FAQs

FAQs

Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
~ Mary Leaky

General Info

What is Seattle Makers?
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Seattle Makers is a member-based makerspace located in South Lake Union, Seattle. We are a group of makers creating a community and a space that provides all the knowledge and tools to make your ideas a reality. Whether you’re a long-time maker, in a specialized field looking to expand, or just curious, you are welcome to join us!  Learn more about memberships here.  Learn more about volunteering here.

Learn more about our mission, values, team, and how we got started.

Where are you Located?
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We are the corner of Mercer and Dexter in the old SVC (School of Visual Concepts) building. For directions to our space, go here. Google maps doesn’t provide correct directions to the space, so make sure you follow the directions on our website instead.
For those who prefer GPS, we are located at:  47° 37′ 24.07″ N / 122° 20′ 35.71″ W

Our mailing address (which is NOT what you should use for directions) is:  500 Aurora Ave N, Suite #201, Seattle WA 98109

When are you open?
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Seattle Makers is open:
Monday – Friday | 12pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 10pm

As we get more volunteers to help staff the space, we’ll be able to open for longer hours. If you’re interested in volunteering as a “maketeer”, let us know here. Seattle Makers’s hours will evolve as we see when members are most excited to hang out.

What is a makerspace?
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Per our favorite online encyclopedia, a makerspace is “a community-operated […] work space where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.” We like to think of ourselves as a community garage – a place where folks with a variety of skill levels and ideas can come use tools and equipment to make all the things.
How does Seattle Makers work?
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Seattle Makers is membership-based, like a gym.  Members have full access to the space during open hours. They can come and go as they please, work on their own projects, chat with other makers in the space about their projects, and get first crack at new tools and opportunities. So much of innovation happens when folks are hanging out, chatting about ideas, and being a member at Seattle Makers means you’ll be around other clever, curious, and innovative folks that will stimulate your imagination and get those creative juices flowing.
What does Seattle Makers offer besides memberships?
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Seattle Makers has a variety of ways to get involved, whether you’re brand new to the world of making or an old (or young) pro. If you want to come make something at the space, you can: become a member, volunteer, take a class, or do a team building event.  If you’re interested in teaching, let us know what kind of class you’re interested in leading. We also host a variety of meetups at the makerspace, which are free ways for folks to come check out our space and hang out with other makers. Want to come take a look and ask some questions? Our twice-weekly tours are free and open to the public.
What is the culture of Seattle Makers?
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Seattle Makers was founded in order to obliterate barriers to creativity and innovation. To do that, we are very intentional about the environment that we’re building and fostering at the makerspace. Our values are front and center in how we operate, and we ask members to support these as well:

  • Love & connection
  • Curiosity & exploration
  • Learning by doing
  • Play
  • Listening
  • Effectiveness & reliability
  • Equity & contribution
  • Health & harmony

Are kids allowed in the space?
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We are insured for kids 11 and over. Adult supervision is required under age 16.
Are dogs allowed?
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A recent survey shows that we all love dogs, and most of us are ok having them in the space.  That said, it’s important to us to maintain a safe space for those who may be allergic to dogs, or are not comfortable around them.  Our primary responsibility is to serve makers, not their animals.

We accept dogs on a case-by-case and day-by-day basis, with the onus on the owner to ensure there is no impact on others in the community.  If you bring your dog to the space, we ask that that you agree to the following:

  • It is your (the dog owner’s) responsibility to ensure any dogs in the space do not impact other members
  • Dogs must be always on a leash with someone responsible nearby
  • Dogs are never allowed in the back room (woodshop)
  • For each visit, you (the owner) must ensure the people in the space are okay with dogs BEFORE bringing them inside.

Dog owners accepts that dogs may be asked to leave at any time if:

  • We have a member who is uncomfortable with dogs, for any reason (they don’t need to explain).
  • Barking and whining
  • Destruction of projects or property
  • Attempts at fornication with people or objects

Is there a dress code?
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We recommend pants and close-toed shoes to safely access all areas of the shop. If you are working in the woodshop or with sharp and/or powered tools, this is a requirement.

