The much-anticipated public opening for the FUSE Makerspace at its new location at Innovate ABQ took place on Sept. 26. FUSE, which opened on CNM’s Main Campus in a 3,000-square-foot space in April 2016, is now located in a 13,000-square-foot facility on the seven-acre Innovate ABQ campus in downtown Albuquerque at Broadway and Central (101 Broadway Blvd NE).
The new facility and high-profile location, which is next door to the Lobo Rainforest Building, will allow FUSE to make greater impacts on entrepreneurship, creativity and economic development.
Small business owners who have used the FUSE Makerspace to create prototypes and advance their businesses were on hand to demo their creations, including Marty Bonacci of Custom Cult Snowboards, Matthew Barbato of Route 66 Guitar Works and Randy Krall of Build With Robots.
While FUSE was located at CNM’s Main Campus, 300 people used the Makerspace, including 12 small businesses.
FUSE, which operates under CNM Ingenuity, Inc., opened in 2016 as a community resource to help stoke the growing startup spirit and foster creative exploration and economic growth. The Makerspace provides entrepreneurs, small businesses, students and hobbyists access to high-tech machinery and computer software to design and prototype new products, create artistic works or pursue their hobbies while working in a collaborative, supportive environment. It’s outfitted with equipment for wood, metal and machine shops; electronics fabrication; laser and vinyl cutting; 3D printing; screen printing; and robotics.
“This addition to our innovation district builds on the transformation of Downtown as a place for ideas to take shape and businesses to be born and grow,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “With FUSE’s relocation right across the parking lot from UNM’s Rainforest Building, the opportunities for collaboration among creative and technical minds will be increased exponentially.”
Entrepreneurs and small businesses that use FUSE also have access to a wide array of business support, such as access to experts, business accelerators, patent filings, legal resources for entity creation, marketing support, production runs, networking opportunities and more.
Hobbyists and students also take advantage of the FUSE Makerspace to pursue their interests and explore their creativity. Before using equipment, FUSE provides individuals with hands-on, basic operating and safety classes. Weekly, monthly, family and student memberships are available.
Significant donations from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, McCune Foundation, Intel, Albuquerque Community Foundation, New Mexico Gas Company, the Air Force Research Lab and Nusenda have made the development and relocation of the FUSE Makerspace possible.
“Moving the FUSE Makerspace to the Innovate ABQ site is great news for the growing entrepreneurial movement in Albuquerque,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “The FUSE Makerspace fits in perfectly with the Innovate ABQ vision to create a central location where creativity, entrepreneurship and education combine to support an economic resurgence in central New Mexico. Thanks to a wonderful collaboration with our highly appreciated partners, entrepreneurs and innovators from all walks of life will have access to an amazing makerspace in the heart of Albuquerque’s innovation district.”
Learn more at https://fusemakerspace.org/.