|Nov 7th, 2018
From the CEO
Panic at the 3D printer--Misplaced anxiety about 3D printed guns in the face of cheap and legal DIY kits
Over the past several months, policy makers have renewed interest in the 3D printed firearms debate with developments in federal court cases involving Defense Distributed, the Austin-based firm founded by the highly controversial Cody Wilson, and Defcad, the spinoff host of a repository of digital plans for 3D printable firearms.
|Oct 31st, 2018
Classes on the CNC ShopBot
One of the most frequent and lucrative uses of the ShopBot CNC is to make signs. Whether for business or personal use, it's common to see a wide selection of custom crafted signs on Pinterest, Etsy, and other small business websites.
The ShopBot CNC is a perfect tool for this type of task. It can minimize the immense effort and huge time commitment of hand-carved detail. All it takes is a bit of hardware and software know-how – which we offer!
|Oct 23rd, 2018
Member Focus - Kara O'Dea
The Idea Foundry houses makers of all kinds. Within our walls, we see everything from small tech startups to practicing fine artists. This week we are thrilled to highlight the stained glass artist and Maker extraordinaire Kara O'Dea. Kara has been a pivotal part of the Idea Foundry community, helping us develop our glass cutting demos and creating phenomenal stained glass art classes. Explore Kara's work as a glass artist through her Instagram @karaomakesthings.
|Oct 17th, 2018
Compass Experience Labs
The Idea Foundry is more than a makerspace. It is a place where people can build their futures whether that's in wood, electronics, or service. In February of 2017, we opened our newly renovated 2nd floor to our first ever coworkers and further expanded what it means to be a maker. As this new portion of our community grows, we welcome the diversity it brings. Everyone from artists to lawyers and electrical engineers belong here.
|Oct 16th, 2018
Makerspaces can be critical community resources for nurturing our innate interest in Making--for taking those first tentative beginner steps with a new tool or technique, for making fresh connections between technology old and new, for finding a safe place for failure and supportive peers. The anthems of DIY, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning championed by the Maker culture are inherently equalizing, but studies are starting to show that Makerspaces and Maker culture are often leaving women behind.
|Oct 16th, 2018
Ask A Maker | Metal Lathe
Hit our blog on the first Friday of every month to get all of your maker questions answered. In this series, we will answer your questions about Idea Foundry tools and resources. If you need to know the perfect laser settings for baltic birch or even how to code your own cell phone in Python, ask a maker! Ask new questions by emailing email@example.com. Next month we are exploring woodturning. Ask us about woodturning tools, tips, tricks, or techniques!
|Oct 12th, 2018
At the Idea Foundry, we support Makers of all kinds. Furniture maker or tech innovator: we are here to help you MAKE a difference. That's what I love about working here. I find a great deal of joy in supporting others who are working together to improve themselves and their community. Most days you will find me planning, designing, writing, photographing, organizing or otherwise scheming my next big adventure.
Meet me! Callie King...
Q. Why do you do what you do?
Callie + Karla
|Oct 11th, 2018
When you hear the phrase “The Future of Music” what do you envision? The stage is no stranger to holograms and humanoid lead singers like Hatsune Miku, but consider for a moment the experience of hearing and seeing your favorite song sculpted "from thin air using only motions and gestures." This is precisely what Veserium brings to the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) stage.