Membership Minutia

How much does it cost to be a member of Seattle Makers?
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We have several monthly and yearly membership options, and we offer discounts for students, youth, and on all yearly membership purchases. See the table of pricing here. All monthly memberships are automatically recurring.
Can you explain memberships in a nutshell?
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No, we’re too bursting with ideas to fit in a nutshell.  However, we can give you a normal-sized run-down:

  • Our Unlimited membership is the most popular, and costs $97/month. You’ll get $60 toward machine time (3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Wood CNC Milling, Metal CNC Milling) each month.  To learn how to redeem your machine time credit, go here.
  • Our Pro Membership offers more storage and twice the machine time ($120), at $150 per month.  To learn how to redeem your machine time credit, go here.
  • We also offer reduced rates for Youth and Students; we also have a Limited Membership for guardians or partners who don’t need any tool access but want to hang out and use our WiFi. Caution: you may get inspired.

For a full breakdown of the different membership options and their costs, go here.

How do I redeem my machine time credit?
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To redeem your machine time credit that you get with your recurring membership, simply sign into your account, and go to your profile. In the upper right, select the “payment” icon, and then select your membership payment plan. In the window that pops up, scroll down to the “Item” section that lists your payment plan. You’ll see an item called “Member machine time” followed by a long code of letters and numbers. This code is your machine credit code, and you can redeem it at checkout whenever you purchase machine time at our online store. The parenthetical (X remaining) after the code shows how much of your credit it left. When your membership renews, this value will renew as well.

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Is my partner/spouse included on my membership?
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They are not included in your membership, but we’d love to welcome them to the community. Invite them to a tour, class, certification, or meetup!
How do I cancel my membership?
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All our monthly memberships are automatically recurring. To cancel, simply sign into your account, and go to your profile. In the upper right, select the “payment” icon, and then select your membership payment plan. In the window that pops up, scroll down to the “Plan details” section and un-check the box that says “Auto Renew”. That’s all there is to it!  Even after un-checking “auto-renew”, your plan will remain active until your renewal date at which point it will not renew.

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Events & Classes Details

Where can I find out about upcoming events?
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Our calendar of courses and events can be found here. We offer weekly or twice-monthly certifications for 3D printers, laser cutters, and the CNC mill. We offer classes for fun introductory projects on each of these machines as well. We also have a variety of meetups around art, Raspberry Pi, cosplay, and more. Are you interested in learning something but don’t see it on our calendar? Let us know!
How much do classes and certifications cost?
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Members of Seattle Makers get a discount on courses and certifications. Certifications are $150 each ($100 for members), and classes range in cost depending on what you’re learning.  Select an event from the calendar to get pricing for events you’re interested in.
I’m not a member.  Can I still get certified and/or come to a class/meetup?
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Absolutely!  All or welcome to come to any classes, meetups, events, or certifications.  Non-members pay our normal rates, while members get a discount on classes and certifications.  Free events are free for all.  Get more information on our events here.
How do I tell my friends about Seattle Makers?
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Easy! We are all over social media. Share our Facebook posts, follow us on Instagram, and retweet us on Twitter, and invite folks to our meetups​. And of course, you can invite your friends to our free, twice-weekly tours.

Tool Trivia

Can I donate / bring in / store my tools?
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The short answer is: Yes!  For tools we need in the shop, or those that we can resell, we will credit you 100% of the value of the donated tools, toward up to 30% your membership each month. Tools not kept by the shop will be donated to Rebuilding Together Seattle (a non-profit in our building). We do not currently offer a tax exemption for donations.
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If you are willing to share your tools with the community, we will maintain them and assume 100% responsibility for breakage or loss. Depending on the tool, it’s usage, and it’s normal lifetime, we’ll write an agreement that works for both of us. Contact us for more information on community tools, and thanks for sharing!
Can I bring my own tools?
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We’re always down for new tools in the makerspace! We do need to let our insurance know about it, to see if we can use it in the space. And if it’s a flamethrower, it turns out the answer is no :/

As a Pro Member, you can purchase additional storage for your tools, and nobody will have access to them while you’re out.

Are you guys gonna get a _____ tool?
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We are always taking requests and suggestions.  Let us know what tools or equipment you’d like to see at the makerspace.

Fabrication Factoids

Can you laser cut or 3D print or CNC mill this thing for me?
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Ask us! We accept fabrication requests as time, talent, and resources allow.
I need some extra help with a project.  Can I pay someone to give me extra help?
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We can do anything together. We’re always happy to provide you and your team with guided tool access and one-on-one coaching from seasoned professionals.  Think of it as Do-It-Yourself + Coaching, or as we like to call it “Rent-a-Pro”.