Friday
Jul252014

It's Maker Faire Time!

It's true! The Fort Wayne Regiona Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture is now taking registrations.

MakerFaireFortWayne.comThis is our 4th year for the event scheduled Sept. 13 & 14 at beautiful Headwaters Park - Lincoln Pavilion.

If you like to tinker, craft, build, think, or play and you want to share your cool projects with the public, just complete the Call for Makers

This event is unique in that Makers are asked to make at the event, have some interactive component or at the very least share tools, tips, and techniques used in their projects.

Monday
Jun162014

ART & CODE WORKSHOP

Are you an aspiring young artist? Did you know that coding can be an artisitc discipline and tool for creating new forms of expression in imagery, sound and motion? Workshop places are still open! Advanced registration required for all workshops by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Join bike sculpture maker, professional kinetic sculptor and video artist, Jim Merz, as he describes how 21st century artists are using coding to open a new frontier in artistic expression.  Learn to use the Processing language to create generative animations! Musicians are also welcome and may build an audio composition in Processing. Please bring laptops.

June 28   9am - Noon    ART & CODE For aspiring teen artists, FREE in The TekVenture Maker station across from the Downtown Public Library, Webster and Washington Blvd.

Tuesday
Jun032014

CHAIN REACTION CHALLENGE 7* !

Date: July 19, 2014

Theme:  “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’”

Location:  Downtown Allen County Public Library

TekVenture is pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) , a 2014 Chain Reaction Workshop/Clinic/Event on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 9am - noon @ the Downtown Allen County Public Library.

The Chain Reaction event this year is for young people in Kindergarten - 5th grade with the purpose of providing instruction, supplies, tools, and fun for families and friends to build a Chain Reaction Challenge link/machine.

For information please visit:http://tekventure.org/CRC/

Tuesday
May202014

Memorials Honor BJ Harper

Our long-time maker-friend and supporter, BJ Harper, died 1 May 2014 of complications from Hepatitis C virus.

A career teacher of Astronomy and Earth Sciences in public high schools, BJ was a regular attendee at Maker MeetUps and a volunteer for nearly all TekVenture events and projects. Her enthusiasm and congeniality will be missed by all TekVenture folks.

TekVenture sincerely thanks all those souls, named and anonymous, who sent memorials in BJ's name to TekVenture.

Photo: BJ turning brass nozzles at TekVenture Maker Station for Christmas gift fireplace bellows she made.

Friday
Apr252014

CHAIN REACTION CHALLENGE 7 !

  July 19, 2014 Saturday July 19, 2014 from 9am - noon

Theme:  “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’”

Location:  Downtown Allen County Public Library, meeting rooms A,B,&C

The Chain Reaction event this year is for young people in Kindergarten - 5th grade with the purpose of providing instruction, supplies, tools, and fun for families and friends to build a Chain Reaction Challenge link/machine.   Please visit TekVenture.org/CRC/…. for details.

This seventh Chain Reaction Challenge will be a three hour-long event that combines how-to workshop with the actual challenge. While encouraged to bring their own materials for building, teams will also be able to choose free materials for building their contraption from a "stock pile" at the event.

While TekVenture and the ACPL have suspended their regular Chain Reaction Challenge event this spring, a CRC event for all ages may be offered again in the coming years.    We are referring to this 2014 workshop as our “modified Chain Reaction Challenge for a year in transition.”  As TekVenture is currently in the process of preparing a permanent presence in a building at 1800 Broadway in Downtown Fort Wayne and the ACPL is currently expanding its resources for technical laboratory settings in the community, the partnership between TekVenture and the ACPL is being revised. 

We request your participation in our 2014 Chain Reaction Challenge Event for K-5!

Chain Reaction Challenge 7 is an official 3 Rivers Festival Event for 2014!

 

Wednesday
Apr022014

TekVenture Garage Sale and Auction Postponed

Due to the larger than expected amount of items that need to be removed and inventoried the TekVenture Garage Sale and Auction scheduled to take place Wed. 2 April through Saturday 5 April at 1800 Broadway have been postponed!

Please watch the Website for rescheduled dates!

Volunteers are always welcome!

Volunteer hours are Wed. 6PM - 9PM, Saturdays from 10 AM - 4 PM and Sundays from 12 Noon to 4 PM.

