What’s a makerspace?
What can I do at a makerspace?
Do I have to do everything myself?
Why don’t you have (insert tool here)?
How much is….?
I like what you’re doing here, and I want to join, but I don’t know how to do anything.
I want to do a certain project, but I don’t know where to begin.
A: A makerspace (also known as a fablab, hackerspace, etc.) is a shared workshop. Members can use tools and space to work on their own projects or together with friends and other members. There are classes for learning new skills, and often fellow members are willing to teach you useful techniques when they aren’t busy. The purpose is to give people access to tools and space that they wouldn’t normally have while living in a city. There may also be tools that are too large or expensive for most people to have at home.
A: Let me answer this one with another question: What do you want to do? Except for things that would be illegal, you can build or make anything you want in a makerspace. We try to have a wide variety of tools and knowledge of their use so that you can make anything you can dream of. Do you want to build a 3D printer for your home? We can help you do that. Do you want to make a new coffee table for your living room? We can help you do that.
A: Yes and no. There are many services that we offer that require no work by the customer. Please check the “Classes and Services” from the main menu. However, the motivation for most makers is to learn how to do things on their own. You are expected to do most of the work on your personal projects. We will take care of tool maintenance (unless you’re interested in learning how to do that) and things like. You’re always welcome to help out others, and you’re always welcome to ask for help.
A: Trust me, we’re working on it. Our goal is to enable you to have the tools you need to do whatever you want. That’s not an easy goal to meet. New tools are always being made, and space and money are limited. We will be adding new tools all the time. Especially in the beginning, we are not going to have every tool you can dream of, but as our members increase in number, so will our tools and space. The best way to get the tools you need as quickly as possible is to encourage your friends who want the same tools to join and ask for those tools as well. We will add member requested tools as a priority.
A: For membership fees, please check the “Pricing” page from the main menu. Classes and projects will have their fees listed in their information sections. For custom services, it depends on the time and materials. You can request a quote through email, but sitting down and discussing it with us in person will give us both a better idea of costs.
A: No problem! We have classes that cover a wide range of skills. We can teach you the basics of computing, how to use a drill press, how to use a sewing machine, and anything else you want to know about making and our tools. The best way to start making is to take a class to learn the basics then get started. Start with a small project and finish it. Then move on to a slightly bigger project. Push yourself beyond your current skills just a little bit with each project and before you know it, you’re a pro!
A: Our classes can help you with the basics, but as with any skill, practice, communication, and continuing study are essential. We give free consultation on how to achieve your goals. We’ll ask questions to figure out where you are and give advice on how to get to the next step. Sometimes we’ll suggest a class. Sometimes we’ll make a new class (since most people have similar questions). Other times we’ll show you where and how to find answers on your own. There are a lot of good resources on the internet and in our library. Finally, other members often know what you need and are willing to help. We encourage everyone to help out people who are new to making. Community is important. So, don’t be shy. Just stop by and ask.
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