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Yes, we will be doing another BarCamp in Milwaukee, and yes, it will be the first weekend in October, though we’re only doing one day this time, so join us Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Bucketworks “Summer Camp”, located at 161 W Wisconsin Ave, 2nd Floor, right above TJ Maxx in the Grand Avenue Mall.

Show up around 9am, and we will wrap it up by 9pm. In-between it will be the usual user generated conference wherein we figure everything out the day of the event. Who will be speaking? What will they speak about? We don’t know… but we will figure it all out on the 5th. Think of it as an “idea swap meet” where you share your knowledge and thoughts, and others do the same. You will leave with new things in your head, and maybe even some new friends or partners in crime.

We’re going all retro by doing as little planning as possible, but if you would be so kind as to register at we would love that.

Also, bring some lunch money. There is a food court. Hey, it’s not like were asking you to bring your own chair! (Yes, we did that before.) It’s not like were asking you to bring your own utensils! (Yes, we did that too.) Oh, we may be able to provide parking for cheap. Would you pay $5 to park all day for this free event? Let us know on Atrium, or elsewhere, somehow.

It’s all so… undefined. Exciting, isn’t it!?!?


Projection Screen

With the recent move of Bucketworks, Milwaukee Makerspace found a (slightly damaged) large projection screen in its possession (which you can see in the photo above.) So for the recent Fix It Milwaukee event, I went to work trying to repair it.


I started by getting out the digital calipers and making some measurements, as well as sketching some views on paper and writing down the dimensions. (I guess all those years of Drafting classes paid off!)


Modeling this in OpenSCAD was a little tricky, only because I often get in over my head in OpenSCAD. It’s a fun challenge though… Some people play video games, I like trying to model difficult objects.


Because my primary goal with the first print was to do a test fit, I used only a 10% infill. I started the print at 9pm and didn’t want to stay up too late to let it finish. (Yeah, in theory the hot bits should all cool down when a print is done, but RepRaps do start on fire occasionally, so if I can avoid leaving it on all night long, I will.)

3D Print

It definitely looked how I imagined it should look. I did not model the holes for the pins, as I figured I could do that later, or just drill them out. Again, my main goal was to test the fit of the Aluminum pole into the hole.


The Aluminum pole fit great! It fit so well in fact, that I couldn’t get it out, and resorted to breaking it apart. Snug is good, but too snug is not good. I’ll increase the size a bit and try again. It might actually be good to have a snug fit and avoid the pins for the replacement. Once I get the hole right I’ll do a print with more than 10% infill, which might be strong enough to not break apart.

Oh, and since I did this at Milwaukee Makerspace where we like to over-engineer things, I had at least two people tell me we could easily cast these in Aluminum. :)


WordCamp Milwaukee 2013

Hey kids, it’s almost time for WordCamp Milwaukee again, and I’ve been invited back to speak on the topic of my choosing. Mwuhahaha! But seriously, I’ll be covering the importance of blogging to the Maker & DIY communities, and why you should… wait, I don’t want to give it all away. Come to my session… I’ll probably have lots of photos and some bulleted lists, and maybe a robot or a laser or something.

I’m amazed at the lineup of speakers this year. There’s over 35 people covering a wide variety of topics, not just WordPress, but design, web development, business, blogging, and, way more than I feel like typing right now.

You Twitter nerds can get your hashtag fix with #wcmke, and @WordCampMKE will also be droppin’ the WP knowledge.

And just for you, dear RasterWeb! readers, is a special discount code that features my difficult to spell last name.

WordCamp Milwaukee 2013
Coupon Code: Prodoehl
Date: June 8th-9th, 2013
Location: Bucketworks
Tickets: $25 for the weekend pass


Hack Friday

Here’s a quick time-lapse video from the 2012 Holiday Make-A-Thon that Milwaukee Makerspace does in cooperation with Bucketworks. We’ve been doing it for 3 years now, and Bucketworks has been doing it on their own even longer.

It seems like a lot more hackerspaces are doing these type of events this year, which is awesome, and there’s even a nice name for it now: Hack Friday. In my mind, part of belonging to a makerspace/hackerspace is the love of creating things, sharing that with others, especially on a day that has become completely over the top in regards to consumerism. Our mission is plain and simple: Instead of buying useless crap on “Black Friday” join us and we’ll help you make something for the holidays.

I figured it was also a good time to test out the time lapse capabilities of the GoPro Hero3. I have a workflow in place that includes taking still images with the intervalometer and then combining the frames into a video, and then resizing and cropping the video to the correct proportions. It seems to work. Oh, and the camera motion near the end is actually the gaff tape giving out before the camera fell face-down. Enjoy!


WordCamp Milwaukee

WordCamp Milwaukee is upon us! This coming weekend, June 2nd and 3rd, 2012 will see the first official WordCamp event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

WordCamps (from what I can tell) are sort of a hybrid between a BarCamp-style unconference, and a “real” conference, taking parts from each one to create something else.

There will be a user track and a developer track, so depending on your skill level with WordPress, there should be something appropriate for you. There’s also the WordPress Workbench/Unconference part of it, which is less structured, so if you just want to hang out and learn a bit about WordPress, that may work best for you.

Somehow the folks organizing this convinced me to come and talk about WordPress, and I’ll have a session titled Blogging With WordPress. If that page is still blank that means I haven’t yet written up a description. I should probably do that. Is there a topic you’d like me to touch on? If so, let me know…

And just because I don’t know what I’m taking about, that doesn’t mean the other speakers don’t. Some of them have written the book on WordPress. Literally!

So yeah, this weekend: WordCamp Milwaukee. At Bucketworks. See you there!

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