Wear your old clothes and bring gloves!

For more information on volunteering call 432.1095.

Wednesday
Apr022014

Next meeting of the Fort Wayne Inventor's Club

Saturday April 12 at 2 PM at

Pizza Hut, 3820 E. State Blvd

Come join our invention ideas and patenting sessions.  Last

month we worked with new visitors who explored their thoughts with us.  Help

us to help them by sharing your ideas and expertise.  Join us at the next

meeting of the Fort Wayne Inventor's Club on Saturday April 12 at 2 PM at

the Pizza Hut, 3820 E. State Blvd (just west of Coliseum Blvd next to

Lowe's).  No admission or dues are required.  If desired, you may order

anything from the Pizza Hut menu.  You may also contact me at the number

listed below with any questions. 

Dave Gross, President/C.E.O.

Collision Control Communications, Inc.

Fort Wayne, Indiana  46815

 

<http://www.collisioncontrol.net/> www.collisioncontrol.net



Wednesday
Mar052014

INVENTORS TAKE NOTE:

The next meeting of the Fort Wayne Inventor’s Club will be this Saturday March 8 at 2 PM at the Pizza Hut, 3820 E State Blvd (just west of Coliseum Blvd next to Lowe’s).  No admission or dues are required.  If desired, you may order anything from the Pizza Hut menu.  You may also contact me at the number listed below with any questions.

With warmest regards,

Dave Gross
President/C.E.O.
Collision Control Communications, Inc.
3610 Inwood Drive

Fort Wayne, Indiana  46815

260-466-7655
www.collisioncontrol.net

 


Tuesday
Feb252014

Sign Up Now For Free 3D Printing and Machining Workshops!

3 D PRINTING     Mar 1

The hottest, fastest and possibly cheapest tool for rapid prototyping your designed object is 3D printing. Learn the basic set up, programming and operation of the 3D printing tool in the morning session. Print an existing design or your own CAD-generated file. In the afternoon session, continue developing your 3D printing skills as well as learning how to trouble-shoot the printer: what works and what doesn't work.

9 AM 3 D Printing

1 PM 3 D Printing   

 

MACHINING Mar 8       

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED; STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES

Metal prototypes or parts for prototypes can be made using the milling machine, lathe, drill press and molding machines. In this all-day workshop learn to set up and operate the machine tools in the TekVenture Maker Station: turn or mill stock, drill and bore, tram, offset, taper, thread and rout among other operations. Includes a brief introduction to use of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) and the "G code" language used by machines to make your prototype. The workshop also explores molding as a means of making multiples of your design prototype. Try injection plastic molding and vacuum forming tools and processes. Explore the relationship between the machining of molds and the production of objects from machined molds.

9AM Machining and Molding Lab by TekVenture Makers

1PM Machining and Molding Lab by TekVenture Makers

CALL 421.1374 to make reservations now! 

Free workshops are sponsored by the Allen County Public Library!!

More Workshops are described at www.tekventure.org/workshops/

Tuesday
Feb182014

ARDUINOS WORKSHOPS Sat 22 February STILL OPEN

Arduinos and laptops provided for those registering in advance @ 421.1374

All workshops are FREE and sponsored by the Allen County Public Library!

CONTROLLING YOUR THING Feb 22

9AM Arduino: Getting Started with Paul Simunek & Jim Merz                   

Arduino is the ubiquitous low-end controller for Makers! Learn how useful the inexpensive little Italian microcontroller can be for your projects. Programming software is freeware. Bring your Arduino (available locally at Radio Shacks or on line) and your laptop and let Paul Simunek and Jim Merz get you started.

Workshop now to be held in TekVenture Maker Station located in Library parking lot South of Library; access from Webster Street.

ADVANCED ARDUINO: SHIELDS Feb 22

1PM Arduino Shields & More    with Paul Simunek

More advanced Arduino users learn how to customize and expand the Arduino with "Shields" that plug onto the Arduino to enhance and specialize its functionality.

Participants in both workshops are urged to bring their own laptop and Ardunino.

NOTE:Arduinos and Laptops are available for loan to those who indicate a need in advance to TekVenture.

Workshop now to be held in TekVenture Maker Station located in Library parking lot South of Library; access from Webster Street.