Arcade Raffle

We are raffling off a full sized stand up arcade.  It has every Atari, Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on it.  We are only selling 200 tickets at $5 a piece.  So your chances of winning are pretty good. The drawing will be held Aug 4th First Friday.  If you would like to purchase a ticket please contact any member of CHAMP or email us at  I will get a picture of it soon.  It’s not here at the moment so  I can’t do it now.  Sorry for those who have already purchased tickets and have been checking for an update. I have been a little busy and have not gotten to it.  So this post is your current updates 🙂



CHAMP Challenge 05/17

This months CHAMP Challenge was to create a projectile to be fired from a PVC and 2 liter bottle launcher.  We had 4 non-member guests show up and participate.  Everyone had a good time I just wish the weather would have been a little more cooperative.  It ended up raining on us which seem to lead to several projectiles sticking to the launcher.  I would like to revisit this challenge but I don’t think anyone is going to out-do Joe’s blow gun darts.  Even in the wind and rain he was able to launch his over 200 ft.




Sorry i did not get a picture of all of the rocket that were made.


I have been tasked with defining what exactly is CHAMP.  We have a problem of trying to explain to people what it is we do here.  The short answer is “We are a public work space that provides tools and space for people to build what ever it is they want to build.”  But what exactly does that mean?  I figured I would answer that by telling a story.

I am NOT an artistic kind of person.  Ok I have ideas but when it comes to painting / drawing, I am very lacking in skills.  My wife is a big fan of the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas” so I decided I would like to make her something to hang on the wall.  I found the picture I wanted to use. (Jack and Sally on the right) Now here is my problem.  I am not able to draw this and paint it.  So what do I do?

To explain this I have to take you on a trip back to the first year of CHAMP.  We decided we wanted a 3D printer.  We made a full sized arcade and raffled it off to pay for it.  Over the 3 years of having the 3D printer, I figured out how to create things in a 3D environment so that I could print them.  I also learned how 3D printers work.  So much in fact we have built several of them here at CHAMP.  (pictured left)



Since we built a 3D printer, we decided to build a mini  “Mostly Printed CNC” we found on  We spent several days printing and printing parts for this thing.  We got it all put together and figured out the software to make it work.  This included learning how to design and create files for the CNC.  We took the CNC to First Fridays downtown and a couple of the Maker Faires.  We would load up chalk or dry erase makers and just let it draw.  See where I’m going with this?  Nerds who can’t draw can build robots that draw.  (see pic on right.)



After making the little CNC a decision to make a GIANT 5′ x 9′ CNC. (pictured Left)  Brian did not purchase a kit.  Instead he just started designing based on other designs he saw on the internet.  After spending a small fortune and months of time designing and building.  The CNC is ready to go.  We had to spend a couple days figuring out the new software and troubleshooting some problems.  Then it was time to test.  The first tests went pretty good and we decided to push the machine and give it a long run.  So I decided to make a picture for my wife.


So that’s how I made a wall hanging for my wife and how I explain what CHAMP is.  I set out a little goal and ended up with a massive amount of information.  If you want to learn.  This is the place for you.



Wayne County Maker Faire

Brian and I had a blast at the first Wayne County Maker Faire.  It was actually one of the biggest Maker Faires that we have ever been to.  We had a lot of fun and met a lot of people.  Here is a quick walk around of the faire.

CHAMP Game Night – May 2017

Champ Game night was a lot of fun.  There was a group playing Settlers of Catan (Pictured) While a large group of us hid out of the picture played for several hours.  We do this every 2nd Thursday of the Month.  All are welcome to come play and check the place out.  It’s a good way to get to know everyone at CHAMP.

Group Build Night 4/20/17

Sorry I’ve been slacking on the presidents blog. A lot has been going on around CHAMP. Here are the things we have been working on for the group build projects. The first is Joe’s virtual pinball machine. It has come a long long way!!! It is now playable with sound and Tilt motion sensor. We still have to hookup the knocker and solenoids for the hepatic feedback. The second is a Retro-pie powered full sized arcade machine with mini fridge. This will be for sale after May’s first friday. It has all atari, NES, SNE and Gameboy roms on it.







Last is Brian’s MASSIVE 10ft x 5ft CNC.  He has been working on this for a couple months now and it is getting real close to being completed.  The liquid cooled system is built and ready to be hooked up.  The motor has been tested and is working.  The 220v power line has been run.  It’s SOOOOO close to being tested!!!

Almost time for Drones!

I started building this ordering piece by piece off amazon.  After 1 month of troubleshooting….   I have 5 bad motors…  Yeah you read that right.  Once I got 4 working motors here is the first test.  Sadly the first test flight outside on this VERY windy day seems to have knocked the go pro off and into the props at about 50ft in the air…  2nd go pro destroyed.






CHAMP Challenge Feb 2017

The Challenge

Use a button battery and cell phone vibrator motor (provided by Joe) and create a device that is propelled only by the battery and motor.  Must be under 30mmx60mm.  Must not contain sticky or stringy entangling things.  You have 1 hour to build 1 or 2 devices.  After the hour we will race them 1 on 1 (each team only gets to race 1 device per Challenge).  Then a poll race with 1 device from each team at 1 time.  After that Monkey in the Middle – All bots will start at the center of the table and the first one off the table is the winner.  Then finally Poker.  Cards are placed on a table and your bot picks your team’s best 5 card hand.