Whether you're a professional craftsperson, a hobbyist, or a Maker enthusiast with a growing project wishlist, the Foundry workshop is a perfect environment to grow both your craft and your professional network. As the heart of our mission to empower Makers, our workshop membership remains our best-value membership, packed with service & amenities, with 24/7 facility access for Full members.
Enjoy Member benefits such as:
expansive well-lit and climate controlled workshop with extra dust collection and safety tech like SawStop table saws
free on-site computers loaded with licensed design and CAD/CAM software
drive-up dock ramps, hand-trucks, and carts handy for easy material handling, with a staff-run forklift available
free dedicated open work-tables for daily use or reservable worktables for an optional upcharge to leave projects on-site
privileges in our coworking facility for dust-free workspaces (for Full Workshop members)
on-site convenience store with some common supplies to save your that last minute trip back to the hardware store
communal accessories such as hand-tools, clamps, and basic tooling bits and belts provided
online self-service reservation of single-user tool stations like laser or CNC so you know the station is waiting for you
free fiber-backed wifi & on-site parking
discounts on classes, private instruction, and invites to social events and member networking and complementary assistance from staff or instructors to ensure you get started on the tools safely
Pop downstairs to Stauf's Coffee Roasters, or visit some of our neighbors--we're within walking distance of great lunch and happy hour spots like Land Grant Brewing Company with permanent & rotating food trucks, Strongwater Food & Spirits, Rehab Tavern, and Brew Dog.
We keep the mood light with impromptu movie and game nights, grill-outs, group builds, ping-pong or VR tourneys and more!
Full Workshop Membership
For 24/7 full-time unrestricted shop access, you must be 18+ years of age and have completed two classes at the Idea Foundry to be eligible for a Full Workshop membership, including a minimum the orientation-level class on at least one toolstation you wish to use as a member; once you are a member you can continue to take classes at the discounted rate to be authorized to use additional tool stations. You must apply for this tier of membership to be reviewed by staff and instructors.
Single-person Full Workshop memberships start at $85 per month if paid quarterly ($255 per 3 months, set-up fee waived), or $125 per month if month-to-month with a one-time setup fee of $25 for key card generation. Woodshop, sheet metal shop, and filament-driven 3D printing included; welding, laser, and CNC stations incur hourly tool use surcharges, invoiced separately.
This membership also includes evening (starting 6 pm Mon-Fri) and weekend access to our coworking space, and the ability to reserve private conference rooms at just $5 per hour.
Mailboxes and storage options exist at an optional upcharge.
Chat with us for our various discount opportunities for veterans, displaced workers, students, and non-profit or social-entrepreneurship organization administrators. Business associate and family add-on memberships also available.
Part-Time Explorer Membership
For those side hustles and occasional project work, if you are looking for a place to work on bulky projects outside the house, or want to get started in our community before you are eligible for Full Membership, this part-time membership level limits shop access to when we are formally staffed, generally Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-7:00 PM and 10a-4pm Saturday, with the exception of holidays or posted closures. This membership level allows you to use any tool station on which you've been cleared (via orientation-level class or private instruction clearance) with any tool-use fees collected day-of-use.
This level of membership also grants community member benefits, such as networking opportunities with fellow members in-person and on closed digital platforms, discounts on classes & private instruction, invites to member-only events, and ability to purchase half-priced day-passes to our coworking space for just $12.
Single-user Explorer membership can be either a month-to-month subscription at $58 per month, or bundled with our two-part full Woodshop Orientation class and three-months of Explorer membership at a 20% total discount, in a one-time purchase of $276.