The perfect creative environment to grow your craft and your professional network while also having some fun. Free wifi access, on-site coffee & kitchenette, lounge area, free on-site & street parking, and walking distance to Land Grant Brewery, Strongwater Food & Spirits and Rehab Tavern for dining. We keep the mood light with impromptu movie and game nights, grill-outs, group builds, ping-pong and more! Once you've taken the proper orientation classes, you have access to all of our tool areas.
We are home to labs and shop areas dedicated to woodworking, blacksmithing, laser cutter/engraving, CnC machining, welding, bronze & aluminum casting, 3D printers (filament and resin based), glass cutting, wood turning, electronics, vacuum forming, metal milling and machining, vinyl cutting, and more!
You must take two classes at the Idea Foundry to be eligible for a Workshop membership (or a combo of class & private instruction). You must complete at a minimum the orientation-level class (or receive private instruction) on any tool station you wish to use as a member; once you are a member you can continue to take classes at the discounted rate to be authorized to use additional tool stations. Workshop memberships start at $65 per month. Pay for only the tool time you use (see handbook for tool use fees). Student discounted memberships available, small business associate and family add-on memberships also available, see application for more info and pricing.
With 24/7 facility access work whenever it works for you. Night owl or early bird, availability won't stand in the way of your creativity.
Smart, Open Networking
About half of our members are small business owners spanning fields from engineering to fine arts. We foster an open and collaborative environment to help make new and interesting connections. The Idea Foundry has also developed partnerships and contacts with smart, talented people who make things happen here in Columbus & around the world.
Members get discounted admission to our classes & ticketed events, plus exclusive access to member-only events.
Special Events Lectures
Develop your skills and your network at special members-only guest lectures and workshops about tools, technology, and entrepreneurship.
From special guest lectures to informal quirky tech sessions. We keep the space vibrant with lively events. Need a hand troubleshooting problems, sourcing materials, or just a supportive group to run ideas by? Somebody is here to help. Collaborate online on our message boards and offline at the shop at our many social or learning events.
Members can host free approved Meetups or user group meetings in the shop at no charge, and have the ability to rent meeting space for paid or private events.