Young talent brewing at Sector67

Brothers, Liam and Alec, spent their Thursday night at Sector67 working on their high-tech projects.  Alec has been working on hacking a Nintendo GameCube, which he has wired to a screen from a retail kiosk.  Tonight he successfully hooked sound up to his system.  Liam spent the evening working on 3D printing components for a 3D printer that he is constructing this summer.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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Alec with his hacked Nintendo GameCube

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Liam holding components for 3D printer he is 3D printing

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New toys at Sector67

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Di-Acro Blow Molder

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Flextruder Plastic Extruder

Sector67 just added a blow molder and extruder to its makerspace yesterday.  Although the first attempts with the blow molder and a coin barrel mold were a little rough, a lot has been learned, and a few containers recognizable as coin barrels have already been made.

The current goal with the extruder is to be able to produce filament that could be used in the many 3D printers here at Sector67.  This would allow old 3D printed prototypes to be ground back up into pellets, extruded into filament, and recycled for more 3D printing.


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Startup Weekend This Weekend!


The third annual Startup Weekend Madison event returns the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.


(Use promotion code “Sector67″ to save $25 off your registration! “student” to save $50 – bring your ID to the door) Here’s some of what’s in store:

  • Food: Enjoy 7 delicious catered meals throughout weekend.
  • Speakers: Hear from Henry Schwartz, Co-Founder of the crowd-sourced brewery MobCraft as well as Kelda Roys, Founder of the real estate tech startup OpenHomes.
  • Mentors: Get advice from experienced entrepreneurs and service providers who will be there to help.
  • Connect: Meet other entrepreneurs of all levels and skill sets.
  • Fun (and Educational!): You’ll have a great time, and learn a ton over the weekend.

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. The last 2 events brought together 100 people for a weekend to work on some exciting projects. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate. Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, Edgewood College, and Madworks Coworking. Sponsors include Google, Neider & Boucher, American Family Insurance, WEDC, gener8tor, Earthling Interactive, Fine Point Consulting, and University Research Park.

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Mending our Community – A Get Your Clothing Fixed Pop-up at Sector67

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Photo courtesy of Flickr – artethgray

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014 11AM-3PM
Contact: Jenina Mella 278-7496;

We’ll mend your clothes for free! We’ll do most small jobs such as hem your pants, shorten your dress, repair ripped seams, patch a hole, and replace a zipper or a button or two. We won’t fix luggage or do other more demanding jobs, but are happy to evaluate a repair job and make recommendations. We have most supplies on hand, but if you want to provide items, such as buttons, zippers, or thread for a particular match, we’re happy to use them.

We were delighted at the wonderful turnout at our first event in January. In anticipation of a similar turnout, we’re going to ask you to sign-in on a list and write a few words about what you need mended. We’ll take jobs in the order on the list and give them to the mender whose skills are the best match. We’ll take two small mending jobs per person or one larger job. Enjoy a cup of tea and cookie while you wait.

Note: If there’s a large turnout, we may not be able to get to your job in the timeframe of the event… but we will be back at a future date to be announced on the Sector67 list.

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Mending our Community

When: Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1pm-3pm

Where: Sector67 Event Space

Cost: Free

Contact: Jenina Mella; 278-7496

Stop in at Sector to have your clothing items repaired, stay for a nice cozy chat!  Bring your repair project for us to look at and we will try to help. 3 sewists will be on hand to evaluate and repair your clothing items. Keep serviceable clothing out of landfills and on your person, where it belongs.

Services offered: Mending, hemming, zippers, buttons, snaps, hooks replaced. Also, if you have knit fabric clothing (sweatshirts and athletic clothing), we will have overlock machines available for those kinds of repairs, too.

Coffee and tea will be available.

If interest is strong enough, we plan to make this a regular event!



