About Phoenix Forge

Phoenix Forge FAQs

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.

When are you open?

Our current hours are Monday-Friday 1pm-9pm.

Can I come look around?

Yes! We love showing off our facility. Stop by any time we’re open.

Do you allow children to create at Phoenix Forge? 

No, we have many dangerous tools here. Please leave the kiddos at home!

But my children are very exceptional and amazing children. Can they join?

I’m sure they’re great, but this isn’t a great fit. There are plenty of creative and fun spaces geared toward children.

Do you provide materials?

Materials are included with any classes you take. For your own projects, we ask that you bring in materials.

What if I want to make stuff, but I have no idea how?

Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some have lots of experience with tools, some have very little. All are welcome here. Our staff members are highly trained, helpful, and patient. Whether you need to pick our brains, or get some help understanding the equipment, we’re happy to help!

Okay! I’m ready to join! What’s my first step?

All new members must take a General Member Orientation. Those are offered on Mondays at 3pm, and again at 6pm and last around an hour.

Phoenix Forge Equipment

Prototyping

  • 3D Printers
  • Glowforge Laser
  • Universal Laser
  • Rotary Tool for Laser
  • 3D Scanner
  • Computers with CAD/CAM, design software (various)

Wood Shop

  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table Saw
  • Band Saw
  • Benchtop Sander
  • Drill Press
  • ShopBot Router 96×48
  • Wood Lathe
  • Vacuum Forming System

Jewelry

  • Flex Shaft Rotary Tools
  • Polishing Wheel
  • Soldering Torch
  • Ring Mandrels
  • Jewelers’ Saws
  • Table Vise
  • Hand Tools

Electronics/Robotics

  • 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

Welding

(Coming Soon)

  • Stick Welder
  • MIG Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Spot Welder
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torch
  • CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Hand-Held Plasma Cutter
  • Sand Blaster (cabinet)
  • Blacksmithing 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

Glass Shop/ Ceramics
(2022)

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

And More!

  • Large Format Photo Printer
  • Laptop Computers
  • Button Maker
  • Hot Wire Foam Cutter
  • Cutting Mats
  • Utility Knives
  • Handheld Power Tools

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Phoenix Forge Team

Bruce Balfour
Executive Director
Bruce.Balfour@GateWayCC.edu

Ben Bednarz
Program Manager
Benjamin.Bednarz@GateWayCC.edu

Matthew Briggs
Wood Shop Senior Instructor
Matthew.Briggs@GateWayCC.edu