power Racing Series. Of all the ideas we’ve dicussed for our next group project, this idea seemed to generate the most dicussion.
So, we’re in!!
I’ve attached the rules as a PDF and the website is here: http://www.powerracingseries.org/
Here is the link the Maker Faire: Detroit: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/12/maker_faire_detroit_2010.html
The basic idea is to modify and race a Power Wheels children’s electric vehicle. Watching adults race around on tiny vehicles should be a riot. Modifing our Power Wheel vehicles should be even more fun!