Just in case you missed it yesterday local makers Milwaukee Blacksmith were on TV. We are excited to see all the amazing stuff they will make this season. If as you watch the drama and excitement unfolding and want to give it a try stop by Milwaukee Makerspace. We have a great team of members that use our forge regularly. Members make everything from trivets and Knifes, to coat hooks and metal roses. Blacksmith forging can be hard work, but is a lot of fun.
Last month the Milwaukee Makerspace power wheels team packed up the cars and road tripped to Maker Faire Detroit. After long nights working at the space until 4am for the week before the drive Ed, Kathy, Pete, Andy, Vishal, and too many others to mention got 3 cars race ready. The Bluth Stair Car, Super Tux Kart, and Hippie Rose made the journey to Detroit without damage are and were a blast to drive.
Our 3 cars raced with 34 others in the biggest Power Racing Series event to date on the biggest track ever made. It was great to see all the hard work paying off as the builders of the cars became the happy drivers of the cars. Both days of races were streamed live by our friends at Make Magazine to Twitch.tv where they can still be watched. Be sure to check out the race at Maker Faire Milwaukee September 24th-25th.
Check out the race from day one at the link below:
Make sure not to miss this weekend’s Nerdy Derby at American Science and Surplus. Adrian and the rest of the nerdy team will be helping kids and kids at heart turn blocks of wood into rolling masterpieces of speed. If you have not been to a Nerdy Derby event this will be one not to miss. 3D printed wheels have been coming in from printers all over the city and from our Makerspace 80 at a time.
Building a car is easy and there will be a nice long track to race down once you’ve finished your creation. You start by picking a block of wood and some wheels. After a bit of nailing its off to nerdy up your car from piles of amazing decorations. Makers are encouraged to decorate, test, and re-decorate. Everything that you glue onto a car affects the way it moves down the track. See you there!
The Digital Dentist, Mark, is printing up a storm as usual. When he’s not printing wheels for upcoming Nerdy Derby races he’s working on something unique. This week Mark is working on 3D printed origami. Triangular forms are printed flat and then folded into geodesic spheres.
These shapes are destined to be lights. Each of the ping pong balls will have a light in it. Be sure to watch for the final product at Maker Faire Milwaukee.
It has been amazing to see this group purchase come together over the last 6 months. This mill is a great example of what we can achieve together. It all started with one member stepping out on a ledge and offering to match funds raised by the space for a CNC mill. If you see Larry walking around the space make sure to shake his hand and say thanks. Because he stepped up we all have a new tool to make things with.Now that we have a big fancy Tormach CNC mill it’s time to make some makers. Our very own Larry will be donating his time to give one on one training starting this week. Your first project will be your name engraved in a block of aluminum created using the conversational mode. As someone with some milling experience it was a straight forward process and Larry was a great teacher. Don’t be intimidated by the big scary mill, Make something. I would encourage you to not stop at the milling. Take your name plate and buff it or powder coat it to make it unique. Contact Larry via email or at a Tuesday night meeting to schedule a time to get checked out on the mill.
A special thanks to Tormach for helping us get this mill. Without their help the money raised by our members would not have got us such an amazing tool. We look forward to sharing all the things we make with the mill with them and supporting them any way we can. TORMACH IS THE BEST! For more info on Tormach and the cool tools they make click here.
Join us for The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth at Wisconsin State Fair Park September 23rd & 24th, 2017. Admission is free. A joint presentation by Milwaukee Makerspace and the Betty Brinn Children's Museum.
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