TekVenture Open House

Friday, March 13 - 5-8pm
1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Indiana

(Tours include dirty work areas - close-toed shoes encouraged)

We are excited to announce TekVenture now has a building and will soon open Phase I of Fort Wayne's only full-service public art and technology lab & workshop. The new space is located at 1800 Broadway in the former Allen County Sweeper Co. immediately south of the General Electric complex. With this location, TekVenture is pleased to be part of the Broadway Corridor Revival.
We invite those who have engaged with and supported TekVenture over the years to join us for tours of the space and to see results of your volunteer time and donated equipment, materials and funds.
Exterior work on the building was completed late fall resulting from a City of Fort Wayne 2014 Commercial Façade Grant. Throughout that process TekVenture Makers and Volunteers have been working to clean out the building while bringing the former retail space to code. After months of hard and dirty work, we are excited to begin operation in the new location while building out additional phases of our project.
The TekVenture Rapid Prototyping Center is dedicated to providing tools for designing and fabricating models of all sorts. It offers digital tools for design; imaging; audio/visual media; CAD/CAM; 2D and 3D scanning and printing; vacuum-forming; laser engraving and cutting; sewing, and digital drawing.
Much like a gym, TekVenture is a member-based organization offering access to a huge variety of tools and materials. As importantly, TekVenture is a place where people go for fellowship with other like-minded creative people whether making art, technology or other projects or prototypes. 24/7 access to Maker Members is our goal.

The general public also has access via unique hands-on workshops, demonstrations, community building projects and events. 
Now that Phase I will soon open, attention will turn to securing specific tools while building out additional labs such as the TekVenture Robot Factory, Hot Shop, Machining Center, Woodworking Shop and TekGarage (including a hydraulic car lift.)



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.



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.



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:


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.



  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…. 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!



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.


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





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
Collision Control Communications, Inc.
3610 Inwood Drive

Fort Wayne, Indiana  46815




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       


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!!

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