Below are the Makers that were in attendance at our 2015 event.
600 Sweets & Treats LLC.
A. Bill Miller’s Phantoms
ADAM – Advanced Designs for Additive Manufacturing
Aluminum casting – Make your own sculpture!
Art By Kelli
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International – Heartland Chapter
B9 Robot from “Lost in Space”
BAM & BrinnLabs
BEHS Tech Club
Bats in the Belfry
Bay View Printing Co.
Bid El Artwerkz
Black Box Bikes
Box Latch Reusable Box Closing Systems
Brown Dog Gadgets
Bryan Cera’s Entertainment System
Burning Man Wisconsin
CNC Digital Subtractive Making
Caligraphy by Linda & Vern Medeen
Carl’s Tiny House
Cat and Mouse Makers Kits
Chain Stay Jewelry & Design
ChiBots – Robotic Exhibits
Clock Shadow Creamery – Milwaukee-made Cheese
CodeCreate: Make and Take Stylus
Craig Smith Firefly Workshop
Cream City Clay, Inc.
Cream City Soap Company
Creations in Wood
Creme DeMentia Bottle-Cap Contact Mics and Kits
Dalek Asylum Milwaukee
Dan Grunst Designs
Dan the Blacksmith
Dawn Chute’s The Black Sheep’s Friend
Discovery World – Electricity!
Drayna’s Calibreduino CHP 5000
EXPOCHANGE: Intelligent-Internet of Things (I-IoT)
Edgren Bilt’s “Toothless”
Electric Dodge Neon
Eli Kase Fabric Art
FIRST Tech Challenge
Faith Ann Originals
Frantic Screen Printing
Handmade Mixed Media Artwork
Handmade Pottery for Geeks!
Inkies by Laura McGarvey
James Steeno Gallery
Jean Madus & Mari Carini: Handmade new, up-cycled & repurposed items with an artistic touch
Jenie Gao – Printmaking Spectacular!
Kathy Hughett – Face Painting
Knitted photographs produced on a hacked vintage machine.
Kyub Music – Maker Musical Instruments
Laser Cut Accessories
Learn C Programming on PIC Microcontrollers
Les Will’s Diesel Motorcycle
Limba Gal’s Hand Crafted Futuristic Jewelry Art
Liquid Crescent Designs
Live steam train modeling
Lumen Electronic Jewelry
Mad Science of Milwaukee
Madison Mini Maker Faire
Magnet Meets TV
Marc Stamsta – Max Aero
Melissa Pare – Moraye
Milwaukee Public Museum – Remaking the Streets of Old Milwaukee
Milwaukee Radio Amateur’s Club
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Crescendo – MSO Instrument Petting Zoo
Mini Sumo Robots
Mister Mellow’s Cartooning & Mustachery
Modern Sewing on Antique Machines
Morning Goddess Designs – Wire sculpted jewelry
Nigel the Purple Dalek
Our Daily Salt
PRT Rollers – INK’N Roll Printmaking Spectacular!
Play Well – LEGO Engineering Extravaganza
ProtoVoltaics Pick and Place Machine
Pumping Station: One Noisemakers
R Rated Clothing
R2-D2 Builders Group – Life-size R2-D2 Robot Replica
Randy Lundy’s Handmade Electronic Instruments
Re-Made in Milwaukee
Redefined & Co.
School Protection Drone
Seno K/RLT Conservancy
Son of MegaMax and Death by Chocolate 3D printers
Spark gap tesla coil
Steve Hay and the Ornithopter
Stinky Goblin Emporium – Handmade pewter and leather goods
Stirling Engines and Home Made Clock
Stress Relief Catapult Zone
The Bodgery’s Carnival Games
The Bubbler from Madison Public Library
The Glue Looper®
The Immersive Flow Experience
Thomas Zovar’s 3D Printed Inventions
UW-Milwaukee STEM Outreach Programs
UWM Digital Craft Research Lab (DCRL)
UWM Metalsmiths + ArtcycleMKE
WI Falun Dafa Association
WISE Division, NMRA
Wasted Materials Production’s Timelapse Spaceship Toybox Scoreboard
West Mountain Radio – Energy Science Lab Kit
Wisconsin Destination Imagination
Wisconsin FIRST Robotics
XLR8 Demo by Alorium Technology
Touch interfaces are everywhere nowadays, but sometimes as much as you want to touch, you shouldn’t touch. Or maybe you should. Touch the banana!
See a rebuilt and hacked electric motorcycle which was ridden over 1,000 miles all around Lake Michigan without using a single drop of gasoline! See how it was done, including the cycle itself, photos, and videos!
Sue will be doing a workshop.
