High Hopes and Big Plans
January 10th, 2021
Community Safety Update
November 10th, 2020
Due to the rapid rise in COVID cases, the Future Forge Makerspace is now closed to the public!
We will be present at the space, but the door will be LOCKED! We will still have staff in the space during regular business hours for members without key fob/card access, just knock and someone will let you in!
We are continuing to uphold COVID safe practices here at the space! We have created a sanitation station as you enter the Makerspace where you will be required to sanitize, properly wear your mask (face shields are not a substitute for a mask), and record your temperature before you enter.
In other news, our team has been working hard and making some serious progress on the Wiki page! We are currently working on adding tool descriptions, procedures, and manuals to all of our higher level tools! Click Wiki on the toolbar to check it out!
The woodshop is becoming increasingly popular! We are still looking for volunteers that would like to donate any time or expertise to the space! Please contact us if you would like to join!
October 20th, 2020
The woodshop is now open! As we slowly begin to build our new infrastructure, we are actively looking for volunteers to share their time and experience with us by organizing, cleaning, and developing this space into a functional workshop! If you are interested in helping out, please contact us at 575-519-5798 or email us at: FutureForgeNM@gmail.com.
We're happy to see that more makers have been coming and practicing their skills in our community space, though we are also still concerned with the rise of COVID cases in New Mexico. As a result we will be limiting the amount of people inside our space to 10, this includes our staff, volunteers, and interns so don’t forget your mask!
We'll also be rethinking our Makers Market in lieu of the new ordinances. We've also been messing around with ideas for alternative markets. Some of the thoughts on the table are: an online video stream of vendors showcasing their workshops and merch, pictures posted to our website of vendor merch, or hosting a podcast to talk about Forge work, crafts, and vendor updates. We want to continue helping our vendors sell their merchandise as safely as possible, but any possibilities we have are still up in the air for now.
Everyone be safe and have a Happy All Hallow's Eve!
Reworking the Space
September 22nd, 2020
It has been a busy month here at the Makerspace. Currently, we are redeveloping our work stations to better suit our members' needs and interests, as well as assembling a Wood Shop Committee to take on the eventual opening of a new Wood Working area in the building.
We have been rearranging and organizing the space to better accommodate our newest additions to the shop: The Wazer and The Laser Cutter.
The Wazer (Water Laser) is a high pressure water cutter, able to cut through anything from paper to half inch thick steel!
The 130 watt, CO2 Laser Cutter can fit an entire 4x8 piece of plywood in the passthrough!
These amazing machines are close to finished so be sure to sign up for a membership!!!
The Makers Market has been a successful project that we at the Future Forge are very proud of. We are receiving good feedback from the community and are doing our best to provide a safe space for local makers to show off their passions and talents while generating some sort of income.
Hard at work, as things change, so will we! We stay dynamic and determined in a time of uncertainty to help our community stay active and safe!
August 11th, 2020
We have been hard at work here at the Forge orienting new members on many tools throughout the past month. As we are only operating at 20% capacity, we are still here to provide you with a space to allow for creativity to flourish! It is important to remember that mental and emotional stability goes a long way and can improve your physical health as a result. Self expression is a form of healing and now is a very important time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember to connect with family and friends to maintain a strong network of support for one another, you are never alone!
Though times are uncertain, we are forging on! We have opened a weekly Makers Market in the Main Street Plaza downtown, so whether you would like to participate or just enjoy some safe company, join us from 8:30 to 12 every Saturday! We provide sanitizers, masks, and a hands free handwashing station as well as encouraging social distancing to ensure community and vendor safety!
For more information you can visit our Facebook page or just click the Makers Market tab at the top of the screen!
Check out our latest new on the Makers Market here: http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2020/08/03/future-forge-mainstreet-hold-first-makers-market/
June 6th, 2020
Hello everyone! We have had a successful first soft-opening week regardless of our limited capacity. We have some updates and information we would like to share! We have revised our hours so those that are working regular hours through the week have more time to come by.
Closed Sunday - Monday
10am - 3pm Tuesday - Thursday
12pm - 7pm Friday - Saturday
We at the Future Forge have implemented new shop guidelines to ensure our members safety including limiting the amount of members in the building at a time, intermittent sanitizing stations, frequent tool wipe downs, and mask requirements while in the space. Because of these newly applied guidelines, we are currently open to members only but are in the process of developing some organized tours to the public of the Forge. You are welcome to share this link to anyone who would be interested in checking out the space or if you would like to sign up yourself!
We would also like to announce the implementation of our new key card/fob system! Members that have been with us over one month, have completed proper orientation, and have demonstrated integrity will receive a key card or key fob that will allow them entry to the building before and beyond open hours. If you would like to be added to our contact list and get exclusive update emails, shoot us a message at email@example.com!
We have some new additions to our tool inventory and stations including more personal protective equipment, higher diversity in hand tools, and some big machinery like welders and grinders. We plan on continuing to increase our tool varieties and develop a more diverse inventory in the near future so be sure to keep an eye on the space!
