Welcome

Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space in Madison, WI dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology; including software, hardware, electronics, art, sewing, metalwork, apps, games, etc.

If you’re in southern Wisconsin feel free to get involved; come by for a tour on Fridays, sign up for meeting announcements, or check the calendar for upcoming events.

COVID-19 Activity

For the foreseeable future we’re going to be focused on helping our local healthcare system through the COVID-19 crisis that’s at our doorstep. If you need support or assistance please feel free to reach out to “team AT sector67 . O R G” and we’ll see what we can do.

We’re now complying with the state order to shelter in place and will be closed until this order is lifted.

We’re currently closed to new memberships until things get stabilized, we’re uncertain when that will be. Please keep yourself and your family safe, the less transmissions that occur, the less overloaded our healthcare providers will be. Even if you are young you are still at risk yourself and more importantly at transmission to those you are nearby. We’re vastly underscreening people, which means our reported infections don’t reflect the real transmission and infection rates – please keep our community safe and follow government guidelines.

DIY projects we’re aware of:

Prusa is manufacturing 3D printed face shields (and has a note on why 3D printing face *masks* is a bad idea). UW/Delve are working on their own design locally.

GHC has pulled together a patient/provider barrier system that they’re testing in-house.

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Thank You Amy

It’s with great sadness that I write this, but it’s important we thank those who impact our entrepreneurial community in Madison in such major ways- thank you Amy for the work that you’ve done. We’ll miss you – and we’ll do our best to carry forward as you would have wanted.

https://madison.com/news/local/local-businesswoman-amy-gannon–year-old-daughter-among-victims/article_b78f32c3-0361-5660-80fd-e6468247307c.html

Amy and Jocelyn Gannon

I think a little history here is important, a thank you means a lot more with context and perspective so I hope you’ll bear with me.

My introduction to Amy was through Lorin Toepper, then the executive director of economic development at Madison College who we also lost so early in his career. Lorin’s goal was to draw together entrepreneurial innovators in the city and host a “Startup Weekend” and Amy was first on the list. Startup Weekend itself was just a startup then, Lorin found a concept that was way ahead of its time and worked hard to bring us together and make it happen – once this was in front of Amy it wasn’t a question of whether it would happen, just a matter of when. Her spirit and can-do regardless of the obstacles was what made working with Amy interesting and fun, and she knew it. Practically the next day, Amy had her husband Mike roped in to drum up some PR and there was no turning back.

Ultimately, Startup Weekend drew Amy, Lorin, Forrest Woolworth, Allen Dines, and I together and solidified an event that still happens every spring – many thanks to organizers who have stepped up to carry forward when those of us were unable. Without Lorin’s leadership and Amy’s enthusiasm our city wouldn’t be shaped the way it is today – Startup Weekend created a lot more startup’s than any of us realized: When I met Amy, I realized I needed to introduce her to Heather Wentler – I think their shared love for teaching instantly connected and they grew from there. Amy and Heather both saw something the Madison community didn’t – a lack of women and minority involvement in entrepreneurship. Rather than be content with this, they talked at length during the inaugural Startup Weekend and created a “Women’s Entrepreneur Group” by mid-2012 – action was Amy’s way forward on anything she felt was worth pursuing. Heather and Amy have moved The Doyenne Group miles forward over the past 7 years. I hope our community steps up to help carry forward this important work – Amy leaves behind big shoes to fill and I hope we’re ready to step into them and keep working forward.

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Sector67 Welcomes a New Business

The business incubator at Sector67 has a new member: John Lash started Mad DesignWorks LLC there in September of this year. Focused on designing and building custom assistive and adaptive devices for the disabled community Sector67 with its combination of office space and well appointed shop space is the perfect fit for a small startup like Mad DesignWorks.

After graduating from Madison College with a degree in Mechanical Design John wanted to do something to make the world a better place. Combining his interest in assistive and adaptive devices with his interest in design John aims to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities.