Phantoms is a video that will be presented in the Dark Arts area. Occasionally our motion capture system sees something that isn’t there, an actor that’s left the stage, for example, and tries to map it… this is the basis for phantoms: recording as the system captures something that really it shouldn’t be seeing at all, it sees something but… we don’t see anything, but the config of the system does, and the skeleton it sees is something ‘other than’ – a phantom…
Prosumer 3D printers. Heavily feature laden, solid construction you would expect in a professional, commercial 3D printer aimed at the serious hobbyist market.
Smithed jewelry, housewares and decorations with an organic natural feel. Steel forged flowers and leaves that bring the metal not only in your home but on your body as unique steel jewelry and accessories. Also copper and silver forged adornments with a unique feel unlike anything you’ve seen elsewhere.
Come watch artists Alisa Toninato of FeLion studios ( www.felionstudios.com/ ) and Daniel Dricken
( www.Dandrickensculpture.com ) cast aluminum sculptures. Pre made scratch block molds are available at the event for you to design and have cast in aluminum while you watch. All cast work can be taken home the same day! A brief scratch block tutorial can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEiRN8M7fhA
Various creations from makers in the Fox Valley.
Colorful paintings, bicycle-themed t-shirts, and a variety of mixed-media arts and crafts projects.
AUVSI is a group of professionals involved in various aspects of unmanned vehicles. They will promote the positive benefits of unmanned vehicles and share experiences with interested attendees. They will also show off their members’ unmanned vehicles and provide educational material on where and how to safely fly UAVs (drones).
7 foot tall lost in space robot replica. a work in progress.
A showcase of the variety of projects we have created throughout the past year in the BAM space at the Betty Brinn Children’s museum.
The tech club is back for another year with lots of new projects and more students than ever! They are exhibiting a new DIY CT scanner, as well as a selection of electric vehicles and autonomous aircraft. Stop by for a live presentation by one of their students on CAD design for 3D printers.
Sarah has a vast obsession with bats. For the Open House of her makerspace, the Bodgery, she created a carnival game, revolving around that love. Sarah loves creating bats out of felt and for her game, she created miniature versions to be hurled at a belfry that she constructed with assistance from her fellow maker father.
Check out Sarah’s Bat Emporium with her Les Miserable inspired singing bats and try your hand at her game by using a bat to ring the bell in the belfry.
Bay View Printing Co. is a community oriented letterpress print shop in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. They have got antique wood type and a portable proof press for you to design and print your own letterpress poster right at their booth! Check out their list of upcoming letterpress workshops and open studio time or become a member of the shop and use their resources at your leisure.
Crystal/gemstone Trees, Suncatchers and jewelry
Home built electric motorcycle with Lithium batteries, many off the shelf parts and utilizing a Black Box Bikes electric motorcycle conversion kit.
Fully street legal, lighter then stock, 50 mile range, 60mph speed.
R2 is a work-in-progress all metal replica of everyone’s favorite Star Wars droid. Sorry, he can’t project a life-like hologram in air yet.
See How To Close a Box Without Tape. An introduction to the WI, designed and produced patented and patent pending Box Latch Closing Systems. Makes most evey box a reuseable box.
Educational projects for kids and adults, focusing on Solar and Beginner Electronics projects. Stop by to make a free project at their booth.
A giant nintendo controller. A public interactive installation!
The Wisconsin Burning Man Regional presents an interactive mutant “pinball” game flanked by a series of color-changing look-through panels. Also:
Corn Woman: Lifesized ear of corn shaped like a woman who speaks to you of her hopes and dreams as a corn-human hybrid.
Stone of Rome: a giant interactive talking disk that judges your lies when you put your hand in its mouth.
Quad Bike: Two person Quadricycle, pedal-powered and electric made out of PVC pipes.
Sphinx Skateboard: Electric surfboard designed for the desert that looks like a Sphinx.
Digital Whiteboard: for people to draw emailable art.
Steve will display CNC machines from Milwaukee Makerspace
Using her free hand calligraphy and various pens, Linda creates names for people upon request. She also had hand painted note cards, meaning of names and bookmarks.
A really little house built on a trailer. 8×20 feet and 13 feet tall.
Be a Maker with your own Cat and Mouse Automata kit. Turn the crank and Mouse goes round and round, attempting to eat the cheese, while Cat takes a swipe at Mouse with her paw, all the while her tail bobs up and down. Made from Baltic Birch, Cat and Mouse are sure to delight.
This kit is laser cut contains over thirty pieces.
Instructions and videos are available for download.
Cat and Mouse maker kits makes lots of fun things with a laser engraver. Come see their laser cut bow ties, puzzles and pins.
Becky Tesch of Chain Stay Jewelry & Design hand makes jewelry that incorporates recycled bicycle parts into it’s construction. The jewelry is modern and tough looking, but still elegant and wearable.
