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This project was successfully funded on February 15, 2014.

danger!awesome is an open-access laser cutting, laser engraving, and 3D printing workshop in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge.

About this project

danger!awesome gives aspiring makers the tools and creative environment they need to design, make, invent, and learn.  In the three years since we opened our doors, our modest 500 square foot shop has helped over two thousand aspiring makers, bringing their great ideas to life with three laser cutters and a 3D printer.  This February, we're opening a new 2,000 square foot coworking and classroom space to teach art and engineering workshops, host community design-build projects, and offer the latest and greatest fabrication technology to makers of all ages and experience levels. 

We’ve already taken the first step by securing a second, much larger location, right around the corner from our existing shop.  With this addition, we know we can turn danger!awesome into Greater Boston's next great makerspace.  We have the team, the technology, and the vision to see it through, but now we need you to make this renovation happen.

Our $35,000 Kickstarter goal directly funds the renovation of this new 2,000 square foot space.  We’ll also need desks, chairs, and task lights for the 30 new workstations we will be able to provide.  Our stretch goal of $60,000 puts a CNC router, a jewelry CNC, a powerful fiber laser, and a fume hood within our reach, taking our shop’s production capabilities to the next level.  But this money buys more than just equipment and furniture.  Together, these elements create a learning center with plenty of classroom space, a flexible coworking environment which caters to any project, big or small, plus a full-service workshop ready to host group trainings and events. 

To show you how much we appreciate your support, we’re offering up a wide range of rewards and prizes, brought to you by the talented hands of danger!awesome’s own designers and makers.  So let us show you what we can do or better yet, join us! Pledge towards memberships and workshops for yourself, your family, your friends, or even a local student in need of our resources.

Risks and challenges

As with any renovation project, danger!awesome's biggest challenge in this undertaking will be keeping our construction on schedule. We plan to open the doors on our new space by March 15, exactly one month after our Kickstarter campaign ends. There's a lot of work to do—walls to build, furniture to make, heavy machinery to move—but we have a capable team and supportive community in place to make it happen! Close to half of danger!awesome's staff has or is actively pursuing an architecture degree, so our design team is fully-loaded and ready to go. All we need is your support!

We'll be sure to include you in our project by thoroughly documenting the construction process with webisodes, photos, and blog posts you can easily find on our website and social media. So if something unexpected does happen (like if we find the Arc of the Covenant in the basement, Indiana Jones style) you'll be the first to know.

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  • First of all, you are an amazing human being. Second of all, YES! Just add the totals together for all rewards you would like to participate in and pledge that amount on any single prize. If you're interested in a prize that has a limited quantity, make sure to back that tier to guarantee one for yourself while supplies last. For example, if you'd like a $40 slice of OK Go toast and a $15 party ticket, pledge $55 towards the toast.

    If we're successfully funded, you'll be able to pick and choose multiple prizes equal to your total pledge amount in our rewards survey comes out mid-February.

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Rewards

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    34 backers

    We'll put your name on our website's scrolling marquee and send some facebook or twitter love your way, so the WHOLE internet can see how much we like you.

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    45 backers

    Adopt a laser in need! You'll get a photo and a handwritten letter from the laser cutter you've sponsored.

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    42 backers

    Set of three thank you cards your pen pals will never forget. Lasered with love by the danger!awesome team.

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    77 backers

    One ticket to danger!awesome's Grand Opening Extravaganza on March 15th. Let us thank you in person for supporting our project and give you a tour of our new shop!

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    140 backers

    Customize a pocket-sized Moleskine with any text, logo, or line work of your choice! We supply the sketchbook, you supply the design, and the result is shipped right to your door! (Cahier style, 3.5" by 5.5").

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    30 backers All gone!

    30 lucky early birds get a large Moleskine with any text, logo, or line work of your choice for the same price as the pocket-size! (Cahier style, 5.5" by 8")

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    17 backers

    Customize a pair of laser-etched dog tags with any text, logo, or line work of your choice. For your keys! And your mom!

