Fargo Makerworks is now MELD Workshop
- 29 August, 2013
- MELD Workshop
Welcome to the new website! I’m sure you’re wondering why the name changed from Fargo Makerworks to MELD Workshop. Long story short, there is a makerspace in Michigan that has the name Maker-Works and they decided to apply for a trademark on it. It’s not worth the hassle to fight over it with them, so I chose a new name: MELD Workshop.
MELD stands for Make. Educate. Learn. Do.
I think it represents of what members and students will be doing here, and I think that it may prove to be a stronger name than Makerworks was.
The website is currently being built out, so come back often to see what’s new!
I’m putting together a series of classes that anyone can take – it doesn’t matter if you’re a MELD member or not! I’m planning to announce some of them over the next two weeks.
Since I decided to change the name of the makerspace, I chose to change the name of the social media accounts. Please check out the new Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ pages and share them!
Memberships are now open! Take a look at the membership page for more information. I’m opening up memberships to IndieGoGo backers first, and then I’ll open them up to the public 2-3 weeks after that. I hope to have all of the kinks worked out of the system by then, but how I think people will use the space and how they actually will use it are two different things. This will be a learning process for me, so please bear with me during the initial opening.
During the initial period of being open, the operating hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 6pm to 10:30pm; Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; and Sunday 12 pm to 8 pm.
Members have the option to rent locker space to store projects, materials, and tools. Locker rental will be a small fee in addition to the monthly membership. Locker rental will be $3 per month for a 1’ x 1’ x 1’ locker and $5 per month for a 1’ x 3’ x 1’ locker. Padlocks for the lockers will be provided by MELD.
New members will all go through a Safety & Orientation class, and will receive:
A MELD Workshop t-shirt
Hardcover makers’ notebook
A set of safety glasses and earplugs
Custom laser-engraved coffee
To cover the cost of new member materials and the Safety & Orientation class, all new month-to-month memberships will have a $49 new member fee.
Members who go with the yearly membership option will not have to pay this new member fee, but will receive all of the items in the new member package.
If you decide to pause or stop your membership you won’t be required to pay the fee if you decide to resume your membership.
I have a loose date for the grand opening for late September, early October. I can’t wait!