Think of a makerspace as a gym, but for your mind. A makerspace is a general term for a place where people get together to make things. Makerspaces (also known as hackerspaces) are typically nonprofit community workshops. Either free or requiring a membership, you obtain access to a workspace, tools, and knowledgeable community. These tools can include 3D printers along with mills, electronics, woodworking, and metalworking equipment. Using this resource, the community is now enabled to design, prototype, and create projects previously not possible without a large investment in equipment. Makerspaces are the ultimate tool for self-directed learners and doers.
If you want to use a 3D printer and don’t have the money currently to buy one, makerspaces can provide you access to start learning. Who knows, maybe in the future you can make a living from 3D printers.
Makerspaces are an incredible environment for those interested in technology not only to learn, but to learn by doing. Here you can experiment with different technologies and even explore idea prototyping. For a tinkerer, a makerspace is a dream come true as it soon becomes your playground. For a start-up, a makerspace is the ultimate resource. Offering internet, utilities, tools, and a community of knowledge; motivated individuals can take an idea and turn it into a business.
Most people come for the tools but stay for the people. The tight-knit community culture offered by makerspaces put on classes, events, and interests groups to share skills and knowledge.
If you are interested in exploring this rising phenomenon, don’t be afraid to search online for makerspaces in your area and check one out! Here is a quick makerspace resource map.