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 contact@forgegreensboro.org

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 Joel@skilltv.net 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 contact@forgegreensboro.org.

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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June 25 Status Update

This are moving fast! So fast that I wanted to provide an update to everyone between meetings this week.

First off, the security and access control systems are now in place and we’re beginning to issue cards to members. If you’d like to get your access card before our next meeting on July 3rd, please email contact@forgegreensboro.org to setup a time when you can come pick it up.

As of today, we have our temporary Certificate of Occupancy!

The AV system, including the projector and screen, are now fully setup and working at the space. Many many thanks to Noah for the hours he spent getting them ready. Make sure to pat him on the back the next time you see him.

We also just completed our first TV interview! Make sure to check out FOX8 tonight at 6:00 PM for their segment on maker spaces.

Other than that, stay tuned. There are a lot of great things on the horizon.

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Progress Update

Work on the space is continuing at a great pace. We’ve signed a contract for security and access control which should be ready for use in 1-2 weeks. Once access control is in place, all paid members will receive an access card. As a quick reminder, our next meeting is this Thursday at 7:00 PM. We’re expecting a great turnout, so come on down!







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