I have been google searching and racking my brain trying to think of a word or phrase that captures the essence of "a place the specializes in making things". I like both the term forge and foundry, but they are specific to blacksmithing and metalworking. My particular instance is for a place where people go to get software made, so it probably doesn't matter but any suggestions or unusual words for a "maker space" would be great.
The first part of my desired title is a common noun that is often found in groups, so or example: "ant forge" makes me think we are crushing up ants and shaping them into new things (roughly desireable), but ant factory seems like we are mass-producing ants.
Ideally the noun would correspond to a place or operation that exists or existed in the past, and isn't taken by some other tech buzzword. The heuristic I am going by is in paragraph 2. Basically does ant + word suggest that you are making ants or Making something with/out of ants? The latter case is the one I am looking for. My top choice right now is "Ant Foundries"