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Inside Ideum’s New Exhibit Fabrication Studio

Ideum’s State-of-the-Art Workshop is Running at Full Steam
Authored by
Genevieve Brown
Marketing & Community Relations Manager

Inaugurated in August 2018 after 6 months of renovations to its downtown Corrales location, Ideum’s new 5,500 square-foot Exhibit Fabrication Studio is now working at full capacity. Completely furnished with a full range of woodworking and metalworking tools and staffed by a team of experienced builders and technicians, this space allows us to design, manufacture, and customize unique exhibits and smart furniture with embedded displays. We are also using it to stage and test full-size AV experiences, such as immersive video walls and large-scale projection installations.

Among our Studio projects:

  • a projection-based art-piece in collaboration with New Mexico artist Virgil Ortiz for an installation in Colorado;
  • an immersive projection room for Cayton Children's Museum in Santa Monica, California;
  • a large-scale curved projection-based exhibit for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas;
  • 5 custom touch tables developed for Qualcomm XPRIZE and distributed to 5 major science centers in the US;
  • two custom 86” touch tables as part of the Science Museum of London's upcoming Medicine Galleries exhibition.

Let’s take a tour!

The CNC (computerized numerical control) machine is a programmable tool that allows our skilled craftspeople to cut a wide variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, steel, and acrylic. These cuts can be made to tolerances of a few thousandths of an inch. Used as a router, this helps our team cut and mill a large variety of parts for both standard and custom designs. Our CNC is also equipped with a plasma cutter to make cuts in sheet metal, including steel, aluminum, and brass. Effective for slicing materials of a range of thicknesses, the cutter works by blowing high-velocity plasma created by aiming compressed gas through an electrical arc onto the metal’s surface, which subsequently melts and blows away.

Our mill uses special cutters and rotary motion to remove material from workpieces and create custom casings, mounts, and other elements. Extremely versatile, this machine can be used for both flat and irregular surfaces. It can mill slots, pockets, and edges as well as drill and bore holes to precise dimensions in materials such as steel, aluminum, and plastic.

The lathe is used to process raw materials for our Inline and custom products. This tool rotates on an axis and allows for cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, facing, and turning.

We use our extrusion saw to cut aluminum to the precise dimensions required to manufacture our Inline displays. This tool creates sharp and clean cuts and, along with our other equipment, allows us to manufacture all our products here in the USA.

With these state-of-the-art machines and our exceptionally skilled craftspeople, Ideum has an enhanced ability to process steel, aluminum, and hardwood. This enables us to offer a wide range of customization options for your Ideum product, including a broad spectrum of colors, finishes, and form factors.

To learn more about customizing options and our products, contact our Sales group at sales@ideum.com or call (505) 792-1110 ext. 1 or toll-free in the US and Canada (855) 898-6824.

To view more images of the Exhibit Fabrication Studio, please visit our Flickr photostream.