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September 29 2017

Pewter Casting at the Hackspace

Under direction carve your design in Maltese limestone and cast your own pewter pin badge or button.

Bring along a design between 1cm and 2cm in diameter (it doesn’t have to be round) and transfer it onto the soft chalk like Maltese Limestone. Be creative, perhaps a dire wolf or Darlek but remember you need to flip your image as you’ll be working in reverse and in relief! Carefully carve away the stone testing your design on salt dough before finally casting it in pewter. Still not happy then carve a little more and try again until it’s just right.

There will be some demonstrations on other items cast including wax seals and medieval pilgrim badges. It will be light hearted and no skill is required, sometimes the best items are the worst ones! .

How much does it cost?
Free to members. None members if you can find an old pewter tankard from a car boot or charity shop (you can usually pick them up for £1 or £2). Perhaps a family member has an old sporting tankard that’s no longer wanted. The pewter is used to make events like this possible and allow me to do demonstrations for community groups for free or at little cost. If you can’t find one fear not a small donation to Leeds Hack Space will suffice.

A little bit of background.
I started pewter casting as I do medieval living history reenactment and wanted to demonstrate a trade in the way it was done in the 15th Century. The stone moulds I create and techniques used are all based on evidence I’ve researched from the period. I’ll be heating the pewter on a modern heater for the demonstration as charcoal isn’t the safest indoors. If you would like to know more just ask on the day.

Join us afterwards for drinks locally – to be arranged but expect it to be well into the evening.

Space is limited so please register your place on our event page. If you need to back out then please let us know as soon as possible to free up places for others.

Fun in the Booth at the Milwaukee Maker Faire

Last minute decisions work out once in a while.  For example, I was going to be at the Makerspace booth at the Milwaukee Maker Faire for the weekend and wanted some examples of the sorts of things you can use a 3D printer to make, so I grabbed the usual collection of sample prints, and then I thought, “sure, why not?”, and loaded the Van de Graaff generator into the car.  It sat on the floor in the booth for about 1/2 of Saturday and I was getting a little bored, so I moved it closer to the foot traffic and plugged it in.  Wow!  Kids and adults with stunted emotional development went nutz!  They were zapping themselves and each other as if it were more fun than painful.


Sparks!  The VDG produces about 400 kV.

Then I found a plastic bucket and the fun really started.  We had kids and many adults who were definitely much too heavy, standing on the bucket and making their hair stand up with moms, dads, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, partners all taking pictures.   I had to move one gentleman who was breathing oxygen from a tank away from the machine.  Fortunately, no one fell off the bucket or caught on fire, and next year we’ll do it right and take a block of styrofoam for people to fall off of  to stand on.

Kylee was ready to join the Makerspace just for this… and with that shirt, she’d fit right in!


Blondes really do have more fun!

Blondes really do have more fun!

Even Gordon couldn't resist!

Even Gordon couldn’t resist!


Last year Son of MegaMax (a 3D printer built at the Milwaukee Makerspace) went to the Faire.  This year he had two companions to keep him company- an extra-beefy printer being built by Erich Zeimantz: MiniMax XY.  MMXY isn’t complete yet, but promises to be a super high quality, high speed printer.  He’ll be operational at next year’s Maker Faire.  SoM also brought his big brother, Ultra MegaMax Dominator, named that because he is ultra, mega, maximum, and he dominates.

MiniMax XY at Milwaukee Maker Faire

MiniMax XY at Milwaukee Maker Faire


Ultra MegaMax Dominator and Son of MegaMax at the Milwaukee Maker Faire

Ultra MegaMax Dominator and Son of MegaMax at the Milwaukee Maker Faire

UMMD and SoM rotated between the booth and the dark room where the both printers’ UV lighting and fluorescent filament was a big hit.

UMMD in the Dark Room at Milwaukee Maker Faire 2017

UMMD in the Dark Room at Milwaukee Maker Faire 2017

We had a few things besides 3D printers at the booth.  Tony brought in some Bismuth crystals to give away, and surprisingly, they didn’t all disappear in the first hour.  Tony thinks people left them because the Makerspace logo on the info board on which the crystals were sitting looked a lot like the skull and crossbones that usually indicates poison.  The crystals do have an other-worldly toxic look about them.  Oh well…

Bismuth Crystal

Bismuth Crystal

Marcin’s LED signs on the table at the booth and hanging above the entrance to the Dark Room were also very popular and hard to miss, though I managed not to take any pictures of either.  The one above the Dark Room was so bright that if you saw it, you’ve probably still got its image burned into your retinas.

Everyone involved had a great time and we’ll be there again next year with even more cool stuff!