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Community Iron Pour – February 8th

FeLion Studios and Sector67 are proud to announce our 3rd partnership on a community iron pour, taking place on February 8th at Sector67. Please stop out anytime until the 8th to purchase your very own iron molds and have poured as part of the event (you can also stop in first thing in the morning on the 8th and carve a mold):

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We have two hearts for $25 or a tile pattern for $20 (limited quantities are available so please stop in to pick them up if you’re interested!), both of which can be customized to your liking and forever cast into iron:
Pile of Hearts

Creating your own heart is easy, you can modify any aspect of the mold:
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Scratch Demo
Just remember a few rules:

  • Mold modification is messy, so lay the mold on a cardboard box or plastic bag to dispose of the excess sand.
  • Remember to draw everything backwards, it’s a mold, not a finished product, so everything will be reversed when it’s poured!
  • Sharpie your design first and carve following your lines
  • Use any pointy implement you’d like but we’d advise against using any power tools as they can create dust that you don’t want to inhale (AKA: wear a mask with power tool work)
  • Return your molds a few days before the pour up until EARLY the morning of the pour

Even if you aren’t interested in making your own cast iron artwork, please join us for music, great company, and a fun spectacle while the iron is poured:




Here’s some cool videos/pictures from prior years as well:

2012 video and image summary

2013 video and image summary


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Camp Fire Rotisserie

Leon was in need of a high quality, easily portable, camping capable rotisserie system for whole chickens.  Rather than resort to a expensive commercial solution (like this really bad photoshop job I found online, there’s no way I’m linking to this site):

Shopped Chicken Roasterhe decided to break out the aluminum and take a shot at a prototype:

chickens, beginning their delicious journeyAside from the chairs that look like they’re about to fall in the fire, it certainly worked much to the enjoyment of those present:

20120101-DSCN0182Time for revision number 2, which required some aluminum angle iron and the CNC mill for adjustable height roasting while keeping the design really simple:



20120101-DSCN0190nicely done.Thanks Leon for the pictures!




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Handmade Bookshelves

Kemper needed a massive set of bookshelves to hold all of his titles; and rather than turn to a carpenter to make them, he laid out a clean design and built them himself:


He first started with a solid design:


and broke things down to the individual shelf to better understand how the pieces would interlock and join:


(I think his architecture background might have helped a little in the process)

After following through on the design, they came out great:


and a long day at work:

bookshelves-kemperThanks for the write-up Kemper!



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Lots of Upcoming Events at Sector67

There are an amazing number of classes this month!

You can come and learn about an amazing variety of skills this month, as we’re hosting everything from a Fractal Soap Making for Adults class on 1/10 starting at 6:30PM (Registration required), to the Madison JavaScript Meetup (MadJS) on 1/13 starting at 6PM, to the grand opening of the Madison Sewing Studio on 1/24 starting at 6PM followed closely by their swatch design competition on Saturday 1/25.

Fractal-Logo2_HeatherCommentsRevB Fractal continues to offer a full line-up of kids classes covering everything from Minecraft and 3D printing, to food science and science enrichment, to building your own hot air balloon or a flashlight.

Silk Dying

And the Sewing Studio will have you learning how to run an industrial sewing machine, making a leather bracelet, or dying silk scarves and mending damaged clothing.

In short, please support our community of awesome class instructors, who are taking a lot of their time to prepare high quality content for the Madison community!

And yes, we have some amazing stuff coming up in February, including our annual iron pour on February 8th but more on that later.
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Yelp Fundraiser Tap Handles – October Launch

Yelp solicited the Madison community for people who would be interested in making some cool tap handles for a launch of their October “Red Bursting Ale” (made by none other than Page Buchanan) at our neighbor down the street – Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace.

Despite the major net cash loss (we’ll write this one off to the Clean Lakes Alliance that we hope got a big check from this – Jim’s modelling arms may never recover). The only criteria was that the handle must have the name of the beer visible and include the yelp logo.

