ADX | Art Design Portland |ADX | Art Design Portland | Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Introduction to Routing (Boxes!) Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:08:17 +0000 Really, what can’t you do with a router?! This class will outline the most basic functions to get you familiar and comfortable with this most versatile of power tools. Essentially a big electric motor fitted with a collet that holds a cutting head (bit), a router runs unidirectionally and (often) at variable speed.


The router is the machine, the bit is the tool. Learn how to safely use the machine and tools, properly set up the table, exchange bits, gain lots of hands-on experience and build a sweet box to boot!

To sign up for this and other classes click here!

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Introduction to TIG Welding Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:27 +0000 Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding will give you the cleanest welds, and is the best process to use on aluminum and stainless steel. TIG gives the welder the greatest amount of control, but takes the most practice to master. This class will give you the fundamental skills and build the confidence needed to take your welding to the next level. You’ll learn how to properly set up the machine, clean and maintain your tools, and the properties of a good weld. Special attention will be given to the safety of the welder and those working around them.


In this class you’ll get to use the TIG Welder, grinding wheel, filler rods, clamps and portable fume extractor to learn and practice with.

And there’s a bonus! The non-member price includes 1 month of Unlimited Membership so you can practice what you learned and get started on your next project! The month of membership begins the first day of the class;

Also, one last thing: Before using the shop outside of class time, you must attend one of our $10 new member orientations.

To sign up for membership and take advantage of the discounts on classes that members receive (at least 30% off!) on this class and others, click here!

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GoLocalPDX Blog: MadeHere PDX Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:05:40 +0000 My mantra of late is “Consumers are the biggest and best investors for Portland’s Maker Movement.” Everyday we all make choices about what to buy. Do we simply buy the cheapest item or do we buy something that is locally made and a little more expensive in hopes that it will last longer? If you have to buy 10 of the same thing in your lifetime because it is poorly made and breaks, is it really cheaper? What if you spend a little bit more money up front and buy something that is handmade by a local artisan that will last forever? It’s better for our economy, our community and for good ol’ mother earth. A great movie on this subject is Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky. The next time you buy something, think about how many times you have had to buy it before, where it is made, who makes it and what goes into making it. Not everything can be locally made, but it is interesting to ask the questions and find out the answers. Being informed allows you to make smarter decisions.
Remember those Mr Rogers videos about how things are made? I want more of this! And factory tours! So many amazing products are Portland Made and many of them are made right here in the Central Eastside. If the City has their way, they will convert all of our warehouses to creative office space for tech companies.

Want to stand up for Portland Makers? Join us at City Hall on July 8th to say “No F*$#ing Way!” to the employment overlay and to advocate for an industrial land bank that keeps workspace affordable for makers of all stripes!

Portland Made contributing writer Peggy Acott sat down with MadeHere PDX co-owner John Connor to find out more about why they opened this amazing store filled with Portland Made products.

Studies have explored the economic benefits of local manufacturing, retail and restaurants on their communities. But in terms of retail, the inventory is from all over the map. MadeHere PDX is literally a first of its kind, a retail outlet that only sells goods made right here in Portland.

“This is another level that no one has studied,” says John Connor, founder and majority owner. “MadeHere PDX is truly local for local.” The name is simple, straightforward, and tells exactly what the store is all about. Open since November 2014, it is strategically located in The Pearl District – a neighborhood with high walking traffic and tourist attraction – and directly across the street from the nationally renowned Powell’s Books.


