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January 11 2018

Digitale Migrationskontrolle: Geflüchtete als Versuchskaninchen neuer Ermittlungsmethoden – 26.1.2018 19:30

Veranstaltung mit Anna Biselli von Netzpolitik.org und Britta Rabe vom WatchTheMed-Alarmphone

"Bürgerrechte und Polizei" von November 2017

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Sprachanalyse-Software, Überwachung von Finanztransaktionen, Satellitenaufklärung – das sind nur einige der digitalen Maßnahmen, mit denen Behörden MigrantInnen auf die Pelle rücken. Hinzu kommen die massenhafte Handydatenauswertung und die Nutzung von Geodaten in Asylverfahren. In Europa angekommen, landen Asylsuchende in riesigen Fingerabdruckdatenbanken, die jetzt mit Gesichtserkennung aufgerüstet werden. Längst wird die Migrationskontrolle auch auf das Internet ausgeweitet. Facebook, WhatsApp und Google Maps spielen auf der Flucht eine besondere Rolle, was die Ausforschung der Sozialen Netzwerke auch für Polizei und Geheimdienste interessant macht. Doch auch antirassistische Initiativen nutzen digitale Medien zur Verbreitung unabhängiger Informationen.

Die Zeitschrift Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP widmet ihre Ausgaben immer wieder der Migrationskontrolle. Im aktuellen Heft resümiert Anna Biselli von Netzpolitik.org neue technischen Maßnahmen des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge in Asylverfahren. Britta Rabe vom WatchTheMed-Alarmphone erläutert in der Veranstaltung die Bedeutung von Mobiltelefon und Internet auf der Flucht und die Begehrlichkeiten zu ihrer Überwachung.

Veranstaltet vom Institut für Bürgerrechte & öffentliche Sicherheit e.V.

January 09 2018

Boxes, Tables, Lamps, and Signs

Vishal has been working on the front panel for the battery electrical box for his boat. The panel displays the master fuse and (2) watt meters that shows inputs and outputs to the battery bank.

He used the laser cutter and Acrylic bender to cut and bend the pieces into brackets to mount the meters.

Ben finished a black walnut dining table (with the help of Wolfgang, Shane, Steve, Bill, Rick, and other members) and he also built some nice modernist lamps that he showed at Hover Craft.

Rich and Bill built a sign for the foyer of their condo building. The wood part of the sign is 43″ in diameter and constructed using walnut, cherry, 2″ rivets for accent and the letter “W” is 44″ x 34″ and is made from 16 gauge metal.

After 15 Years, LA’s Machine Project Closes with a Farewell Event

January 08 2018

Next two weeks at Tog

Hi everyone, we’re excited to kick off our regularly scheduled events from tonight! Our ninth birthday is coming up on January 27th, so keep an eye on the blog for details about our birthday party.

Monday January 8th – Coding Group Night & Lockpicking Night start from 7PM
Wednesday January 10th – Craft Night starts up again from 7PM also
Monday January 15th – Electronics, Microcontroller, and IOT evening begins this night at 7PM

January 07 2018

Get laser-certified on Jan 13th

January 05 2018

Los Angeles’s Machine Project to Close
After Fifteen Years, Los Angeles’s Machine Project Shutters
After 15 years, a forest, a pig and a giant tongue, Echo Park alternative arts space Machine Project is closing its doors

January 04 2018

No Craft-night for January 4th 2018

January 03 2018

Print Sale and Wrap Party!

January 01 2018

No Craft Night for Jan 1

New Cooling for the Laser Cutter – Part 1

Last Thursday, Ben and Kevin started experimenting with a proper closed loop cooling system for the laser cutter. This is something we’ve wanted to do for some time, as it’ll make the laser easier to move and less likely to spill coolant all over the floor (again). The big push now is that the existing coolant pump is getting noisy, so it’s an ergonomic consideration 🙂

Most of the parts for this build were sourced from the junk pile, including the reservoir, fan and pump. We bought a cheap ebay radiator and a bunch of plastic fittings.

At this point, we’ve got a few slow drips to chase down, and need to figure out how to enclose the system, but as evidenced in the picture, it cools pretty well. Ben is using a blowtorch on that piece of copper tube (our stand-in laser tube), and it’s cool to the touch immediately after removing the fire.

Power Racing Series 2017 Season

Have you heard about the Power Racing Series? It began in 2009, right here at PS:One! This year, I joined the team and we went racing around the country. It was road trip season.

We made it to these cities and raced other teams at Maker Faires:

  • Kansas City, MO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Nashville, TN

The first race was in Kansas City, MO. We picked up some PVC pipes for drift wheels and this awfully nice random person offered us wires to secure them to the trailer.

You can see all the go-carts zoom by in this unrealistic timelapse video at the Kansas City Maker Faire.

This walkthrough video of the pits at the Detroit Maker Faire showcases a bunch of the other teams from all over the country. There is an important reminder about sunscreen at the end.

In the Milwaukee Maker Faire, we had a night race and it was pretty cool.

The last race we went to in Nashville had the nicest paved track ever and we made a bunch of skid marks.

