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What is a Maker Faire?
Called the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, Maker Faires are part science fair and part county fair. Showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness, makers — tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, educators, tinkerers, students and others — exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills. Visitors to Maker Faire Milwaukee (MFMKE, for short) will find something different around every corner — makers, performers, presentations, workshops and much more.

Information contained in the tabs above will tell you about exhibiting, visiting and volunteering. Of course, there is information about sponsoring MFMKE, too. Thanks to sponsors, Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE admission event.

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Maker Faire Milwaukee was the largest Featured Faire in the country in 2014 (our inaugural year!), behind only the Flagship Faire in San Mateo, California and World Maker Faire New York in terms of attendance. To stay on top we need you!

Check out the videos from Maker Faire Milwaukee 2014, and help us make 2015 bigger and better.

The Call for Makers opens May 25, 2015!

Call for Makers

Not sure your project is a fit? Apply anyway! We will be in touch to discuss your interest and exhibit needs.


It’s Back. It’s Bigger. It’s not brain surgery.
Saturday, September 26, noon to 4 p.m.

On the day of the event, teams will receive instructions, a work space and tools, access to a hack rack of raw materials and time to create. Then, it’s off to the Challenge course to determine the winning team.

The GE Design & Build Challenge Registration opens May 25, 2015!

As the event approaches, we will be introducing makers and sharing information about what you will see at Maker Faire Milwaukee right here. Join the mailing list or check back often for news about MFMKE. We hope to see you there!

Tesla Coils
Pumpkin Trebuchet
FIDO the Robotic Dog
Milwaukee Makerspace
Zombie Maker
Race Car
Knitting and Crocheting
Learn to Solder
Vacuum Formed Masks
Power Wheels Racing
Ornithopter
GE Design and Build Challenge

    Meet the Makers - Kathryn Hughett

    Pendant

    Tell us about yourself.

    I am an artist and crafter. I've been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil and paintbrush. I am experienced in a multitude of art media. My favorite creative things to do are painting and jewelry work. I don't have a store or sell at fairs but I do have some public albums on Facebook showing things I've made and am willing to take special orders for. I am all over social media and can be found under Kathryn Hughett.

    What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?

    I will be doing face painting near the Dark Arts area using UV reactive face paints.

    Why is making important to you?

    In order to BE I have to Make.

    What was the first thing you remember making?

    Mud pies at the age of two.

    Bee Skep

    What have you made that you are most proud of?

    So many things that I can’t possibly pick out one. I made a beautiful Star of David pendant for a friend out of copper, sterling silver, and brass. I made a card box for my nephew's wedding that looks like a bee skep. It turned out so beautifully.

    Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?

    My dream is to paint a wall mural in in someone’s home, something large and colorful with giant flowers.

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    Meet the Makers - Mark Rehorst

    Mark Rehorst

    Tell us about yourself.

    I am a dentist in Racine, Wisconsin who used to be an electrical engineer. I am also a member of the Milwaukee Makerspace where I am most interested in 3D printing. In the past I was into audio and built electrostatic speakers, amplifiers, etc., then started restoring antique vacuum tube radios. I was always into bicycles, too, and designed and built a carbon fiber recumbent bike about 8 years ago that I still ride today.

    SOM

    What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?

    I will be exhibiting my self-designed and built, 2nd generation 3D printer, Son of MegaMax, and, if I manage to finish on schedule, a large volume 3D printer that prints chocolate vases. I might even bring my bicycle.

    Why is making important to you?

    I was born a maker. I have been making and building things since I was a little kid and can't imagine my life without some sort of project going on. Usually, shortly before I feel like a project is finished, I start thinking about the next project. No project is ever really finished, of course.

    What was the first thing you remember making?

    I don't recall anything specific, but I had Lincoln Logs and an Erector set when I was a kid, and then a lot of LEGO. At about 9 or 10 years old I started getting into electronics and built a lot of RadioShack P-box kits, a few Heath Kits, and a lot of projects from electronics magazines. In high school I was in a ham radio Explorer post 373 in Bay View and got licensed up to general class.

    Bike

    What have you made that you are most proud of?

    That's a difficult question. I guess my second generation 3D printer, Son of MegaMax would be my current favorite, though my bicycle is a close second.

    Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?

    I think I'd like a really big telescope. Or an electron microscope. Or a 3D printer that can print buildings. Or a ....

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    Meet the Makers - Chad Bridgewater

    Chad Bridgewater

    We're pleased to have Chad Bridgewater returning to Maker Faire this year. If you aren't familiar with Chad's work, much of it has to do with re-purposing old tools into new machines. Discarded tables saws become 3D printers and laser engravers, and a drill press rescued from the trash becomes a CNC router.

    3D Printer

    Chad recently received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and his MFA show in the spring was the first reveal of some of his machines. Chad did much of his work in the Digital Craft Research Lab at UWM and has a great appreciation for the merging of new and old processes to creating unique things.

    MFA Show

    Chad's appreciation for tools and those who work with their hands (coupled with his love of rummage sales) resulted in a "memorial" of 135 worn and neglected toolboxes interlocked together.

    Toolboxes

    Chad's been keeping busy this summer, and he'll have some great new builds for Maker Faire Milwaukee. If you want a sneak peek, check out Chad's blog at chadbridgewater.blogspot.com

    Laser Engraver

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    Meet the Makers - Steve Hay

    Wheel Lock Rifle

    Tell us about yourself.

    I am an old guy who can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making things.

    What are you presenting at Maker Faire Milwaukee?

    I will be presenting a talk on designing and building the 1903 Wright Brothers engine My father, Steve Hay Sr., my brother Jim Hay and I built a 1903 Wright Brothers Engine in 1978 that we ran for years at the EAA AirVenture. That is what led to my brother and I building the engines for the Centennial Celebration in 2003 at Kitty Hawk. I believe that engine is a perfect example for Maker Faire, because of its simplicity of design. It utilized old technology and new innovations in materials in a design which could be built with the machinery the Wright Brothers had in their bicycle shop.

    The Wright Brothers Engine

    Why is making important to you?

    The manipulation of materials and properties of materials have always been a prime interest of mine and making things has always been a most enjoyable way of learning both. The Ornithopter, which I am presenting at Maker Faire, is one of my more successful projects, although it is still evolving. It started out as a car over 30 years ago and morphed into an aircraft. I honestly never thought it would survive this long. I have been taking it to the EAA AirVenture for 30 years.

    What was the first thing you remember making?

    I do remember, when I was quite young, asking my mother if I could bake a cake from scratch. She said "OK", and I made a mess of the kitchen and the cake didn’t look like much but it tasted good. Then, as now, I am usually more interested in the process than in the finished product, so I have made a lot of things that have not quite come out.

    What have you made that you are most proud of?

    I have built many other things and the one I am the most proud of right now, is a very ornate 15 century wheel lock rifle.

    Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?

    I would take an old steam locomotive and modify it with modern materials and technology and go after the steam locomotive land speed record. That would be fun.

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    100 Days until Maker Faire!

    100 Days until Maker Faire!

    Maker Faire Milwaukee is coming up fast! We're just 100 days out, and there's still much to do.

    Our Call for Makers is still open, and we'd love to have you come to Maker Faire and show off the things you've made, lead a workshop, or speak about a maker-related topic. We're also looking for volunteers and sponsors to help make the event awesome.

    If you aren't ready to help us run the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, plan on attending and taking it all in. We've got some amazing things to share with you, so put the date on your calendar, and we'll see you in 100 days!

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There are days until Maker Faire Milwaukee!