Special thanks to everyone who showed up today and helped move equipment, reorganize the shop, and clean. See below for pics!
We are pleased to announce our Grand Opening on July 22nd! Come join us for food, drinks, tours, and a host of great conversation!
The Forge has been working toward this goal for some time, and is finally ready to showcase our progress to the public. We currently stand 43 members strong, many of which have been with our community for over a year. The Forge could not have accomplished so much in such a short time without the never ending support we find in the community, through our members, and local businesses.
The Forge Grand Opening is an event welcoming ALL of the community, so please RSVP and come show your support.
Now that we’re officially up and running, The Forge is annoucing a Call for Equipment to help us put together the tools needed to outfit our workshop. If you or someone you know might be interested in donating or sponsoring a piece of equipment, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
60-Watt Laser Cutter
CNC Milling Machines
Vacuum Forming System
Heat Strip Bending System
Injection Molding System
Computer-Controlled Vinyl Cutter
Powder Coating System
Hand-Held Plasma Cutter
Sheet Metal Spot Welder
Sheet Metal Brake
Rotary Sheet Metal Punch
Sheet Metal Corner Notcher
English Wheel and Planishing Hammer
Sheet Metal Shear
Sheet Metal Roller
Metal Grinders and Sanders
Metal Chop Saw
Metal Horizontal Band Saw
Metal Vertical Band Saw
Electronics Testing and Soldering Equipment
CNC Wood Router System
SawStop Cabinet Table Saw
Wood Band Saw
Vertical Milling Machines
We’ve been getting more and more interest from the media lately as word about The Forge and Makerspaces in general gets around.
Yesterday FOX8 aired Makerspaces Opening Across the Triad, which featured The Forge and the Alamance Maker’s Guild.
Triad City Beat published a great article about us, Greensboro’s Makerspace Opening Imminent. The article as has some good photos from our previous meetings, too.
Many thanks to everyone that has been helping to get the word out!
This are moving fast! So fast that I wanted to provide an update to everyone between meetings this week.
First off, the security and access control systems are now in place and we’re beginning to issue cards to members. If you’d like to get your access card before our next meeting on July 3rd, please email email@example.com to setup a time when you can come pick it up.
As of today, we have our temporary Certificate of Occupancy!
The AV system, including the projector and screen, are now fully setup and working at the space. Many many thanks to Noah for the hours he spent getting them ready. Make sure to pat him on the back the next time you see him.
We also just completed our first TV interview! Make sure to check out FOX8 tonight at 6:00 PM for their segment on maker spaces.
Other than that, stay tuned. There are a lot of great things on the horizon.
Work on the space is continuing at a great pace. We’ve signed a contract for security and access control which should be ready for use in 1-2 weeks. Once access control is in place, all paid members will receive an access card. As a quick reminder, our next meeting is this Thursday at 7:00 PM. We’re expecting a great turnout, so come on down!
Meetings are on the first and third Thursday’s of the month. Since there’s five Thursday’s in May this year, that means there’s a two week gap between the last meeting and the next one on June 5th. See you all then!
The first ever Forge Work Weekend is this Saturday at 10:00 AM. We’re meeting at The Forge on 115 W Lewis St. We’ll be laying out the floor plan on a big whiteboard, setting up A/V equipment, cleaning furniture, and making some runs to The Vault, our storage space.
Come on down and help forge The Forge itself and take a hand in creating a bit of Greensboro!
It’s official, our space at 115 W Lewis Street is now officially known as The Forge! While the name ties in with the history of the building and W Lewis St, it’s also a metaphor for all the new ideas, products, and social connections that the space will foster. Many thanks to the folks that helped come up with the potential names — and many more thanks to our current paid voting members! Look for new branding to appear in the coming weeks.