Supplyframe Design Lab Residency Applications Now Open

The Supplyframe Design Lab in Pasadena, CA is opening soon. This space is dedicated to making great ideas reality. It is packed with state of the art tools, with plenty of room for classes and collaboration.

Professional level tools and an available workshop are just one piece of the puzzle. To be truly successful, great people need to bring the space to life with inspiring builds and forward thinking adventures. If you want to be part of this community, and have been contemplating an idea for your next product or project, consider applying for a funded residency.

Art, Product, and Technology projects will all be considered. Those selected will be funded up to $2,000 per month. We want to see ambitious projects realized at the Design Lab so don’t be afraid to think big. To help in curating the best projects to fund we’d like to see some of your previous work. If you haven’t already, please share some of your builds on The first round of funded projects can be under way as early as June 1st.

26 thoughts on “Supplyframe Design Lab Residency Applications Now Open

  1. This sounds like a good bridge between idea and crowdfunding. Go to Pasadena and work up a prototype and maybe a couple of revs, then use kickstarter (or other site) to get production funding.

    One thing – it would be useful to know what tools are available. For example, how easy is it to cut things out of metal? So… do you have a waterjet? I assume you have a laser cutter, do you have a lathe? CNC mill?

    The SupplyFrame website only has a landing page.

    (Yeah, yeah – lots to do and no time to do it.)

    It would be *extremely* interesting and useful if some of the resources were people, especially business people. Someone who could help and advise the struggling geek how to form a business, how to manage taxes, how to market test, and so on.

    (For example, to market test a product you can put up a “fake” website to sell it and buy a few adwords on Google. Go through the entire purchase process, then tell the buyer that the product is on backorder and you will contact them later when it comes available. This is legal, so long as you don’t actually take their credit card number.)

    Moreover, there are people at my hackerspace who are wizards at, for example, using the laser cutter. They can show people how to get their project cut in record time without a lot of struggle. Having those people available would cut down on the abuse and breakage of the high-end tools that people are unfamiliar with.

    And Pasadena – according to Craigslist you can get a decent short-term sublet for around $800/mo. If you’re willing to travel and stay on-site for a month or two, it might be doable.


    1. > tools

      on site? This is non-inclusive, but Tormach PCNC1100, 4×8 shopbot, sawstop, laser cutter, Objet and some filament printers, electronics workbench including a stupidly expensive LeCroy scope. CAD workstations.

      We’re building the design lab so you can come in and *build* stuff. If we don’t have the tool, we’re able to outsource some weirder manufacturing to other places. We’re going to have the capability to build *anything*. If you need a waterjet or plasma cutter, not a problem. We can get that.

      You can’t plan for 100% of what people will build, but I’d say we have 90% coverage, with enough contacts to cover the rest.

  2. I live near by, and was going to open source two projects that started off as a paramilitary design, one is currently in a functional prototype, the other is in separate design module prototypes. I wanted to give back to the community. But sadly, I am not eligible because I havent used – i have been published on hackaday 2 times, designed and consulted form large companies, but I guess that doesnt count

    1. I guess if you want to use their resources, you should be prepared to play by their rules. If you really want to open source your designs and use their facilities, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to ask you to create an account with them…

      I hate when people feel entitled to free sh!t without any strings attached

  3. It figures I would have just left CA. This is a spectacular opportunity for a low budget maker. Jealous… jealously has driven him mad! (that’s from Moulin Rouge for all you uncultured swine)

  4. For every dollar in tax major corporations pay, they get roughly $30 back in one way or another.

    Most of these ‘initiatives’ are tax funded, in one way or another.

    If you see any particularly fancy maker spaced and wonder ‘how!?’ it may be tax payers.

    1. I dont think supplyframe qualifies as major corporation, but I do know within the last 2 years several hundred-million dollars of public funding has become available for these sorts of projects.

      On one hand I support exactly that type of public spending. On the other hand, each new entity beholden to the US government is one more entity that has officially become a murderous henchman and complicit in mass murder.

      1. “…each new entity beholden to the US government is one more entity that has officially become a murderous henchman and complicit in mass murder.”

        That’s a little harsh, don’t you think? Tarring the entire Federal government, including education, public health and NASA because you don’t agree with what the military is doing (I don’t either, but I also wouldn’t want to live under Daesh rule)

        1. “Things seem fine to me” is never the truth once someone starts accepting free money for their non-profit.

          They become complicit. A tool.

          Call it what you want, but this is logically true, and easily observed.

        2. Public health in USA is the most expensive in the world, with middling results. The pharmaceutical companies control the politicians with an iron grip.

          Sorry, again, for the reality invasion.

          You might think i am ‘being negative’, but In reality it is observable that things are far darker than I hint at.

  5. So…
    in the fine print does it mention how much of intellectual property rights are given to SupplyFrame by working there?
    (I mean, after all, they are Evil Overlords!)

  6. $2,000 per month? That doesn’t even meet the magical California $15/hr minimum wage! Then you have to take out the cost of living, taxes, transport, Obamacare, etc. This sounds like slave labor. Who gets to keep the rights to the work-product, SupplyFrame?

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