Who is the makerspace for?
The makerspace is for anyone and everyone who wants to make, learn and use the equipment and resources that we have to offer. From weekend tinkerers to businesses developing prototypes and from artists or inventors working on dedicated projects to families and friends casually experimenting with new ideas, the makerspace is a welcoming and inclusive environment for curious people of all ages who would like to access a great range of tools in a comfortable and supportive setting.
What can I do at the makerspace?
You can use the various tools to create craft projects, art projects, products, furniture, prototypes. You can take classes (and maybe even teach classes!). You can use the software and computers, repair broken stuff, pursue your hobbies, hang around and use the internet or browse through the small library of how-to manuals and interesting publications. The makerspace is what you make of it and what you want to get out of it. You can meet new people and work collaboratively. You can stick to yourself and focus on your own projects. You can keep a small “studio” or store your own equipment and materials or you can leave no trace. What do you want to do at the makerspace?
Is the orientation mandatory?
Yes. The orientation ensures that all new members and users understand the basic equipment, layout and safety features of the makerspace and understand how to work efficiently and respectfully in a communal workshop. We currently offer weekly orientations, so that you can begin using the full range of tools at your earliest convenience.
Why do some tools require paid certification courses?
Some tools are dangerous if improperly used or handled without appropriate safety procedures. It is important to ensure the safety of those operating the tools and that of people working nearby. Additionally, a comprehensive understanding of how the tools work helps to ensure that tools are not abused and last as long as possible. We strive to keep the cost of basic certification as low as possible and allow people to opt-in to learning more advanced techniques. We understand that the cost can feel burdensome, but it’s a small investment in your own safety and in skills that will serve you well going into the future. We currently offer certifications on a weekly basis, so that you can begin using the full range of tools at your earliest convenience.
Can I “test out” of certification courses?
Quite possibly. Contact us to arrange a time to demonstrate your existing knowledge or discuss it with the shop steward on duty when you stop by. In many cases, people with existing proficiency with specific tools may have the certification requirement waived or may be able to achieve certification with a brief refresher. Prior experience is not a guarantee that we can waive certification, but we will do everything possible to respect your skills, your time and your budget.
Is the makerspace kid friendly?
We welcome children of all ages to the makerspace, provided they are under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Currently, the minimum age for unsupervised tool operation is 16, with parental permission and a signed waiver. Children under 16 years of age may be in the makerspace if accompanied by an adult, but may not operate any tools which require certification. (Any accompanying adult, or child 16 or older, must complete the requisite certification courses.) One economical way to enjoy the makerspace is to consider a family membership.
Can I teach a class at Make Santa Fe?
We always welcome inquiries from potential new instructors and for new classes. As part of our mission we hold classes not only to teach fabrication skills, but also to help artisans make a living from their craft. If you have an art or craft you love and a passion for teaching, we would love to help you share it. If you like to teach a class or hold a workshop please fill out our Class Proposal Form.
Are there opportunities to volunteer?
Existing members may offset the cost of future membership by volunteering their time, energy and knowledge of specific tools. We seek enthusiastic members who can volunteer in 4-hour increments, to advise on tool usage or respond to visitor inquiries. Volunteers who accrue 16 hours of work, will earn one month of membership. (Note: this rate is subject to change without prior notice.) If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please start by reading our Volunteer Job Description and completing our Volunteer Application.
What if I can’t afford a membership?
We understand that plenty of creative and innovative folks can’t afford to pay full-price for a membership. We’re working hard with generous community partners, makerspace supporters and members who can afford the full price to build a fund that offers discounted and subsidized memberships to those who would benefit from such assistance. If you’d like assistance, let us know.
As a member of MAKE Santa Fe, can I use other makerspaces or vice versa?
We are currently working on reciprocal agreements with other makerspaces in New Mexico and look forward to rolling out additional membership benefits as soon as we can.
How do I update my payment information or cancel my membership?
You can cancel your own membership at anytime in your account. Click HERE to view your past payments, subscription settings and credit card information.
Question not answered?
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