Starting a Maker Space

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Resources for Creating A New Space

Use Maker Nexus Documents

Part of the Maker Nexus mission is to help other non-profit makerspaces. This wiki of information is one example. We also release all of our documents under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You can see the material we have released at this public repository. We usually keep our documents in our members-only share while we develop them and move them into the public space when they are pretty much complete. If you want some kind of document not in the public repository, please send an email to and we'll see if we can help.

Great Examples




These solutions cover several functions you might need.




Links to several kinds of education:

  • Basic Operation Safety Standard (BOSS) - Use a piece of equipment safely.
  • Skill Improvement - Projects aimed at improving a particular maker skill. Dovetail joints, Laser Cutter use of color, 3D printer wall thickness, anything you can think of.
  • Project Classes - Classes where the students build some specific thing. Personalized 3D printed key fob, book case, bird feeder, purse, etc.
  • Merit Badges - Classes for scouts that help them earn a specific merit badge.
  • Other