What is a Makerspace?

by Adam Hughes

You may have heard of a “makerspace” in passing conversation or perhaps from a friend who recently attended a session. Alternatively, you might have heard similar acronyms: creative-space, collaborative-space, or tech-space. If you’ve heard the term(s) but haven’t given it a second thought, here are some reasons you should:

  • At a makerspace you are allowed to go wild, creatively speaking.
  • You can make molds, customize and enhance your average everyday trinkets, or design a mechanical suit of armor.
  • If you can dream it, you can bring that idea to a makerspace.
  • You have the option to learn from the other members and find out what works for them.
  • It’s an ideal place to collaborate, educate and advocate.

MS1Another great thing about a makerspace is that it is generally well equipped with tools, including:

3D printers, routers, laser cutters, DRO mills and lathes, CNC*, various cutting and welding tools, vacuum sealing, vacuum forming, thermo forming and much more.

The latest CAD tools are also available at many of these locations giving you all the power you ever need for design. SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing are essential tools used to translate design intent to paper and 3D Model to fabrication.

MS2If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new manufacturing method or just get some hands-on tooling experience, this is a great place to start.  If you are seeking a change, challenge or something fun to do; visit a local makerspace and see for yourself.

Makerspace provides the tools and the space that encourage creativity, pushing the boundaries of design, collaboration, and innovation.

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