Maker Faire Milwaukee – Year Five!

It’s that time again! We’re less than two months out from the 2018 edition of Maker Faire Milwaukee. It’s our fifth year as co-host of the event, and we’re seeing the return of old members, as well as welcoming new members to the event.

Here’s a few highlights you should look forward to.

Obviously our friends at Dalek Asylum Milwaukee are back, including Tim’s Dalek, Megan’s Dalek, and Tom’s Dalek. Everybody loves Daleks, right!?

We’ve got Bay View Forgeworks which consists of blacksmithing members Richard and Ed. (And hey, they are currently collecting scrap metal they can turn into awesome things at the Faire.)

Colleen will be there with CMLeahy Designs and will also be heading up the Milwaukee Makers Wearable Art and Cosplay Runway show. Neat!

Adrian will be showing his newly improved Jellyfish (Under the Sea) and also also helping run the Design & Build Derby, a definite favorite activity of the Faire.

Here’s a few more! Home Rooted Designs, How to use a Scroll Saw, Isaac’s Arts, Maker of Beautiful Things, and of course… Milwaukee Makerspace!

But hey, you don’t have to be a member of Milwaukee Makerspace to show off the amazing things you make. The Call for Makers is still accepting applications, so show us what you make!

Cosplaying, Desks, Digital, and AEDs!

Hey Makers, what’s up!? It’s summer and while some people take a break from making, we never stop! Members @thecosplaydad and @koalacosplay attended the World Cosplay Summit recently, and while they did not get selected to go to Japan, they had an awesome time out in California. (They’ll also be at Maker Faire Milwaukee if you want to see them in person!)

Ed’s wife needed a desk, and Ed loves making things, so he made he this awesome desk! Hey Ed, it kinds of looks like a bowling alley. Does your wife like bowling? (Just kidding! Reclaimed wood from bowling alleys is awesome!)

Whoa, what is this? Some sort of Digital Art!? Yes it is! Billy is our new Area Champion for the Digital Production Area. What’s that now? It’s where you can make digital things! We’ll have a few higher-end computers with specialized software as well as some AR & VR equipment you can use. We’re looking forward to seeing what members come up with.

Markus made a thing, and awesome thing. It’s a thing to hold the new AED we got. An AED is an Automated External Defibrillator and can be used to save someone’s life. We love our members (and guests) and if a life or death situation arises where an AED could save someone, we want to be able to do that. Live to maker another day!

Shelves, Ships, Shocks, PCBs and Cows!

Issac built a shelf, well, he built a whole shelving system, actually. It’s modular and easily adjustable. It’s not totally done, but it’s looking awesome so far!

Larry must have seen Solo, because he built this ship, which is called the “Millennium Falcon” and is Han Solo’s ship in the Star Wars films. It’s built using LEGO bricks, which is not how the real ship is built. (It’s also not full sized.)

Pete made a machine that makes noise and light using high voltage generators. It uses about 5 volts to create 400,000 volts of AC at a fairly low current. It’s shocking what you can make at the makerspace!

Andrew has been working on PCBs and while he’s got single sided PCBs figured out, he’s still working on two-sided PCBs. It’s not quite there yet, but making often involves trial and error.

Ben used a vinyl cutter to turn his tiny electric car into a “Cow Car” which sort of look like a cow, which is a common animal here in Wisconsin.

Bags, Boxes, Sliders, and Worms!

Maddy got a sewing lesson from Colleen (our new Craft Area Co-Champion!) and made a hobo bag. First sewing project using a machine, nice job!

Bill R. has been learning some new woodworking joints thanks to a little help from Dillan and made some awesome looking boxes. (Isn’t it great when members learn from other members?)

Dustin has been expanding his synth hardware collection and he’s scaled things up quite a bit from what he had last year. (“Quite a bit” may still be an understatement!)

Jack has been working on an camera slider that will be controlled by an Arduino, EasyDriver, and stepper motor. He’s still got some work to do on the code so if you’re handy with Arduino development, see if he needs some help!

If Mark isn’t 3D printing something, he’s probably working on one of his 3D printers, and he might even be working on his 3D printers by 3D printing parts for his 3D printers. He’s been working on a gearbox for a wormdrive for his super-tall UMMD printer. How’s that?

Art, LEDs, Tables, Shocking!

What’s been going on at the makerspace? A few members have been making art for the WMSE Art & Music event coming up. Kathy H. used a variety of gears in her piece.

Jack has been working on trying to hack some LED lights to work better with the high speed photography he does. A few members have had good advice, so we’re hoping it’s not too complex.

William finished up this beautiful table. The wood top looks amazing and the pipe legs are functional and make taking it apart very easy.

Mark has upgraded his Van de Graaff generator to throw bigger sparks and make bigger shocks! If you haven’t been shocked by it in the past, look forward to the next event where he brings it out to play.