Ever move a Piano? Well today we did, and at the joy of 9am.
Dedicated hackers got a truck and moved 1,500sq’ of hackerspace from Royal Oak, down aprox 2 miles to the new 8,000 sq’ facility in Ferndale. First item of the day, the wondrous player piano. Weighing in somewhere around 600lbs, the beast was rolled out on its heavy duty casters, dragged onto the truck lift and rolled on in.
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After months of searching and negotiating, i3Detroit has a new home! It is 1481 Wordsworth, Ferndale.
Back in December, it was brought to our attention that we needed, and did not have, a Certificate of Occupancy for our space in Royal Oak. This set off a chain of events (to be detailed in a later post), culminating in the selection and negotiation of a new space in Ferndale. Not wishing to make the same mistake twice, we made our leasing contingent on the ability to get a C of O for the new space, which I’m happy to report happened this morning.
Briefly: The new space is huge. It’s 8,000 square feet (up from the 1500 we’ve been calling home) and mostly warehouse. It has commercial power, a large overhead door, and did I mention it’s huge? There’s some pretty significant renovation and remediation work yet to be done on the front “office” area, but the back “warehouse” portion is good to go.
As a group, we poured countless hours and thousands of personal dollars into overhauling the Royal Oak space, and we can’t recoup most of that investment. The drywall, the floors, the wiring fixes, the cleaning… None of that comes with us. It’s going to take a lot more work and materials to make Ferndale our new home.
We could use your help! We’ve set a goal of $5000 on our Kickstarter fundraiser, which will go a long way towards helping us meet build out costs! With your help, we can make the new space bigger and better than ever. Remember the first time you set foot inside i3Detroit? Please tell a friend!
Amazing, amazing, amazing, that’s all we can say. We have 13 days left and we are 60% funded on Kickstarter. Thank you so much for your help. Your support is why we do what we do. We are almost at our goal. If you haven’t pledged to make i3Detroit v2.0 amazing yet, you still have time to do it. So do it. Right now. Seriously. I am talking to you!
Just wanted to share a picture set with you of our new facility. It has been posted once, but just can’t help but show it off like a newborn baby. We are working with the city of Ferndale and will hopefully have our C of O in the next couple of days. Then it is on to painting, building and moving.
We spent this past weekend boxing everything up at the old space. It was a bit sad and nostalgic. But like our insightful Director at Large, Nick Britsky said “i3 Detroit is in here” (while pointing to his heart). And, yeah, he is right.
Thanks again and enjoy the pics.
We will start taking down the decorations and equipment to pack everything into easy movable boxes. Then, within the next couple weeks, transport to the new 8,000 sq/ft facility located in Ferndale.
The new facility will be a place where robots roam free. Grazing among the vast plains of creativity, co-existing in relative dimension and space, while engineers modify and perfect their power wheels racers.
If you don’t have any boxes, pledging to our kickstarter will help us cover our deposit and bring you the tools and community to your backyard.
Look out for a massive open house and party in May but feel free to stop by at anytime to see the progress and potential of this new space.
This Sunday, there will be an electronics class meeting from 2:00 to 4:00.
Last week we covered a lot of theroy, and in the end build a single transistor driver for a piezo buzzer. We connected these to a function generator and made some audible beeps.
This week, we will be building an oscillator so we don’t need the function generator. We will talk about capacitors along the way, and go in to detail about how a nontrivial circuit works: the astable multivibrator. This is the same circuit we used to flash two LEDs a few weeks ago, but this time we will be making it oscillate at audio frequencies.
Anyone (member or not) is welcome to attend.
phone: (248) 906-8473
For tours, just drop in before a meeting (Tuesdays 5-7pm) or any Friday evening (5-9pm).
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