MATC Community Welding

Psst! Hey, you! Wanna learn some welding? We’re teaming up with our friends at MATC for a welding event that is open to the community. Member or not, you are welcome to join us and spend a few hours learning how to do MIG welding. Don’t know what MIG stands for, that’s okay! We’ll teach you.

We’ll start at 6pm on Monday, November 26th, 2018. If you’re not a member we will ask you to sign in as a guest and fill out a participation waiver. If you’re a member, come on down and bring a friend and let’s all learn to fuse metal.

This is a free event, and our friends at MATC are donating their time, and if you like what you see, they can tell you more about their continuing education welding classes at MATC.

Note: This class is for people 18 and older. (No minors are allowed.)

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!