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The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino, and Wearable Tech by Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron

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CHAPTER 5

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What’s a Makerspace (or Hackerspace)?

We talk briefly about hackerspaces and makerspaces in Chapter 1. In this chapter, we go into more depth about what these spaces can be and how people use them. Often community spaces are set up as membership organizations (like a gym). In some cases, the space is sort of a tool co-op, in that people are essentially pooling resources to buy a suite of tools that they could not afford individually. An individual’s garage or basement can be a hackerspace, but the community aspect is what makes it more than a garage.

A good makerspace is more about the community than the tools. It is shared tools, but ...

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