Monthly Archives: January 2015

Weekly Maker Spotlight #5 – Lance Lamont

How did you first find Milwaukee Makerspace?

I saw a blog post on some “Pot ‘O Gold” parade buggies that some cool guys made. I watched the video a few times, then noticed that it was in Milwaukee – where I was! Too Cool. From there, I searched out the group and introduced myself.

Why did you decide to join?

I decided to join because I love the combination of meeting new people and learning new skills. I, like many other members, am a skill collector and really enjoy having a ton of experiences and skills.

What do you do at Milwaukee Makerspace?

I’ve used many of the tools in the space – anything ranging from the laser cutters and sewing machines all of the way to the wood shop, metal shop, forge and welding areas. Essentially anything and everything.

The most impressive thing that I’ve made at the space was a giant 30′ diameter UFO “crashed” in front of Maker Faire Milwaukee 2014. I’ve made cases for projects and modified a trailer to carry kayaks and bikes behind my Mazda Miata.

What would you like to tell others about Milwaukee Makerspace?

The Makerspace is a great place to learn new skills and become a member of a vibrant and creative community. The people involved in the group are great, and the projects that are done at the building – be they solo or as groups – end up being amazing. It’s a great place to be a part of when you run into challenges on your project – TONS of creative individuals to help solve them.

What do you plan to work on in the next few weeks?

Through Maker Faire Milwaukee I have started a relationship with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. I am working with a couple of other members of the ‘space on two different projects – a large array of touch sensitive full RGB LED buttons, and a kinetic art sculpture using almost 500 stepper motors. I’ve been focused on the firmware development for both projects.

Build-Your-Own Quadcopter Class

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 1, 2015), Brian Pappas and Tyler Crumpton will be teaching a class on how to build an RC quadcopter from off-the-shelf components. A few sets of parts have been purchase by some individuals, and we’ll be assembling those while going over how the machines work and operate.

The quadcopters can carry small action cameras like the GoPro for recording some pretty amazing aerial footage! The class starts at 1PM and there is no cost to attend. For more information on the class or the parts used in the builds, check out the wiki page for the event.

Here’s a teaser video of the quadcopter we’ll be building (slight differences):

Made at shackspace: Software-based KVM Switch

shackspace hacker makefu is at it again. This time he’s hacked together a video grabber, a microcontroller running a keyboard emulation, and a few adapters.

What’s that good for, you ask? He now has a low-cost solution to access the video output of a wide range of small embedded devices and control them via (emulated) keyboard. This should come in quite handy the next time your Raspberry Pi or similar is stuck and need to debug it.

Read all the nitty gritty details over on makefu’s blog: A Software KVM Switch

Made at shackspace: Software-based KVM Switch

Quick-Fire Lessons Tuesday Weekly

Hey folks! Simply drop in to soak up the knowledge – for free! This week’s Quick Fire Lessons will take place at 091 Labs at the regular time of 6:30pm on Tuesday. Our next class will see us focus on JavaScript were we will introduce node.js. Keep an eye on our social media for updates. […]

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Made at shackspace: shacklogger

Getting your big and small projects noticed is now easier than ever before.
We’ve had a shackspace tumblr account for a while now (you might have noticed the widget to the right of this article) but accessing it wasn’t that easy workflow-wise.

Now, thanks to resident hacker makefu – who sponsored his old Nexus 4 phone – there’s shacklogger. You can simply snap a photo or record a brief video of your project, write a few short lines of description and directly upload it to the tumblr account for the world to see!

Made at shackspace: shacklogger

Grand Opening and SHHH – Feb 21st from 12:00 Noon till late

VHS has moved into its new home on 1715 Cook street, and is mostly unpacked. Its time for an open house and party to show off the new space to everyone.

Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see VHS’ new space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have.

Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share!

A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.

Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.

Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!

Lightning talks – (11PM).

A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged. Challenge coins will given out to the people doing talks.

A video of some previous lightning talks

Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.

Remember to **BRING YOUR OWN CUP** if you want to drink beverages at the space.

Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!

1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Vancouver, BC

Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.

This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.

Feb 21st (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)

Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.

If you are under the age of consent (18) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of age, VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.

Because it is awesome!






WORKSHOP: Woodblock Printing Valentines Cards, Thurs. Feb 12. 7-10 pm

Learn to make your very own block printed Valentines cards!

Meg Harder will instruct the class on techniques for carving up and printing your design.

We will be carving on a 2″ x 3″ bass wood block. Participants will leave with 3 finished cards (and matching envelope).

You are encouraged to bring a design idea ahead of time, but we will also have some examples if you get stuck. Please keep it simple!

This class has limited spots, only 10 available!

Sign up on the Eventbrite page to reserve your spot!

Cost: $15. Cash will be collected at the door.

All proceeds go to class materials, paying our instructor, and adding to our class set of good quality chisels for the lab!

When: Thursday, February 12, 2015

7 – 10 pm

kwartzlab makerspace (front room)

33 Kent Ave. Kitchener, ON

Parking is available around the building, or on the street where permitted.

WORKSHOP: Woodblock Printing Valentines Cards, Thurs. Feb 12. 7-10 pm

My block and print from our Christmas workshop. Simple shapes are most effective for beginners, remember to keep it simple and you will have a lot of fun and success!

WORKSHOP: Woodblock Printing Valentines Cards, Thurs. Feb 12. 7-10 pm

Meg Harder shows us how to ink up the block.

WORKSHOP: Woodblock Printing Valentines Cards, Thurs. Feb 12. 7-10 pm

Brayers are key for ink transfer!

WORKSHOP: Woodblock Printing Valentines Cards, Thurs. Feb 12. 7-10 pm

Sean Stoughton gave us a tool sharpening and honing demo.