What is a makerspace/Shop?
A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. They have a variety of equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, drill presses, lots of hand tools, soldering irons, electronic testing hardware, sewing machines and vinyl cutters.
A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business. It might be worthwhile having a look at if you want to make your own makerspace at home as well. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.
Makerspaces also prepare those with the skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, production, prototyping, design, cost analysis and art. They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics & woodworking. Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups. In short a makerspace/shop is a super fun place to create your dream project.
Part of a Maker Space often turns into a production space.