MELD Workshop Is Closing

  • 04 August, 2014
  • MELD Workshop

At least, the membership-based side of things is closing. 

After nearly a year of operation, I can't afford to keep MELD open anymore. Long story short, not enough memberships, too much ongoing cost, too much of my time needed.

I will still continue doing custom laser-engraving/cutting work for at least the next few months. I am now focusing my time and attention on 3D printing via Fargo 3D Printing and Nexxt Technologies.

This has been a tough, tough year and I've learned a lot about how to (and, more importantly, how NOT TO) run a makerspace in Fargo. If you are ever considering opening one, please know that I am more than happy to lend my experience to you to make sure that you are able to build it into something great and successful.

If there is a project that you have been absolutely dying to work on, I will still have the shop open, but by appointment only.

If you are a current member, I will be getting in touch with you to determine what to do with your current membership.

The FM 3D Printing, Makers, and Designers Meetup will still live on! It may still meet at the MELD Workshop building, but will only meet once a month from now on. If anyone is interested in helping to run the group, please let me know. I've enjoyed meeting so many other people who have a passion for making, it'd be a shame to see it go away.

I still have a bunch of Sparkfun and Adafruit kits and components available. I will be having a sale this Saturday, August 9 from 1-3pm at MELD Workshop. Most things will be 40-50% off. Things like Arduino Unos, shields, electronics kits, EL wire, assorted cables, sautering irons, etc., all still in their packaging. In addition, I will be selling MELD Workshop and Fargo Makerworks t-shirts for $6 and $3 each, respectively. They'll make excellent gym or workout shirts! All sales will be final.

If you have any questions, please let me know at

I want to thank each and everyone of you for supporting MELD, whether it was by having a membership, attending a class, or simply following us on social media.

John Schneider