Welcome to the Bodgery

A makerspace and social group for makers in Madison, WI

 

Welders & Grinders & Plasma, Oh My!

The Metal Shop is looking pretty spiffy these days…click through for a 360 photo sphere.  New TIG and MIG welders have arrived, along with a plasma cutter, a bench full of grinders, a large moveable welding table, and a metal chop saw to sit alongside the horizontal band saw and blacksmithing equipment. On the machining side, the giant metal drill press has been added to the Tormach CNC mill, and manual lathe and mill. Come check them out!

 

 

The Fortune-Teller

A hit at Milwaukee’s Maker Faire, Alex built this two-headed automated fortune-teller, combining the penny arcade amusement of the early 20th century with modern Maker technology: an Arduino microcontroller. The project uses a lazy Susan turntable powered by a DC gearmotor, an Arduino Uno, four photo interrupter sensors, and a thermal printer to tell your fortune. Insert a coin, and either the Love or Money fortune-teller will rotate forward while your fortune is being printed.

Alex is an artist who works with vintage materials to tell stories and create magical experiences. You can read more about the project here: http://raggedcaravan.com/portfolio/nona-decima-automated-fortuneteller/

 

 

Milwaukee Maker Faire

Well that was a blast! With a giant Gameboy and a flowery pedal car, we launched foam rockets, talked to many hundreds of visitors, and were amazed by all the sights. With medieval knights fighting 8′ Tesla Coils, adults racing kiddie-cars, a huge clothing make-o-rama, a plethora of new products and handmade goods, it was mind-boggling. If you missed it, check out Madison’s version in May 2017, or next fall in Milwaukee again! We’ll see you there!…

National Makerspace Organizers Summit

At the invitation of the White House (!), our co-founder, Karen Corbeill, attended a Nation of Makers meeting on August 24th. The over 180 attendees (and 100 more on the waiting list) were all founders, owners, board members, and organizers of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and fab labs across the country, including representatives from Hawaii and Alaska. The all-day affair featured keynote speakers, lighting talks, and breakouts sessions aimed to inspire and unite this ambitious group in an attempt to pool resources and knowledge fueling the momentum of the maker movement. In five series of breakout sessions, these makers were encouraged to choose from a variety of topics to gain or offer knowledge gathered from years of experience of being involved in the maker community. Topics included involvement with local & state government, grants and funding, methods of incorporating and promoting education, research, software & hardware, training models, makerspace growth issues, and unexpected details. The final breakout session of the day broke the group into their local regions, the Bodgery included in the Midwest/Mountain West group. This may have been, by far, …

This is your brain on music

Chris, a frequent guest and part of our CNC Team, recently built a headphone stand with an integrated DAC and tube amp. It lights up in 8 individual zones which are all RGB controllable over DMX (theater lighting control), and can be set to pulse, strobe, etc. It is super rad.

Check out the full set of photos and story here!…

Madison Maker Faire

Well that was fun!  Thanks to an intrepid crew of Bodgers, we talked to an amazing river of visitors, gave away hundreds of cards, demonstrated tools and ran up high scores on the new 4-player arcade. We met a ton of great people, enjoyed all the booths at the Faire, and are looking forward to seeing many new faces around the shop.  Thanks, Monona Terrace for hosting this!…

The Force is Strong With This One

Our co-founder Karen Corbeill made this killer Rey cosplay for Penguicon in Detroit. “The vest, shirt, and pants were modified and tailored from found clothing. The shoulder bag was made from scratch from found materials from an apron, 4 placemats, and webbed belts. Staff is 3/4″ EMT with 3D printed and lasercut pieces, strips of muslin and brown cotton. Straps were purchased on Amazon. The leather buckles for staff were hand-sewn with snaps added.”

And remember, no need to hold her hand. …

Featured

Photo by Lauren Justice, for the Isthmus

In this week’s edition of The Isthmus newspaper, the Bodgery was featured in a great article on our “All Inclusive” dynamic.  Whether expert or newbie, crafter or gear-head, we aim to provide a space where everyone can feel at home. Pick up a copy, or view it online!…

Community Tool Drive

Are there family tools sitting unused in a garage or basement? Does your business have a large tool or machine sitting in a corner? We’re hosting a tool drive, to get those tools into the hands of people who will use them, love them, and learn new skills with them. (More info)

Together with the Atwood Tool Library, and the Habitat ReStore, we’re collecting donations of tools on two Saturdays – April 23rd and 30th, from 10am-2pm, at The Bodgery.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Please help us spread the word!…

CNC Party and Demo

Friday night we’re hosting a CNC party, celebrating all the computer-guided machines in the shop. The CNC Router from Milwaukee is up and running, and we have a new mini-CNC-router (the Carvey) to show off, plus the laser cutter/engraver, our 3D printers, the vinyl cutter, and a CNC embroidery machine!

We’ll provide demos on them all, so come explore the possibilities of sending your digital designs to a machine, and having it appear magically in front of you. We’ll have expert users on hand to show what these machines can do and answer questions.

See you Friday night!  (Mar 25th, 7-10 pm)…