Welcome to FUSE Makerspace! We are a hands-on makerspace and engineering lab with everything artists, designers and businesses need to make an idea come to life, from equipment to training and community. Check out the information below. If you still have questions you can email us at [email protected] or call us at 505-224-3873 and we’ll be happy to help.
FUSE Makerspace is powered by CNM Ingenuity
Before you can use a piece of equipment at FUSE, you must be certified to use it and have an active membership. Our Introductory Operation and Safety Classes will show you the basics of the equipment and certify you to use it. Basic classes are usually shorter (2-3 hours) or require less material. Extended classes are longer (3-8 hours) or require more expensive material. You can find the schedule for upcoming classes and associated cost listed under Workshops on this website.
Individual Membership Benefits
With an individual membership, you can:
- Access equipment and computers during facility hours
- Schedule up to 12 hours/week on a single piece of digital equipment (Laser cutter, CNC, Vinyl Printer)
- Access to software suites provided in the computer lab (This is not included in the weekly membership)
- 10% discount on all workshops
- Operation and Safety Training for equipment used is required
*All Monthly Memberships auto renew. Members have access to turning off the auto renew in their membership login portal under subscriptions.
Business Membership Benefits
With a business membership, you have:
- 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week Access (1 Key Card for Access)
- 2 Individuals in the space at one time, up to 5 people on the account
- Access software suites provided in the computer lab
- No limit on time spent in shop
- 10% discount on all workshops
- All Individuals on business account are required to complete Operation and Safety Training for equipment they use
*Memberships must be set up over the phone. Please call FUSE Makerspace at 505.224.3873
- Operation and Safety Training
- Make and Take Workshops
- Entrepreneurship Workshops
- Jewelry Techniques
When requesting a refund email [email protected] Workshop Refund will only be granted when contacting FUSE 8 hours in advanced of the workshop.
Membership refunds will only be processed if the member contacts FUSE by email [email protected] 5 days before auto renewal payment takes place.
The payment processor retains a 3% fee that is non refundable and will take 3-5 business days for the system to process the refund to your card.
Thanks to partnerships with charitable foundations and local and national government initiatives, we have access to funding sources for those who qualify. You can find all available opportunities on the CNM Ingenuity website.
All members are required to take the Operation and Safety Training on the specific equipment they want to use. Register on the Workshop page. support makers wanting to learn best practices around starting and maintaining a small business. (ie. Etsy for Makers, Selling It for Jewelry Makers, etc.)
Operation and Safety Trainings
Operation and Safety Training is required for specific equipment access (ie. Intro to CNC Plasma, Intro to CNC Shopbot, Intro to Laser Cutting, Etc.)
Make and Take Workshops
Make and Take Workshops walk you through a specific project start to finish (ie. Cutting Boards, Spinner Rings)
Entrepreneurship Workshops support makers wanting to learn best practices around starting and maintaining a small business. (ie. Etsy for Makers, Selling It for Jewelry Makers, etc.)
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What to Expect and Makerspace Rules
We know it can be both exhilarating and intimidating to walk into a new makerspace community. At FUSE, we strive to create a friendly and inclusive environment for all maker skill levels to build their ideas. To do that, we expect all members and participants to understand there can be steep learning curves to mastering new skills and follow our Makerspace Rules. See Shop Rules below.
All visitors, whether taking a workshop or maintain a regular membership, must complete our waiver form. You can fill out a waiver at our check-in desk or save time and fill out the waiver beforehand at the link below. You must be at least 18 years old to complete the form. Minors are required to have their form completed by a parent or legal guardian.
- Do not use tools or equipment for which you haven't completed either the Operation and Safety Training or a qualification assessment.
- Tools must remain in the shop.
- Inform staff if you need to leave a project (any untagged materials will be disposed of with in 7days.)
- Do no enter office without staff present
- No automotive work on the shop floor
- Hair must tied back, closed toe shoes and safety glasses required in wood & metal shop while machines are in operation.
- Pants, jackets, and proper safety glasses must be worn in the welding and plasma cutting area. This includes clothing made from natural materials such as cotton or leather - no synthetics.
- Tools, machinery, and all other equipment are for members or related workshops participants only.
- Please check in with staff before using outside or unfamiliar materials or chemicals. (Certain materials/chemical also can cause bodily harm or damage machinery.)
- Please refer to our policies and procedures for any additional rules and regulations. Any violations to FUSE policies & procedures may lead to immediate suspension and termination of membership.
Minors in Workshops
- Minors 12 through 15 years of age are permitted to attend when under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or designated adult. The adult must enroll in and pay for the workshop alongside of the minor unless the adult has already taken the workshop in the past.
- Minors 16 through 17 years of age may take all workshops independently, but metal shop, welding, and woodshop programmatic workshops.
Minors with Membership
- Minors must be between 16 and 17 years of age to be eligible for membership and work independently at FUSE in designated areas.
