Entries by Jim Merz (98)


FALL FOR MAKING Workshops Coming In October!

Beginning Saturday 5 September all Making Summer Long Workshops are suspended until Fall.

Delays in completing construction of WoodWorx, Robotics Lab and Hot Shop areas and the need to focus volunteer efforts on completing those areas necessitates the suspension.

Don't worry they're all coming back and more in the FALL FOR MAKING Workshops starting in October. Stay tuned!

Have a workshop idea you'd like to share with 1 - 6 others? Let us know! Email gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095



Making Summer Long Workshops program for this Saturday 29 August and September 5 at 1800 Broadway, TekVenture's new building just South of the old GE factory complex.

Advanced registration is required! Purchase tickets through Eventbrite

For group workshops or information email: gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095

Aug.    9 - 4               Electronics for Makers: Design a Simple Circuit Board

29                            Using Eagle, a free, CAD-type software, create a circuit board by laser-printing a design, heat transfering the image to a copper-clad board, then etching, cleaning and drilling the board. Then solder components onto the board to create a simple electronic circuit device. Participants should bring a laptop computer to download and work the eagle program. Workshop cost $60 includes kit of parts.

The August 29 Machining for Makers: Metal Lathe workshops have been postponed due to illness.

We apologize for the cancelation!

Sep.    9 - Noon          Setting up the Vertical Milling Machine

5                                Learn to set up, tram the mill, select and mount cutters, select feed and speeds,  .                                 measure parts, use the numerical read out, and safely cut metal.




Visit TekVenture this Saturday 6-10 PM

Most know that the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture is an event to celebrate Makers and the cool things they make. Maker Faires are "the greatest show and tell on earth" and Fort Wayne's version is no different though now it serves as a fund-raiser for TekVenture, Fort Wayne's only membership-based, not-for-profit art and technology lab.

You can learn to solder and weld onsite or learn about basic electricity and motor-making. You can ride a tandem bike that has 3 tires, 1 in the front and 2 in the back? You'll see one-of-a-kind art cars and a fine art piece being unveiled at Maker Faire before it heads to Ann Arbor's Art Prize in September. Kids can play at the CogBots exhibit where their parents can custom order cogs in most any shape or size. Are you the spouse of a Maker, it's ok, we'll have something for you at the Faire too.

Visit us after the Faire this Saturday from 6pm - 10pm to see what we've been up to as we've cleaned out the building, worked to bring it to code, and worked to build out labs for making.

We have a little surprise later that evening so join us for more fun at TekVenture!


Maker Faire Still Seeking Volunteers

Friends of TekVenture it is nearly that time again - the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is just a few days away but there's still time to register to volunteer! An event of this size takes many, many hands to ensure a good experience for all attendees and we need your help.


We still have a few slots open for welders and a variety of shifts for help at the front gate, Maker Shed/Raffle, Bike Valet and more.

Register as a volunteer now to get in free AND receive a Tshirt for a few hours of your time. 


Have There Really Been 8 Community Chain Reactions?

Families with children of all ages participated in TekVenture's 8th Annual Chain Reaction Challenge on July 18. TekVenture in partnership with the Downtown Allen County Public Library (ACPL), celebrated Rube Goldberg and all things made of funky contraptions. What a fun day for the kids.

This markes the 8th time teams have come together to build machines or "links" in a true "community chain reaction." The chain reaction starts with a golf ball rolling down a ramp which triggers the first machine and ends with a golf ball rolling down a ramp to trigger the next machine and so on.

Last year, the ACPL Children's Services Team stepped up to a bigger role in planning the event. They along with fabulous TekVenture volunteers such as Aaron Makin, Sara Harper, Casey Drudge, Leanne Mensing and others, decided to partner with Three Rivers Festival to bring families and young children a unique opportunity to pit themselves against their own imaginations. Thanks to Kelley Box & Packaging for providing the stockpile of materials teams got to choose from for making their links in the chain.



Cirque AmongUs Returns for Maker Faire 2015

Cirque AmongUs will be back for the 5th consecutive Maker Faire Fort Wayne so hone up on your circus performance skills and come show off at the Faire! Thanks to Advanced Systems Group (a division of Shambaugh) for sponsoring this really fun attraction.

You may remember Sem Abrahams, Guinness Record holder for the world's tallest unicycle ride at an unbelievable 110 feet!?! We've asked him to return with his crazy monocycle, the one-wheeled, motorized "vehicle" this writer considers close to being a deathtrap.

Cirque AmongUs offers hands-on programs designed to build self-esteem, develop motor skills, and promote teamwork through fun and unforgettable ways - and they do.

Come to Maker Faire to learn fundamentals of circus arts - juggling, movement and balance - in a safe, fun-filled, and educational environment. Walk a tightrope, see if you can flip on o-rings or have fun riding a variety of custom wheeled cycles (for lack of a better word) Sem and his family have dreamed up and built.


Deadline for Maker Faire Fort Wayne Midnight Tonight

In cooperation with Maker Media, Inc., TekVenture is hosting the 5th Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire and we're looking for people to show off their interesting projects. 

Many have signed up but we want you. Our goal for exhibits is 1 of everything and 5 of nothing. Registration closes at midnight tonight. To register or learn more visitwww.MakerFaireFortWayne.com


8th Annual Chain Reaction Challenge!

Mark your calendars and assemble your teams for GRAVITY WORKS! the 8th annual Chain Reaciton Challenge co-sponsored by TekVenture, the Allen County Public Library and Kelly Box & Packaging Company!

Saturday 18th July from 9 AM to Noon in Meeting rooms A, B, & C at the Downtown Public Library.

This event is for younger tinkerers from K- 5 ages.  Materials are povided but you may bring your own. Visit our link  https://youtu.be/qely9IOSVuE  for more information!


2nd Annual TekVenture

Garage Sale



Saturday 30 May 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

1800 Broadway @ Swinney,

Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana

Many treasurers and artifacts still emerge from the former Allen county Sweeper Company! find the bargains and help TekVenture clean house and finance operations!

Get Scanned!

Win a 3D printed Selfie from your scan!

During the sale, check out our 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Center where for $25 you can be scanned for a later 3D print of your head! Surprise your boss, kid, mate or yourself!


Now Accepting Registrations for Maker Faire 2015!

The 2015 Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is just around the corner! Scheduled August 8 & 9, at Headwaters Park East  Lincoln Pavilion, TekVenture is looking for Makers who want to share their projects with each other and the public.

Maker Faire is like no other event in that guests participate in experiential learning such as how to weld or solder while learning how Makers of the region and beyond go about turning their ideas into reality. Who knows which idea will change the world. Maybe you'll find that you're a Maker too!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for event updates. We're currently looking for attraction ideas such as unique project built by local Makers, fun art cars, or quirky things in which the public might be interested. There will also be projects to build so register as a Maker now or visit us at the Maker Faire to see what new skills you might learn.