Manufacturing Collective Helps Members Develop & Build Ideas
Combining a machine shop, wood shop, co-working and classroom space, Makerhaus offers everything to go from mind to made.
- 19 april 2013
Housed in a 10,000 square foot facility in Seattle’s Fremont area, Makerhaus is a sanctuary for the creatively inclined looking to bring a physical idea to life. Equipped with a metal shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutter, co-working space, classroom, conference room, and materials library, Makerhaus sees itself as an “incubator and facilitator for creative minds to support their business.”
Finding a lack of easily accessible tools and prototyping equipment, Ellie and Mike Kemery founded the manufacturing collective with the hope of creating an environment where members can create and develop their ideas in a collaborative environment.
Living by the mantra of “Empowering creative minds,” Makerhaus is set up to take you through every stage of the development process, from design to prototyping to small run products and even professional development workshops. While many of the shop’s facilities are open to everyone, Makerhaus offers a wide variety of commitment levels, ranging from $89 per year to $499 per month, that can satisfy the needs of any maker.
Since around the mid 2000’s, similar makerspaces have been gaining traction all across the country. From NYC Resistor in New York to HacDC in Washington DC and Noisebridge in San Francisco. As well as larger operations like TechShop, which currently has 7 locations in California, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and 3 more planned for Arizona, Washington DC, and Brooklyn.
Considering this relatively recent proliferation of such spaces and the fiercely dedicated communities that encompasses them, it’s never been easier for artisans, craftsmen, designers, and entrepreneurs to access resources that would otherwise be cost prohibitive, as well as learn and grow with their peers.
Watch below as the guys from Wallingford Guitars talk about what they hope to get from a space like Makerhaus: