It’s that time of year again when Makers show off their skills by creating on of a kind gifts and decorations. We will be adjusting our hours for the holidays so please double check that you will have the time to complete all your projects.
FUSE Makerspace 2017 Holiday Hours
- Thursday, November 23: CLOSED to all members
- Friday, November 24: CLOSED to Regular and Student Members, open to Business Members.
- Saturday, November 25: OPEN to all Members; regular business hours 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- From December 17, 2017 through January 1, 2018, FUSE will be CLOSED to Regular and Student Members, open to Business Members.
PLEASE NOTE: Regular and Student memberships will be credited 2 weeks of their membership fee at the applicable rate.
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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
On September 26, sparks went flying as President Katharine Winograd used a circular saw to cut the 12-foot wooden bow to inaugurate the new location of FUSE Makerspace. Over 200 people were in attendance including Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez, Mayor Richard Berry, as well as numerous board and community members.
Encouraging words were spoken throughout the night regarding the addition of the new space into InnovateABQ and the entrepreneurial community. FUSE Makerspace is a location where local entrepreneurs, scientists, and students can come together to share ideas and resources. Mayor Richard Barry said, “you’re going to come down here and you’re going to be able to mix and mingle with people who have a different skill set – a diversity of skills. Albuquerque is a very diverse place and our strength is that diversity.”
During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, FUSE Makerspace members were also onsite showcasing their products and talking about how the facility has helped them with their small businesses. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were provided while guests toured the makerspace, talked to members, and looked at available office space. It relocated from a temporary 3,000 square foot location on CNM’s main campus to its new 13,000 square foot permanent location.
FUSE Makerspace is located at 101 Broadway NE, Suite 3100 at InnovateABQ on the northwest corner of Broadway and Central. The hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-9:00pm.