The term ‘makerspace’ first appeared in 2005, but did not become popular until 2011, "when Dale and MAKE Magazine registered makerspace.com and started using the term to refer to publicly-accessible places to design and create" (Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab?). Makerspaces, unlike hakerspaces tend to have well-considered shop layouts, tools dedicated to each craft that the space supports, and are organized as traditional businesses rather than as collectives. At the core of the makerspace is the maker mindset, the desire for creating something out of nothing and exploring one's own interests. Makerspaces can be inside schools, libraries or in separate public/private facilities and focus on making, learning, exploring and sharing.
“Makerspaces promote discovery, invention and exploration”
“The quintessential equipment to start a Makerspace is a 3D Printer”
According to the Makerspace Playbook, makers believe “if you can imagine it, you can make it.” While makers aren’t typically in it for the money, the movement is neither definitively for profit nor anti-commercial. But one thing everyone can agree on is that makers have a hands-on DIY attitude built on a foundation of curiosity and creativity.
What makers need is a place to turn their ideas into actual stuff: A Makerspace, where individuals or students can gather to “create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of materials,” according to Renovated Learning.
While the Makerspace is easy to define, it’s a little trickier to describe because they can take on a wide variety of different forms— they may be hosted in public libraries or at a non-profit corporation, while others may live at universities or elementary schools.
The thought of starting a Makerspace can be daunting. You’ve read about Makerspaces and have seen examples of their potential to be a fantastic learning resource for your school and community, but now, you want to create your own, so where do you start?
The truth is, you can set up a Makerspace almost anywhere, even temporarily after school in the library or cafeteria. Many schools are re-purposing existing spaces that are neglected or underused by the community. Re-purposing an existing space is a low-cost way to open the door to exciting new learning opportunities for students!
Bitspace – A makerspace in Illinois, Chicago
Makerspaces around the World
“Duke University’s Innovation Co-Lab studio with 49 Ultimaker 3D Printers & 5 Formlabs 3D Printers”
Makerspaces are all about providing access to the community into fabrication tools and technology. 3D Printers have been around for more than 20 years however, just recently have you seen it taking off. This is because having just 1 expensive 3D Printer doesn’t make sense. A Makerspace should have the function of increasing reach and access to technology for all of the community. Printers should be accessible, flexible and ease of use must be top priority. You don’t want to be having beginners tinker and calibrate machines while they should be working on their projects. Cost-effectivity of materials, capacity and ease of use must be considered when choosing the right hardware and consumables.
“Makerspaces are all about providing access to the community into fabrication tools and technology.”
Over 2000 university students get access to 3D Printing at NCU
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