In previous posts we have talked to woodworkers and craftspeople about the rapidly growing interest in making stuff and being a ‘maker’.
The stumbling block for many people in realising their vision is the lack of access to suitable resources such as tools or a space to work in. This is where a ‘makerspace’, sometimes called a ‘hackerspace’ or ‘fab lab’ comes in. A makerspace is a community of like-minded individuals who club together to create a facility that supports all members in their creative endeavours.
We visited the Dallas Makerspace in Texas, USA, to find out how such an organisation gets off the ground and just what makes their set-up - one of the largest such facilities in North America - so successful. In short they have great membership bases who all contribute financially as well as sharing collaboratively in the running of projects. The community has grown to provide support for dozens of small enterprises and Kickstarter campaigns with great facilities, as well as sharing experiences with members and teaching new members.
If you are interested in working with wood, metal, plastics, or other creative arts, or if you would like to include 3D printing or laser CNC machines in your armoury, then working collaboratively is a great way forward. Alex Rhodes, a board member for the Dallas Makerspace, gives us an insight into their community in this short film.
If you have a collaborative ‘maker’ project, we’d love to hear from you, so why not drop us a line and share your experiences?