|Jun 19th, 2018
As a large makerspace, we get volunteers and visitors from all walks of life, but it's not every day that one of them sticks around to become family! Quick with a joke and always ready to collaborate, our Workshop Processes Facilitator sports an Irish accent and a witty charm that can’t be denied. Between organizing shop programming and taking charge of the shop supplies store, you'll catch her on the back dock tending to her plants.
|Jun 18th, 2018
At the very core of every maker is a devotion to the cultivation of knowledge, and continuous improvement. Education can take on many forms, and at the Idea Foundry, we encourage learning and curiosity of all kinds! This is why it is vital to have a Programming Coordinator who is passionate about learning, and empowering others to learn as well. From helping instructors develop their classes, to personally taking each beta class, Nicole Coleman cares deeply about the quality of continued education here at the Idea Foundry.
|Jun 18th, 2018
The Idea Foundry is filled with many-a-maker, but our very own Chief Facilities and Shop Manager is truly a jack-of-all-trades. With skills ranging from bronze casting to the design and construction of fine furniture, many of the beautiful objects you see around the Idea Foundry were brought to life by Matt Hatcher, including the front desk! If he isn't evangelizing for the maker movement as a co-founder of the Idea Foundry, he is surely elbows-deep in one of his many projects.
Meet Matt Hatcher...
|Jun 18th, 2018
The Idea Foundry is run by a small team with a lot of heart, and all of the work is well worth the joy we get back from seeing our friends and community succeed. No one believes this more than our Member Services Manager Kate Baldwin. Kate's goal is to create connections, and to support our growing membership at the Idea Foundry. On any given day you'll catch her giving tours, fixing doors, or conconcting new initiatives, like "First Friday Doughnuts!" With every decision, she aims to foster an environment of creative collaboration. The rest is up to you!
|May 2nd, 2018
"A makerspace is a breathing ecosystem" - Casey McCarty
Idea Foundry CEO Casey McCarty (then COO at the time of the article) was recently featured in Diamond Cellar Accent Magazine talking about her love for problem-solving and her dedication to growing the Idea Foundry ecosystem. The Idea Foundry has come a long way as one of the world's largest Makerspaces with classrooms, working nooks, event space, and hundreds of makers.
|Mar 29th, 2018
John Noel has made a career as an independent entrepreneur. His business Noeldoubt Designs "makes quality Ohio themed products that are sourced and created in Columbus Ohio." He offers everything from fine art to giftable key chains and accessories. Noel's specialty though is custom design and fabrication. With his talents and team of creatives, he can pull together almost any laser or CNC project. "I love the opportunity to get creative with custom designs.
|Feb 21st, 2018
The Art of CNC
Ben Satterfield is working on a classic project with a new twist, bringing a modern look to a 100+ year-old carving. His client recently remodeled their home and a large carving that was displayed over their front door had severely deteriorated over time. The classic piece was beyond repair and the homeowner was ready to replace it with something "more her style." The challenge was finding a design and technique that would pay homage to the classic wood carving and also fit a more modern representation.
|Nov 15th, 2017
Grypmat on Shark Tank
Maker Tom Burden has come a long way from working as an F-16 mechanic for the U.S. military to inventor and entrepreneur. His adventure began with the everyday frustrations of any mechanic. "I spent what seemed like way too much time on the frustration of having tools slide off an aircraft. And when I say way too much, I mean it. Heck, I nearly fell off the jet once. I could have broken my neck!" -Bruden.
|Nov 15th, 2017
The Idea Foundry would like to welcome the newest families to join our community, the Groundhog clan! We are happy to see them preparing for their winter nap and hustling like the rest of us for the holiday season. To ensure that they don't miss out on any of the holiday cheer during their hibernation the Groundhog clan has put out brand new mailboxes in front of their homes. Even Groundhogs love getting Christmas cards! Keep an eye out for our new friends along the chain link fence behind the Idea Foundry and be sure to add them to your card list this year!