In addition to building custom assistive and adaptive devices Mad DesignWorks offers a variety of other services including:

  • Modification of existing equipment
  • Fabrication of hard to find or obsolete replacement parts
  • Modification of furniture
  • Consulting
  • 504 Plan compliance
  • Design and Manufacture of ergonomic devices
  • Helping employers meet the needs of all their employees

One of the first projects Mad DesignWorks did at Sector67 was to design and build a custom tilt table to help a client with only limited use of one arm to pursue her painting career. With her new tilt table Jeanne can paint more independently than ever before. Once Jeanne is finished with a painting it is turned into a clock and sold locally.

The completed tilt table.
Jeanne painting with her new tilt table.
The final product.

Helping people like Jeanne become more independent and self supporting is really why Mad DesignWorks exists. Without the support of Sector67 and Chris Meyer this would not be possible, Mad DesignWorks is proud to be a part of this community.

To contact Mad DesignWorks LLC please call or text:

608.669.8200

or email:

jplash@maddesignworks.com

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Build Madison 2019 Summary

2019’s Build Madison kicked off on a bright and warm November day with a wide variety of projects:

  • Scott – Moved forward on the open toaster project – the goal being to create a maintainable open-source appliance that never becomes obsolete, starting with the toaster.
  • Brian – Built a cocktail table MAME (classic arcade) cabinet using the wood shop and laser cutter to create a TV stand as well as button interface.

  • Kate – Rendered a protein structure in Blender and worked to learn how to animate it.
  • Jim and Nick – Continued efforts on an enclosed bicycle transmission that keeps the geartrain out of the weather and debris.


    (and the velomobile needed a light and horn adjustment)
  • Brian – Refit an old Phoenix GSM enclosed CNC wood router with LinuxCNC.

  • Chris – Used the laser cutter to build a papercraft polar bear with paper-backed wood veneer.

  • Laima – Created a steel kinetic yard art sculpture using bicycle parts and stained glass (future work!).


  • Adam – Made ash trim for the face of a sink base cabinet using the CNC router and a v-bit.

  • Jeremy – Baked 3 loaves of Jeremy’s Special Sour Dough [JSSD ™] bread and a “fruit cake so nice that you’d want to receive it as a gift”

  • Max – Tested his glass lampworking skills by building a plant inspired glass piece with realistic leaves and branching structure from borosilicate glass rod.


  • John – assisted a few people with design and engineering advice

  • Jack and Davi – Modified a Korg Monotron Synthesizer to run from an Arduino to enable digital and preprogrammed effects.

  • Chris – Wrote a summary blog ūüôā and finished construction on the exterior exhaust and ductwork (thanks Nate!) for the welding shop air filtration system.

Participants enjoyed a late breakfast of pie and snacks, brats and hamburgers for lunch, pizza for dinner, and handmade pancakes for breakfast. Hope you can join us next year for 2020!

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Build Madison 2019

Build Madison

Build Madison is back!

The 24-hour community “create-a-thon” returns to Sector67 on November 16 at 10am. Project presentations (open to anyone) begin at 10am on Sunday, November 17.

We’re excited to announce the 8th annual Build Madison at¬†Sector67.¬† Build Madison is a 24 hour hackathon that gives you the opportunity to set aside some time over the weekend to finally get to that project you’ve been thinking about for a long time!
The weekend starts out on¬†Saturday, November 16th, at¬†10am, when we’ll host short idea pitches to form teams/work alone – then when 10AM on Sunday¬†swings around we’ll have short presentations on results and/or sharing of lessons learned (aka: why my project didn’t quite get done in time!).
That’s as simple as it is – take the 24 hour period as seriously or as inquisitively as you’d like. In the past, projects have varied from very sophisticated to very basic, software to hardware, art to engineering – so don’t feel like your concept isn’t going to fit in – it will.
 
