Vinyl Record Album Melting & Open Shop Day

Join us for a lazy Sunday afternoon of vinyl melting. The idea is simple: Take an old record album, add heat, and reshape the now goey black disk into something awesome!

Make cool wall art, a dish for chex mix, or a decoration for your art car. Whatever you want! We don’t care as long as you take home something you proudly forged in the fires of your own creativity! Bring some random metal stuff you might want to form your records around, otherwise we will have various objects to seve this purpose on hand!

We will also have some Popsicles served up to keep cool in the summer heat! ¡Qué refrescante! (how refreshing!)

Admission includes two vinyl records for melting. Feel free to bring some from home, or buy more from us for $1/record if we have extras!

This event goes for 3 hours, but feel free to come and go anytime within that 3 hours. The actual act of melting should only take around 5-15 minutes per record.

Sign up via Eventbrite here:

Sunday, July 15th

1:00pm-4:00pm ET

Robot Knife Fight: development days 5/23, 5/24

Robot Knife Fight courtesy of Kristine Divine

This Wednesday and Thursday 7pm – 10pm we will have the 2 test arenas, and 4 test robots bouncing around at i3Detroit.  If you want to play with some arduino or python code or just want to checkout the balloon based carnage stop by either evening.

Also, a big thank you to the folks at the Detroit Night Market and all who helped decorate the RKF truck.  Especially Kristine for her photos and machine inspired decorations.

The next event Robot Knife Fight will be sparring at is the annual Detroitnet pink slip party June 21st at Woody’s in Royal Oak.  It is a networking event for IT professionals and recruiters.  See you there.

Hans, Micho, Kristine, and Belvedere next to the Puppy Powered, Steampunk Chariot!

TechShop Grand Opening & People Mover Design Challenge


Hans, Micho, Kristine, and Belvedere next to the Puppy Powered, Steampunk Chariot!

TechShop Detroit held their Grand Opening Celebration this weekend on May 5–6, 2012.

For their People Mover Design Challenge, they generously offered use of their makerspace, classes, and the help of their very knowledgeable staff to a joint i3 Detroit / District VII team composed of Kristine Diven, Micho Detronik, and Hans Chen.

Working out of all three spaces—i3 Detroit, District VII, and TechShop Detroit—they created a puppy-powered, steampunk chariot that wowed the judges and won first place!

President Matt Oehrlein was also invited to speak at the panel “Putting the D in DIY”.

A big thank you to TechShop and all its Detroit and out-of-state staff for their amazing hospitality, generosity, and making us such an important part of their opening!