What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace equipped with cutting-edge tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, soldering stations, wood and metalworking tools, and more. It’s more than just a space though; it’s a haven for hands-on, creative, and multidisciplinary collaborative learning and growth. Makerspaces foster innovation and cultivate skills, talents, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Wheelhouse Makerspace

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace that provides access to various tools, equipment, and resources for individuals to create, innovate, and collaborate on projects.

Who Can Use the Makerspace?

Our Makerspace is open to individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced maker, everyone is welcome! Please note that minors must be accompanied by an adult while using the Makerspace, and we ask that individuals take safety classes and sign a waiver before using the space. These policies ensure a safe and collaborative environment for all members.

What equipment is available in the Makerspace?

Our Makerspace is equipped with a diverse range of tools, including 3D printers, laser engravers, wide-format printing capabilities, electronics workstations, and more. Check our equipment list for specifics.

How can I join the Makerspace?

Joining is easy! Simply visit our Membership area on this page for more information. Then, reach out to us to schedule a one-on-one orientation session. These are held as needed for new members. Once you’re a member, you’ll have access to the Makerspace during operating hours.

Are there membership fees?

Yes, we have membership fees to support the maintenance, consumable materials, and operational expenses of the Makerspace. Check our Membership area on this page for details on pricing and benefits.

Do you offer classes and training?

Absolutely! We offer classes and training sessions on various tools and techniques for members. Members can schedule one-on-one classes to learn the usage and safety perimeters for equipment. We also have community events. Check our community events page for upcoming classes, or let us know if there’s a specific skill you’d like to learn.

Can I host an event or workshop at the makerspace?

Absolutely! We welcome members to share their skills and knowledge. If you have an idea for an event or workshop, get in touch with us, and we’ll collaborate on making it happen.

What safety measures are in place?

Safety is our top priority. We provide safety training, guidelines, and ensure that all members follow proper safety protocols while using the Makerspace.

How is the Makerspace funded?

Our Makerspace receives support from various sources, including economic development initiatives such as the Economic Development Administration and the American Rescue Plan for business incubator client support. Additionally, we have secured funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for specific furniture and equipment needs. However, the heart of our operating budget comes from the support of our vibrant community and generous donations.

Can I contribute to the Makerspace’s funding?

Absolutely! We appreciate the generosity of our community members. If you would like to contribute to the growth and sustainability of the makerspace, you can make a donation. Your support helps us maintain and enhance our facilities, acquire new tools and equipment, and offer diverse programs to our members. You can learn more on our Support Us page.