Laser Cutter Training

i3detroit’s two laser cutters are the most used large tools in all of our makerspace.  The things you can make with computer controlled sheet stock cutting (wood, plastic, cardboard, cloth) is limited only by your imagination.

As a member of i3detroit you can use our laser cutter 24/7, but we require that you complete two training classes prior to operating it.

On Tuesday, December 26 @ 7-9PM we will be offering a training class on the laser cutter.   Members Only.  Space is limited to six slots.

This training counts for one of the needed 2 training sessions for authorization to use the Laser Cutters. Registration closes 24 hours prior to class.

Pre-registration is required for class.  Registration closes 24 hours prior to class.  To register, go to our listing in Eventbrite.


December 26 training with Terry.

January 11 Training with Matt


Deck Your Halls! Wreath Workshop

Deck Your Halls: Wreath Workshop
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11am – 2 pm
Where: i3Detroit 
Who: 6 students max
Cost: $20/Student (Eventbrite)

Local small business woman Sue Bussell teaches you how to create those big, gorgeous professional-looking bows, strategies for silk flowers, and the basic essentials of holiday floral decorations!

Bring your own geens — a wreath or tabletop settings — and Sue will provide the rest.

Tickets available for those who would like us to bring a wreath for you.

Sue’s website is at

Digital Music Basics

When: January 14, 3-5 PM
Where:  1481A Wordsworth Street, Ferndale, MI 48220
Max Class Size: 10
Cost: $5 (Get tickets now on Eventbrite!)

Class Description:

Have you ever wanted to sit down and play a tune on the piano for your family or friends? By the end of this class, you should be able to do just that. We’ll begin by using an open-source program called MuseScore. MuseScore helps teach you the notation needed to read music when you type in a song. There are also free apps available to help you out If you need to learn how to read notes. After you learn a bit doing a song or two with MuseScore, you should be ready to sit down at a keyboard to play a simple tune.


This class is for those who don’t know much about how to play. If you feel you fit into this category, then this class is for you. A laptop is recommended. Installation of MuseScore from can be done beforehand, and is recommended, but is not required.

Epoxy Resin Workshop Follow Up

We had a great workshop featuring Resin Painting taught by Emily. Everyone had a great time and made great art. Watching the art work change as the Epoxy mixed and hardened was fascinating.

There will be more workshops in the future. Please keep an eye on our mailing lists for the announcement.

Farewell TechShop, and thank you. An open letter to all affected.

Like many, I was surprised and saddened to hear of TechShop’s closing. My name is Nate Bezanson, and I’ve been around i3Detroit since the very early days, back in 2009, before we had a space. Before we were even certain we’d end up in a space! That seems obvious in retrospect, but it might not have happened the way it did if not for TechShop’s influence.

The history of i3Detroit is intertwined with the history of TechShop in several ways, and I think it’s time to tell that story.

I’ll start with perhaps the least obvious aspect: Motivation.

In the spring of 2009, a little group started meeting at the now-defunct Coffee Beanery in Berkley. (It’s now a Firehouse Subs.) Russ Wolfe was inspired by an article in Wired, I had previously spent some time at HacDC, and going around the group, every single person had their own “origin story”, of how we came to believe in the value of the shared workspace. Russ had come up with the “imagine, innovate, inspire” theme and he registered the i3Detroit domain name, but there was no i3Detroit yet, not in a physical sense.

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