Frequently Asked Questions
From Makerspaces.com [our edits in brackets]:
“A makerspace [also called a Hackspace] is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, [woodworking machines, electronics (Arduino, etc),] soldering irons and even sewing machines.”
Or put another way: It's a gym membership for tools.
A Makerspace can be built to accommodate a wide variety of hobbies and interests, from woodworking to robotics to sewing. Walking into a typical makerspace, you might find:
- Advanced tools like 3D Printers, CNC's and Laser Cutters
- Woodworking equipment
- Metalworking equipment
- Welding equipment
- Electronics, Robotics & Computers
- Craft supplies & equipment
- Sewing machines
Each makerspace is different and is usually tailored to the interests and needs of the community. A key consideration for a makerspace is providing access to tools and equipment which are either not easily obtained or not practical to have at home (or in a business, etc.) Machines like CNC's and Laser Cutters can be cost prohibitive to own. Welding equipment is not necessarily safe to use in a garage full of flammable things. And some woodworking equipment, like a large stationery table saw, won't fit in an apartment or garage either. So a makerspace can fill the gaps for creators by giving them access to equipment they would rarely (or never) get to use, expanding their ability to create new things.
We are still in the planning & fundraising stages of our project. We have a long list of possible tools, but what we end up with will depend on:
- The size and type of space we get (e.g. zoning, allowed activities, noise restrictions, etc.)
- The funding we receive for the purchase of tools and equipment
You can submit your thoughts on what we should have by completing our short Community Survey.
If you're interested in contributing to our project, get in touch!