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    39 backers Limited (11 left of 50)

    No 3D glasses required! These 30-piece wooden puzzles are fun for the whole family. Your choice of red dinosaur, yellow goldfish, or blue butterfly. Stands up to 7” tall.

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    16 backers

    Two-panel wooden necklace, featuring a laser-cut and engraved star map of your zodiac sign, plus your sign's description and symbol. Designed by danger!awesome's Elann Hathaway.

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    13 backers Limited (57 left of 70)

    As seen in OK Go's music video "Last Leaf," co-directed by danger!awesome's founders! You'll get one slice of limited edition, precision-toasted bread, timestamped with its appearance in the video's animation and a certificate of authenticity.

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    40 backers Limited (30 left of 70)

    One 8" by 10" block print of Cambridge by local artist Patrick Luteran. One print from an edition of 70, lasered right here at danger!awesome.

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    16 backers

    Admission to any upcoming danger!awesome workshop of your choice. Previous classes include leather mask-making, digital sculpting, printmaking, and more! We cover both popular design software and laser cutting techniques, so beginners are more than welcome in every session. Giftable to someone special or a local student in need, if you're a fan of danger!awesome from afar.

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    4 backers

    Make your laptop stand out from the crowd with a custom laser-etching of your own design! We’ll laser it while you wait in about an hour. Metal laptop bodies only.

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    24 backers

    Treat yo'self! This VIP package includes ALL THREE of our custom-made prize tiers: a pocket-size Moleskine, a large Moleskine, and two dog tags featuring a design of your choice. You'll also receive the laser-cut set of three thank you cards, the red carpet treatment at our grand opening party (complete with a tour by our co-founders), plus your name on our website's scrolling marquee.

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    72 backers

    One-on-one, 90-minute laser training session and 60 minutes of laser cutting time to show off your new skills. Ever wanted to become a danger!awesome member? Now's your chance! This is a $25 value on our membership program. Also giftable to someone special or a local student.

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    26 backers

    Workshop admission for two, because those who laser together stay together. Giftable.

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    35 backers All gone!

    If you’re already a member trained to use our lasers (or will be trained soon), get 125 minutes of laser cutting time for just $125! And get going on that latest and greatest project!

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    10 backers Limited (5 left of 15)

    Back by popular demand, we've got another package of laser time for you. If you're trained on our laser cutters, get 100 minutes of cut time for $150. (That's a $50 value!)

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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    Limited edition three-slice set of precision-toasted bread from OK Go's "Last Leaf" music video, framed together as a series. Timestamped with their appearance in the video with a certificate of authenticity.

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    9 backers Limited (16 left of 25)

    Our design team will work with you to develop a completely unique set of 50 business cards on laser-cut wood or laser-etched aluminum. Includes a 60-minute, one-on-one design consultation in person or via Skype.

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    4 backers

    One 90-minute group laser training for as many people as you can fit in our shop! Bring your family, your office, your bandmates, your community group... and learn how to laser cut with our expert technicians. As freshly minted danger!awesome members, you can book time on the lasers whenever you like. Giftable.

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    2 backers

    Host a three-hour, custom project-based event for up to 12 people at our shop, lead by our team of technicians. Birthdays, bachelorettes, corporate events... every occasion is better with lasers!

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    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    Getting married soon? Get this custom designed, laser-cut, block-printed wedding package for up to 250 guests! Includes three 60-minute consultations with our designers in person or via Skype, invitations, save the dates or thank you cards, an envelope seal, table and placecards, plus two etched champagne glasses for the happy couple to toast with. 10% discount for additional guests.

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    0 backers

    Our lasers come to you! Host a four-hour offsite event for up to 100 people and/or 100 laser-cut objects. We bring the lasers and our staff to your location on a party bus. That's right, a party bus... complete with a music performance space on the roofdeck! Just show us where to plug in, and we'll take care of the rest. Greater Boston only.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    In possibly the world's first laser cutter road trip, our co-founders will bring the danger!awesome party bus your way, packed with all the tools and the technicians you need to make a great weekend event or retreat happen. Anywhere north and east of D.C. is fair game.

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Funding period

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