Boxes, Tables, Lamps, and Signs

Vishal has been working on the front panel for the battery electrical box for his boat. The panel displays the master fuse and (2) watt meters that shows inputs and outputs to the battery bank.

He used the laser cutter and Acrylic bender to cut and bend the pieces into brackets to mount the meters.

Ben finished a black walnut dining table (with the help of Wolfgang, Shane, Steve, Bill, Rick, and other members) and he also built some nice modernist lamps that he showed at Hover Craft.

Rich and Bill built a sign for the foyer of their condo building. The wood part of the sign is 43″ in diameter and constructed using walnut, cherry, 2″ rivets for accent and the letter “W” is 44″ x 34″ and is made from 16 gauge metal.

Photos from the Makerspace

In an effort to share more visuals from Milwaukee Makerspace we’ve decided to start doing some photo roundups of thing we see at the space mixed in with shots of projects people share on the mailing list. Enjoy the first batch!

Isaac made this engraving guide you can use with the laser cutters. If you want a nice 1″ grid on the bed to see where you need to set your materials for etching, this might be useful!


Greg made this (literal) guitar amp as a gift. He got some help with the electronics from other members and put the rest together himself. It’s looking awesome!

Mat has been putting the large powder coating oven to good use to recycle HDPE scrap into blocks and sheet material. This is basically “plastic lumber” that is strong, durable, and ready to be cut, drilled, or milled.

Jake has been ramping up some of his Tesla Knight Productions projects and is almost done with a set of apple boxes for MKE Production Rental.

There’s a new group project happening in the hallway near the Laser Lab. Want to learn about aeroponics and grow some plants? Join the fun!

Check out these feet! Or least a Fusion 360 rendering of some feet…

After Billy spent some quality time with the CNC router…

He’s got some great looking feet for a lamp project he’s been working on.

Kathy H. upcycled some Knob Creek bourbon bottles into this lovely holiday decoration. She got the idea from Pinterest and used some old sheet music from a book she got at an estate sale. The letters were cut out using the laser cutter and then decorated and attached.

And last (but not least) is this wooden 3D vase created using the laser cutter. Marcin (one of our new Laser Lab Area Champions) has been doing some amazing work lately, and helping to keep the laser cutters running and well maintained. Thanks, Marcin!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this photo roundup… We’re already planning to do it again next month!

The AnyBox

It’s that time of the year again.  Now that all your gifts are made it’s time for the fun part.  Wrapping them!  You could do what you do every year and layer the gifts to made for your closest friends and family in tape and ribbon.  Why not make the perfect box for your gift?

The AnyBox design

With Fusion 360’s new(ish) sheet metal mode you can laser cut the perfect size box for your gift.  Best of all the work is already done.  All you have to do is download “The AnyBox” file from the link below and change the parameters to fit your gift.  Just follow these instructions for a one size fits all box!

Download the Fusion 360 file HERE.

From the “modify” menu in the “sheet metal” section choose “changeparameters”.

Change the BoxHeight, BoxWidth, and BoxLength for your item.  Change MaterialThickness to match your box material.

Click “OK” and create a flat version of your AnyBox by selecting “unfold” from the “modify” menu.  Select any face as the “stationary entity” and check the “unfold all bends” box.

Finally export your flat box as a DXF file for your laser.

Repeat for each of your gifts.

Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving we headed down to Pleasant Prairie to take part in the second Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire. It was a small event, with about 40 makers and 1,400 attendees but we had a good time showing off some of our projects and taking to people about making.

As always, Mark’s Van de Graaff generator was a big hit, shocking young and old alike, and making people’s hair stand up on end. Mark also brought Ultra MegaMax Dominator so people could see a huge DIY 3D printer in action. (Sadly since the event was so short, he couldn’t do a very large print, but he had some to show off.)

Besides Mark’s UMMD I brought a 3D printing pen I got from Monoprice for cheap and Shane and I made various 3D printed “doodles” with the pen while talking to people about it. At least a few visitors were interested in it as a holiday gift.

Besides Mark, Shane, and myself, Karen was there and did a bit more of her melted crayon ornament craft for people. We also had a few other members show up and hang out for a while, which was nice as it gave us a break to check out the Faire.

Oh, as for the venue, it was at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex which was like a YMCA, and it was a little weird that there were basketball games going on right behind us, but luckily there were able to use the pool for a cardboard boat regatta that some of the young makers took part in. There was plenty of room for Makers, and I can imagine that the Faire will grow over the years and have plenty of space to double in size.

See you next year, Pleasant Prairie!

Holiday Make-A-Thon 2017!

Make-A-Thon 2017

MAKESGIVING: A Holiday Make-a-thon!

Top 5 can’t-miss activities at MAKESGIVING: Holiday Make-a-thon.
Why Buy Gifts on Black Friday When You Can Make Them for FREE!

The Milwaukee Makerspace and the Bay View Neighborhood Association is getting ready for the annual Holiday Make-a-thon, where we help kids (and adults) of all ages to get their hands a little dirty and make some of their holiday gifts rather than buy them. MakesGiving: A Holiday Make-a thon!, is a free community event from 1pm-5pm on Black Friday, November 24th, 2017. Join us at the Milwaukee Makerspace, from 1pm-5pm, to learn some new skills and create unique gifts for friends and family.


3D Printed Miniature Refrigerator Vase
Add a magnet and some tiny flowers to a 3D printed vase to bring sunshine and cheer till spring is near. A great gift for someone with a refrigerator or locker!

Laser Cut Ornaments
One of our members designed a 8-part laser cut ornament. Assemble and decorate your very own laser cut Baltic Birch ornament to hang on a tree, a window, or a rear view mirror!


Ever-popular Melted Crayon Ornament
Melt and mix your favorite crayon colors into a clear glass globe. Gift this ornament to share your favorite colors with your favorite person.


Learn to Solder a Tie Pin
Double whammy! Learn to solder and create a tie pin for anyone who has an unwieldy holiday tie. Take that ugly sweater contests!


Braided Fleece Dog Toy
Use the square braid weaving technique and a pile of felt strips to make a chew toy for a special puppy. Even if you don’t have a dog, join us to make some toys and we will donate them to the humane society for dogs in-between homes.

Please RSVP on our Facebook events page if you want to attend. (It’s not required, but it helps us estimate how many people might be joining us!)