A Makerspace is any environment where people can come together to create, collaborate, and build. The Maker Movement has spread all over the world through schools, libraries, and independently-created Makerspaces.
Maker culture grew as a movement in the last 10 or so years and has gained increasing momentum, especially as innovations in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design and hardware technology have taken place.
New technologies in 3D printing, electronics, robotics, and more meet traditional building in woodworking, metalworking, and arts and crafts to create a collaborative and inventive environment.
What is FUSE Makerspace?
FUSE Makerspace, which operates under CNM Ingenuity, Inc., opened in 2016 as a community resource to help stoke the growing startup spirit and foster creative exploration and economic growth. CNM Ingenuity is a non-profit created by Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to pursue cooperative endeavors in technology and innovation.
FUSE Makerspace is the collaborative effort of CNM, CNM Ingenuity, some generous funders, and a small community of makers to create a comprehensive Makerspace for the city of Albuquerque. The focus of FUSE is on supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses creating small batches of products. These “micromanufacturers”, as we like to call them, may not have the capital to purchase the needed equipment for prototyping and producing small batches.
Thanks to an initial donation from Intel, FUSE Makerspace was able to open its first shop at the CNM Main Campus in April of 2016. Since then, we’ve grown in membership and offered over 400 basic introductory and safety classes in the first year.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses that use FUSE also have access to a wide array of business support, such as access to experts, business accelerators, patent filings, legal resources for entity creation, marketing support, production runs, networking opportunities and more.
Hobbyists and students also take advantage of the FUSE Makerspace to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. Before using equipment, FUSE provides individuals with hands-on, basic operating and safety classes. Weekly, monthly, family and student memberships are available