I3 Detroit

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I3 Detroit
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Status active
Country United States of America

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City Ferndale

Date of founding


Last Updated 2014-10-14
Website http://www.i3detroit.org/


















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1481-A Wordsworth, Ferndale
MI-48220 Ferndale
United States of America

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Membership fee

$49 per month (USD) (the only level of membership): 24/7 access to the space by RFID key, tool usage, member storage allocation, members-only discussion list access, class discounts, and invitations to members-only events.

$0 for guests: 24/7 access whenever your friend the member is around to host you as their guest. Full access to tools, but no storage, and cannot be alone in the space (must have a member present).

Size of rooms

8000 ft²

Location 42° 27' 13.0032", -83° 6' 48.636"
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The Basics:

i3 Detroit is a member-run non-profit do-it-yourself collective based in Ferndale, Michigan. We have all the electronics and CNC capabilities typical of most hackerspaces, plus a large shop space for noisier, dustier work. Our main blog is www.i3detroit.com, and updates are also frequently posted to Twitter as @i3detroit. There is a harassment policy.

The main room


In April 2009, our founder started a website and sent a bunch of emails to people in the community. Also, he listed i3Detroit on this wiki. Meeting weekly in a coffee shop, a small cadre of motivated individuals came together to identify our common goals and take steps to meet them.

On September 4th, 2009, papers were signed giving i3Detroit a lease on 1500 square feet in downtown Royal Oak. We spent the Labor Day holiday, and the following month, renovating the space and building it out. From paint and lightbulbs to drywall and stairs, there was a lot to build and fix.

The woodworking shop
Part of the machine shop

Our Grand Opening party took place on October 3rd, 2009 and officially opened the space. Jim Ellison, the mayor of Royal Oak, came out to perform our ribbon-cutting. (He used an oxyacetylene cutting torch to burn through a piece of ribbon cable stretched across our garage doorway. Why be boring?)

On March 31st, 2010, i3Detroit migrated to its new home in Ferndale, MI. More than 6,000 square feet larger, the new location has over 1,000 square feet of office space and roughly 7,000 square feet of warehouse floor. Amid the sound of saws and compressors, the new space and i3Detroit's first birthday were both celebrated with a barbeque on April 25th, 2010.

Present Day:

Part of the electronics lab (a.k.a. e-room)
The arts & crafts room

Currently, i3 Detroit hovers around 120 dues-paying members and a handful of regular guests, with several people in the space on any given night of the week. Weekends are very busy. Recurring events and occasional classes dot the calendar, and we usually make a strong showing at local DIY-oriented events. This is nowhere more true than Maker Faire Detroit, where so many projects come from i3 that we get our own large tent each year.


Here's a sampling of what's in the space:

The 150-watt laser cutters.

Woodworking – Band saw, table saw, router table, scroll saw, drill press, planer, miter saw, lathe, circular saws, impact drivers, cordless drills, various hand tools, pneumatic nail guns, oscillating multi-tool, hardware area including copious screws and other fasteners

Metal working – Table-top lathe, full-size (14x40") lathe, table-top mill, full-size Bridgeport mill, anvil, CNC mill, CNC lathe, sheet metal roll/brake/shear machine, drill presses, band saw, sand-blasting cabinets, 300A AC/DC TIG welder, various smaller MIG/wire welders, angle grinders, extensive scrap metal stock

Electronics – 3 temperature-controlled soldering stations, 14 wattage-controlled soldering stations, hot-air SMT rework station, numerous soldering aids and pick/pry/tweeze tools, solderless breadboards, prototyping boards, several lab-style power supplies, analog oscilloscope, Open Logic Sniffer, Saleae Logic analyzer, Bus Pirate, AVR Dragon, AVRISP, PICkit2, numerous TTL-serial adapters (FTDI and similar), extensive stock of components (resistors including sub-ohm and multi-watt, capacitors from pF to 10F, prewound inductors and toroid cores, discrete BJT and FET transistors, hundreds of logic ICs and op-amps, hundreds of trimmers and panel-mount pots, thousands of LEDs)

Crafting - Husqvarna embroidery machine, Cricut cutting machine, Silhouette cutting machine, Cricut Cuttlebug, Yudu silk screen machine, Singer serger, various small sewing machines, 34-inch vinyl cutter, 54-inch vinyl cutter, heat presses, glue guns, Perler beads, numerous paints and brushes, easels, button maker, various basic supplies and tools

Fab Lab – Two 150-watt laser cutters, one 40-watt laser cutter, CNC plasma table, Stratasys FDM 1650 3D printer, Printrbot/LC 3D printer, Rostock MAX 3D printer, LPKF Protomat C30/S circuit-board mill.

The fabrication lab.
The member storage and wood shop.


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