Inworks Community Membership Policy
Inworks: What is it?
Inworks is a new initiative of the University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus that draws together faculty, staff and students from across the two campuses, as well as entrepreneurs and leaders from industry, government, education and the community, to address problems of importance to human society. Our mission is to impart skills and habits of mind that allow people to collaboratively create impactful solutions to human problems. We seek to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, while in the process creating life-long innovators.
Inworks provides an extensive range of course offerings to support this mission, including an undergraduate minor, and undergraduate and graduate certificates in Human Centered Design and Innovation. Inworks also provides a state-of-the-art design and rapid prototyping space to facilitate the process of making innovative ideas into tangible realities.
The Inworks Design and Prototyping Lab (DAPL) contains an assortment of modern prototyping equipment including an Epilog 40”x28” 60-watt laser cutter, a Tormach 4-axis CNC milling machine (all metals, plastics, composites), a ShopBot 3-axis CNC router (wood and aluminum), a Taz 3D printer (ABS plastic, plastic wood), a MarkForge 3D printer (carbon fiber, Kevlar, nylon, fiberglass, human-implantable plastic), and a small but well-equipped electronics shop with extensive Arduino, LilyPad and robotics support, sewing machines, a basic bio-tech lab, and a wide variety of other tools and resources. Refer to our website (www.inworks.org → Community → Prototyping Equipment) for more information.
To encourage and facilitate community involvement with Inworks, individuals can purchase a monthly ($100/month) or annual ($1000/year) Inworks Community Membership, which includes 1) access to the Inworks DAPL lab during specified open project hours, 2) use of surplus/basic consumables provided by Inworks and purchasing advice from trained Inworks staff for project-specific materials, 3) participation in Inworks workshops, including workshop materials, free of cost, and 4) membership in the Inworks network, which helps connect individuals with similar interests looking for project teams. Membership fees are used to cover consumable supplies, prototyping equipment maintenance, and other expenses.
Inworks meetups are free to the public and occur approximately twice per month (refer to our online CALENDAR for dates and times). During the meetup, participants will receive basic safety training for the Inworks DAPL, participate in a presentation or hands-on activity, and be given information about purchasing a Community Membership.
Inworks offers a variety of 1-2 day workshops covering a broad range of topics. These workshops are designed to be intensive, hands-on exposure to skills, ideas, and protocols. Participants receive basic safety training for the Inworks DAPL, training and certification on a variety of skills and equipment, use of workshop-specific supplies provided by Inworks, and information about Inworks Community Memberships. Design Series Workshops are offered several times each academic semester. The base-price for workshops is $25 per person. Workshops that require more expensive materials cost somewhat more. Registration information, price, and other details are available on our website.
*Scholarships are available to cover membership costs. The Membership Application contains information on how to apply for a scholarship to Inworks.