Jim made an amazing handle from a full size negative silicon cast of his arm that was recast as a positive clear resin:

Adrian from Peredesign created a cnc routed and hand finished classic handle from recycled lumber IMG_1289
And Josh from Siglinda Knives pulled together a tastefully simple handle with laser cut engraving and wood elements (center):

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Madison Sewing Studio Launches – Grand Opening and Competition

Grand Opening:

Madison Sewing Studio will be having a grand opening to celebrate their new location in Sector67 (2100 Winnebago St Madison WI 53704) on Friday, January 24th from 6pm – 9pm with free sewing demonstrations, modeling of member creations, information on membership and classes, snacks, music, and a raffle.

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Come join Madison Sewing Studio for our kickoff event “Swatch-A-Thon” Saturday, January 25th from 10am to 6pm. Similar to Project Runway’s “Unconventional” challenge where designers use strange materials to make garments, we will be providing a variety of interior swatches (around 12″ squares) in which people can choose up to 8 swatches to create a design. It will be a first-come-first-serve basis so be sure to show up on time to get the best pick! Keep in mind, we are not limiting people to just “runway” garments, but you will be able to make anything you would like out of the swatches. We encourage you to have fun and be creative. Designers may also team up with someone to make a piece (each person is allowed to have up to 8 swatches). There will be mentors available to help with the sewing machines and can answer questions on construction.The event begins on Saturday, January 25th at 10am and goes until 6pm where participants can choose to present what they’ve made.

Please RSVP to secure your spot at

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Build Madison 2013

Sector67 hosted the 4th annual Build Madison on November 23-24th, 2013.  This event is an excuse to spend 24 hours straight working on a project of any type, and we saw a ton of interesting ideas this year.

Things kick off with quick (<1 minute) pitches on projects and ideas that people might be interested in working on.

IMG_7461We heard from a variety of project ideas, everything from making soap, to flying quadcopters, to instrumenting baseball bats, and getting started on Raspberry Pi projects and Arduino ideas.

After brief pitches, work got underway with some initial planning:


With the occasional sidetrack including a youth Minecraft LAN party in the computer lab:


Work on a traditional “penny-farthing” style bicycle started after some donor part gathering and a lot of research into the design:


Some programming on a Raspberry Pi project (right) and some sew-able lily-pad (Arduino) circuits (left):


Mixing up a batch of soap made from bacon fat and a custom 3D printed and vacuum formed BuildMadison mold:


Some projects appeared to be a little more disorganized:


Than others:


As the soap started to take shape, so did some other projects in process:


Including a run of recently launched BlueTipz ice fishing bluetooth tip-ups:


A topographic map of lake Mendota for the Hoofer area of the UW Memorial Union undergoing rennovations:


Madison West Rocketry Club took on a large project for the weekend, intending to construct a RepRap style 3D printer:


As late evening approached, the penny-farthing appeared to have wheels, with a 4 foot spoked wheel coming together:


And the hallmarks of progress and success being evident on some projects:



While others were still resembling an exploded pile of parts:



As morning approached, a Keepon was being hacked together with an Arduino


A 3D printed predator head had been carefully hand painted to amazing realism:


And the penny-farthing was ready to claim its first victim for its first test pilot:


The RepRap build from the rocketry club was mechanically ready to go, with some software and electrical challenges remaining:


By early afternoon, sharks with lasers were cutting the bacon smelling air and projects were receiving their finishing touches:


And by noon there was a handful of folks who made it through the night and were ready to present the progress they had made on their projects including a sewn together light reactive LED panel:

An electronically knit image of a dog:


A CMYK hangbot:


Bacon soap:


A computer knit sign with multiple colors (hard!):


Some progress to report on a website project:

The penny-farthing bicycle was completed well enough to ride:


And some discussion the the difficulty of building a first-person-view R2D2 robot in under 24 hours:

Overall it was a great event, with a ton of people sticking around overnight to push hard on their projects and make some significant progress. If you were at BuildMadison and we didn’t get an image or description of your project please feel free to e-mail something over so we can update this post.

Thanks everyone for coming, we look forward to next year!

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