Maker spaces take many forms, from ones found in schools and libraries to full-scale maker spaces that offer members the latest and greatest in technologies and tools, such as 3D printers and laser cutters.
With the onset of the pandemic, maker space models are changing. Some are still doing well with the traditional model, but others are modifying their business model to include space for startups as well as classes and workshops to make the math work out.
One of the advantages of these spaces is that other entrepreneurs and startups share the space with more traditional craftspeople and artisans, creating a unique environment that spurs additional innovation and ideation.
Maker spaces often have specialties. For instance, some are focused entirely on tech or electronics, while others specialize in advanced manufacturing or traditional craftsmanship. Still others are focused on the arts, giving artists and sculptors the space they need to explore the business potential of their respective craft.
Commerce has an online map of coworking/maker, incubator and accelerators to help you find one near you.