If you haven't already joined our Discord group, here is a link https://discord.gg/WaZmRdu so you can keep in touch with the Future Forge team and other members on what is going on in the space and the community or if you have any questions about what we are doing or how we operate.
Stay safe and be kind! Remain strong and together we can Forge the Future!
Announcing Our Reopening
May 26th, 2020
Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well and ready to dig into those projects you have been waiting to complete! We will be reopening Tuesday, June 2nd with a new and temporary schedule to ensure a quiet and uncrowded work space until further notice.
Our doors will be open
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm
We are very excited to be opening with a variety of new tools for members, in a clean and reorganized workplace ready for utilization. We have rearranged the stations to follow state and CDC guidelines and are respecting the governor’s request to use PPE in the shop to ensure our community’s safety. Speaking of which, we have moved our PPE production into a new facility in order to reopen with full use of the building.
Members! Be sure to stop in and check out the new space! We are working on a key fob integration for our members to allow access to the space beyond the new shop hours listed, so if you haven’t signed up as a member, be sure to contact us and get signed up ASAP!
If you haven’t already, click the link to join our Discord channel to stay updated on what’s going on at the Forge and stay connected with other makers. https://discord.gg/WaZmRdu. Stay well and we will see you all soon!
May 20th, 2020
This year's community fundraiser, Silver City’s Give Grandly, has come and gone. We were fortunate enough to participate and felt a lot of support from our community through their generosity. Here is a short video we have created for the Give Grandly event. It highlights what we are, what we have done, and what we plan to do. If you feel that you too would like to donate to our space, just click here. We have also been featured in the Las Cruces Sun News and New Mexico Magazine.
We are continuing our efforts to provide PPE to the community but have moved our production area to begin organization for our upcoming reopening. As for the space, we are rearranging in order to compensate for new stations and tools, as we plan on opening back up with a very exciting new array of equipment.
We will be posting another update very promptly to announce our reopening date and the new guidelines we will be implementing at the shop in order to keep our members and community safe! Stay healthy during these times, and please feel free to join our discord to keep us connected while we are apart.
COVID-19 Medical Response Update
April 6th, 2020
Since the start of this PPE production on March 30th, we have successfully Produced close to 300 face shields for our local healthcare facilities, including Bayard health center, Silver Healthcare, Gila Regional Medical Center, and HMS. It has been a productive first week of April here at Future Forge. We have been doing our best to provide PPE to local health care facilities, and with the help of our community to make this possible, we have been growing the operation to help as many as we can. We have been working on creating a sterile, safe space to produce this equipment by implementing strict cleanliness requirements prior to entering our production room including removing outer layers of clothing and shoes, and wearing masks and gloves during assembly. The list of equipment we are producing include respirator shells, hands free door hooks, face shields, isolation gowns, and replacement plastic parts. With a much more finely tuned work space and organized assembly line, we are producing approximately 30 face shields a day!
Recently, we were featured on KURU Gila-Mimbres Community Radio in one of their daily COVID-19 updates:
We were also featured in the Silver City Daily Press: http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2020/03/31/makerspace-prints-up-scarce-medical-equipment/
As well as the Grant County Beat: https://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/57000-future-forge-aiding-local-health-centers
We want to give a special thanks to everyone that has donated to our cause, whether monetary or through supplies, we are appreciative of our communities efforts to protect one another! Together we are stronger and with each other's support we will continue to stay ahead of the spread. Times are hard right now, so it is important to remember, there is no illusion greater than fear. Take care of one another and stay well!
COVID-19 Medical Response
March 30th, 2020
Health care providers in our area informed us it is no longer possible to get certain PPE items that are necessary to prevent staff from contracting Covid-19. The members and makers at your local maker space, Future Forge in Silver City, have begun to take part in the national call to makers to produce prototype PPE items that can be made and used locally with easy to obtain materials. We are still in need of support for this endeavor so if you can help, please donate to the cause at https://www.thefutureforge.org/donate
Future Forge is working with teachers and professors from local schools and the university to produce this equipment for health care providers. Local teacher, Ayshford Heneghan, Is helping spearhead PPE research and design for makers at Future Forge community makerspace to produce these pieces of equipment. We are organizing to be able to produce large quantities upon request and also network with other communities to set up local production in other cities. This process is efficient and can be done with less than 5 people, following government sanctions. These are "non medical devices" as they are not inspected or approved by any government body, but similar items have been inspected and are currently in use under emergency provisions at hospitals and testing in other sites such as New York, Washington, and California.
Covid-19 Temporary Closure:
March 19th, 2020
Future Forge will be closed temporarily as the NM Governor's request for non-essential business to close for a short time applies to us. We will be back as soon as we legally can and deem it safe to do so.
Thank you for supporting us and we hope you continue to do so! We will get through this together!
We have created a public discord channel that we encourage people to join and contribute or just stay up to date! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org