About Phoenix Forge

Phoenix Forge

Phoenix Forge is a community makerspace that opened on February 16th, 2021. This makerspace is powered by GateWay Community College on behalf of the Maricopa County Community College District and is open to the public, MCCCD students, and staff. GateWay Community College transformed a former warehouse into a 22,500-square-feet place for makers to create. Phoenix Forge is located 535 W. Van Buren Street in Phoenix.

So, what is a makerspace? Makerspaces can be thought of as community workshops, or community centers with tools. They have shared spaces where members have access to equipment, tools, software, shared technical expertise, focused equipment training, and a community of people with similar interests.

Phoenix Forge will provide access to tools and equipment for prototyping (such as 3D printers) or working with metal, wood, electronics/robotics, textiles, and glass. Want to build a table, an upholstered chair, a metal sculpture, a robot, a bicycle, or a new invention? You can make all of these things, and more while learning and becoming part of a community at the makerspace.

The partners developing the makerspace are GateWay Community College (on behalf of the MCCCD), Arizona State University, the City of Phoenix, the US Economic Development Administration, and APS. Phoenix Forge was designed by Gensler with construction services by TSG Constructors.

Phoenix Forge Team

Bruce Balfour
Executive Director

Ben Bednarz
Program Manager

Stephanie Adames
PR & Marketing Manager

Matthew Briggs
Wood Shop Senior Instructor

Phoenix Forge Equipment


  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Cutters
  • 3D Scanner
  • Computers with CAD/CAM, design software (various)

Wood Shop

  • Jointer/Planer
  • Table Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Benchtop Sander
  • Drill Press

Coming Soon:

  • ShopBot Router 96×48
  • Wood Lathe


(Coming Soon)

  • Stick Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Spot Welder
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torch
  • CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Hand-Held Plasma Cutter
  • Sand Blaster (cabinet)
  • Forge
  • Anvil
  • Grinder
  • Vertical Belt Sander

Machine Shop

(Coming Soon)

  • CNC Mill
  • CNC Metal Lathe
  • Bridgeport Mill
  • Horizontal Bandsaw
  • DoAll Bandsaw
  • Finger Brake
  • Jump Shear
  • Hydraulic Pipe/Tubing Bender
  • Parts Washer


  • Soldering Stations
  • Soldering Irons
  • Digital Voltmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Variable Power Supplies
  • Consumables: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Bread Board, etc.

Textile/Screen Printing

  • Vinyl Cutter
  • 4-Color Press
  • UV Exposure Unit
  • Drying Cabinet
  • Long-Arm Quilting Machine
  • Heavy Duty Sewing Machines
  • Serger
  • Electric Rotary Fabric Cutter
  • Washer/Dryer

Glass Shop

  • A8.3 Annealing Oven
  • K11.4 Kiln
  • Glory Hole
  • Marver Table
  • Bench
  • Glass Furnace Crucibles

Ceramics (2022)

  • Kiln
  • Pottery Wheel
  • Potter Bot

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