About Phoenix Forge

Phoenix Forge

GateWay Community College (GWCC) has begun construction of its new makerspace in downtown Phoenix, which is due to open in Fall 2020. On behalf of the Maricopa County Community College District, GWCC is renovating the 22,500-square-foot former warehouse at 535 W. Van Buren Street into what will become the largest makerspace in Arizona. It will be open to MCCCD students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public (for a membership fee).

So, what is a makerspace? Makerspaces can be thought of as community workshops, or community centers with tools. They are 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 Team

Bruce Balfour
Executive Director

Ben Bednarz
Program Manager

Stephanie Adames
PR & Marketing

Thad Trubakoff
Wood Shop Senior Instructor

Julian Silva
Metal Shop Senior Instructor

Phoenix Forge Equipment

Machine Shop

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


  • 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

Wood Shop

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


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


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

Textile/Screen Printing

  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Heat Press
  • 4-Color Press
  • 1-Color Press
  • UV Exposure Unit
  • Drying Cabinet
  • Loom
  • Long-Arm Quilting Machine
  • Sewing Machines: Heavy Duty, Garment, Upholstery, etc.
  • Serger
  • Iron
  • Commercial Washer/Dryer

Glass Shop

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

Ceramics (2021)

  • Kiln
  • Pottery Wheel

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