For more information, please register at the Build Madison website: http://buildmadison.org/
Who: Anyone interested
What: 24 hr hackathon
Where: Sector67 Р56 Corry St, Madison, WI Рshort ride on your bicycle and not far off the bus route
When: November 16th at 10AM through the 17th, with project presentations (open to anyone) starting at 10AM on the 17th
Why: A great excuse to focus on a project for a weekend and meet with other interesting folks too
This is a FREE event. Check out the prior project summaries at: http://buildmadison.org
We hope to see you on the 16th!
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2019 – Latvian Summer Camp 3×3

In 2019, Sector let a printing press take an adventure across state lines to support more art and learning at the Latvian Camp in Michigan. Scroll down for pictures of the classroom, projects in progress and the final results of this venture.

The workshop before any students arrived.
Sector’s printing press on the left here.
Students ranged in age from 12 and up.
Many discussions about roller pressure, paper type, color layering happened while gathered around the press.
Final projects covered a wide range of styles and colors.
This young lady made some excellent timelapse videos of the carving process that helped visitors see how the carving process actually works in real life.

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July 2019 Workshop – Code with Python and edit bacteria using CRISPR-Cas

A bioengineering workshop was conducted at Sector67 on July 15 & 18 – 2019, that bridged concepts in genome editing and computer programming. In this hands-on workshop, students edited a bacterial genome using the new and exciting CRISPR-Cas9 system and performed string manipulations using Python to visualize and code the cellular editing process.

In the wet-lab part of this workshop, students prepared Petri plates to grow bacteria.  The cultured bacteria were then incubated with multiple components constituting the CRISPS-Cas9  system (http://www.the-odin.com/diy-bacterial-crispr-refill-classroom-kit/)  to edit the genome.   The cells were then grown on Petri plates containing a growth medium that selects for the edited cells. 

In the computer lab the students learnt basic string manipulation code in Python to identify a target sequence in a genome by scanning, a process perhaps similar to the mechanism of CRISPR-Cas9. 

The class was capped at eight students and this allowed students to perform both the wet-lab experiments and spend time on the desktop computers to learn and code in Python.  The workshop was spread over two 4-hour days, July 15 and July 18. The genome editing experiment was conducted on the first day and the Petri plates were incubated for cell growth.

   The students came back the second day to look at the results and learn to code.

All eight students had  success in their editing experiments !


Stay tuned to more classes and workshops along these lines. 

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American-Made Solar Prize Networking Meetup 17th 7PM

We’re excited to host a connector event for the American-Made Solar Prize on June 17th at 7PM. Stop in for a discussion on solar power (speaker TBA), meet with potential team mates, hear about existing challenges and future advances in the field.

$3,000,000 in prize money is available through the contest, which is open to any competitor – the submission deadline is coming up on July 16th, 2PM E.T. First round winners (20-40 submissions chosen) receive up to $50,000 in prize money to work forward on their idea for further submissions with subsequent rounds featuring $200,000 and $500,000 in prize money allocated to winners.

YOU can participate to win a $1,000 award just for identifying industry areas that can use attention from entrants by July 5th.

The submission form is available on the contest entry website in the resources tab, linked directly here for convenience. Effectively you need to prepare a 2500 word maximum statement, a 90 second video (with no production value efforts), and some team information to create an entry for a shot at $50,000 in prize money.

Hope to see you June 17th for more information on the competition!

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Still Working Hard!

We’ll keep you posted but currently:

No Sector67 classes

09/08/2019 – Drop-in tours resume on the hour at 4, 5, 6PM Fridays

until we have time to set up our shop.¬† Thank you for your continued patience, if you’d like to help with construction/building out the shops please¬†feel free to sign up on the construction mailing list .¬† If you’re interested in general news/activities/etc you can sign up on the general mailing list (both are Google groups, just request to join the group, it’ll say “closed to members” because you haven’t asked to join yet).¬† If you’d like to sign up for a membership please contact us at the top right of this page.

Thank you!  Chris

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Thank You Google Madison For Your Support!