ChiBots members will have a number of robots on display at the Maker Faire. Watch small table top robots run through a maze, play soccer, hockey or avoid obstacles. Some of their larger robots are floor models and may be wandering the exhibit area.
CityBarn will host revolving in booth workshops on how to be more handier and able to fix, repurpose and revive things on an average homestead in the City or Country… Free stickers, patches and tee shirts for those that visit booth and participate.
The Clock Shadow Creamery offers unique opportunities for apprenticeships in commercial cheese making right in the middle of Milwaukee.Clock Shadow’s tour specialist and home cheese maker, Sharon, will be conducting a home cheese making demonstration. She will cover the basics of the cheese making process and show everyone how to make cheese from their own home. There will also be a question and answer session for aspiring cheese makers in the great tradition of Wisconsin!
Cobalt Glassworks is a custom stained glass studio that specializes in creating stained glass windows, panels, signage,and lamps for homes and businesses, as well as repairs and restoration. They also offer classes and supplies for adults and children interested in learning the craft.
Participants make their own touch-screen enabled stylus out of colorful felt materials and conductive fiber. This is a nice introduction to e-textiles blending high and low-tech materials that interact with digital technology. The creative possibilities are endless with felting as a craft medium for almost any age and imagination.
CodeCreate provides innovative opportunities for all learners to imagine, create and innovate with everyday technology.
Star Wards droids, gas engine Power Wheels, Steampunk projects, Crystal radios, etc…
Cream City Clay, Inc. is a pottery school and studio located just down the street on 71st and Greenfield Ave. in West Allis. Their advanced students, teachers and members will be demonstrating wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to create functional works of art and beautiful sculptures.
Anita makes small batch soaps, soy candles, and other such things. No artificial scents or animal products are used.
David is a wood turner. He work with mostly Burls and uses the natural edge for the edge of the bowl. Burls are round bulbs found on trees and the graining on them are unpredictable.
Phil Williamson will lead partners and/or teams through interactive problem-solving activities using a variety of portable, hands-on and experiential stations.
Austin makes and sells contact microphones or piezoelectric pickups in a recycled bottle cap housing of his own design. He has kits that show how to build these microphones as well as a kit that serves a crash-course in circuit-bending.
Learn new skills. Help build an army of Daleks. EXTERMINATE a World’s Record!
We are recruiting individuals to help break the Guiness Book of World’s Records for the most Daleks in one place and take it away from the Brits. Are you a Doctor Who fan? Have you ever wanted to own a Dalek of your own? We can help you with our cooperative Dalek building group. Share skills and work together at Milwaukee Makerspace. We have the fiberglass and silicone molds, woodworking jigs, and people with multiple expertise to get the job done. Join with us. EXTERMINATE!
Hand carved/hand made sculpture and furniture. Largely made from reclaimed or repurposed materials
Live Blacksmithing – Dan will be playing with fire and hitting things all day. Come say hi!
Dawn creates accessories and home items utilizing felting quilting, and bead weaving techniques.
Performing and previewing exciting live science demonstrations that will be featured in a brand new live show coming soon to Discovery World.
This is an Arduino-controlled solar heat collector that could be used for home water heating or room air heating. It incorporates a “two-axis” parabolic reflector directing sun onto front and back of a lightweight heat collector. A motor drive keeps it pointed at the sun until throughout the day. At dark it returns to an east orientation and enters sleep mode. An Arduino controls the sun tracking system and pumps that circulate a fluid heat transfer medium.
The main design objective was to achieve the most energy capture with the lightest overall weight (for low-risk roof-top mounting), all for under $50.
The device is about 4 feet hight, four feet wide, and three feet deep, plus water storage.
DyNamo makes rustic and vintage inspired handmade jewelry and accessories for men and women. We add our own creative twist on vintage inspired shabby chic, indie, cottage chic, hipster, urban and indie accessory trends. Many of our women’s jewelry and accessories have upcycled vintage components. Something old, something new!
Infographics & literature for makers to get started with Intelligent systems & the Internet of Things.
Toothless is a 23 foot dragon based off of character from “How to Train your Dragon”.
1999 Dodge Neon ACR converted to AC electric.
25HP 3 phase 230V Baldor motor from a commercial air compressor
Reliant 75HP AC Drive
25 12V AGM batteries supplying 300V DC
Hand rolled, formed, folded fabric on aluminum jewelry. Up-cycled art collage cuffs and gallery print necklaces. Recycled glass/hand painted beads. Rubber weaving and inner tube jewelry.
FTC is part of FIRST international organisation where students design, build, and program robots to compete in a multi-faceted, fast-pace game.
