i3 Detroit, a cooperative space for makers, inventors & entrepreneurs of many trades, will celebrate its grand opening with an open house on Saturday, October 3. The event will be held at i3′s new facility, 322 E Fourth St, Royal Oak, MI. The public is invited to an open house 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. where they can tour the workspace, meet the members and view their projects. At 7 p.m. there will be a party open to those 18 and over.
Russ Wolfe, founder and president, describes i3 as “a collaborative environment for people to explore the balance between technology, art and culture.” The 1,500 sq. ft. facility contains an assortment of fabrication tools, a classroom, and stock of many common components. “We want people to learn how things work by enabling them to build projects and providing them access to tools that would normally be found in a factory.”
i3 moved into the Royal Oak location on September 3. Since then, members have been working every day to prepare the space and bring in heavy tools. “It’s a lot of work, but we are all excited to see the vision coming together,” says member, Ted Hansen
Members have a wide range of interests and professions. “We have machinists, programmers, artists, and electrical engineers as members now,” says i3 member Phil Frost. “Everyone has a useful skill to share.”
i3 hosts public classes on topics as diverse as its membership, such as woodworking, Linux, amateur radio, telecom architecture, computer programming, and automobile repair.
Everyone is welcome to come by to see the space and chat with our members. The space is full of creative individuals and great conversation. We hope to see you there!
Just a Reminder that we will be holding our regular group meeting Tuesday September 15th @ 7:00 P.M. We will be meeting at our new space at 322 East 4th St. Royal Oak Mi 48067. Our meetings are open to anyone that would like to come. If you are interested in finding out more about our group and would like to be apart of it please join us! We are still actively accepting new members.
The i3 Detroit members are currently working hard to get the space into shape to open to the public and new members. During this crazy and exciting time we are also working on setting up some class schedules that will be announced shortly and you will be able to sign up on our classes page. Please stay tuned for a list of classes!
Just a Reminder that we will be holding our regular group meeting Tuesday September 8th @ 7:00 P.M. We will be meeting at our new space at 322 East 4th St. Royal Oak Mi 48067. Our meetings are open to anyone that would like to come. If you are interested in finding out more about our group and would like to be apart of it please join us! We are still actively accepting new members.
This weekend was an awesome time spent with all the members for our first weekend of buildout at the new i3 Detroit Space. We are making good progress and are very excited to have our Grand Opening Party in a few weeks and wanted to share some photos of the space and happenings over the weekend. Come by and Check us out we will be having our weekly meeting tomorrow evening at the new space @ 7:00 P.M. 322 East 4th Street Royal Oak Mi.
All Photos Courtesy of Nick Britsky and Brad McMahon!
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For tours, just drop in before a meeting (Tuesdays 5-7pm) or any Friday evening (5-9pm).
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