Alex Bandar


Dr. Alexander Bandar is an engineer by training, and an entrepreneur by accident. Having worked ten years in the field of manufacturing software, with clients from GM to Apple to the Defense Department, he now directs the Columbus Idea Foundry -- the world's largest community workshop, or "makerspace," which he began as a hobby and is now his full-time career. Recently relocated to a 65,000 sf warehouse in Columbus OH, the Columbus Idea Foundry houses tools from blacksmithing to 3D printing, teaches classes on the design and fabrication resources available at the shop, and then sells memberships to anyone who wishes to use the workshop as if it were their own. With 300 members and growing ra…