Faith uses her grandmother’s old rolling pin & local plant cuttings or one of her hand-carvings to create a ceramic ‘canvas’ in her Milwaukee backyard. In a 4-6 week process, she rolls out fine white clay into large slabs, arrange plants or inverted carvings on top, and presses them together with the rolling pin to create texture, then trims, shapes, dries, sands & kiln-fires each one. In the kiln, the leaves & blossoms turn to white ash, leaving a fossil-like impression. Following up to a dozen watercolor-like ‘washes’ of color & glaze applied by hand, each piece is fired again. Viola – local art! https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaithAnnOriginals/about
Frantic Screen Printing will demo how to screen print shirts and explain how to other applications for the skill
The Fuzzy Piig will be demonstrating scary Halloween makeup and the art of applying it.
Leslie likes to specialize in more affordable functional art pieces. Her best selling works are brightly colored, waterproof, epoxy resin finished coasters. Each piece is handmade and the art on each coaster is an original design. Some coasters are made from collage style artwork, some from graphic design or digital illustrations, and others are done using a variety of methods/mixed media such as linoleum block printing, painting, and the use of colored alcohol based inks.
Dorks Unite! Handmade pottery by Jean’s Clay Studio of Milwaukee, WI. Featuring hand-drawn graphic images of Robots in Space, Monkeys, Sugar Skulls, Tools, Sewing Machines, and for the genteel set: dragonflies, butterflies and white fern patterns. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Dishwasher and Microwave safe.
Inkies are Laura’s own crocheted amigurumi design. They are about 3-4″ tall and come in all different types. The original Inkie that has expanded to include:
Laura will also have a display of the step by step process that goes into making an Inkie.
Isaac will display some of his dinosaur models as well as several cages showing how he makes them.
James Steeno is a professional artist from Milwaukee whose artwork features the contemporary urban landscapes and subject matter of Milwaukee and beyond. His watercolors are available in a variety of sizes (mini to large); limited edition fine art prints; Art Maps for your living, working and dreaming spaces; fine art notecards; t-shirts and more.
Two Milwaukee artist/makers with an eclectic mix of items, including handmade 100% cotton clothing for infants & toddlers; Up-cycled, repurposed furniture & items for the home; vintage tablecloth clothing; original paintings; mixed media collage, mixed media jewelry.
Jenie will be working with the members of the MIAD and UW Print Clubs in the printmaking area.
Electric Assist Recumbent Bicycle
newCycled wearable art that friends(patrons) of Maker Faire may help create by adding their own art using the materials provided.
Presenting drawings and paintings created by K.A.S. Artistry. Mixed media, one of a kind framed drawings and paintings on stretched canvases.
Funky and Steampunk jewelry
Kathy will be doing free face painting just outside of the Dark Arts Area using UV reactive body paints.
Andrea turns digital images into fabric photographs by “printing” them with yarn on a vintage knitting machine that she hacked to be programmable via a MacBook Air.
Keith will have a table where people could play with some open source musical instruments and prototypes, including 3 or 4 playable devices . He will also have on display some Kyubs and one or more servoelectric guitars featured in Popular Science. www.servoelectricguitar.com.
Laser cut items such as cell phone, tablet, and laptop stands made of acrylic as well as other items made of either wood or acrylic that are laser cut.
Through a project based approach, this book and companion development board provide an easy to understand method of learning the correct and efficient practices to program a PIC microcontroller in the C language.
Principles of C programming are introduced gradually, building on skill sets and knowledge. A step-by-step guide, this book will encourage you to alter, expand, and customize code for use in your own projects. http://www.teach-c.com
Mad Max Lego dioramas
Les dropped a diesel engine into a 1981 Yamaha xs-650 motorcycle using a comet cvt for the transmission. He will be displaying this motorcycle in our vehicles area.
Limba Gal creates hand crafted futuristic jewelry art using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Materials includes precious metals, semi precious gemstones, natural elements and found objects.
Soy candles, lotions, lip balms, body spray, pet shampoo, and other natural comfort items
Laser etched maps, periodic tables, and other artwork.
How to create buttons for the joy of making your own creation!
Dan will be displaying
A 1/8th scale model of a Climax logging locomotive; Cylinders from a 1/8th scale, two truck, three cylinder, Shay logging locomotive; A boiler and select parts from his next project, a three truck, Heisler West Coast Special, and a 1/8th scale logging locomotive.
Lumen Electronic Jewelry is the joint mad-scientist project of siblings and 4th generation engineers Robin and Marty Lawson. They custom design distinctive and elegant twinkling LED circuit board jewelry. All of their jewelry has tiny solar cells incorporated into the design, so no batteries required.