We also had some really good spicy margaritas.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the rest due to distance or scheduling conflicts but races also happened in these cities:

  • San Mateo, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Orlando, FL

The Bluesmobile and the Kart of 1000 Faces were driven between Aaron F, Andrew C, Ash J, Carlos G, Jennie P, and myself. We also had other PS:One members, Casey and Aushra, show up at some of the cities and they drove for parts of the 75 minute endurance races.

It was a lot of fun hacking away at the frames, electronics, and bodies of the go-carts. Between fixing the two carts and racing, we have also been working on new things for next season.

There is a new Catbus body being made by Aaron.

Another new Jackson Storm body being made by Jackson.

Some serious wheels are being fitted onto a new frame by Carlos.

There is a new frame being built by Andrew, which is top secret, so no photos.

There is also a new body being built by Jennie, also top secret, hence photos.

I’m putting together a motor controller.

Last but not least, there is a new drivetrain with Leaf batteries and converted alternators being built by Andrew. He was ecstatic when he got the batteries in Milwaukee.

Come check us out on Monday nights. All of these are group projects. Anybody can work on the go-carts and race them. This was my first year at Pumping Station One and my first racing season of the Power Racing Series.

I can’t wait for next year!

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December 31 2017

TOG 2018

Our regular open evenings kick off again with coding and lockpicking night on Monday 8th January.  After that, keep a watch on our calendar for the rest of our regular evenings.

 

Watch out also for our birthday party which takes place at the end of January.

December 27 2017

Photos from the Makerspace

In an effort to share more visuals from Milwaukee Makerspace we’ve decided to start doing some photo roundups of thing we see at the space mixed in with shots of projects people share on the mailing list. Enjoy the first batch!

Isaac made this engraving guide you can use with the laser cutters. If you want a nice 1″ grid on the bed to see where you need to set your materials for etching, this might be useful!


Greg made this (literal) guitar amp as a gift. He got some help with the electronics from other members and put the rest together himself. It’s looking awesome!

Mat has been putting the large powder coating oven to good use to recycle HDPE scrap into blocks and sheet material. This is basically “plastic lumber” that is strong, durable, and ready to be cut, drilled, or milled.

Jake has been ramping up some of his Tesla Knight Productions projects and is almost done with a set of apple boxes for MKE Production Rental.

There’s a new group project happening in the hallway near the Laser Lab. Want to learn about aeroponics and grow some plants? Join the fun!

Check out these feet! Or least a Fusion 360 rendering of some feet…

After Billy spent some quality time with the CNC router…

He’s got some great looking feet for a lamp project he’s been working on.

Kathy H. upcycled some Knob Creek bourbon bottles into this lovely holiday decoration. She got the idea from Pinterest and used some old sheet music from a book she got at an estate sale. The letters were cut out using the laser cutter and then decorated and attached.

And last (but not least) is this wooden 3D vase created using the laser cutter. Marcin (one of our new Laser Lab Area Champions) has been doing some amazing work lately, and helping to keep the laser cutters running and well maintained. Thanks, Marcin!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this photo roundup… We’re already planning to do it again next month!

Toner Transfer Testing


My wife ask about me lasercutting a sign for some friends, but at the time she ask, our laser was still down for repairs. I remembered Ben doing a toner transfer project several years ago, so I googled it up, and it turned out to be easier than I remembered.

This isn’t intended to be a tutorial, but the general steps are as follows:

  • Print Design on a laser printer (mirrored)
  • Sand wooden surface (I bought a prefab plaque at Michaels 40% off)
  • Tape paper to surface so it doesn’t move around
  • Apply acetone (a little goes a long way)
  • Remove paper before toner bleeds everywhere.
  • Apply clear finish

This was my first try at toner transfer ever, and the photo below wasn’t my final product. The toner doesn’t soak in very deep, so it’s easily sanded off for another attempt.  I ended up resanding and transferring 3 times, due to incomplete transfer or smudging (as below).

Lighter weight paper seemed to work better (the paper at OMG was quite a bit lighter than what I had at home, and worked great) as it didn’t want to soak up so much acetone, and transferred more completely as a result.

Once I was satisfied with the transfer results, a quick coat of spray lacquer finished the project.  Setup, drying and cleanup took the majority of the time and effort here. Total hands-on time was about 15 minutes.

December 26 2017

Laser Cutter Training

i3detroit’s two laser cutters are the most used large tools in all of our makerspace.  The things you can make with computer controlled sheet stock cutting (wood, plastic, cardboard, cloth) is limited only by your imagination. As a member of i3detroit you can use our laser cutter 24/7, but we require that you complete two […]

December 22 2017

Gingerbread Teaser

While we’re waiting on the “good photos” from Garrick, enjoy these two less good photos I snapped of some our members’ handiwork.  As always, we had quite the turnout for this event, with several members bringing friends and family to play along.

A special thanks to Sarah and Jeff for helping make it go off without a hitch, particularly in the processing and emergency procurement of our frosting supply.

December 20 2017

34C3 - Congress Everywhere

Vom 27.12. bis zum 30.12. findet dieses Jahr der 34. Chaos Communication Congress (34C3) in Leipzig statt.

December 19 2017

Artist-as-Consultant, Monograph-as-Transparency
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