This past November, members of Milwaukee Makerspace launched Steel Tigerlilies, an introductory metal art workshop by and for women. Our goal was to get participants trained on equipment ranging from cutting and grinding tools to welding machines and get them comfortable working in the metal shop environment. Some came with prior experience while others had never picked up these tools before. The group practiced their new skills by building a tree from scrap metal, currently in progress at the Norwich Makers Village.

We also hope to gain more female trainers in the long term at the Makerspace metal shop. We’ll be adding details to the members’ message board for future build dates, so stay tuned! 

If you’re a member interested in participating in a future workshop, please contact Hapto or Jen Janviere.

Model Monday Continues!

The learning continues every Monday.  If you have be thinking about learning Fusion 360 come and join us for free classes.  Each week at 7pm we have a new project after class the recording go up on youtube.  Sometimes my computer even records audio…  The inperson experience is the way to go so you can ask questions and get feed back on your own projects.

We Got a Clay Mixer!

The Pottery area got a Clay Mixer!  A clay mixer is a piece of equipment that will allow us to make clay from powdered ingredients.  With this 850lb tool we can make custom clay mixtures, increase experimentation, and lower the amount of work for members and area champions reclaiming clay.  It will also lower the cost of clay in our studio.  Come and see it in person at our Norwich location!

Makesgiving is Back!

Today Makesgiving is back at the Milwaukee Makerspace. While some people are out fighting the lines and searching for deals we are here helping people make their gifts. Each of our seven stations is run by a volunteer member and is totally free. If your in the Bay View area come by and make a t-shirt or an ornament. One of our few rules at the Makerspace is to be excellent to eachother, today is our opportunity to be excellent to our community. Bay View and St. Francis have been wonderful locations for our makerspaces. We are so grateful to have been welcomed with open arms as the makerspace expands. Thank you Milwaukee!

Just to name a few stations, Jake and Faith are helping our neighbors make pillows with fabrics scraps donated to the craft lab. Jeff and Brant are making melted crayon ornaments.

Jerry has used his toy making skills to improve our nerdy derby construction techniques. This year we have added a t-shirt making station to our makes giving offerings with Mariah showing guests how to screen print. Special thanks to all our volunteers and members!

Love-O-Meter at Maker Faire 2022

Jon Drayna’s Love-O-Meter used biometric sensors linked to an Arduino to measure “how much love is in your heart” at the Milwaukee Maker Faire.

The Love-O-Meter was one of many displays offered by Makerspace members at the 2022 Maker Faire, at Discovery World Oct. 19 and 20. The gizmo, created by Jon Drayna, measured galvanic skin resistance, skin temperature and squeeze pressure, all fed into an Arduino to come up with a score to supposedly showing “how much love is in your heart.” Junk science, of course, but a great way to introduce people to the amazing Arduino. Hats off to all the creative MMS members showing off their inventions, creations and art at the Maker Faire.