2018.07.08

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Yes, I know it’s July, but it’s time for the May update because summer is so busy that’s just how it works.

In May I went to the Madison Mini Maker Faire and we ran out Design & Build Derby (formerly known as “Nerdy Derby”) and kids and adults had fun. It was not as busy as previous years, which was good, because the number of volunteers was down, but as always, Adrian from Milwaukee Makerspace did an amazing job! If you missed it, check it out at Maker Faire Milwaukee.

Right after Madison it was time for Maker Faire Bay Area. I was able to join the Power Racing Series gang and assist with running the races. I think I can now say that straw bales may be worse than tires. The straw is very irritating. The race was fun, and I got to see a good amount of the Faire (but not everything, I mean, there’s a lot to see!) I also got to attend the Bring a Hack event, and if you don’t already know that Drew is awesome, you should know that now.

Also in May, I went to an event that shared the findings from the State of Urban Manufacturing Report. It was interesting how it relates to the “Maker Economy” and individuals and small businesses making and selling products.

I also went to the Meet the Meetups and it was interesting but difficult due to the crowded venue. I still got to see some old friends and talk to a few people about the Milwaukee tech scene, so that was good. Hopefully it can be a bit more spacious next time. We offered to do another Meet the Meetups at Maker Faire Milwaukee, but I don’t think there is enough interest in it…

I also did a tour of Milwaukee Blacksmith with BLK SHP Milwaukee. Ken is a great speaker as well as a great blacksmith, and it was cool to see what he’s built over the years for his family and the community. If you haven’t checked them out yet, add it to your list.

Besides all that I worked on a lot of components for a new museum exhibit, 3D printed a lot of parts for a giant sculpture, and a few other things, but we’ll cover that in future posts… As always, if you want to see a glimpse of things I’m working on, check out Instagram.

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