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FUSE Makerspace: A Resource for Deep Dive’s Internet of Things Bootcamp and the Albuquerque Community

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Deep Dive’s STEMulus Center, FUSE Makerspace is located in downtown Albuquerque at the NW corner of the Broadway and Central intersection. FUSE is home to Deep Dive’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Rapid Prototyping bootcamp. In addition to a state-of-the-art IoT classroom, the makerspace has the digital fabrication equipment needed for the rapid prototyping component of the bootcamp, including SLA 3D printers, extruded filament 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, and desktop CNC milling machines. These machines are taught as part of the IoT curriculum, as is SOLIDWORKS 3D design software, and students are encouraged to experiment and incorporate new designs into their projects.

IoT Cohort 4 Student Carli Stringfellow showing her love for the Ultimaker 3D printer.

In addition, FUSE has a woodshop and a full metal and machining shop, including CNC routing and plasma cutting. IoT students take either Intro to Woodshop or Intro to Metal Shop training; manufacturing is one area seeing rapid growth in IoT technology, and we want our students to have an introduction to a shop floor, as well as the opportunity to use these areas for their class projects. These manufacturing areas allow us to offer contract prototyping services to local businesses and employ IoT graduates through the Ingenuity Technology Solutions Lab. Some of TSL’s notable projects include smart solar-powered charging stations for CABQ’s remote wi-fi stations and search and rescue drones.

IoT Cohort 5 student Chad Waples setting up the table saw.

FUSE is open to all members of the community, not just students! In addition to our digital and manual fabrication equipment, we have a screenprinting area, a vinyl sticker printer, and provide access to computers and software to make your creations happen. We offer Operations and Safety Trainings for each of our equipment areas and an active membership ($25/week, $75/month, or discounted $50/month for students, educators, and veterans) provides access to all equipment a member has trained in. You can find our current class offerings on the Workshops page of the FUSE website.

A FUSE member getting to work in the screenprinting studio.

Through May 2022, FUSE has funding available for small, New Mexico-based, creative businesses through our Grow Your Small Business funding application. This funding can cover the cost of initial trainings and memberships as small businesses get started at FUSE. We encourage you to apply for GYSB or share with anyone you know who may be interested. If you have any questions about FUSE Makerspace, please email info@fusemakerspace.org or call 505-224-FUSE (3873). We look forward to meeting you and helping you build your ideas!

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