Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mike the Machine

Ok, so maybe Mike Forkert isn’t really a machine – but he DOES design an absolutely mean machine. ¬†You can read about it in this story in American Machinist.

The article describes how Glaze Tool uses Autodesk Inventor to create special machines that save their clients a lot of money Рby being more productive and by costing less for design time.  Mike is quoted throughout the article explaining how Glaze does that.

Keep up the good work, Mike the Machine!

Maker Meet-up

The next maker meet-up is this Thursday Aug 26th.
7:00 PM at my house. 4224 River Bluff Dr.
We’ll have the mighty Egg-Bot to play with.
Pictures from Maker Faire Detroit.
Preparations for Taste of the Arts on Saturday.
Anything people bring to show.
Pie ( or something sweet) to eat.
All are welcome!


Photos from August 2010 Meeting

Wow, what a great August meeting.  Lots of people, some new faces, and best of all SIX invention demos!  Yes, SIX!  Very cool!

Part of the August crowd

First, Dave Byrd showed off some significant improvements to Dr. Merkel’s toohtbrush holder prototype, including a new brand name.

Dave and Doc M show off the latest iteration of Titan Pro 3C

Second, newcomer to the Fort Wayne Inventors Club, Mike Count, showed off his Wefit zipper bags for art students, handcrafted bean bags for daycares and nursery schools, and Snag Stopper – a unique product for fishermen. ¬†You fold a velcro’ed cloth over fishing lures to keep them from snagging your clothes.

Mike Count’s Snag Stopper in action

Third, Doug Isbell, another group newcomer, showed us his Gutter Shovel, a tool crafted specifically to make cleaning gutters a breeze.

Doug Isbell and his Gutter Shovel

Fourth, Doug Burson demo’ed the latest iteration of his modular furniture, including a new graphic brand treatment.

Dave Burson shows off Cargo Furnishing’s latest

Fifth, our group founder Dave Gross has accomplished a significant milestone.  The reduced form factor version of his collision control electronics is done.  Way to go Dave (and thanks to Jan and Steve Z for a great job)!

The large form factor is on the table – what an improvement!

Sixth, to top it all off, artist and maker James Merz showed us his photos from the recent Maker Faire in Detroit, including some photos of his own kinetic sculpture that was on display (look closely at the Mac screen).  Jim hosts a regular meeting of Fort Wayne makers Рfor details, see his website.

Jim Merz with Maker Faire photos