Google’s Madison office has generously supported a volunteer appreciation event to recognize the thousands and thousands of volunteer hours that have gone into building our new, permanent, home.¬†¬†

Many Google employees have given hundreds of hours of their time to ensure the success of our construction, everything from sweeping the floor to pouring concrete and painting have helped to move the project forward.  We enjoyed food and beverages courtesy of a Google grant and had a great time catching up with many people who have been able to help so far in the project.  

We’re not done yet!¬† There’s still plenty of time to lend a hand ūüôā¬† For project updates and volunteer opportunities feel free to join the mailing list.

Our biggest, sincerest, thank you to our volunteers – without your help we’d still be looking at a big hole in the ground!

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Build Madison 2018

Build Madison

Build Madison is back!

The 24-hour community “create-a-thon”¬†returns to Sector67 on November 17 at 11am. Project presentations begin at 11am on Sunday, November 18.

We’re excited to announce the 8th annual Build Madison at¬†Sector67.¬† Build Madison is a 24 hour hackathon that gives you the opportunity to set aside some time over the weekend to finally get to that project you’ve been thinking about for a long time!
The weekend starts out on¬†Saturday, November 17th, at¬†11am, when we’ll host short (11AM on Sunday¬†swings around we’ll have short project presentations and/or sharing of lessons learned (aka: why my project didn’t quite get done in time!).
That’s as simple as it is – take the 24 hour period as seriously or as inquisitively as you’d like. In the past, projects have varied from very sophisticated to very basic, software to hardware, art to engineering – so don’t feel like your concept isn’t going to fit in – it will.
 
For more information, please register at the Build Madison website: http://buildmadison.org/
Who: Anyone interested
What: 24 hr hackathon
Where: Sector67 Р56 Corry St, Madison, WI Рshort ride on your bicycle and not far off the bus route
When: November 17th at 11AM through the 18th, with project presentations starting at 11AM on the 18th
Why: A great excuse to focus on a project for a weekend and meet with other interesting folks too
This is a FREE event. Check out the prior project summaries at: http://buildmadison.org
We hope to see you on the 17th!
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2018 – Latvian Summer Camp 3×3

For the 2nd year in a row, Sector67 has supported budding makers from across the US by lending equipment for use at a week long, all ages summer camp in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Every August since 1981, the Latvian Center Garezers hosts 3×3: a week long Latvian language immersion experience.¬† People of all ages, from all over the US and abroad convene at Garezers to strengthen their ties to the Latvian culture, improve their Latvian language skills, and learn new things about Latvian culture, past & present. Garezers isn’t the only place that hosts a 3×3 camp, but it is the closest one to Madison.¬† Most classes offered during that week fall into one of two categories: the “talking” classes (think more like a guided discussion on topics relating to Latvia, often with guest lecturers from abroad) and the “doing” classes (silversmithing, the Latvian kitchen, pottery, and more).

 

In 2017, Laima pitched the idea to offer a new class where we’d use new technology to create Latvian art. To make this work, Sector67 lent several 3D printers and a 40W laser cutter to supplement the vinyl cutter that Laima had access to. Chris has also been kind enough to also be “on call” whenever we run into problems that need extra technical help.

 

The focus of the class is:
  1. To introduce folks to new technology:
    • Show them how to use open source software to create files that these machines can interpret
    • Learn how to run the basic machine functions
    • Become more comfortable searching for online answers to problems encountered while using these machines
  2. THEN use this new technology to make Latvian-inspired items
  3. And finally, to help those who are interested learn where/how to purchase similar machines and/or to find resources that are more local to them so they can continue learning about and using this new technology

This class is capped at 8 students, and each student typically wants to try a little bit of everything. Once they get over the initial shock of having to learn at least 2 new software programs in a short amount of time, the class takes off and starts to think creatively and play with the materials on hand. What follows are the 2018 results of this class – fun stuff!

 

 
  
  
  
 
And just bc photos are fun (and Laima failed to post these in a timely manner in 2017 – WHOOOOPS), here are the 2017 class projects:
  
  
  
  
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