The Makerspace is Open in Bellis Fair!

Bellingham Makerspace is ready to announce that we have completed our relocation and renovation, and are now proudly open once again to the public in our new, larger location in Bellis Fair!

Our location is in unit 618, adjacent to the Dick’s Sporting Goods entrance. We are open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The front door is open and we are accepting new members, offering tours and classes to anyone who is interested in learning to make stuff. You can find details about classes, membership or volunteering on our website.

Tools and capabilities include: woodworking, 3d printing, laser cutting and engraving for wood and acrylic, vinyl cutting for stencils and stickers, large format printing, electronics workbenches, sewing machines, CNC machining, metalworking, ceramics, and screen printing.

Monthly membership gives you access to the Makerspace, online resources, computers, and discounts on classes. It also helps us keep the machines in good working order for the community to use.

New features of the space include: studio space for small businesses, a classroom that can be reserved for teaching small classes or events, and retail space in the mall for our members.

It has been an amazing transition, thanks to the hard work of dozens of dedicated volunteers. The Makerspace has more to offer now than it ever has. Stop by, meet some friends, and make cool stuff!

Halloween Costume Make-A-Thon

Come on down to the Makerspace on October 19th from Noon to 5 and design, build and show off your costumes for Halloween! Our full textile space and fabrication is at your disposal, along with the wonderful Mo Green as an instructor to help make your costume ideas into fantastic reality!

Intro wood working class – Make a box from reclaimed wood!

Learn how to accurately cut and assemble pieces to make a box. Sounds deceptively simple, but the skills you’ll acquire are the building blocks of furniture, cabinets, rough framing, or even just more boxes!

This is a terrific introductory class for new carpenters looking to learn the basics around a tool bench and it provides an ideal foundation for more complicated woodworking projects in the future! The unique box you build can be hung up on a wall and used as a bookshelf, display case, storage container or shadow box. By using reclaimed building materials from The RE Store, participants will learn how select, work with, and get the most out of reclaimed and salvaged lumber, tools, and more. Come join The Foundry and The RE Store in creating something new out of something old.

Check the Calendar for more info!

LipSync Buildathon

This past Saturday we joined together with The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention to host the LipSync buildathon where we successfully made 18 LipSync devices that were donated to the Makers Making Change cause: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies. Here are some highlight pictures from the event!

A great project even for beginners like us. A fun way to bond and serve our community. We were successful on our first try! –Alex & Tom Weller

Really well organized, clear instructions, and great experience overall! Would attend another. -Ryan Shape

Excellent project! Easy to follow instructions and there was always someone to help and teach me, whether it was volunteers or other community members.-Emmanuel Harley

ILL Gotten Games

Coming up with Ill Gotten Games on July 8th learn to make your own 3D printable miniature or board game piece! To register for the class and get more info, click here. To see some more projects from Ill Gotten Games, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maker’s Making Change LipSync Buildathon June 24th !

BELLINGHAM – The Foundry, Bellingham’s Makerspace, and The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention join in hosting the Maker’s Making Change LipSync Buildathon on June 24th. We are inviting the public to join us as part of a team that will build mouth-operated joysticks that make it possible for a person with no use of their hands to control a touch screen device such as tablet computer.

The LipSync Buildathon is an opportunity for individuals to join a team of 2-3 others and build a LipSync, Teams will be supplied with the tools, components, parts and instructions, and will work together to assemble, solder, transfer the code onto an Arduino board, and mount the device to a wheelchair. Technical knowledge isn’t required, as they will be supported by the LipSync creators, the Neil Squire Society, and their new program, Makers Making Change: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies.

“We’re excited about partnering with the Spark Museum on our first buildathon, ” says MaryElliott Keane, founder and director of the Foundry. “We expect a great turnout as people come together to make a difference in the lives of fellow members of our community”.

Individuals interested in participating in this event, receiving a LipSync device, or would like to help support this program with a donation, please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-foundry-lipsync-buildathon-registration-34788474263/amp Tickets for build participants are $10 each, and funds will go towards cost of materials. A light pizza lunch will be provided. For ages 14 and up.

The Foundry, Bellingham’s Makerspace is a member based, non-profit, community fabrication center that provides access to space filled with tools for makers, inventors, builders, students, entrepreneurs and teachers. Members gain access to state of the art tools and a creative, thriving, supportive community.

The mission of the Spark Museum is to offer exciting and educational experiences for audiences of all ages through galleries and public programs that illustrate the development and use of electricity, radio, and related electrical inventions that changed the course of human history. Using our collection as inspiration, we foster a spirit of innovation and invention through dynamic hands-on programs.