We had Milwaukee Tool join us on January 15th, 2019 for a brief demo about how they use an iterative process to design new products. They showed a series of prototypes and talked about how they work to identify new markets and potential products. They also brought a few goodies for the space. :)
Over the years they’ve also hired a few of our members, and they came looking for more, specifically for their concepting team. We’ve also got a few members who happen to be Milwaukee Tool employees before they joined the space, so it’s nice to have a positive relationship with them.
As a designer I really enjoyed their presentation, and I hope we’ll find ways to collaborate in the future. (At least a few members volunteered to stress-test any new tools they come up with!
Neil made a Deutsche Haus! Neil’s wife, Fran had a great great grandfather who lived on the second floor of Hotel Deutsches Haus in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. As a gift for his wife Neil made a replica of the hotel as if it stood alone rather than sharing walls with the adjacent buildings. He created it using one of the laser cutters. He also lit the tiny windows from within to show the light inside. The Deutsches Haus was built in the 15th Century and remains in use as a hotel to this day.
Bill**W (yeah, that’s what we call him) activated the Z-axis on the Gorton DRO. Now you can see some sweet digital readout
Rick made a custom rig for screen printing PCBs. He utilized the metal shop and the wood shop quite a bit.
William Re-purposed some red wine barrel staves into various gifts last month, including candle holders, platters and plant hangers.
Austen had started to think about a workbench for his garage, and whipped up this quick render of what it might look like. (Can’t want to see the final build!)
Billy managed to get a giant pile of Birch plywood donated to the space. Awesome! (And hey, if you have raw materials you think might be useful to our members to learn new skills or build new projects, get in touch with us about it.)
Kathy H. made a wreath from a roll of DecoMesh that she got at Goodwill for only $2. (A steal since it’s usually twice that price or more.) She already had the roses on-hand from a rummage sale she had visited, the ribbon had been donate to the space, and the frame was $3.14 from Michaels thanks to a 30% off coupon. Way to be a thrifty maker!
We recently added a multi-stage filter to our laser cutter exhaust system which gave us an opportunity to buy things from American Science & Surplus and build a handy electronic gizmo.
More info about the project can be found on our wiki:
Laser Cutter Exhaust Filter Pressure Drop Monitor
Laser Cutter Venting System v6.0
Usually when people ask about checking out Milwaukee Makerspace we say “Come on down! Any Tuesday night at 7pm!” but sometimes we add “unless it’s a holiday” and in the next few weeks we’ve got not one, but two holidays falling on Tuesdays, so Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 we will not have our regular open nights.
Don’t come for the meeting, don’t come for the tour, don’t come to sign up as a new member. Everyone who helps run Milwaukee Makerspace is a volunteer, and they’re getting a break for two weeks. (Thank them for their service if you’d like.)
If you are already a member, feel free to come in! Your key gets you 24/7 access to the space, and you can work on your projects as usual, without a meeting or tours going on. Simple, right? Right!