Futel Project Presentation @ i3Detroit, Oct 15th, 4 pm


Please attend the presentation by Karl Anderson describing the Futel project.

Location: i3Detroit
Saturday October 15th, 4 pm

Public welcome
Futel: An Immobile Phone Company

Futel appears to be nothing more than a collection of payphones installed in public locations, no different than the phones found on any street corner. Except these ones are being installed, not removed. And they work, usually, and they’re free. And if the caller doesn’t have a human to interact with, one might be provided.

Find out what we hope to achieve by starting a free telephone network. In addition to discussing the struggles of putting phones on the street, we will describe our spiritual ancestry from phone phreaks to mail artists to fare evaders, and our reasons for creating useful and nonuseful devices out of discarded junk.
Speaker bio:

Karl Anderson is an experimenter who is good at thinking up projects but bad at predicting whether or not they will be practical. With C.H.U.N.K. 666, he has constructed amphibious human-powered vehicles out of trash. With the Church of Robotron, he has built a skill testing and training facility, indoctrination center, and reading room to reinforce the post-apocalyptic survival tenets of a coin-operated video game.

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Aluminum Welding and Fabrication Class – August 7th, 9A – 12P


Aluminum Welding and Fabrication Class

This class will be an introduction to working with Aluminum, including cutting, grinding, cleaning, and especially welding. We’ll break out both the A/C TIG and the MIG Spoolgun.

i3 Detroit – 1481 Wordsworth, Ferndale, MI 48220 – View Map

Participants must have completed a basic Intro to Welding course and/or be comfortable with the basics of welding safety and general shop safety.

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Introduction to Flask Framework for Web Development

Flask is a popular Python package for developing web applications. Flask is considered a “micro” framework with a simple core and numerous extensions for database integration, form validation, authentication and more.

During the class Bruce will demonstrate a simple website using Flask in a Python virtual environment. Topics will include the model-view-controller (MVC) paradigm, Jinja2 templates and if time permits, integrating a simple SQLite database using SQLAlchemy.


– Some prior knowledge of Python
– Bring a personal laptop if you want to create the website during the class. (Code will be provided.)

Click after the break to register for this class!
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Lock Picking 101 – Sat Feb 27 1-4PM


Learn to open locks without the key.  A fun hobby and intellectual exercise.

Our trainer can have you opening simple locks by the end of class.

Tools will be supplied during the class but many people wish to purchase their own tools to train with.  Suggested tools are either the TOOOL Tremendous Twelve Toolkit available at http://toool.us/equipment.html OR The SouthORD MPXS-08, MPXS-11, or MPX-14 available at http://www.southord.com or http://www.lockpickersmall.com/

Limited Seating.
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First Letterpress Class Held at i3!!!

i3 member Ashley hosted two classes to introduce the new (to i3) Letterpress. The press is a Line-O-Scribe Show Card Writer. The press was built sometime between 1920 and 1940 in Adrian MI.

The class demonstrated basic letterpress techniques and printing. The students picked a Valentine’s Day theme pattern to print. Then the pattern was reversed and carved into linoleum blocks. Different colored inks and paper card stock are picked to create hand made Valentine’s Day cards. The linoleum blocks are put on the press, ink rolled onto the block, and pressure applied to create beautiful cards.


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Letterpress made in Michigan

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The press surrounded by colored oil inks

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