September 27 2017

Mixing Camp and Classical Myth in a Play About War and Repression


This Saturday. Two WORLD class presentations at Hackmiami. The story behind WIRE X by Chad Seaman as seen in Krebs on Security A half dozen technology and security companies — some of them competitors — issued the exact same press release today. This unusual level of cross-industry collaboration caps a successful effort to dismantle ‘WireX,’ […]

September 23 2017

Usable Privacy and Security — Gebrauchstaugliche sichere Software

Im September 2016 erreichte das Mirai-Botnet eine Kapazität von 1,1 TBit/s und wurde zu einer Bedrohung für das weltweite Internet. Betroffene Systeme unterstützten Benutzer aktiv dabei unsichere Einstellungen zu verwenden und wurden so kompromittiert.

September 15 2017

New Rigol Oscilloscope

Whilst for some time we have had several analogue oscilloscopes, many of our members have been requesting we acquire a digital storage scope. Now thanks in part to sponsorship from our downstairs neighbors Iron Oxide Design, we are the proud owners of a Rigol 1054Z digital oscilloscope!

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September 14 2017

Projekt u23 — Long Range Wireless Networks

Das u23 ist ein Projekt für junge Hacker und Haecksen bis 23 Jahre. In diesem Jahr beschäftigen wir uns mit Long Range Wireless Networks. Wie kommunizieren Sensoren, IoT-Geräte und kleine Knoten mit Batterie über mehre Kilometer? Wie messen Sensoren die Temperatur oder Luftdruck im ganzen Stadtgebiet verteilt? Wie wird die Kommunikation sicher?

September 13 2017

Ahoy, LOY!

The photo above was taken in March of 2013, just two months after we moved into the building that is now home to Milwaukee Makerspace. Before January of 2013 we were located in the Chase Commerce Center, and Royce was the President, and Willie came to Royce with the idea of using the space to build a boat.

On the left side of the photo is the frame that Willie would build his boat upon. For the next (nearly) five years, anyone who came through the space for a tour, or showed up for an event, would at some point be told “And this where Willie is building a boat.”

Every week, or month, you’d see some progress. Willie would be working diligently on the boat. He thought it would be done in 2015, and then he thought it would be done in 2016, and finally, In August of 2017 the boat (named “LOY”) was ready…

And on September 2nd, 2017 Willie, along with his family, and friends, and members of the space, celebrated, and launched the boat into Lake Michigan. It was a beautiful day, and I’m not just talking about the weather. It was the culmination of years of work, and a testament to what Milwaukee Makerspace can be.

Royce, one of the Founders of Milwaukee Makerspace, said a few words about Willie, LOY, and the space. Royce doesn’t get to the space as often as he used to (kids, life, etc.) but it was great to see him talk about Willie and the boat, and how it all came together to happen at the space.

Willie pours champagne on the wreath at the bow of the boat. Much better than smashing a bottle against the hull!

It’s nearly in the water! Wolfgang mans the lines and keeps things steady for the moment LOY touches the waters of Lake Michigan for the first time.

It floats! Willie made a joke that most boats only sink one time. He then got to work doing all the rigging necessary for a sailboat. There’s a lot of setup involved for the masts, sails, rudder, etc.

Captain Willie in command! Ready for the maiden voyage of LOY.

And they’re off! Seeing LOY sail away was an emotional experience. Many of our members know what it’s like to build large and complex projects, and some members know what it’s like to work on a project for years, but seeing that beautiful boat, and knowing all of the hours Willie put into it… it was something to behold.

Also, check out Carl’s video of the launch. It does a great job of compressing the morning into a few minutes, and hopefully you get a feel for the excitement of the day.

Finally, if you want to see LOY in person (and you should!) Willie will have his breathtaking creation at Maker Faire Milwaukee on September 23 & 24, 2017.

September 05 2017

The US-Mexico Border Wall Actually Juts Into the Ocean—Where Surfers Staged a Glorious Protest

Liebe Leute,

die Bühne ist gebucht, Mitmach-Aktionen sind geplant, LKWs mit Musik sind vorbestellt – und derzeit 50 Organisationen (Stand 5.9.2017) wollen mit Euch feiern und protestieren! Schnappt Euch Eure Freunde, Bekannten und Kolleg.innen und kommt mit uns am Samstag, 9. September 2017 nach Berlin zur Demo „Rettet die Grundrechte“. Mit uns könnt ihr Euch im Werfen von Überwachungskameras üben, es gibt einen Stand mit Cryptoparty und eine riesige Festtafel für politische Diskussionen. Eine ganze Demo freut sich auf Euch – vor allem: viele Menschen, die Freiheit statt Überwachung wollen und dafür etwas tun.

