A Guide to Maker Space Essentials

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While each Maker Space/Fab Lab is unique, depending on the project focus and resources available, we’ve put together a short list of some suggestions for items commonly used in a majority of maker spaces.
Whiteboard Group Messaging

Centralized Group Messaging:

Whiteboards and bulletin boards allow for group communication of instructions and construction procedures during the project.

Bulletin Board Group Messaging
Two People Soldering

Personal Assistance Area:

When a 2nd set of hands is required, an area that includes individual desks can make one-on-one collaboration and personal assistance easier than working on a large table or workbench.

Individual Desks for Personal Assistance
Computers with Internet Access

Computers and Internet Access:

In addition to providing computer design CAD and CNC programs, an area of computers with internet access enables research and may provide solutions to similar assembly problems experienced by others.

Multi-Monitor Computer Display
Vice on Appropriate Height Workbench

Appropriate Height Surfaces:

Tables and workbenches that are standing height or adjustable height make it easier to work on project fabrication and construction.

Making Measurements on Appropriate Height Surfaces
Whiteboard Group Messaging Bulletin Board Group Messaging

Centralized Group Messaging:

Whiteboards and bulletin boards allow for group communication of instructions and construction procedures during the project.

Personal Assistance Area:

When a 2nd set of hands is required, an area that includes individual desks can make one-on-one collaboration and personal assistance easier than working on a large table or workbench.

Two people soldering Individual Desks for Personal Assistance
Computers with Internet Access Multi-Monitor Computer Display

Computers and Internet Access:

In addition to providing computer design CAD and CNC programs, an area of computers with internet access enables research and may provide solutions to similar assembly problems experienced by others.

Appropriate Height Surfaces:

Tables and workbenches that are standing height or adjustable height make it easier to work on project fabrication and construction.

Vice on Appropriate Height Workbench Making Measurements on Appropriate Height Surfaces