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"

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    How about "a factory". Or maybe "a workshop"? – Cascabel Jul 26 '18 at 22:28
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    Maybe 'incubator'? (edit:but it's trendy too... I personally liked 'software factory') – S Conroy Jul 26 '18 at 22:49
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    OK. We are now at the point where you have to go through the comments (especially yours) and figure out how you should revise your question. Tell us why some suggestions do not work, but in the question. – Cascabel Jul 26 '18 at 22:53
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    @Cascabel I tried to edit to include new clarity around my heuristic. Much of that clarity has come from the questions so I am happy to add it. – Quantum Spaghetti Jul 26 '18 at 22:59
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a naming request where the selection criteria seems to be arbitrary; this is unlikely to be helpful to future visitors. – choster Jul 26 '18 at 23:28

I'm going to take a wild leap and suggest:

Ant Labs

It doesn't have a necessarily "mass production" feel to it, but it does have an experimental "think tank" feel to it—in addition to indicating a place where things are actually made (and remade).

  • Nice, but we are not really about coining neologisms. Naming, especially computer stuff, is off-topic here. – Cascabel Jul 27 '18 at 2:07
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    @Cascabel I don't interpret this as an example of a neologism; I interpret it as a request for a synonym of forge or foundry, not for the name of something. (The question isn't specifically about naming something.) The use of Ant is only in my answer because it was mentioned in the question itself—and it serves the same purpose as other drop-in words that more typical synonym requests would provide. But the main point is that lab is a possible synonym based on the criteria stated in the question and all of the comments that helped to clarify it. Even if Marvel does come to mind. ;) – Jason Bassford Jul 27 '18 at 2:32
  • BTW... I gave you an uptick here, ... thought it was an original idea. And all too often, we are depending on links and odd quotes. – Cascabel Jul 27 '18 at 4:35
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    @Cascabel Cheers. Honestly, I felt strange not providing a link to a dictionary definition of the word. But it didn't seem like there could be any confusion in this case. – Jason Bassford Jul 27 '18 at 5:22

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