i3 Detroit’s Membership Information:

i3 Detroit is a collective of community makers, thinkers, artists, crafters, coders, believers and doers. We run as a cooperative to collaborate on all forms of technology, art & culture in new and interesting ways. Our goal is to continue to provide a physical community space with shared tools, resources and knowledge.

We are able to make this happen by having supporters and members who help us pay the rent, keep the utilities on and through teaching classes to both our members and community.

Each member is expected to help maintain the space, recruit new members and to “Be excellent to each other”.

Hours of operation:

For non-members (guests)Friday evenings 6pm to 9pm, any public meetings, or by appointment with a member. Due to the ongoing pandemic, regularly scheduled in-person events at i3Detroit are on hold.  Member meetings are held virtually and open tour Fridays have been replaced with lower-frequency online meetup/hangout sessions.  Check the calendar for specific times for each.

For members in good standing – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Each member that gets unlimited 24/7 access to the space will be provided with an RFID key and a pin code to allow you access to the space. If you lose your key it will cost $5 to replace it. As of June 6, 2020, in order for members to activate their keys, they must fill out a new waiver and agree to i3’s COVID-19 rules. See here for details.

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 willing 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

Since the pandemic has forced in-person meetings and other events into cyberspace, joining our community is more difficult than usual.  The membership process has been updated to make the steps easier to complete virtually, but it is still a work in progress.  If you are interested in joining, please contact or to discuss the current situation and decide on next steps.

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!

Paying dues

Membership at i3Detroit is $59/month


Payment Options:

Recurring One-time
Membership $59/mo

Buy 11 months and we’ll give you the 12th free!

On the checkout page, you may choose whether to pay with your Amazon account, PayPal account, or credit card (processed by PayPal).



About Us

Our Concept:

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.

Our Purposes:

  • 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.

What resources and tools are available to our members and supporters?

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.

Welding Area –  250amp Hobart MIG Welder, 90amp Fluxcore wire welder,  CNC plasma table

Electronics – scopes, function generators, various power supplies, bread boards, soldering and desoldering stations,

Crafting Cricut cutting machine, Cricut Cuddlebug, Yudu silk screen machine, 37″ Slumping Kiln, Along with basic supplies and tools.

Fab Lab – 150 Watt Laser Cutter,  PrintrBot, Vinyl Cutter, T-shirt Press, Button Maker, Plotter (and coming soon: a Sheet Styrene Vacuum Former).

Our Inspirations:

i3 Detroit has been inspired by the many Hacker Spaces that have been created through out the globe such as Noisebridge, NYC Resistor, Cowtown Computer Congress and Psone.