Demo „Rettet die Grundrechte“!
Samstag, 9. September 2017, ab 12 Uhr, Demozug um 14 Uhr
Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt

August 29 2017

201709-retroEDB #7

Sommeren er over og biblioteket har normale åpningstider igjen.
Førstkommende lørdag arrangerer vi syvende utgave av retroEDB!

August 24 2017

EVA „Ein Cybernachtstraum“ in der Zukunft

Am Sa. 26. 8. 2017 findet das Festival „Sonne über Berlin“ in der Zukunft am Ostkreuz statt. Wir freuen uns mit dem c-atre unsere aktuelle Produktion „Ein Cybernachtstraum“ dort noch einmal aufführen zu können. Das Musik-Theaterstück mit Live-Band spielt zum Auftakt des Festivaltages bereits um 16h. Tagestickts kosten 15€.




August 22 2017

OpenChaos am Donnerstag, 31.08.2017: Laser

Seit dem ersten Rubin Laser, der im Jahre 1960 vom Physiker Theodore H. Mainman gebaut wurde, hat sich einiges in der Laserforschung und -anwendung getan. Laser sind aus unserem Alltag nicht mehr wegzudenken und sind fester Bestandteil vieler Produktionsketten, helfen uns durch neuartige Messmethoden die Welt etwas besser zu verstehen und machen unser Leben leichter (oder schwerer, wenn man Laserphysiker ist).

August 21 2017

Sorry, Atlantis: Eden’s Achin’ Organ Seeks Revenge

August 19 2017

CANstruction 2017!

Please vote TODAY for our team’s entry for CANstruction!

We’ve been working at PS:One for several weeks to cut template boards on the ShopBot, and we just recently constructed our sculpture of WALL-E and EVE

Here’s a time-lapse video of our build 

Canstruction is a unique world wide charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food.

Canstruction Chicago (under the umbrella of Canstruction) is a design/build event which benefits the Greater Chicago Chicago Food Depository. Teams comprised of professionals from the AEC industry fundraise for, design, and build structures composed of non perishable food items. These “Cansculptures” are housed in the first floor of the Merchandise Mart and are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. The “Cansculptures” are judged in various categories by a celebrity chef and prominent members of the AEC industry. Canstruction Chicago culminates in an awards presentation and cocktail party at the Merchandise Mart.


Working to eliminate food waste and reliEVE hunger

In our world today, 40% of all food goes to waste. Fast forward 700 years and we might find WALL-E, a hardworking and lovable robot, all alone on Earth,  compacting debris into solid block structures. WALL-E knows all too well what waste looks like, yet remains hopeful that life may again be sustained on Earth. Upon meeting an advanced search-droid named EVE, WALL-E discovers companionship and how, together, they can nurture Earth back to a healthy balance and sustain all living creatures. With the help of our sponsors, WALL-E and EVE are working to educate humans about food waste and reliEVE hunger.


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August 18 2017

LA artists take a symbolic surf across US-Mexico border

August 15 2017

Surfers on the US/Mexico Border are Making a Subtle Statement About the Absurdity of Borders
Echo Park Lake Becomes Home To Fiesta Perpetua

August 13 2017

CNC Router

After a long period without a CNC router (the very generous loan of our old one came to an end), we finally have one again! After a lot of toing and froing have opted for a OX CNC machine from Ooznest who did us an amazing deal. Although the main motivation was that it is solid build based on a open design, with a reasonably large working area. The capabilities are detailed below.

  • Working area, 1320 x 1275 x 65mm
  • Spindle, Dewalt 26200
  • Spindle speed, 16000 to 27000
  • Material, MDF, PLY, Timber, Plastic and non ferrous metals.

As always we couldn’t leave it as it came. We have already built a custom stand, which is really a necessity for a machine of this size and 3D printed a dust collection shoe. Future improvements will include

  • Limit Switches
  • Emergency stop
  • Connecting the dust shoe to the shop vac.

Once these are completed we will be making the machine available to the members upon them completing a training coarse.

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August 05 2017

Artemis 1 – Getting a Closer Look at Totality

Some fellow hackers and makers (and former PS:One members) shared an exciting project with us and we’d like to help them get the word out.

The Artemis 1 is on a mission to send a high altitude balloon into near-space on August, 21st, 2017 to film the total solar eclipse.  It’s a collaboration between the South Side Hacker Space and Chicago’s Remote Astronaut Crew.



The team is one of many participating in this NASA sponsored program, where launches all across the country will simultaneously capture video and still images of the eclipse from altitudes of 100,000 feet and more.  You can learn more about the program here:

Artemis 1, like many before, is looking toward the sky for opportunities to teach, learn, and grow.  Leading by example through hands-on experimentation with measurable results is the best way to instill a passion for learning and a drive to reach higher.


Artemis 1 seeks your vital support on this campaign and the fundraising page can be found here:


More information can be found on the Artemis 1 website:

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