helping each other explore and empower our inner maker
We created the Idea Foundry to have a place where anyone can explore their urge to make things. Working together, we marry ideas and talents, tools and resources, experience and opportunity into a shared community of making. A place where furniture and sculpture and jewelry and drones and motorcycles and 3D printers and chess boards and video games come to life in the hands of artists, artisans, techies and entrepreneurs. Our Idea Foundry is both a physical place – 60,000 sq ft of workshops and offices; working nooks, classrooms and communal spaces – and a state of mind; the belief that each of us has the potential to bring our ideas to life if given the space, the equipment and the support to empower our inner maker.
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In the news
Columbus Alive | March 21, 2017
As Columbus continues to build its reputation as a city known for creativity and innovation, the Columbus Idea Foundry continues to build its reputation as one of the reasons why. The Foundry's recently opened second floor...Read More
The Atlantic | October 10, 2014
Columbus Idea Foundry highlighted in a series on the revitalization of East Franklinton by John Tierney.Read More
The Metropreneur | March 21, 2017
Work is wrapping up on the 25,000 square feet of the second floor of the Idea Foundry in Franklinton. The renovation brings a new wave of makers to the former shoe warehouse that’s now a Makerspace for blacksmiths to lawyers.Read More
Columbus Underground | September 12, 2016
After a year’s worth of work, the expansion of the Columbus Idea Foundry is approaching an end date. The entire second floor of the 60,000 square foot building at 421 West State Street is being reconstructed, retrofitting what was...Read More
The Metropreneur | September 12, 2016
Alex Bandar, founder of the Columbus Idea Foundry, pens a letter to the Columbus maker community about their expansion. We've come a long way since that first 1500 square foot garage that was the CIF's first...Read More
CNBC | August 30, 2016
We breathe it here, but national news outlets are coming out to learn about our small biz- friendly ecosystem too! CNBC visited the shop yesterday to talk to some folks at the shop who are running their small businesses out of the...Read More
TechCrunch | June 2, 2014
Announced as far back as January, the efforts of founder Alex Bandar, COO Casey McCarty and Shop/Production Manger Matt Hatcher have finally come to fruition; the Columbus Idea Foundry — a 65,000 square ft. “makerspace” in the...Read More