Come by i3 Detroit this Friday 10/9 for our first build party, from 6PM to whenever. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to see i3 in action, this is a good one! Bring projects to work on, check out other people’s projects, or just hang out and chat. There will be pizza.
Well, I don’t know about you but I had a great time tonight! So many fascinating people, so many interesting conversations. So much support! Royal Oak is really the right place for a space like ours, with neighbors who “get” what we’re doing. Get a load of mayor Jim Ellison with a cutting torch, in what he said was his most unusual ribbon-cutting yet! There are more photos online already, and more will surely be added by the time you read this.
A lot of folks who came to the party didn’t sign (or see) the guestbook, so please leave a comment if that includes you! Also, for i3 newbies, some important info below the cut… Read more
Wow, time flies! Since our last meeting, the floors have been finished, a lot more walls have been painted, and the space looks completely different. Also, the card-access system arrived yesterday and we installed it last night, so members will get their RFID badges at the meeting tonight.
Otherwise the agenda is pretty short, as we move into the final push prior to Grand Opening. Guests are welcome as always, but don’t be surprised if we put you to work, whittling down the to-do list!
Location: 322 E. 4th St, Royal Oak. Time: 7pm-???
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.