Nerdy Derby Wheels Keep Rolling!


We’ve been printing wheels… lots of wheel! We tested some at Madison Mini Maker Faire’s Nerdy Derby event last weekend, and we’ve been using Son of Megamax to crank out little plastic wheels.


Yes, we are printing 37 wheels at a time! And we’re using ABS filament from CoEx in Appleton, Wisconsin. They were kind enough to supply us with some spools of filament to keep SoM busying printing pretty much day and night!


I know you’re wondering how we keep an eye on all those wheels being printed. Well, when we’re not at the space we just check out the Milwaukee Makerspace Webcam. (As long as it’s pointed in the right direction.)


Coex 3D Printing Filament
(Thanks again to Coex for the filament donation!)

Pi Day!

Just in time for pi day this month the Raspberry Pi foundation released it’s newest Pi.  Even though it been less than a year since the Pi 2 this Pi is even better.  Although it looks the same it’w what you wont need that will get you excited about this new slice.  Never again will you need bluetooth and wifi dongles hogging your Pi’s USB ports as this newest slice of Pi has both built in.  With out a doubt your placing our order at the link below right now but while you wait here are a few cool projects to read up on while waiting for your UPS man.

Media Center:

Forget popcorn with your move, have Pi.  If there was ever a Pi perfect for a media center this is it.  The processor bump on the Pi 3 makes it a video champion.  This life hacker article will show you everything you need to know to get started on your delicious media center. Continue reading

Makerspace to Marketplace

Our makerspace is full of amazing talent and fantastic ideas.  But how do you take those ideas out of your brain and put them on a shelf?  You might think that a hammer, saw, and some duck tape might do the trick, but you might be better off using some of the resources in this post instead.  Safety first!

Step One: Meet like minded people
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No one can tell you what project to do but you might need some help making it.  Meetup is a great place to find people with similar interests in wood working, coding, electronics, or marketing.  If your team of builders aren’t on Meetup,  you may find them here at the Makerspace. Everyone is a bit different and you will find plenty of personalities that you either mesh with or clash with. Usually you find both, but don’t let it stop you, rather let it move you forward with motivation.

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