by Jim Spadaccini, Creative Director
In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of requests for embedding our multitouch displays and AV control systems into custom exhibits, cabinetry, and furniture. We’ve now taken a major step to expand this capability: We are currently in the final stages of renovating and equipping a new fabrication space in the center of Corrales, only a few miles from our home campus. This 5,500 square foot exhibit workshop, which we wrote about on our website in April, has been completely redesigned with state-of-the-art tools to allow us to do the finest custom design and building work possible.
Formerly a woodworking and cabinetry shop, the building had been empty for nearly two years. Over the last few months, we’ve rebuilt necessary infrastructure to bring the space completely up to code, added an HVAC system, LED lighting, fire alarm, and security system, and modernized all of the building’s facilities. In addition, a new CNC, plasma cutter, and mill, along with a variety of woodworking tools, will allow us to build exciting new exhibits and first-of-its-kind smart furniture with embedded displays and other electronics. We are now working on several new projects to create completely custom multitouch tables, interactive bars, and digital conference room tables, along with new exhibits in a variety of form factors.
The building’s open plan and high ceilings will also allow us to stage and test large projection and video wall exhibits before installing them for our clients. AV Exhibits have become an increasingly important part of what we do, and we are excited to have this additional space for prototyping and comprehensive visitor testing. In fact, we have several large-scale projects scheduled to open this fall and winter that will be prototyped in our new studio. We will continue to post more photos (check Ideum’s Flickr, Instagram sites) as we set up the fabrication studio—and stay tuned for news of the building’s official opening in August!