COVID-19 Response - Social Distancing and PPE Production.
Milwaukee Makerspace is currently open on a limited basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All members and visitors must be wearing masks. We have modified our normal Tuesday night meeting schedule to help keep everyone safe. We are currently hosting virtual meetings on Jitsi every Tuesday night at 7PM. If you would like to attend a meeting to learn more about the group and get information on joining, please visit our calendar
A team of volunteers from Milwaukee Makerspace and the community have taken on the task of producing face shields for Milwaukee area hospitals and health care clinics. To find out more, read the posts below.
Wow! We have to admit, we were a bit overwhelmed with how many people came to the MATC Community Welding event we had in November. We expected maybe 10 to 20 people and had probably 40! In fact, it was too many, and made it difficult to fit everyone into our small welding area (even in shifts.)
So obviously the only solution is to do it again. Only bigger this time!
So once again we’re teaming up with our friends at MATC for a welding event that is open to the community. Anyone 14 years of age or older is welcome. Here’s the details you need to know:
We’ll have a number of MATC welding instructors on-hand so everyone will get a chance to do some welding. The welding robot lab will also be available for tours (but we won’t be using it this time.)
Please wear proper clothing! Long pants and sleeves with cotton materials, no nylon or any synthetic materials, no open toed shoes. If you have a pair of safety glasses please bring them! Wear clothes that you won’t mind burning a hole in. Welding can get messy!
It’s happening between 6pm and 8pm on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at the MATC West Campus at 1309 S. 70th Street in West Allis, Wisconsin.
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. How awesome is that!?
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.)
Julie and Carl of Scoops Ice Cream & Candies of Kenosha, approached new Makerspace member, Brandon Minga, with their project. They were given recommendations from other projects he’s done in the are including Mike’s Chicken & Donuts and the Modern Apothecary. Scoops was looking to enhance and draw more attention to their new location with a large exterior sign. Going through the concept and design process Minga quickly decided that the sign design was also going to become their new logo. Once the final design was rendered he quickly learned how to CNC a template to hand plasma trace the design out of sheet metal. The middle of the sign was also hand cut, roll bent and broke to match the bubbly ice cream cone shape. With a little help from friends a the Makerspace, he ground down welds and drilled 44 holes for the light bulbs. After all the holes were drilled Minga fit the sign with sockets, wired up the sockets and tested the electrical. Working with Prodigy Sign in Kenosha he also coordinated the hanging of the sign.
Whether you think this looks like Darth Vader or Dark Helmet it’s still cool. Mark has been making fire pits and wood burning stoves out of used propane tanks for a while at the space. This is the first one I’ve seen him make that is meant to look like a character. As usual he’s doing a great job. Mark has also been giving some more one-on-one welding classes at the space. Don’t miss out if you want to learn how to weld from a master.The welding is only the beginning. It can be easy to forget about the less sexy part of making. Grinding and painting. Though the natural look of rust is cool Darth Vader was black. I am looking forward to seeing more characters represented in Mark’s work. If you see him around the space suggest one to him.
Despite summer vacation and other obligations, work continues to progress on the Casting Furnace. In the past few weeks Bret has pinched the end of a metal brake line tube used to feed the furnace diesel fuel and installed a needle valve to better control the fuel flow rate.
Brant has been milling and machining parts for a mechanism that will both lift the lid and turn it out of the way when someone steps on a foot pedal. The next steps will be to finish the foot pedal, weld it to the rig, and secure the lid to the top of of the lifting post. Bret also plans to improve the casting tongs so they are more easy to use.
For more information, see the project wiki page: http://wiki.milwaukeemakerspace.org/projects/casting_furnace