Located in the lower level of the Krause Innovation Center, the KCI Underground Makerspace is a new makerspace that provides our community with the resources to design and make using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing and other tools. We serve a range of constituents: Foothill students and staff, local area educators and the broader San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We provide not only the tools but the courses, certification, events and social support to get you making.
Members can use the shop’s machines, including laser cutters, 3D printers, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, soldering irons, hand and power tools, and much more. Membership includes training on all of our equipment and member-only workshops.
We have multiple informal non-credit machine training sessions and topical workshops for our makerspace members multiple times a month.
We teach Foothill College courses every quarter. Classes can be taken by Foothill students, high school students, community members and teachers. Note that all Foothills classes require a minimum of 20 students to run.
The Makerspace Coordinator is a certificate program that is designed for people who are seeking employment in fabrication laboratories and makerspaces within community centers, libraries, and educational settings. The program provides instruction and support for building models and prototypes, strategies to spark innovation and invention, and creative problem-solving and collaboration.
The KCI Makerspace is typically open 5 days per week to members who have completed a minimum of our New Member Orientation and preferably also the training for the machine they plan to use. Experienced maker staff is available to provide assistance during our open hours.
Community membership is by quarter. Sign up here. Foothill students with a half-time or greater unit load, staff and faculty and students taking classes in the Makerspace can use the space for free during open lab hours or by appointment. Once you have registered, join a new member orientation.
We have had a lot of interest in family membership, high school classes, and homeschooler support. We hope to provide these options in the near future. For now, we are not using volunteers.
To join the orientation, you will need to make an account with our online booking tool.