About this project
Stretch Goal $19,100 - Knitting Machine!
We're buying a knitting machine! Knitting under electronic power? Programmable patterns? This and much more shall be ours once we hit this stretch goal.
Stretch Goal $21,300 - Vacuum Table!
We're building a vacuum table! Can you imagine vacuum forming, fiberglass, and carbon fiber? This tool will have many great uses for makers of all kinds!
The Gizmo Dojo is a member-driven makerspace serving Broomfield, CO and the greater North Denver area. We offer a non-profit community space for makers, tinkerers, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators of all backgrounds and ages. Our mission is to offer a single space filled with the tools you wish you had and the people who have the knowledge and skill to use them. We offer classes that encourage learning through doing and incorporate disciplines including robotics, textiles, woodworking, electronics, metalworking, computer science, arts, chainmaille, 3D printing, crafts, backyard forging, and anything in between. If you can envision it, we want to give you the ability to make it happen!
The Maker Movement
The idea behind a makerspace is simple: members will have access to a large, industrially-zoned space filled with the kinds of tools many people wish they had in their homes, like laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC routers, mills, sewing machines, and more. The Maker Movement encourages learning through doing, creative problem solving, and turning ideas into tangible realities. Makerspaces are fast-becoming community staples worldwide. Not only do they encourage learning, innovation, and experience, they also supply a base for individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Start-ups have access to resources that can significantly reduce prototyping and business expenses, as well as access to a central location that can be used as a primary office space and to meet potential clients. Because of this, many towns have seen an increase in successful start-ups after the establishment of a successful makerspace. Individuals have ready access to other experts and enthusiasts, allowing for opportunities to learn and collaborate. Students also have a place to hang out while supplementing their education in a way most schools can't provide, thereby gaining skills that can be applied in their adult lives.
The Gizmo Dojo
Our first meeting was held over a year ago in a local park. It was a diverse collection of makers dedicated to the idea of a tool- and knowledge-sharing community. Since then, we have grown from a small group to a community of over 200. Our community involvement has been widespread, including the Denver, Boulder, and NoCo Mini Maker Faires, Broomfield Days, Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition, Broomfield Library maker-in-residence program, and educational outreach with local schools. We've discovered that makerspaces are so much more than tools. In just the time we've spent in informal spaces, a community of passionate and knowledgeable makers has formed to inspire and teach one another. We are teachers, weavers, engineers, stationers, biochemists, hobbyists, musicians, and more, and we are all makers.
Currently, we have a 600 sq. ft. garage where we hold regular events, classes, and meetings and have been collaborating with the Broomfield Library. Now it's time to launch into a commercial space! Support from the Kickstarter campaign will enable us to move into a commercial space and purchase a laser cutter and a CNC router. In true maker fashion, we are excited to assemble the tools ourselves (much like we built our own 3D printer). Once we have moved in, memberships, donations, and future grants will sustain a 1,500 sq. ft. makerspace, with the potential to upgrade as we grow. Our plans for the space include areas to work on projects involving 3D printers, textiles, electronics, metal- and woodworking, classes, as well as a common area.
Meet the Team!
Tom is leading this charge with the great group of folks at The Gizmo Dojo. He is also makes all kinds of electronics and loves playing with 3D printers. If you have a project you want to flesh out, he will talk your ear off. He gave a talk at the Denver Mini Maker Faire on 3D printing and enjoys teaching others about new topics and skills.
Joel is a stationer and a nerd at heart. His passions include 3D printing, CNC routing, electronics, Halloween, knitting, weaving, chainmaille, and making things work. With loose training in computer science, and experience in many things, he is ready to help you create something amazing!
Erik is a financial underwriter, but primarily an aspiring jack of all trades. His interests range from metalworking to home improvement, autonomous vehicles, sustainability, etc.. and is ready to learn and work with you on pretty much any project!
Ben is a software engineer with interests in electronics, cars, guns, gardening, outdoors, and building things. He has always been fascinated by things that create or automate other things - by planting a garden one can (hopefully) get fresh vegetables all summer. Computer controlled tools can be programmed to automatically make things over and over. Computer software is the ultimate expression of something that can be created and replicated to benefit thousands (or millions) of people. Ben is a father and husband and enjoys spending time with his family.
Diana represents The Gizmo Dojo as the Media Relations Officer. In her off-hours she is a research assistant at Corgenix, Inc in Broomfield, CO. She develops diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. Originally hailing from northwest Indiana, she enjoys Colorado's broad blue skies and crazy thunderstorms! Diana enjoys learning crafting skills like knitting and amateur woodworking.
Theresa has taught science in New Haven, Connecticut, Sydney, Australia, and now here in Denver, and is excited to share her passion for teaching, cooking, dancing, and crafting with the members of The Gizmo Dojo. She's particularly excited for the metal and wood-working areas of the planned Gizmo Dojo space, so that she can continue expanding her skills and knowledge. Like many of our other members, she has a wide variety of interests and loves sharing what she knows!
Our backer rewards were chosen to uphold the virtue of making. The sticker, thank you cards, siege weaponry kits, and T-shirts, have all been designed and/or made by our members. The memberships have all been discounted solely for the Kickstarter campaign and will not be available after its completion at these prices. To the non-local supporter – you can choose to purchase a membership as a gift for that lucky maker in your life who is near us!
While some people might wish for a scale model of a "cyborg alien that travels through time and space", these rewards allow us to focus on making the space the best it can be and continuing to grow our wonderful community. Plus, not only do you get to be a part of what you chose to support, you also get to share your passions and expertise with others while being inspired and educated yourself. And if you really had your heart set on that cyborg alien, you can always make your own!
Reward photos to come!
Please Support Us!
We would love your support on Kickstarter! Every little bit helps and, if you want to be more involved, there are several additional ways to support The Gizmo Dojo.
- Join us! Check out our website at www.TheGizmoDojo.com. Join our meet-up group at www.meetup.com/Broomfield-Makerspace-Meetup-Group. Come to our Monday meetings at the Broomfield Library and come see us at our open garage sessions on Saturdays.
- Spread the word! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Share the news with your friends, community, co-workers, local radio station, newspapers, magazines, that guy next to you on the train, and anyone that looks like they like to learn, make, or imagine.
- Donate time, tools, or expertise! If you would like to teach a class, help prepare the new space and equipment, write grants, or play an organizational role within the makerspace, we would love to have you.
Thank you so much for anything and everything that you do!
Risks and challenges
We have worked to account for any challenges that may arise:
- Finding and maintaining a commercial space: Our budgeting for the new space includes rent, utilities, insurance, and maintenance fees for different space sizes. Taking into account the overall size of our current membership pool and the number of people who have explicitly expressed an interest in buying a membership, we have calculated that we have enough paying members to afford the spaces we have been looking at. If there is a delay in the opening, we will continue to use our current locations.
- Delays in getting the laser cutter and CNC mill up and running: We have the plans and several parts for these tools already. The additional parts will be purchased shortly after the Kickstarter funds have arrived. Given the variable nature of national and international order fulfillment, it is difficult to accurately predict exactly when the requisite materials will arrive. Even so, despite any delays in delivery, the tools will become one of our primary projects and should be fully functional by opening day, if not before.
- Delays in kit and T-shirt delivery: We have already started working on designs and hope to have the kinks worked out and process started before the end of the campaign. We have been making laser-cut kits for each of our past public events, but there can always be delays in shipping, both in acquiring raw materials, and in getting you your backer reward. The t-shirt screen printing press is new to us, but we'll have it ready to go with extra paint for our t-shirt party.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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