Ideum Fabrication Gets a Major Upgrade

Our small, but mighty fabrication studio gets a new world-class CNC

Ideum Fabrication Gets a Major Upgrade
CNC Machine Fabricator

by JIM SPADACCINI, founder February 1st, 2022

As we continue to develop full-exhibitions and exhibits, smart furniture, and custom touch tables, we decided to upgrade our CNC. As the hub of our collections tools, the CNC is at the heart of many of our custom fabrication projects. Our new CNC has some great new features that allow us to be faster and more efficient.

CNC touch display
The CNC came well equipped, but of course, we need to upgrade the display to a touch display and improve the standard computer system of the unit.

We decided to donate our previous CNC to Quelab, a community makerspace, and to purchase a new Techno CNC router for our Fabrication space. After considering our options, we chose the Techno HDS Series, and so far we are absolutely thrilled with its performance. With an automatic tool changer and multi-zone vacuum table it is easier to set up and run our projects. The fully automated high-speed spindle gives us clean cuts and works easily with soft metals like aluminum and brass; although we will continue to route mostly wood and some solid surface materials for our custom work.

CNC machine eight tool changer
The eight tool changer is a game changer in terms of productivity.
High speed spindle for fabrication
The high-speed spindle makes quick work of a variety of materials.
The CNC in the Ideum Fabrication Studio
The CNC in the Ideum Fabrication Studio.

We decided to expand our fabrication capabilities a few years ago, with the idea that integrating technology would be an easier task if we were doing the fabrication ourselves. This has led to many exciting developments. If you haven’t already, check out the 21-foot marble touch table that we developed with IDEO, Gensler, and Second Story, or the multiscreen interactive kiosk we developed for the New Mexico Film Office and the Albuquerque Sunport.

In addition, we’ve developed fabricated exhibits for the San Diego Zoo project, including microscope stations and custom touch tables. We have also recently announced our work with Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, including a number of fabricated pieces and custom furniture. We have a number of new, exciting exhibition projects that we will be working on this coming year and into the next. We also expect to continue our work in developing custom touch tables that use our display technology. If you are interested in custom fabrication, please reach out to our sales group.