Bucketworks Milwaukee Co-Working and Maker Space

MIlwaukee Bucketworks makerspace Jesse DiPonto 3D Creations

Last week The Maker Tween skipped out on his school field trip and he and I had a special day of our own. We left the Land of Lincoln and headed north to America’s Dairyland to marvel at the delights o Discovery World Museum, but first we stopped off at Buckeworks, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin co-working, maker and conference space.

I first met Bucketworks member Jesse DePinto of 3D Creations (pictured)at the Evanston Mini Maker Faire. He graciously showed us around the space. I’m pretty sure it’s one of the coolest co-working spaces around. I mean, where else can you run your business alongside artisan soap makers, a beepod maker and a puppet troupe that produces zombie puppet shows complete with a gun-toting fetus?

Milwaukee Bucketworks makerspace Bee Pods
MIlwaukee Bucketworks maker space Angry Young Men Puppets

Bucketworks is host to many conferences (and unconferences), classes, gallery shows and gatherings. It’s a huge old space with worn wooden floors, high ceilings and a rooftop deck located in what is apparently Milwaukee’s Latin Quarter.

Jesse and I talked about 3D printers, which I believe is going to be one of the most disruptive technologies ever. There’s going to be a manufacturing revolution. I look at a MakerBot and recall the old green screen TRS-80 my dad brought home back in the day. He was able to find an innovative use for that early technology within his field and developed a groundbreaking best-in-class product. When I think about 3D printers, I’m itching do the same. I just don’t know what the Big Idea is yet.

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