Types of Makerspaces

Academic makerspaces cover a wide range of purposes and size and support a variety of audiences, but generally fit into three types.

Community Space


Prioritizes fostering unrestricted making via a community effort. The community serve as stewards of the space/resources and educate users in safe making practices. The key value of these spaces is the communities’ ability to facilitate access to more users, particularly early/novice users.

Machine Shop


Spaces that specialize in training/mentoring/making on creation of complex systems and/or fine-detailed components.  Interaction with staff (skilled machinist educators) is their key value, so they specialize in quality of maker education/work vs. quantity of students served.

Project Space


Spaces that primarily support class projects. These spaces usually contain more resources to facilitate collaboration, i.e. meeting space and open working space. The key value of these spaces is in their abililty to integrate specific resources that enable programmed, curriculum-based learning.

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