Entries by Jim Merz (98)


Deadline to Submit 2013 Call for Makers Extended to August 16!

For those who plan Maker Faires, we know creative types often don't like rules, reading the fine print, completing registration forms, or meeting deadlines. Makers you know who you are.  As a result, we've decided to extend our registration deadline. Submit your Call for Makers before Friday, August 16 to hold a spot for showing off your projects.

What does it cost to be a Maker? It's free to those who just want to share their ideas and projects. Commercial Makers (1 or 2 individuals) who want to sell their items to the public are charged $100. Exhibit spaces also available for vendors (3 or more employees) as well. Contact us with questions about exhibiting, volunteering, racing, or sponsoring.

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire Coming Soon

Check out our latest Maker Faire newsletter to get updates on Maker Faire Fort Wayne coming September 14 & 15. Register now as a Maker, a Racer, a Volunteer, a group who wants to get people involved, or a Sponsor who wants to get additional brand awareness.



Looking for someplace to ramp up your invention geek this Summer?  Check out the

INVENTORS' WORKSHOPS @ TekVenture Maker Station & Downtown Allen County Public Library.

Inventors Workshops are places where inventors bring together the parts, tools, materials and

expertise to invent stuff and turn visions and ideas into working models. Workshop participants will explore

"prototyping" or making models of inventions in 2 and 3 dimensions using a wide variety of tools,

materials and media from digital to fire! Learn from the expert makers how to become an expert maker!


Inventors Workshops  begins with a series of DIGITAL DESIGN & MACHINING workshops explaining how to

take ideas for inventions from the “vision” to computer drawings to files to machines that can make prototype

models of those “visions”.  In other workshops aspiring inventors explore various inventing themes. AIRBORNE

workshops explore making ring kites, the mechanics and flying of model helicopters and making pneumatic rockets

and launchers. SPARKS fly in workshops  learning about Arduinos, microcontrollers, basic electricity and

electronics, and learning how to solder.  HOT STUFF workshops feature prototyping for vacuum forming

personalized cookie molds and injection molding jewelry parts as well as welding and brazing and an exclusive  

Welding for Women workshop.


Flaming Working Glass Studio, the only off-site workshop, takes place at noted local glass artist Eran Parks’

GlassPark Studio at 4037 South Wayne Ave. BOTS & ROBOTS workshops participants use EggBot and OstrichBot

drawing machines and robotic arms and pickers, and bring their own robots to interact with others in the Robot


In a special 3D printing workshop THE BUGZZZ OF SUMMER learn about, design and create bugs and other

insects using 3D printers inside the Downtown Allen County Public Library.

Downtown business folks and all Library staff are invited to learn more about 3D printing and how to access 3D

printers during the 3D PRINT-A-RAMA! free workshop on Friday 12 July from 3 – 6 PM in the TekVenture Maker

Station at the Downtown Public Library.


All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the

South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library. Workshops cost $25 for each 3 hour topical session although

many workshops are " FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library."

Fee-based workshops are 20% off to those holding or purchasing a TekVenture Maker Membership. All participants

must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes are permitted. Due to space limitations workshops are limited to six

participants 12 years thru adult. More information is available at either www.tekventure.org/workshops or

www.acpl.lib.in.us then click on the Maker Station link under Beyond Books on the ACPL Home Page.

Advanced registration is required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374



SPRING INTO MAKING 4 MAY: Is 3-D Printing 4 U? 

The World is abuzz about 3-D printing! The May TekVenture Maker Station workshops focus on 3-D printing tools, techniques and technology. Depending on how far into 3-D printing you are, there is a session or two for you! See a complete listing of workshops under "Workshops" on the TekVenture Website.

All workshops and meetups are held inside the TekVenture Maker Station except "Meet CAD" on Saturday 4 May from 1 - 4 pm, which meets in the Computer Training Room inside the Allen County Public Library.

All workshops are FREE and sponsored by the Allen County Public Library unless otherwise stated.

Advance registration is required! Call 421.1374 for information or to make reservations.


2013 Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire Kickoff Event

Join us Wednesday, April 24 from 5-7 pm as we celebrate the kickoff of the 2013 Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture!  

Downtown Allen County Public Library - Theater (free parking for ACPL card holders)

Learn more about the Maker Faire, find out ways you can exhibit as a Maker, Vendor, or Sponsor, and  hear from makers as they share their inspiration and offer a sneak peak at a few projects they've made.

People who like to see how things are made, or better yet, must tear things apart to make them better, faster, louder, automated, more efficient, etc. - well you get the drift - you'll love the Maker Faire so come find out more about getting involved.

Free tours of the TekVenture Maker Station available until 9 pm.

Please RSVP by April 22 to just.jane@tekVenture.org.



Learn more about Arduinos, Raspberry Pi's and Microcontrollers, 3 D Printing, Circuit Bending and Jewelery-Making among other workshops in the TekVenture Maker Station during the April series of hands on workshops!

Meet Dave Gross, President of the Fort Wayne Inventors' Club, as he describes his "collision control " invention and business on Wednesday 24 April in the TekVenture Maker Station at 7:00 PM.

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

Coming in May: 3 D Printing Extravaganza!

Check the website for details of workshops: www.tekventure.org/workshops/



Learn More About the International Maker Movement

Dale Dougherty, founder of Makezine and the Maker Faire and the Father of the Maker Movement, speaks to Tom Kalil, innovation advisor for the White House and others about the democratization of making.  Check out this video to learn more.



Need a Temporary Structure in around 24 hours?

Check out this video about concrete-infused materials for building semi-perminent structures.  What will they think of next?  


Thinking About Building A Chain Reaction Challenge Machine?

Check out this fun video of last year's Chain Reaction Challenge (CRC) produced by Aaron Makin, one of our long-time TekVenture supporters.  Aaron and his family have participated in four of the last five Chain Reaction Challenge Events. Come to the Downtown Allen County Public Library on Saturday, April 20 to see what Aaron has up his sleeve for CRC6.


The Inventors Speak: How To Invent

On Wednesday 27 February 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the TekVenture Maker Station at the Downtown Public Library:

Got a great idea? Sam Conte of the Fort Wayne Inventors Club  talks about “HOW TO INVENT” – the cause to invent, justifying an invention by determining markets, sourcing of materials, and costing it to sell. Sam will also address “TO PATENT OR NOT TO PATENT?” – how to determine if it will be required, justifying costs of applying for a patent, who will buy it?

FREE—Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library!

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