Exploring Different Types of MakerSpaces: Where Does Our Space Fit In?
Makerspaces, also known as hackerspaces, are community focused collaborative workspaces where individuals can gather to work together, learn new skills, and collaborate on projects. Working with others isn’t required, but it is one of the strongest positives of joining a community workspace.
These spaces offer access to shared tools, equipment, and resources. These may be common- such as hand tools, saws, etc, or uncommon- 3D printers, laser cutters, welders, and much more! Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes, from library mini-makerspaces to full industrial scale centers for advanced users. While makerspaces can vary in size and scope, they all share a common goal of providing individuals with the community, tools, and resources they need to learn something new, bring an idea to life, or just explore their creativity.
Let’s break down some common types of makerspaces:
Mini-makerspaces are often found in libraries, community centers, and other public spaces. They are typically small, and may only have a few tools and materials available. These spaces are often geared towards beginners or those who want to explore making as a hobby.
Education-focused makerspaces are typically found in schools, and are designed to support STEM education. These makerspaces are often larger than mini-makerspaces, and may have a wider range of tools and materials available. Depending on their age range these spaces may have more advanced equipment such as 3D printers and small laser cutters.
Hobby makerspaces are geared towards those who want to pursue making as a hobby or personal interest. These makerspaces may be found in community centers, makerspace cooperatives, or other spaces that allow individuals to come together and work on their projects. These spaces often have tools and equipment that someone may be unable to own at home either due to cost, specificity, or space constraints. These spaces are a great way to elevate an existing hobby or try out a new hobby without investing in a set of new tools.
Business Makerspaces are typically geared towards entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups. These makerspaces offer access to equipment, resources, and expertise that may not be available to these groups otherwise. They may be used for prototyping, small-scale production, or even as a workspace for small businesses. These spaces may even have the tools to create promotional materials such as vinyl stickers and posters for existing businesses.
In summary, makerspaces provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to explore their creativity and bring their ideas to life. The different types of makerspaces cater to a range of interests and needs, from beginners looking to explore making as a hobby to entrepreneurs looking to bring a product to market.
So what type of makerspace are we?
Clear Creek Makerspace is designed to support multiple levels of users throughout the community. At 7,500 sq ft our facility is large enough to accommodate a wide range of exciting and useful equipment. Ranging from TIG welding rigs or sewing machines we aim to have something for everyone whether they are a first time crafter or a professional woodworker looking for a large format CNC table. Based on the categories above CCM is a mix between a hobby and business focused space. We aim to support the local community and economy by enabling users to start turning a hobby into a business, elevate a current business, or find out what they like to create. By offering workshops, classes, and community, we hope to get people started making bigger and better projects. Simply put, Clear Creek Makerspace is great for almost anyone that enjoys the act of making. Come join our community of like-minded individuals today!