About Us

Phoenix Forge is a makerspace powered by GateWay Community College on behalf of the Maricopa County Community College District. It is open to the public, MCCCD students, staff and faculty.

Visit us at any time during regular hours for an informal tour of the space and to learn more about the tools and equipment we have to offer.

Can’t make it in person? Check out our virtual tour.

What is a Makerspace?

Makerspaces are community workshops. They are shared spaces where members have access to equipment, tools, software, technical training, and a community of people with similar interests. Phoenix Forge provides access to tools and equipment for prototyping (such as 3D printers) or working with metal, wood, electronics/robotics, textiles, and glass. 

The partners that developed Phoenix Forge include GateWay Community College, Arizona State University, the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and APS. Phoenix Forge was designed by Gensler with construction services by TSG Constructors.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at makerspace@gatewaycc.edu

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

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

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

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

We provide student & faculty memberships for MCCD and ASU, general memberships for the public, and small business memberships. Check out our membership page to learn more. 

Your membership includes: General Member Orientation, Prototyping Orientation, use of the craft area and collaboration area, shop time, and 6 hours per month per specific piece of equipment. For example, 6 hours per month on the lasers, 6 hours on the lathe, etc. Additional hours range from $2-6 per hour.

We charge for classes and other orientations. Those vary in price based on their length and complexity, currently $50-$150.

For our 2D and 3D printing, you pay for materials used. We can let you know the cost before you decide to complete your print.

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!

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.