The Milwaukee County Federated Library System supports makers in our community through programs, services, and collections. The MKE Mixers is a group of librarians collaborating on a new project to offer our members free, accessible places to engage with technology, explore passions, test ideas, and learn crucial 21st century skills. Come learn about our plan for a mobile makerspace intended to improve the library’s technology and creative experiences, and share your making needs and wishes with us. We will have one of our circulating makerspace kits to play with at our booth as well as print and online resources you can use to research your own creations.
Hand On Science Fun!
Learn more about the Madison Mini Maker Faire at Monona Terrace on May 14, 2016!
MagneTag is a wearable sensor system that let’s you battle your friends with foam weapons!
This interactive exhibit consists of several old CRT type TVs that people can place magnets on the screen causing cool colors and a distorted picture.
Building your own airplane isn’t as crazy as it might sound – thousands of people do so every year (thanks in large part to Wisconsin’s own Experimental Aircraft Association). Here’s your chance to see just such an airplane as it nears finishing.
Wisconsin native Steve Wittmann ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wittman ) was a famous air racer and aircraft designer. Over 60 years ago, his Tailwind aircraft was the first experimental plane certified to carry a passenger, and it remains a popular yet low-cost high performance (over 200mph) homebuilt design. Marc Stamsta ( http://maxaero.net/ ) makes wing kits and other components for Tailwind home builders at his hangar in Hartford. This is his personal Tailwind project that is about 80% complete.
Chicago artist creates narrative sculpture within sculpture. Illuminated miniature stories are housed in abstract structures and can be seen through a viewing portal.
Jake will be presenting his suit of medieval jousting armor as well as several other pieces of medieval armor and weapons. He will also be doing Armorsmithing and Blacksmithing demonstrations – he will go through a project build from start to finish throughout the Maker Faire weekend.
Hand-drawn historical and fantasy maps.
Laser cut wood and leather jewelry.
Various projects and demonstrations from members of Milwaukee Makerspace. Talk with current members, ask questions, meet makers, and much more!
Peek behind-the-process into the remaking of MPM’s most beloved exhibit, the Streets of Old Milwaukee, opening to the public on December 11. See sketches, renderings, models and photographs from MPM’s exhibit design and engineering teams. Be the first to check out MPM’s penny-farthing, a custom built high-wheeled bicycle, and live tweet your selfies and questions to @MPMGranny. Make-and-take your very own penny-farthing thaumatrope and enter a raffle to win an MPM Membership!
The Milwaukee Radio Amateur’s Club will be sharing their hobby of amateur radio building and experimentation with the community. The 98-year old organization has an extensive history in the Milwaukee Area. They will be setting up an amateur radio station onsite for interactive experience with the public.
White House of Music, Crescendo and the Milwaukee Symphony welcome curious musicians and newbies of all ages to explore the instruments of the symphony. Learn how to hold a violin, crash the cymbals, and ask our musicians what bowstrings are made of!
Matt will show off his Pololu mini sumo bot kit and will have an RC sumo bot for kids to drive. He will bring two sumo bot rings (30″ diameter) for a hands-on experience.
Handmade adhesive felt mustaches, mustache-on-a-stick, charming wands, cartoony caricatures, and face painting!
Christine restores and uses antique sewing machines to sew modern quilts, bags, and other projects. Her projects are colorful and modern, but most of her machines range in age from 95 to 140 years old. Most of her projects are made without any electricity since the machines are human powered by hand crank or treadle.
Beautiful one-of-a-kind wire sculpted jewelry. Created in various different wires, some including natural stones, crystals, and beads.
Unique stamped and hand painted newspaper and wooden earrings. Light weight and ranging from small to large.
Nigel the Purple Dalek is a home-built replica of one of Doctor Who’s oldest nemesis. The robotic creation stands almost 5 feet tall. It can be driven by a small person or remote controlled. Stand back or be “exterminated” by this mechanical beast.
Aisha makes screen printed tshirts and hand sewn bags with fabric printed with original paintings. She also sells prints on paper.
Proudly made in Milwaukee, WI. Handcrafted wooden kitchenwares/housewares; Fir and/or hardwood endgrain and sidegrain cutting boards, wooden spoons and utensils, hand turned bowls and french style rolling pins… along with a fun turning demo.
Printmaking Area – UWM and MIAD Print Clubs, along with Milwaukee-based printmakers will “roll the presses” by facilitating a live printmaking event where visitors are invited to print linoleum-cut designs on paper and fabric (make and take). In tandem, local printmakers will print enormous woodcuts using unconventional machines and rollers – lawn roller, massive hand rollers, steam roller, and/or roller skates.
Henri’s project description: “I wanted to make a robot so I listed the things I wanted it to do. Tall as me, light up eyes, moves around, shoots a rocket from its arm, talks, and blows smoke.