When you walk in, you are immediately embraced in a large, open and inviting space. The array of items for sale is varied and of fine quality. There is a rotating group of six individuals that decide what will be included in the store’s inventory; all of them coming to the decision-making process with different strengths and aesthetic tastes, but aligned in the desire to find a range of items that not only offer good craftsmanship but which are also “refined” (well thought out) in both design and packaging/presentation. The vendors they choose feature items that are “more than the sum of their parts,” says Connor, and generally are not in the very beginning stages of their business, but producing in a volume that can consistently supply a consignment retail space. Connor stresses that MadeHere PDX “wants to be a retail partner” with their vendors, to help them succeed. For some makers, this is their first foray into being in a retail location; Connor sees this as being like a Beta Testing experience – they are able to give the vendor specific feedback on their product(s) based on what they hear directly and indirectly from customers. This can be extremely valuable to makers who have not had access to this kind of marketing/sales feedback before.

When MadeHere PDX first opened they had approximately 40 vendors. By spring of 2015 that number had doubled, and doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. Plans are in the works to expand the retail space, rearranging and grouping like-items for easier shopping. Connor and his team have a large amount of retail skill, experience and talent between them, part of what has helped make this venture such a success; but retail comes with the challenge of trying to anticipate what is going to sell, what is going to work, in a foreseeable future. And it’s not just the

Portland shoppers’ taste they are trying to discern – Connor says that sales are about fifty percent local and fifty percent visitors from out of town. MadeHere PDX also operates an online shop, which has proven to be a successful pairing, especially for follow-up purchases when travelers are back home.

They recently expanded the store’s showroom and added locally made beer, wine and spirits. They are also partnering with ADX and Portland Made to do quarterly Maker Meetups for Portland Made members and MadeHere PDX vendors, product launch parties, product feedback events and special monthly workshops specifically for makers.

Sign up to secure your copy of the definitive book on Portland’s Maker Movement.

Read more of Kelley Roy’s Portland Made articles and other great Portland happenings on

Want to be part of Portland’s Maker Movement? Get involved with ADX and Portland Made. Be a mentor. Take a class. Buy locally made products. Donate to our scholarship fund through The Equity Foundation.

Kelley Roy is the founder of ADX, a 14,000 square foot Makerspace where artists and designers work along side each other to prototype and launch new product lines. ADX is also open to the general public and teaches people of all ages how to make. And if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can hire ADX to make it for you. For more information check out

Portland Made is a digital storytelling platform and advocacy center for Portland’s Maker Movement. We do 2 features a month on Portland Makers; connect makers with more local, national and international markets; connect makers with local professional and manufacturing resources; advocate for makers with politicians at all levels of government; work with PSU on an annual survey that captures the economic power of the Maker Movement; help makers find real estate; and promote Portland makers with local and national media.

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Shop Life: June 24 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:41:00 +0000 ADX_SL_Y5_V1-1

Shop Life is an ongoing, bi-weekly ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is the Installment Two of Year Five.

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What is ADX? Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:15:22 +0000 It’s almost difficult to think back to a time before ADX was part of the Portland landscape, but just a few short years ago our industrial creative space did not exist. Influenced by an article in the New York Times describing the success of a Brooklyn based workspace called 3rd Ward that acted as an incubator for new businesses, I recognized the potential for something similar here in the Northwest.

I hoped to create a place for creative people from all industries to work on and craft their ideas and to provide the resources necessary to turn those ideas into actual businesses. I came from a business and community development background with deep values in sustainability, affordability and the power of the common man (and even the underdog to some degree). ADX seemed like just the sort of place where I could put my values to work.


Since opening in June 2011, ADX has facilitated a number of amazing fabrication projects from many of Portland’s most influential designers and makers—alongside new work from emerging talent. We’ve also established a wide network of local enthusiasts eager to participate in and support our endeavors. ADX’s membership base is a diverse cross-section of experiences, backgrounds, and skill levels: high-profile designers work next to students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and professional projects come to life next to those of hobbyists. In short, ADX has become a Portland institution where independent builders, designers, and creators of all kinds can gather, share ideas, and develop new skills.


But ADX has a complex business model with a lot of overhead that includes space, staff and expensive tools. By diversifying our revenue stream across three distinct programs—Membership; Design, Fabrication and Manufacturing; and Education—we’ve reduced the risk somewhat and managed to create a stable business model. While other Makerspace models rely heavily on membership and education, ADX counts on a strong in-house design, fabrication and manufacturing department to bring financial diversity to the business model. This department also helps makers get their products to market in a cost effective way.

