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:

24/7 for all paying/keyed members in good standing.

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.

How to become a Member:

The full process is explained in this document on our Wiki. Please read it!

Before orientation:

  • Come to the space as a guest, several times if possible. Open Shop Friday is a good time, or post on -public (below) and arrange a visit.
  • Sign yourself up for i3detroit-public.
  • Make a note of the email address used in the above step. (Many of us have several addresses, but this is the one you’ll be using to communicate with i3 as a whole.)
  • Add our calendar to your personal calendar.
  • Review the new member welcome/signup form, found on the Forms page. (Don’t bother printing it, just read it over.)
  • Read through the Standing Rules, and at least skim the Bylaws. Every member must follow these.

New member orientations are done on the first and third Tuesday of the month, before the regular member meeting, at 6:30 pm.

On the day of orientation:

  • Please arrive early! 6:00 or 6:15 if you can.
  • Bring a laptop if you have one. (If not, a public terminal may be available to use.)
  • Introduce yourself to lots of people! As a new member, meeting the existing members is important.

If the above times don’t work for you:

Most of the group’s business happens on Tuesdays, so it’s best in the long run if you can make that work and be involved. But if you just can’t swing it, contact our membership coordinator and we’ll work something out.

Membership at i3Detroit is $49/month

Do not pay us for membership until after we have given you a key!

Payment Options:

Recurring One-time


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.