I made the robot our of pipe and hot glue, I made the rocket arm from toy I had, I used roller skates so it could move around. I used water and dry ice to make it smoke. Its eyes will be flash lights, and its voice will be a speaker, This is my first robot, I am Henri and I am 6 years old.”
Have you photo taken while at the space with whatever you’ve made, whatever you’re going home with, or just because it’s fun.
This ultimate realization of Robert Burns’ pixel-block art creations was created during his artistic residency at Redline Milwaukee. The Pixelator transforms any video source into an animated grid of colored pixels 14 blocks high by 23 blocks wide measuring 28.5″ across by 18″ high. The pixelator is made from hard abs plastic.
What can you show on the Pixelator? Anything! Any HDMI source can be plugged in to the monitor and the Pixelator will do its magic, turning nearly any image or video into a psychedelic masterpiece. They have even used it to create scrolling animated signs with a serious videogame feel.
Custom built around a 30″ HD monitor, the removable pixelator screen is a perfect fit and even the mounts themselves are pixel blocks. This is visual art intended for consumption with the eyes.
Kids are natural Engineers, we help them realize it!
Children dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate. Kids can’t get enough.
DREAM IT! BUILD IT! WRECK IT! REPEAT!
Plushzilla is all hand made custom stuffed teddy bears and other plush items. All items have an original design unique to the plushzilla look. Soft stuffed plush F-bombs are perfect for anyone with a darker sense of humor.
A Pick and Place Machine is used for automating the manufacturing of electronics. It places all the SMD components itself using computer vision. This machine replaces a human having to do this task by hand using a tweezer and microscope. Also, it brings the manufacturing of small batch assembly back to the makers! Their Pick and Place is much more robust and complete than that of other PnP machines shown at other maker faires. Protovoltaic will bring a microscope and tweezers so the kids can see how much easier this task can be with the right equipment!
Pumping Station: One, Chicago’s largest and oldest hackerspace, will be conducting a hands-on electronics workshop to make noisemakers, or optical theremins. These are solderless electronics projects that use a photoresistor to modulate the pitch of a buzzer. People of any age can make them, and they have been featured on Hack-a-Day: http://hackaday.com/2014/05/13/solderless-noise-o-tron-kit-makes-noise-at-chicago-makerfaire.
R rated clothing makes artistic graphic t shirts. The art is created by R Rated’s Roberto, who has a very long career as a freelance illustrator/artist.
A free, non-profit, international community who build their own replica robots from the Star Wars universe. Join them to learn how to build your own!
Stop by and try out some fun noisemakers! There will be electronic instruments that light up and beep, bloop, bleep, buzz, squeal, sing, drone, and more! Turn knobs, flip switches and press buttons to operate these unique instruments. Some are even controlled by light! All instruments are available for purchase with batteries included!
Re-Made in Milwaukee is a collection of 1940’s and 1950’s shop equipment that has been retrofitted and repurposed with the integration of CNC components such as stepper motors, micro controllers, and switches. Many of the vintage parts have been reclaimed from junk piles, rummage sales and online resources such as Craigslist, while a majority of the contemporary technology was purchased new online. Cast iron and heavy gage steel contrasts 3D printed plastic and polished aluminum. The results are a 3D printer, CNC router, laser etcher, and other modified tools.
Joe specializes in taking old industrial items and making them into every day items that one can use in their house, apartment or loft. He makes different styles of tables and lights from cast iron, wood, lights, pipe and anything else that he finds in the salvage yard that can be turned into something that can be used. Many of the table and items that Joe has made at Milwaukee Makers Space can be seen at Maker Faire Milwaukee.
The SFROBOTICS team will demonstrate a number of robots from FIRST TECH Challenge to LEGO robots to ROV’s. They have showing off multiple ROVs, 3D scanning and printing, and RC aircrafts.
This is a less than lethal drone designed to DHS specifications to be permanently deployed within schools as a first response to school shooters.
Arduino & Raspberry Pi Electronics Projects
Sector67 is a hackerspace in Madison, WI. They’ll be displaying various projects created by members and the community.
SeeMeCNC leads the way in desktop 3D printing with amazing delta style machines for affordable prices
Visitors to the Seno booth will be treated to a hand made wooden book mark and a journal of their own design. Additionally, they will be introduced to Seno and all that they have to offer – education, land preservation, conservation and forestry.
Son of MegaMax: custom 3D printer with 1 cu ft. build envelope.
