Makerspace Updates

Featured Member(s): The KIN Collective

The KIN Collective – Owen Schwab, Michael Slavich, Lizzy Wilson
KIN Collective is a community artist group based in Albuquerque, NM and are best known as the hosts of the Arty Party. Though many members had been collaborating together for years, the group organized as a collective last August. Since then, they have been working to find ways to make art accessible to everyone and to forge connections amongst different facets of the community. The collective is comprised of fifteen local artists, ten are working on their current project, and five are FUSE Makerspace members. Their latest endeavor is CUCKOO BEEST, a large scale roadrunner performance piece for SOMOS 2019. CUCKOO BEEST will be paraded through the event with puppeteers in costumes. It is made out of metal, recycled fabric and materials. During the day it is meant to serve as an icon of New Mexico and our community, at night it transforms into a psychedelic spectacle of light. We sat down with a few members and asked them some questions, here’s what they said:
Tell us a little bit about what you’re making.
“Imagine a giant Roadrunner roaming the streets, singing, dancing, and getting trippy during the night. It will be a grand undertaking and a spectacle of light and psychedelic movement.”
What brought you into FUSE?
“It was the only space that could facilitate our project, not the only but the best. We also knew Dena, Dana, and Manny.”
What was the most valuable thing to you here?
“The people here. The staff has been beneficial and helpful. Shared knowledge and the willingness to share knowledge. Manny offering to help with any insight.”
What does your process look like?
“Concept, sketching, technical sketching into 3D modeling into pricing and ordering then into fabrication. Then when in fabrication figuring things out as you work.”
What advice would you give to someone who might be considering joining/might be considering FUSE?
“Don’t be afraid of the price. Even though it’s a substantial startup price it is worth it in the end because you get access to everything.”
What were the biggest things you learned?
“I know everything.”
What were some complete failures/successes you ran into?
“The welding has been going well.”
What’s your favorite tool?
“The welder.”
How do you see yourself or your business growing? Where would you like to be in the next 5 years?
“We’re primarily artists whose mediums aren’t necessarily large scale or permanent or something you need a workspace to keep in. We want to have a deeper commitment to building, leaning more towards installation than object art.”
What is your proudest moment as a maker?
“When things line up the way they’re supposed to.”
Be sure to check out CUCKOO BEEST by the KIN Collective and at SOMOS 2019 on September 28th. You can donate to their project on kickstarter.

Make and Take Jewelry Workshops for Mother’s Day (or any day)!

Swivel Locket and Frame and Spinner Ring
Looking for the perfect mother’s day gift? FUSE has you covered. We are hosting two different jewelry workshops where you can use simple bench jewelry techniques to create custom gifts for your loved ones or a little something special for yourself! Join us for either workshop on Saturday, May 5th. Swivel Locket and Frame | 9am to 1pm | $75 In this fun 4-hour workshop you will create a beautiful textured swivel locket and/or picture frame in copper and brass.  In this “cold-connections” class you will use basic jewelry making tools to incorporate a photo into a locket or frame.  No soldering and no experience necessary. Spinner Ring | 2pm to 6pm | $75 In this 4-hour workshop you will make a sterling silver ring from flat sheet and add 14K gold-filled “spinners.”  You will use hand tools and learn basic torch operations to complete a beautiful spinner ring. How to Register:
  • Click the button below
  • Click “Register” and create a free account
  • Click “Buy” and then select “Packages”
  • Purchase the “Make and Take Jewelry Workshop” Package
  • Click “Book Classes” from the left menu
  • Go to May 5th on the calendar
  • Select the workshop you want to take and click “Book”
Click Here to Register

FUSE Makerspace March Member Meeting

Fuse Makerspace member meeting
Join us for the first member meeting! All current members are encouraged to attend as well as anyone who is interested in becoming part of the FUSE Makerspace community. In this meeting, we will be discussing new offerings and equipment, gather some feedback from current members, have a few exciting announcements, and answer questions from prospective members–all while enjoying delicious pie. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 6:30-8:00pm at FUSE Makerspace at Innovate Abq. Don’t forget to RSVP through our Eventbrite invitation.

Workshop: Collaborative Robots Series

Cobot with instructor showing robot arm
Build With Robots and FUSE Makerspace are teaming up to introduce the fast-growing technology of Collaborative Robots (cobots) to central New Mexico’s economy.  Anyone interested in cobot technology and applications is welcome to join this series of workshops with Build with Robots founders, Randy Krall and Chris Ziomek.


$39 for one class or $75 for the whole series (3 sessions).


Class 1: Intro to cobots: programming movement, actuators and intro to scripts 

Choose any of the following times:

  • Monday, March 5, 4-8pm
  • Monday, March 12, 4-8pm
  • Monday, April 2, 4-8pm
  • Tuesday, April 17, 4-8pm
  • Tuesday, April 24, 4-8pm

Class 2: Tool control point setup, safety, optimizing movement  

  • Monday, March 19, 4-8pm

Class 3: Programming loops, conditional control, procedures and scripts 

  • Monday, April 9, 4-8pm

Instructions to Register:

  • Click the button below
  • Click “Register” to create a free account
  • Click “Buy”
    • Click “Packages”
    • Purchase the “Cobots single class” package or “Cobots training package”
  • Click “Book Classes” from the left menu
  • Select the workshop on date(s) you would like to attend and click “Book”
*We need a minimum number of students to run each class. Please register at least 24 hours before the class time. Click Here to Register

GIVE + MAKE Holiday Toy Drive & Craft Workshop

Join the FUSE Makerspace crew on Saturday, December 16, from 1 – 5 p.m. for the Give + Make Holiday Toy Drive and Workshop.
A donation of an unwapped gift provides access to create unique holiday gifts at our workshop.
Please note: this event is kid-friendly, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult.