Maker Faire Signs

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Over the last few weeks the Maker Faire team has been hard at work making some new signs to hang in the exhibit hall.  These signs are 10 x 5 feet and will make finding your way around much easier.  The logos are first traced on vinyl sheets and then carefully cut out.

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After the stencils are cut they are laid out on the fabric banner for painting.  It can be a challenge to get the curved lines of these very large logos to lay flat.  Kim, Mike, Kathy, and Pete have been doing a great job.  This project has been a labor of love for Kim who designed these signs and has seen them from drawing to fabrication.

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Be sure to look for these signs and lots of others this month at the largest free Maker Faire in the US right here in Milwaukee at Wisconsin State Faire Park.  For more information about Maker Faire Milwaukee and all the amazing makers that will be there click here.

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Dryhootch Fence Removal

This month a team from the our makerspace volunteered to remove some fencing for Dryhootch coffee shop.  Dryhootch is a coffee shop that provides a way for veterans to reconnect.  The front patio of the shop was enclosed with 6 foot steel bars, which does not make it look inviting.  The organization came by the space to ask for some help and said we could take the fence with us.

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We call that a “WIN, WIN” scenario.  We got to help a good cause and got a bunch of raw material for making things with.  I’m sure you can look forward to more projects with Dryhootch.  Now that we have a pile of steel its time to get making.

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Special thanks to Tom G., Wolfgang, Shane, Vishal, and Mark for volunteering a Sunday morning to help.

Some Great Milwaukee Makers

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.

Check your local listings for showtimes.

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Power Wheels Racing

Race HeadLast month the Milwaukee Makerspace power wheels team packed up the cars and road tripped to2 images vertical 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:

https://player.twitch.tv/?volume=1&video=v80805800&time=04h50m54s

Time To Get Nerdy!

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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.

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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!

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August 20th 11am-3pm
American Science & Surplus Milwaukee
6901 W Oklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53219