Death by Chocolate 3D printer: prints delicious and beautiful chocolate vases
I have designed and built a spark gap tesla coil similar to what the inventor, Nikola Tesla, built. Unlike Mr. Tesla, I am using new film capacitors and a transformer, but other than theses differentness they are virtually the same. This tesla coil uses a static spark gap that enables a spark to jump 400 times in one second. This tesla coil has about 7.5 turns on the primary and 1000 turns on the secondary. This particular tesl coil uses one neon sign transformer, which produces 6000v AC at 60ma. This is only the start, and I hope to build even more in the upcoming years.
Squizmo is a 3D printed tube squeezer designed to improve the experience of tube users worldwide- saving you time, money and the environment along the way. Whether it be wasting contents by throwing partially filled tubes away, or wasting time trying to extract those contents, Squizmo will fundamentally change the way tubes are used. At the exhibit, come see Squizmos being 3D printed, play with them on a robotic test rig, watch demonstrations, and even buy them!
The ornithopter has a gasoline 1927 stover hit and miss engine which propels it forward as well as propelling its wings which flap. It is constructed using tree branches, clothing, and a steel supported structure for the wings. People love to watch and listen as it putts around. They were a success at last year’s event and for years have taken it to the EAA convention in Oshkosh and area parades.
The Stinky Goblin Emporium sells an eclectic array of handcrafted goods including their own pewter jewelry, handmade leather goods, such as small purses, samurai masks, and awesome bracelets, and assorted pewter and leather key chains. They also sell buttons, poisonous plant/mushroom bookmarks, wizard wands, small paintings of robots and monsters on wood, and prints of their art and photography.
Brad Smith and Robert Calhoon will exhibit and operate our home built Stirling Engines and Brad Smith will exhibit a working home built Rolling Ball Clock.
Build a towering castle and knock it down with miniature siege weapons, then build it up again!
TextNinja (by HYHAT) is the smart, fun way to realistically combat distracted driving.
The TextNinja app uses Bluetooth technology to communicate directly with the car (via OBD port, a standard diagnostics system in cars since 1996) to determine when the user is driving and to automatically silence text distractions.
Proper use of the solution is encouraged through positive incentives and gamification. Earning achievement badges, improving ninja belt ranking, and challenging others, transforms safe driving into a constructive social trend.
By providing a smart solution and connecting with other advocacy groups to spread awareness, TextNinja is taking serious action against distracted driving. Take the #textninjachallenge at http://www.text.ninja/, and let TextNinja start protecting you!
The Bodgery is a makerspace in Madison, WI. The member run facility has 3400 sq ft of space with tools for electronics, crafting, woodworking, welding, blacksmithing, laser cutting, 3D printing, sewing, serging, machine felting, vinyl cutting, candle making, and more. Members pay $50/month for 24/7 access, storage space, and voting rights. Guests are welcome to use the space for free whenever a member hosts open shop time.
On display are various personal projects made by members of the Bodgery.
For makerspace The Bodgery’s Grand Opening party, some of the Bodgers built maker-themed carnival games for guests to play.
The Steampunk Ring Toss game was conceived by Karen Corbeill with it’s laser cut gears and faux Tesla coil towers. Try your luck to ring the gear around a coil!
Rocket Shot was conceived by James Pittman, originally an experiment to create an air-powered rocket launcher, the launcher and rockets were used to create a space themed game for your enjoyment. The launcher uses a gasket to pull in air that is then forced out by pushing the plunger, which launches the rocket.
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is a maker-focused program for all ages offering hands-on workshops and events from community experts. Swing by to learn more about them, make a button, and do some hands on learning about electricity with their circuit blocks!
THE GLUE LOOPER® is a micro fluid applicator made for applying a VERY small amount of LOW VISCOSITY (i.e. – very thin) glue where you want it to go with very little or no trace of the glue.
It uses capillary action with LOW VISCOSITY CA (cyanoacrylic) glue. (It will capture and hold ANY LOW VISCOSITY liquid!)
The Immersive Flow Experience is an interactive, digital display for children and adults to experience the fascinating nature of air and water. The display works by projecting a digital fluid flow onto a wall then shadows cast by people or objects will disrupt and change the flow in real time. The display is aesthetically engaging as well as a great educational opportunity to learn how flowing fluid interacts with physical objects. Whether the display is used to learn how a bug’s shape interacts with the air, or see which power racer is the most aerodynamic, this interactive display is an exciting way to visualize fluid dynamics.
Thomas will show off the original “Plant & Garden Shield” – an awesome product that keeps critters from digging in your pots & gardens.
The Mosaic Butterfly Tessellation will also be on display. This unique butterfly designed by Zovar Productions is a wonderful tessellation pattern that can be used to create walkways, stepping stones, and winding paths in your backyard or garden.
