Yet another U.S. city is getting a maker's facility. Seattle's forthcoming MakerHaus is a 10,000-square-foot "creative space designed for fabrication, education, professional services, and co-working," featuring a metal shop, wood shop and digital manufacturing lab featuring a laser cutter, 3D printers and a CNC router.
On the educational side, the membership-based space has a materials library and will offer instructional classes on Rhino, Photoshop, a variety of tools, and even how to navigate Kickstarter.
The best two things about the shop at every art school industrial design department were the array of tools you could never afford, and getting to work with those tools within a community. The worst thing was that you couldn't always work on whatever you wanted, as time was limited and what you built had to fulfill a class assignment. The advent of places like TechShop and now MakerHaus promise the first two things without the hassle of the third.
MakerHaus is scheduled to open their doors on January 7th
December 6th, and shop-access memberships start at $299 a month for month-to-month folks, with a cheaper $189 per month rate for those signing up for a year.
In a nod to their community-building aspirations, MakerHaus has foregone a generic "Here's our facility" video and have instead chosen to shoot individual creatives within the context of the space. Here's designer Brandon Perhacs explaining what MakerHaus can do for him:
Meet The Maker: Brandon! from Maker Haus on Vimeo.