i3 Detroit Open House and Party

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!

Great article about the A2 Mini Maker Faire & i3 Detroit

i3 Detroit would like to Thank Dave Askins for writing a great article about the A2 Mini Maker Faire and i3 Detroit in The Ann Arbor Chronicle.

“It was “the world’s largest brush bot,” according to Matt Switlik. Switlik was at the event for i3 Detroit, demonstrating the super-sized version of a brush bot, which are typically made from cell-phone vibrators and toothbrush heads. In addition to the giant brush bot, i3 Detroit had a table-top arena where conventionally sized brush bots were milling about.”

To read the full story go here

Weekly Meeting: Tuesday September 1st @ 7:00pm

Just a Reminder that we will be holding our regular group meeting Tuesday September 1st @ 7:00 P.M. We will be meeting at The Coffee Beanery in Berkley off of Woodward Ave. Just a reminder for all current members that our monthly dues will be collected at this meeting. Our meeting is 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!

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A2 Mini Maker Faire

Developers, artists, and enthusiasts will display their ideas at the first Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, August 29, 2009, at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds.

Location: Washtenaw farm council fairgrounds
Hours: open to the public 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday August 29, 2009
Website: http://www.a2makerfaire.com

Organized by members of the Ann Arbor tech and arts communities such as a2geeks and GO-Tech, this “Mini” Maker Faire is a small, local version of the huge Bay-area Faire, the newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering, and music, in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers–anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Current Exhibitors:

  • i3 Detroit
  • YAAARC Robotics
  • Cupcake Car
  • Laser Lunchboxen
  • Smithy CNC
  • butterfly blanking die
  • that thing bob wants me to do
  • Open Soda
  • Experimental Musical Devices
  • Learn to solder
  • Homemade Arduino modular synthesizer
  • Vortex Doomsday Cannon
  • Recycled bits and quick fixes
  • Ham Radio
  • Modati Studios
  • SERENGETI CANOPY: CURTIS GLATTER
  • Discover Electronics
  • Motown Bound
  • Second Skins: Reworking Leather
  • Wii Will Wii Will Rock You! !! !!!
  • RaPro
  • SAD: Sensory Augmentation Devices

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Come Join i3 Detroit at the A2 Mini Maker Faire this Saturday!