- Minors 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or designated adult at all times and are not allowed to have keys to the space.
- Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for their children and their actions.
- Minors under the age of 18 must have a waiver of liability form signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian.
- Minors 16 to 17 years of age may use most designated equipment and areas independently. Woodshop and Metal Shop areas require the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or authorized adult or are restricted from use altogether.
- The minor and their parent, legal guardian or designated adult must take and pass the Operation and Safety class for all pieces of equipment on which they will be providing supervision to minors.
Email [email protected] or call the FUSE front office (505-224-3873) if you need to cancel your registration or transfer to a different date. Please contact us as soon as possible - our workshops frequently sell out in advance, and the early notification allows us to offer a spot to someone on the waitlist. We will refund your registration fee if you cancel at least 8 hours before the workshop begins. No-shows and cancellations not received at least 8 hours before the training will not be refunded or rescheduled.
Our payment processor retains a 3% fee that is non-refundable, and it will take 3-5 business days for the system to process the refund to your card.
Call the FUSE front office (505-224-3873) if you are running late. You will be considered a no-show if you arrive more than 15 minutes late and have not contacted us. You will not be refunded and will not be allowed to join the class. Late arrivals disrupt class and impact the experience of other participants. If you will be more than 15 minutes late, let us know, we will work to accommodate you on a case-by-case basis.
FUSE Makerspace is not a free storage facility. Projects and materials left in areas not designed for rented storage are considered donated.
- Projects and materials may be stored with a tag in a designated project storage area for up to 7 days.
- Projects with a blue tag past the 7-day mark must be updated with a staff member or move to an abandonment tag.
- Abandonment of project or material must be removed within 7 days.
- Items considered harmful to others, including but not limited to firearms, gunpowder, primers, weapons, or assembled ammunition may not be stored at FUSE Makerspace.
- Limited rental storage is available at varied prices. Projects and materials stored in a rented storage area must be neat and within the confined space assigned to the builder.
- Any flammables, explosives, radioactive materials, hazardous wastes or materials, toxic wastes or materials, or other similar substances, petroleum products or derivatives or any substance (collectively "Hazardous Materials") subject to regulation by or under any federal, state, and local laws and ordinances relating to the protection of the environment or the keeping, use or disposition of environmentally hazardous materials, substances, or wastes, presently in effect or hereafter adopted, all amendments to any of them, and all rules and regulations issued pursuant to any of such laws or ordinances (collectively "Environmental Laws") can not be stored in lockers.
The dress code and required safety equipment applies to both members and guests.
- Safety glasses must be worn on the shop floor.
- When using the angle grinder, wear safety glasses and a face shield.
- Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times, in all areas.
- In areas involving working with high temperatures (welding, plasma table), long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended. Clothing must be made from natural fibers (such as cotton) or leather.
- When using most power tools, especially drills, saws, mills and lathes, short-sleeved shirts or fitted, cuffed long sleeves are recommended. Approved safety glasses must be worn when operating power tools.
- Long hair must be tied back while on the shop floor of FUSE Makerspace.
- Check class listing for mandatory and advisable safety equipment.
- Equipment or clothing listed as mandatory must be worn or used while working with that equipment or taking that class.
- The equipment listed as advisable is a suggestion but not mandatory.
- Some mandatory equipment/clothing may be available for loan or sale.
- Active FUSE Membership
- Successful completion of the related FUSE Operation and Safety Training or qualification assessment
- Reservations are limited to 4 hour blocks. (12 hours per week on high use equipment: Lasers, Vinyl Printer, and CNC Shopbot and Plasma Table)
- Only one reservation in the system at a time. Members cannot book multiple equipment areas during the same time slot.
Cancellations, Late-Shows and No-Shows
- If you can’t make your reservation, call us to cancel at 505-224-FUSE (3873) as soon as possible. If you are more than 20 minutes late for your reservation and you haven’t called to let us know, you forfeit your reservation.
- Failing to cancel a reservation or no-call/no-show more than twice will result in a reservation suspension of 30 days.
- Safety is our primary concern at FUSE Makerspace. All members/individual must adhere to the dress code and personal protective equipment policies.
- Members are only allowed to operate equipment for which they have taken the Operation and Safety training or Qualification Assessment.
- No individual/member is allowed to make or enhance a weapon of any kind or functional accessory for a weapon in the Makerspace, including but not limited to knives, axes, explosives, or firearms.
- Misuse of equipment can result in loss of access to the Makerspace
- Members/individuals must treat all other members, staff, and instructors with respect and adhere to the CNM’s Student and Visitor Code of Conduct. If found to be in violation of the code of conduct, you will be asked to leave and can result in the loss of membership.
- Members/individuals must only be working in the space during the hours of weekly operations unless they have a business membership.
- Members/individuals are not allowed to be at the Makerspace or use any equipment if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- FUSE Makerspace has a zero tolerance policy.
Get started at FUSE today by signing up for a workshop.