The ADX Design, Fabrication and Manufacturing team includes 3 full-time project managers and 15-20 part timer designers, fabricators and technologists. ADX is capable of fabricating a variety of goods for clients big and small nationwide, from tap handles for Hood River based brewery pFriem, to a four-story interactive, arduino controlled chandelier in a Denver apartment building, and privacy huts for the internationally renowned tech company, AirBnB. There is no limit to what the ADX Design, Fabrication and Manufacturing team can build.


While this business to business support is crucial to building a strong local economy, ADX also supports makers who are just starting out. This includes not only adults breaking into a new industry but programs for kids of all ages to engage them in entrepreneurial explorations.

Today, ADX offers hundreds of classes and workshops per year, has over 250 members, most of whom are small businesses and product developers, hosts people from around the world on tours of our space 3 days a week and works with clients from around the country on a wide array of products. Since 2011, we have seen over 75,000 people come through our space. We have helped dozens of crowdfunding campaigns, assisted over 200 businesses through their initial phases of growth, engaged over 1000 students aged 5-22 years in hands on learning, and hosted thousands of people for art exhibits, design shows, dinner events, live music shows, poetry readings and non-profit fundraising events. We are a modern day version of Warhol’s Factory without all the drugs and pretentiousness. Our cool factor is our scrappy, hard working, get it done attitude. Stop posturing and start making!

–Kelley Roy, Founder and Owner of ADX Portland.

Kelley Roy will be releasing a new book entitled Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance  in Fall of 2015.

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Introduction to Wood Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:10:03 +0000 Interested in making something out of wood? Curious about grain orientation and looking to learn the very basic fundamentals of woodworking? Then this class is for you!  Intro to Wood will give you the fundamental skills and build the confidence needed to safely create two identical and square pieces of wood–the most important first step to any wood working project. Not only will this make you a better woodworker, you’ll be able to turn unsurfaced lumber into usable boards with ease. You’ll also learn how to properly care for tools and clean up after use.


In Intro to Wood you will get to use the band saw, jointer, planer, table saw, hand planer, hand saw, chisels and more!

Our longtime ADX member Kyle D’Auria, and founder of Deoria Made will be teaching this class.  Kyle is a wealth of great woodworking tips and tricks.
And there’s a bonus!  The non-member price includes 1 month of Unlimited Membership so you can practice what you’ve learned and get started on your next project! The month of membership begins the first day of the class.

Also, one last thing: Before using the shop outside of class time, you must attend one of our $10 new member orientations.

Courses are open to all ADX members and non-members. So what are you waiting for? Find a date that works for you and sign up now!
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New Partner: Newspace Center for Photography Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:15:57 +0000 NS2

ADX is thrilled to announce a renewed partnership with Newspace Center for Photography!  Newspace is a multidimensional photography resource center and community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types. Through a full roster of course offerings, gallery exhibits, digital lab, darkroom and lighting studio access, artists’ lectures, portfolio reviews, an artist residency, and more, Newspace makes a wide spectrum of enriching photographic opportunities available to the Portland Metro communities.

Here at ADX we know that spaces like ours and Newspace depend on the power of community to succeed and grow.  Which is why we have teamed up to offer each other’s members these killer benefits:

Newspace Toy Camera level and up members now receive 10% off our ADX Memberships.

ADX members now receive 10% off of Newspace facility usage.

Don’t forget to check out Newspace’s upcoming classes and events here.

Not an ADX member, yet?  What are you waiting for?! Sign up here.

