What is Makespace?
Makespace is a community workshop in Cambridge, UK, for people to come and meet, learn and building (almost) anything.
It is currently being bootstrapped by its founders, and will be an industrial/warehouse building in the city, containing:
- A FabLab including a 2D laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC Router, Soldering stations, etc
- A meeting and training area including a projector, chairs, etc
- Flexible access control and facilities
- The surroundings to meet, work, build, socialise and do amazing things
And as a community resource, it'll bring together a network of enthusiasts and innovators, the prototyping industry, consultants, businesses and educational communities in a mutually beneficial way. It is aiming to reach people from all across the East of England, using Cambridge as the initial hub.
If this sounds interesting, you should join our Meetup group. You can also contact the founders through this group. The group can be found at
Who should be involved?
The space will be great for individuals wanting to experiment, startups or companies wanting access to prototyping equipment, companies in the business who can come and do training and provide services beyond Makespace, and groups that want space to meet. Anyone who could benefit from a shared space focused on making things.
At its core will be a membership-based structure, and we'll include a few distinctions such as:
- Individuals who want to support and make use the space, a bit like a gym (approximately £25 or £50/month)
- Potential "residents" who could make use the space in a relatively full-time way (e.g a startup, consultant, ...)
Help make sure everyone who should know about Makespace knows about Makespace!
Any individual or company interested in Makespace should join our Meetup group, where we can organise meetings and share progress.
Please pass it on, and encourage people to sign up!
And it doesn't just have to be electronic; here are some extra resources to help you spread the word in the real world:
Please post them in offices, clubs, related shops, and anywhere you think will catch the eye of an interested person!
If you'd like to express interest in Makespace, keep up to date with how things are going, or find out about upcoming real-world meetings, please join our Meetup group.
This is our main community list and you can see archive update posts on meetup, or here.
We also have a mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/cammakespace. You can email the list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Posts from new users may be held for moderation.
We previously used a mailman mailing list. You can also view the archives of this list at http://makespace.org/pipermail/. Please don't use this list for new discussions.
We are also present on IRC. Join #makespace on Freenode. You can also access this via your browser at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=makespace
Progress so far
Funding has been secured to help bootstrap Makespace, and a summary of the progress was presented at our Make-a-makespace event: Make-a-makespace Presentation In addition we have made progress with space, and are currently negotiating a lease for what will be our premises in Mill Lane, Cambridge.
This means it is all going ahead, so get involved now to help create this thing! Founding Members will have the chance to get involved early in return for their financial support with bootstrapping Makespace. Sign up at http://tinyurl.com/mspledge if you are able to support us with £250 for the first 6 month's Founder membership upfront. (Other membership types will be available once we are ready to open, so don't worry if this option doesn't appeal!)
Here are the working specification documents:
We're also now building up a kit wishlist. We can't guarantee when or if we'll have any of this kit, but if there's something which would be of use to you, let us know what it is and why here. Also, we're interested in any ideas as to how the space should be used:
We are also working on outreach activities as follows:
While we wait for the space proper to open, MakeSpace meets regularly to do some hacking in the pub. The canonical means of arranging these is via Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Makespace
At the moment, these tend to be every other Thursday, at the Anchor pub near the space.
There are brief write-ups of relevant meetings provided at Meetings, committee meeting minutes are also listed below:
Sponsorship and Donations!
Makespace is made possible by membership fees and sponsorship, and also support from Ideaspace. We gratefully receive any donations, however small, that can help with developing, running and improving Makespace for everyone.
Also, we accept donations-in-kind. Head over to DonationsWelcome, where we're tracking the things we need and the things people have that we might need.
Some information about other groups around the world that may be of interest can be found on the Links page.