Welcome to the Bodgery

A makerspace and social group for makers in Madison, WI


Maker Faire – Madison

A great day hanging out with other Mini Makers at the Madison Mini Maker Faire… Entertained by national acts and local makers, it was a conversation-filled day at our booth.  We ran a free block-printing giveaway, demonstrated a few tools, and displayed the wonderful objects our members and guests have made. Thanks to the Monona Terrace for hosting and organizing … Continued

World Create Day

We were super excited to host Madison’s chapter of World Create Day, an international event dreamed up by Hackaday.  We had several electronics projects going, a “flailing arm wild and wavy guy” costume being sewn up, 3D printing, and some project design work.  Check out the article on the worldwide turnout over on Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2017/04/24/behold-the-many-builds-of-world-create-day/ !

Skyrim Armor

One of our prop-makers, Luke, recently made a Skyrim Steel Helmet, from several thicknesses of EVA foam, slices of PVC pipe, and painted with acrylics. The total project took around 12 hours, thanks to design templates provided free by Bill Doran of Punished Props. Take your costuming and cosplay to the next level with advice from our amazing members!

Welders & Grinders & Plasma, Oh My!

The Metal Shop is looking pretty spiffy these days…click through for a 360 photo sphere.  New TIG and MIG welders have arrived, along with a plasma cutter, a bench full of grinders, a large moveable welding table, and a metal chop saw to sit alongside the horizontal band saw and blacksmithing equipment. On the machining side, the giant metal drill … Continued

The Fortune-Teller

A hit at Milwaukee’s Maker Faire, Alex built this two-headed automated fortune-teller, combining the penny arcade amusement of the early 20th century with modern Maker technology: an Arduino microcontroller. The project uses a lazy Susan turntable powered by a DC gearmotor, an Arduino Uno, four photo interrupter sensors, and a thermal printer to tell your fortune. Insert a coin, and … Continued

Milwaukee Maker Faire

Well that was a blast! With a giant Gameboy and a flowery pedal car, we launched foam rockets, talked to many hundreds of visitors, and were amazed by all the sights. With medieval knights fighting 8′ Tesla Coils, adults racing kiddie-cars, a huge clothing make-o-rama, a plethora of new products and handmade goods, it was mind-boggling. If you missed it, … Continued

National Makerspace Organizers Summit

At the invitation of the White House (!), our co-founder, Karen Corbeill, attended a Nation of Makers meeting on August 24th. The over 180 attendees (and 100 more on the waiting list) were all founders, owners, board members, and organizers of makerspaces, hackerspaces, and fab labs across the country, including representatives from Hawaii and Alaska. The all-day affair featured keynote … Continued

This is your brain on music

Chris, a frequent guest and part of our CNC Team, recently built a headphone stand with an integrated DAC and tube amp. It lights up in 8 individual zones which are all RGB controllable over DMX (theater lighting control), and can be set to pulse, strobe, etc. It is super rad. Check out the full set of photos and story here!

Madison Maker Faire

Well that was fun!  Thanks to an intrepid crew of Bodgers, we talked to an amazing river of visitors, gave away hundreds of cards, demonstrated tools and ran up high scores on the new 4-player arcade. We met a ton of great people, enjoyed all the booths at the Faire, and are looking forward to seeing many new faces around … Continued

The Force is Strong With This One

Our co-founder Karen Corbeill made this killer Rey cosplay for Penguicon in Detroit. “The vest, shirt, and pants were modified and tailored from found clothing. The shoulder bag was made from scratch from found materials from an apron, 4 placemats, and webbed belts. Staff is 3/4″ EMT with 3D printed and lasercut pieces, strips of muslin and brown cotton. Straps … Continued