South Bend Turret Mill!

The Forge hit a major milestone recently when we took ownership of our first “bridgeport” style turret mill. A mill like this is one of the key tools needed for metal fabrication and we’re honored to have it in our space. Many, many thanks to Lorillard, here local to Greensboro, for their donation and patience while we figured out how to move it.

In addition to the donation, a couple of our members have literally decades of personal experience with this very machine. We’re all looking forward to it providing decades of future service to the community.

Also, a thank you to our neighbors at Gibb’s Hundred brewing who used their fork lift to unload the mill. Thanks, John, Mark, and Sasha!

Thank You!

Mill loaded at Lorillard   Unloading the mill at The Forge

Logo close up

Mill from the left   Mill from the right

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Gorge on Manufacturing Night @The Forge

October 2nd is like New Year’s eve because this year, October 2nd is the eve of National Manufacturing Day. What is celebrated is what is replicated! Showcase more violence, more violence emerges; showcase athletics, more athletes emerge. So at a time when we need more producers, not just consumers, National Manufacturing Day celebrates manufacturing in the United States.

The Forge is delighted to announce that October 2nd, during the Open House event, we will be hosting a special night with numerous VIP guests from government, science and commerce to join us and also say thanks to all our members and donors with a special GORGE on Manufacturing VIP Member Reception @The Forge.
The schedule for the evening will be:
5pm VIP guests and Forge Members private reception
7pm Open house and other guests
8:00-8:30 pm Panel discussion hosted in the FORGE workshop area
8:30-10:00 pm Continue Open house, mingle with panelists, continue the discussions.

Have questions about Gorge on Manufacturing Night@TheForge? Contact

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3D Printing Workshop – August 24, 2014

Fusion3 Design F306


Join us on August 24th at 2PM for a 3D printing workshop from Greensboro’s first 3D printer manufacturer, Fusion3 Design. During this workshop you will learn the basics of 3D printing, and operation of an F306 printer.

Materials required:

– None

Safety equipment required:

– None


Anyone who joins prior to the workshop will be admitted and given their access card after the event. Let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Member Handbook Draft


Attached is a link to download the draft of our new member handbook. Any comments or suggestions please email

The Forge Member Handbook (Draft)

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Want to go to the NC AEROSPACE CONFERENCE AUGUST 7th? First 5 Forge members who respond– FREE need to know by August 2nd

contact asap with name and email address


PROGRAMThe North Carolina Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (ASAM) Summit is a statewide, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities. An expansion of previous North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the ASAM will showcase North Carolina companies engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect North Carolina suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers. Senator Richard Burr will open the conference with keynote remarks.



  • “Leveraging Domestic and International Aerospace Markets,” Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, NC Department of Commerce
  • United States Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina.
  • “Opportunities for North Carolina Businesses in the Aerospace Marketplace” UTC Aerospace Systems, Rick O’Donnell, Director, Supply Chain and Commercial Spares Customer Service
  • “Trends in the Commercial Aerospace Marketplace,” Barry Eccleston, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Americas
  • “Trends in the Military Aerospace Marketplace,” Dr. Don A. Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin and Deputy for the F-35 Fighter Production System
  • “Current and Future Challenges for Naval Aviation,” Colonel Vincent E. Clark, Executive Officer, Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East


  • Defense Logistics Agency – Aviation, John Henley, Associate Director of Small Business Programs.  Mr. Henley implements and administers DLA Aviation’s socioeconomic programs for small business including Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-owned Small Business, Veteran-owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-owned small business, and HUBZone Small Business.  DLA Aviation supports more than 1,300 major weapon systems and contracts with small business average one billion dollars annually.

AGENDA.  To download a copy of the agenda, click here.


New for 2014, the ASAM agenda will include prime focus sessions with major aerospace prime and first-tier subcontractors, and a track of breakout sessions focusing on major opportunities for manufacturers and service providers in North Carolina.  To view the agenda, please visit the above link.

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Science in Zero-G

When: Sunday, August 3rd, 2 p.m.

Where: The Forge

What: Science in Zero-G

Who: Active members only!

 Short Description: In 2010, Forge member Jeff Regester led a team that designed and flew a physics experiment aboard NASA’s reduced-gravity aircraft, more famously known as the Vomit Comet. The aircraft flies parabolic trajectories, up and down, that produce 20-ish seconds of simulated weightlessness at the top of each parabola. Typically there are 30 parabolas per flight. NASA uses the aircraft to train astronauts, test mechanisms for satellites to see if they will work properly when weightless, and conduct fundamental engineering and science experiments. Come hear about Jeff’s experience designing and building the experiment, as well as actually flying with it aboard the stomach-churning aircraft. Did he vomit or did he not? You’ll have to attend the presentation to find out! The experiment apparatus will make a live appearance as well.



Apparatus Picture Information Jeff Regester aboard Vomit Comet

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Equipment Moving Day (one of many to come)

Special thanks to everyone who showed up today and helped move equipment, reorganize the shop, and clean. See below for pics!

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The Forge Grand Opening Event!

The Forge Grand Opening

We are pleased to announce our Grand Opening on July 22nd! Come join us for food, drinks, tours, and a host of great conversation!

The Forge has been working toward this goal for some time, and is finally ready to showcase our progress to the public. We currently stand 43 members strong, many of which have been with our community for over a year. The Forge could not have accomplished so much in such a short time without the never ending support we find in the community, through our members, and local businesses.


Click here to register!

The Forge Grand Opening is an event welcoming ALL of the community, so please RSVP and come show your support.


Thank you,


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Call for Equipment

Now that we’re officially up and running, The Forge is annoucing a Call for Equipment to help us put together the tools needed to outfit our workshop. If you or someone you know might be interested in donating or sponsoring a piece of equipment, please send an email to

60-Watt Laser Cutter
CNC Milling Machines
3D Scanner
Vacuum Forming System
Heat Strip Bending System
Injection Molding System
Computer-Controlled Vinyl Cutter
Powder Coating System
MIG Welders
TIG Welders
Hand-Held Plasma Cutter
Sheet Metal Spot Welder
Sheet Metal Brake
Rotary Sheet Metal Punch
Sheet Metal Corner Notcher
English Wheel and Planishing Hammer
Sheet Metal Shear
Sheet Metal Roller
Sandblast Cabinet
Metal Grinders and Sanders
Metal Chop Saw
Metal Horizontal Band Saw
Metal Vertical Band Saw
Electronics Testing and Soldering Equipment
CNC Wood Router System
SawStop Cabinet Table Saw
Panel Saw
Wood Planer
Wood Jointer
Wood Band Saw
Wood Sanders
Wood Lathe
Drill Presses
Dust collectors
Metal Lathe
Vertical Milling Machines

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In the news

We’ve been getting more and more interest from the media lately as word about The Forge and Makerspaces in general gets around.

Yesterday FOX8 aired Makerspaces Opening Across the Triad, which featured The Forge and the Alamance Maker’s Guild.

Triad City Beat published a great article about us, Greensboro’s Makerspace Opening Imminent. The article as has some good photos from our previous meetings, too.

Many thanks to everyone that has been helping to get the word out!

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