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Makerspace Spotlight: Forms and Functions Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:15:24 +0000 Makerspaces come in many forms and they continue to evolve as the Maker Movement grows. Artisans Asylum, which opened in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 2010, uses a non-profit model and depends heavily on volunteers, donations and a pro bono board of directors. They received significant financial and staff support from the City of Somerville, including assistance finding affordable real estate. They have over 500 members, 170 studios, and 200 project storage options that can be used to store materials, tools and projects in process.


In contrast, Tech Shop uses a for-profit, franchise model that has had varying success. While some of their outlets seem to doing well, others shut their doors soon after opening. The first Tech Shop location was opened in Menlo Park and has since moved to San Carlos. They have 8 locations across the US and are actively seeking investors to expand into two additional US cities and to international locations. They tend to be more tech focused and have a more corporate suburban office park feel than other Makerspaces.

Ann Arbor-based Maker Works is more similar to ADX. It operates on a for profit model that emphasizes community building as well as entrepreneurship and classes. They started in 2011 and are now offering “How to Start a Makerspace” workshops for people wanting to start their own Makerspace.

The Steelyard in Providence, Rhode Island, has been operating as a non-profit since 2001. Its founders originally envisioned the space as “a sponsor and catalyst for innovative approaches to urban revitalization, arts promotion, workforce development, and community growth.” Their programming focuses on education, workforce training and fabrication projects across a wide range of mediums.


But it is still not easy, as the folks at Makerhaus in Seattle found out. They tried to implement a similar model, but ended up closing their doors after only 18 months. And Tech Shop is still trying to figure out the right model as they continue to open and close franchise locations in cities across the country.

Interestingly, all of these spaces—and most other Makerspaces—were started by men. This may make some sense, because many of these spaces are started by people who are makers themselves, and the maker industry has been largely dominated by men. Fortunately this is changing. We are proud in Portland to have a Makerspace started by a woman (that’s me!) and we believe this brings a different sensibility and more inclusive and collaborative feel to our facility. These qualities are the future of our economy.

–Kelley Roy, Founder and Owner of ADX Portland.

Kelley Roy will be releasing a new book entitled Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance  

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Intro to MIG Project: Small Table Class Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:00:19 +0000 Fire. Metal. Sparks. You know you want to play with them all — why not get a table out of it!?


Our Intro to MIG Project: Small Table is the introductory class for the welding and metalwork program. Class size is limited to 4 students, so you will have lots of hands-on time! This class will focus on MIG (wire feed) welding and will stress basic skills needed for fabrication in steel including: safety, welding technique, welder set-up, layout, and more! After two hours of intro and practice we will move towards fabrication of a small steel table focusing on layout and functional fabrication. You will be able to leave with a small table created with your own hands!

Metal Stand Class

Kari Merkl is the owner of Merkled Studio, a Portland based design studio focusing on creating custom furniture, fixtures and small-run products for both residential and commercial spaces. Kari has been designing and creating objects of function for the past 15 years. Her work reflects an appreciation for materials, mechanics and craft. Kari has been teaching welding for both MIG and TIG for the past 5 years in both Portland and Chicago and passionately enjoys getting people excited about the possibilities in metal.

Sign up now and get your weld on!

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Makin’ It w/ SCRAP and Burnside Brewing Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:47:03 +0000 Attention makers, shakers and crafters: your favorite night-time crafting event, Makin’ It, is back! ADX, Burnside Brewing and SCRAP have teamed up once again to curate a social crafting session where you can have beer, listen to great music from a live DJ and make something amazing!

Our third event will be on June 24th from 6-9pm here at ADX. The event is free to ADX members and non-members alike. A suggested donation of $5-$25 is appreciated and helps us pay for the materials and staff time.


Attendees are encouraged to bring their own small projects to work on or to come use our scraps, materials and hand tools to make something on the fly. Each event will be themed and SCRAP will be selling small themed kits that you can use to make something beautiful. The event theme this time will be Little Loom Weaving

The event is open to all ages. Adults over 21 will receive a free drink ticket to exchange for a delicious Burnside Brewing beer. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

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