Just a quick post about a number of exciting recent and upcoming events at the Columbus Idea Foundry….
We’ll be hosting an “open forge” night at the shop this Thursday, from 6pm-10pm. If you’ve previously taken one of Adlai Stein’s classes (blacksmithing, bladesmithing, etc), please feel free to come and sharpen your skills; Adlai will be present to provide assistance and advice. Please RSVP, and bring $10 to cover propane and materials.
We will also continue to offer monthly smithing classes, casting classes, welding classes, lockpicking classes, laser cutting classes, CNC machining classes, and more. We’re moving from a monthly announcement to a longer-term quarterly schedule, so that participants can have an easier time scheduling our classes. Look for a seasonal course catalog to come out soon!
Media and Events
The Columbus Idea Foundry is grateful to have been declared one of the innovative organizations helping small manufacturers flourish in Central Ohio. Check out the article in last week’s Metropreneur. Glad to help contribute to the reason that Forbes Magazine calls Columbus the #1 up and coming tech city!
We’re also grateful to have recently received endorsements from various design and manufacturing organizations around Columbus (including the Ohio Manufacturing Institute), and will soon have a “sponsors + endorsements” page on our website.
We were also invited to showcase one of our exciting new projects at the OSU Center for Automotive Research last week (more about that below); we hosted a booth at the ARTillery-sponsored EarthDay event at the Franklin Park Conservatory this past Saturday, where we offered kids the chance to design and take home their own “solar sun jars” (solar powered night-lights). We will be exhibiting our services and products at the Innovation Summit at OSU this week, sponsored by TechColumbus and the OSU Fisher School of Business. Lastly, we’ll be attending the Wonderland Science Fair at COSI this Saturday, noon to 5pm. Come check us out!
The CIF is extremely proud to be hosting our friend and long time member Todd Perkins, a self-taught freelance industrial designer, and his “Inhaler Project”, at the shop. Todd has been designing an all-electric 1923 Ford Model T-inspired hot rod since 2005, but has only started fabrication in the last year or two, welding the frame at our shop, using our CNC equipment to machine foam for fiberglass lay-up for the body, and more. Not only does it look breathtaking, but its design specs will take your breath away too – at 600 HP and 1200 pounds, it’s designed to be one of the fastest street-legal electric sports cars around, with a target top speed goal of 200 MPH! We were invited to present his car at the Center for Automotive Research (where the fastest electric vehicles on the planet are built – such as the Buckeye Bullet 2.5). We will also be exhibiting his car at the TechColumbus Innovation Summit, as well as at the Wonderland Science Fair at COSI – so check out his website “like” his Facebook Page, come visit it at our various events, and be sure to keep an eye on its progress!
As always, please feel free to email us to schedule a tour, learn about our classes, or to discuss membership at our community workshop.