|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.
|Oct 9th, 2018
Turn It Up!
Devon Palmer is a stalwart member of the Idea Foundry and has been for many years now. From organizing chili festivals, potlucks and Thanksgiving dinner, to donating tools, time and talent to new and old members, Devon has always been a substantial supporter of everything the Idea Foundry stands for: knowledge, talent, and mischief.
|Oct 2nd, 2018
We debuted our new mission statement--indeed our first-ever formal mission statement--at August’s Town Hall event, but for those who are new to us or didn’t attend, I’d like to re-share here:
“We propel Makers towards the future of work through safe and approachable lifelong learning experiences and meaningful connection to tools, technology, and community.”
The Future of Work
|Sep 25th, 2018
I have been a member of the Idea Foundry (IF) for about a year and a half. I took a lot of great classes on the various equipment including both the Shopbot and the Trotec laser engraver. I have no hesitancy using the Trotec, but I have to admit that I was intimidated by the Shopbot and hadn’t touched it in the year since I took my training. Even though I am an aging techie, a long-time AutoCAD user and have even sold CNC software, I worried about, speeds (rpm), feeds (cutting speed), the progression from V-Carve or other CAD software into the ShopBot software, and the type of endmill.