3D printed metal necklaces in 40%bronze/60%stainless steel. Approximately 100 pieces all designed by Tom Wilcox. One of the largest collections of 3D printed jewelry in the US. A made in the USA product. Also displayed, Tom’s computer art. http://shapeways.com/shops/silvertongue
The TriHorse is a versatile, 3-leg sawhorse for outstanding strength and stability on uneven surfaces. It packs & stores flat, and sets up without tools. The unique design allows customized work stations in small spaces, perfect for all kinds of makers.
UW-Milwaukee EnQuest is the College of Engineering and Applied Science’s all-girl engineering camp for high schoolers. Each year the group takes on a project; the most recent was a system to supply community gardens with water from a stormwater cistern.
Informational materials about a variety of UWM opportunities for kids, families and community members will be on hand.
The Digital Craft Research Lab’s goal is to foster innovative, creative research in the areas of design, craft, and art by combining advanced digital technology with traditional craft practice in an effort to educate students for the future. The DCRL fosters interdisciplinary design research, material research, and innovation through making. It is envisioned as a facilitator for partnerships between UWM researchers and regional businesses, nonprofits, arts organizations, other universities and schools.
UWM’s Digital Craft Research Lab provides undergraduate, graduate students and researchers with access to the latest technology in computer assisted design (CAD) and computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) technology called rapid prototyping. The Digital Craft Research Lab places these tools directly in students hands and places UWM along side of leading Art & Design programs in the country already incorporating this technology into their curriculum. Access to rapid prototyping technology provides a critical advantage to UWM students for career advancement. Rapid prototyping is becoming standard practice in art, design, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, and medical products industry, to name a few.
The Digital Fabrication Lab provides students with the ability to produce physical and digital models. Complex geometry can be fabricated using a variety of subtractive and additive processes, while digital models can constructed based on physical objects using contact and non-contact scanning.
Object is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing Student Organization. As part of UWM’s Art Department, they bring visiting artists to campus for lectures and demos, hold an annual jewelry sale, and attend many national symposiums. Visit them to view and purchase fine handmade jewelry and metal objects. Artcycle Milwaukee is a UWM research project that built a custom 3-wheeled bike with a jewelry-making workbench on the front of it. It is a visually unique vehicle that allows the academic program an opportunity to go out into the community and share studio practice. It is a mobile making platform that will be in full operation!
UberDork Cafe will be launching the first non profit, kid-focused Mini Makerspace (along with cafe and gaming area) in the area this Fall. They are already located in Menomonee Falls and have been teaching STEAM-focused classes. They will be moving to a new location in Milwaukee this Fall.
A demonstration of spinning equipment, both antique and modern, and the process of turning fiber into yarn and knitting interesting projects with it.
Make and take origami flowers and learn about Shen Yun Performing Arts.
The WISE Division will demonstrate building items for model railroads, which may include structures, scenery materials, rolling stock, locomotives and freight car loads. They will also be providing information on upcoming events of the National Model Railroad Association’s (NMRA) Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division including Trainfest 2015.
A collection of projects collaborated and brought together by three different makers with varied artistic and technical talents. Each project is rooted in Arduino-based programming with a focus on each maker’s particular area of interest.
Check out the wireless color LCD tailgaters “corn-hole“ scoreboard. Bring your kids to play in the Star Wars inspired toy chest with lights and sound effects. See how time-lapse videos are made with programmable camera motion controller.
A series of detailed experiments to teach basic electrical concepts by precisely measuring, recording and comparing performance of various battery types, capacities and chemistries. Each Experiment includes Instructor, Student, and Inquiry versions. Small cells can be tested during a class hour, larger battery tests can run overnight. Suitable for class demonstration or independent study. http://www.westmountainradio.com/EnergySciLabKit
Wisconsin Destination Imagination promotes creativity and problem solving in Wisconsin youth through the creative process. They will have hands-on activities that will engage participants in teamwork, problem solving, and creativity.
FIRST is a youth based program to create and inspire future makers in science and technology. Learn about robotics programs and competitive teams for youth K-12: FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Regional Competition (FRC). Adult mentors & volunteers also welcome! Stop by and learn more about gracious professionalism® and coopertition. It’s the hardest fun you’ll ever have and the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake !
The Wisconsin Makers are going to diplay their projects via a computer and will also demostrate a pewter diecast project.
XLR8 is a hardware-accelerated development board for Arduino. It has been designed specifically to overcome the compute limitations of typical platforms in the Arduino development space. XLR8 provides FPGA-based acceleration and offload capabilities using a unique approach that makes it easy for anyone working in the Arduino world to improve system performance.
Jessica works with traditional book binding techniques with handmade tools in Japanese Stab, Coptic Stitch, Case and Perfect Binding. She uses decorative handmade papers and fabrics from around the world to complete her creations. For Maker Faire Milwaukee, she will be presenting book making techniques that have endured hundreds of years.