Lathes, Carriages, Votives, Lakes, and Presses!

Markus upgraded the lathe! He moved the VFD, start/stop buttons, speed, and direction controls to the a housing and mounted it to the lathe. (Digital readout and an RFID reader coming soon!) Oh, he also added two foot pedal switches to stop the lathe. Awesome!

Mark made a new magnet carriage for the sand table and used UHMW bearings this time. Hopefully it will hold up better than the ABS bearings did.

Kathy H. got a bunch of votives from Adrian and since she had a ton of glass pebbles she made “fancy” votives and she plans to see if any family or friends want one because now she plenty of parts to make more.

David D. make this nice looking Lake Superior and is planning to make more lakes soon. He used existing 3D bathemetry data and converted it to a solid model for use with the CNC router or laser cutter.

Pete 3D printed a tiny printing press so he could print tiny prints on paper with a 3D printed press. (And of course he printed some Makeys.)

Slignshots, Signs, Pistons, and more!

Makers keep Making! Here’s a new batch of projects members have shared. Rocky made a nice sign for a musician friend of his. Sign making is just one more thing you can do at Milwaukee Makerspace. Between the vinyl cutters, CNC machines, and laser cutters, there are many options for creating great signage!

Rocky also made a nice CNC’d slingshot. Back in the old days you would just rip off a tree branch shaped like a “Y” and make a slingshot, or worse, buy one. Rocky’s DIY version is much better!

Marcus engraved a steel piston as a gift. Why? Because he can! With the capabilities of our metal shop, not to mention the Tormach CNC Mill, the things you can engrave are almost limitless!

Kathy H. made this headdress piece to go with one of the costumes Colleen is creating for the Wearable Art and Cosplay Fashion Show Colleen is doing at Maker Faire Milwaukee. Want to see the whole thing? Join us at Maker Faire!

And finally, Markus, Tom K., Jake, and Dwight all worked together to repair the Bridgeport Mill during Space Improvement Day. Remember, kids… Do not adjust the speed of the Bridgeport mill while it is not running! It can cause damage to the machine and your own health and safety.

Installing a new Power Supply on the Mogul

Harvey got a new power supply for the CNC Mogul from Automation Technology Inc and asked me if I could help him document the replacement process. It was pretty simple and went very smooth. We’re lucky to have Harvey around as a member, and I’m glad he takes care of the CNC Mogul.

Check out the video below to see Harvey replacing the dead power supply with the new 36 volt 9.7 amp model he got from Automation Technology Inc.

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!