Who should join
Are we the right place for you? There are several other hackerspaces/makerspaces in the area, and it’s important to find the right fit! i3Detroit has a lot of capabilities but also expects a strong commitment in return. Our dues are kept low because members share the work of upkeep — if you’re proud to help, please keep reading!
Are you the right person for us? Take a look at i3Detroit’s Vision and make sure you understand why each of those things is important. If you’re not sure yet, come as a guest a few more times, talk to more members, and get a sense of how the community operates.
How to join
So, you’ve visited the space a few times and you can’t wait to take the plunge? Sweet!
First, teach yourself what you need to know to be a member! Yes, teach yourself – it’s a DIY group, after all.
We’ve set up a sort of “scavenger hunt” or “experience quest” to guide you on this process. By finding the answers to these questions, you’ll familiarize yourself with the space, the organization, the people, and the internal systems that tie it all together.
Expect to spend 5-6 hours and visit the space 2-3 times in order to complete the quest. Take your time and read carefully! Skim both of the following forms, then begin working on phase 1:
Once you’ve submitted that, the results will be processed by a volunteer, which may take several days. (If you don’t hear anything in a week or so, email membership@ and check.) If your responses look sensible, we’ll create some accounts for you, and you’ll get a handful of emails about various logins which will enable you to perform the tasks in phase 2:
If your phase-2 responses look good, we’ll make an appointment to do the last steps, set up your dues payments, and make you a key. After that, you’ll be a member!
i3 Detroit is a collaborative environment for people to explore the balance between technology, art and culture. We feel the best way to create this environment is to bring together like-minded people who share a common passion for technology, art and culture.
The community is run by its members through voting. All founding members have worked together to create a set of by-laws that all members and supporters follow. The goal is to provide a safe and fun community environment.
Our goal is to stay a community resource through continuous hosting of various classes and events. We have created an environment that promotes learning in a fun non-traditional format.
i3 Detroit is continually working with other hackerspaces and community organizations to work on projects, events and educational opportunities.
What does i3 stand for: Imagine, Innovate & Inspire
How we fund the project:
We fund the project through our Membership dues, Sponsorships, Fundraisers and Donations. All proceeds go towards paying the rent, utilities, insurance, and tools. All financial decisions are voted on by members with voting rights.
- To continue to build, maintain and grow our physical space suitable for technical, art and social collaboration.
- Collaborate on all forms of technology, art and culture in new and interesting ways.
- Freely share its research and discoveries, using what is learned to teach others.
- Recruit and develop talented members dedicated to these purposes.
- To share knowledge, information and our crafts with other members and our communities.
i3 Detroit is a 501(c3) organization which will allow us to receive donations to aid us in meeting our purposes.
Woodworking – Band saw, table saw, router table, scroll saw, drill press, hand tools, nail guns, planer, miter saw, and lathe
Metal working – Table top mill, metal break, angle grinders, full size lathe, HASS VF3, Torqcut CNC machine, Bridgeport mill.
Electronics – scopes, function generators, various power supplies, bread boards, soldering and desoldering stations,
Fab Lab – 150 Watt Laser Cutter, PrintrBot, Vinyl Cutter, T-shirt Press, Button Maker, Plotter (and coming soon: a Sheet Styrene Vacuum Former).