We’re a 24-7 access tool shop and craft center where you can work on projects, teach and take classes, and connect with local people and resources.
At SLO MakerSpace you will learn new skills, meet like-minded people, and use your hands to create anything you can imagine. Our 24-7 membership is an affordable way to access our state of the art equipment and become a part of the maker movement.
For Families and Kids
Kids 16 and under are free to use SLO MakerSpace with a paying adult member and 1-on-1 supervision. We also offer reduced price family add-on memberships for $30/month per additional family member over 16.
SLO MakerSpace is a growing, diverse community that has opened up countless opportunities for the people of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding region. From what we’ve seen, there’s something here for everyone.
Access SLO MakerSpace for FREE with your SLO County Library Card
The San Luis Obispo County Library and SLO MakerSpace have teamed up to provide free access to SLO MakerSpace for all SLO County Library cardholders 15 hours per week (after passing Basic Safety): Tuesday – Friday 4pm to 7pm; and Saturday 10am to 1pm.
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Recent Happenings @SLOMakerSpace
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Cleaned house. Errands run. Prep done. We’re ready for our SLO-Made Holiday Faire tomorrow — SAT, DEC 9, 11a-3p at SLO MakerSpace located at the intersection of Madonna and Higuera. #makerspace #slomade #holidayfare #make #holidaydecorations #art #chocolate #crafts #toys #jewelry #signs #sketchbook #toys #books #soldering #pottery #antiqueart #dogstuff #stationary #bathproducts #tours #snowflake #entrepreneurs #makers #giftwrapping #familyfriendly #kids #giftbow #seeyousoon
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Sketchbooks by Muster Creative — Sarah Gerkins ** As a creative, Sarah feels like she’s forever on the hunt for better and better sketchbooks — finding and replacing one after another as she discovers more likeable ones. ** Recently, as Sarah was replacing a sketchbook with a new one, she was looking back on over two years of creative output – images, designs, logos, client copy, journal entries… ** Sarah went to sleep that night and had a dream about a new kind of sketchbook and could see specific layouts inside. The next morning she couldn’t let the thought go. “If I could build my favorite sketchbook combined with the layouts I have seen in my dream – what would it be like? How would it be constructed?” ** #design #make #prototype #favorite #peerreview #launch ** #boxes #squares #rulers #allthree #sketchbooksbymustercreative @mustercreative ** #slomakerspace #slomade #holidayfaire #makers #entrepreneurs #keepitsimple #yourideasareamazing #whatcanyoumake
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Sketchbooks by Muster Creative — Sarah Gerkins ** As a creative, Sarah feels like she’s forever on the hunt for better and better sketchbooks — finding and replacing one after another as she discovers more likeable ones. ** Recently, as Sarah was replacing a sketchbook with a new one, she was looking back on over two years of creative output – images, designs, logos, client copy, journal entries… ** Sarah went to sleep that night and had a dream about a new kind of sketchbook and could see specific layouts inside. The next morning she couldn’t let the thought go. “If I could build my favorite sketchbook combined with the layouts I have seen in my dream – what would it be like? How would it be constructed?” ** #design #make #prototype #favorite #peerreview #launch ** #boxes #squares #rulers #allthree #sketchbooksbymustercreative @mustercreative ** #slomakerspace #slomade #holidayfare #makers #entrepreneurs #keepitsimple #yourideasareamazing #whatcanyoumake
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What SLO-Made Holiday Faire @ SLO MakerSpace Vendor are we meeting today? It’s: ** Designs by Olivia – Olivia ** A few months ago, Olivia’s Aunt and Uncle gifted her with our Laser Cutter class for her 13th birthday. In her second year of an Industrial Tech class Olivia is an avid Maker. She’s been coming to SLO MakerSpace with her Dad to use the woodshop for various projects, but since their first visit they’ve always wanted to try the Laser Cutter – even though they were unsure how they would use it to make. At the end of class, all students make a keychain fob of the SLO MakerSpace logo to show basic proficiency. That one item got the ideas rolling in their heads. Searching the web and Pinterest took care of revealing the endless possibilities of creativity with the laser cutter. =) After doing research, Olivia decided to start with earrings, coasters, and trivets, as well as custom orders for nameplates and signs — and Designs by Olivia was started. ** Olivia and her Dad work on the files at home on Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org), a free software. They use Google Drive so they can access the files at home and at the space. Olivia feels that she’s definitely getting better at understanding what the software can do, but knows there’s still a lot to learn. Olivia and her Mom work on the photos and posting to the web. ** Designs by Olivia is currently showing off her work on Instagram, and serving a few people through custom orders from word of mouth. She’s started an Etsy page, but quickly realized that it takes a bit of effort to get one of those up, running, and recognized. So, along with Mom and Dad’s help, the three of them felt that the SLO-Made Faire would be a perfect place to create new designs, stock up an inventory, have a booth, and see how it goes. ** Check out Designs by Olivia @designsbyoliviashop ** Come out to the SLO-Made Holiday Faire, SAT, DEC 9, 11a-3p at SLO MakerSpace and stop by Designs by Olivia and our other SLO-Made Vendors. #makerspace #holidayfaire #lasercut #design #maker #family #community #newbusiness #earrings #coasters #trivets #nameplates #enjoytheride
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SLO-Made Holiday Faire on DEC 9 –let’s meet more vendors! This is, Aww Fudge – Katya Healey Wolf, Jennifer Healey, and Bo Wolf After 17 years, as Katya stepped out of her manager role at Barnes & Noble to a part-time position – she was looking to do something completely different. In a moment where she was deciding what to make to send treats to her child’s school, Katya remembered her fudge recipe. She’s only made it a few times, but every time people exclaim it’s the best fudge they’ve ever had. As she reminisced, that’s when it came to her – maybe she could make and sell fudge. Partnering with her husband Bo and her sister Jen they started to brainstorm on business names. Within minutes they came up with “Aww Fudge” and knew that it was just perfect for their brand. Katya tells me that one of the FUN parts of making fudge is experimenting with flavors. There’s the original flavor, Browned Butter Fudge with Sea Salt. Then, they’re currently trying out: Pumpkin Fudge with Semi and Bittersweet Chocolate and Sea Salt; Toffee Chip; plus, a Dark Chocolate Guinness and Coffee flavor that have their customers raving. There MAY be one or two more surprise flavors at our SLO-Made Holiday Faire – so do not miss out! The team has secured their business license and are now working on their logo, web presence, ordering system, shopping cart, and social media (you can’t even like their page yet they’re so new). The SLO-Made Holiday Faire is their second event – ever – so please come out and meet Katya, Jennifer, and Bo and their brand new SLO-Made business — Aww Fudge! #makers #entrepreneurs #slomade #holidayfaire #guinnessandcoffee #fudge #newbusiness #brownedbutter #makerspace #community #mmmgood
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Last call for Vendors! Over 20 assorted SLO-Made Vendors are joining us for our Holiday Faire. Learn how to make a gift bow! Kids can make 3D Snowflakes and Folded Napkin Christmas Trees. Gift wrapping service available. Tours of SLO MakerSpace See our website to sign up to be a vendor! #slomade #holidayfaire #makers #artists #entrepreneurs #tistheseason #familyfriendly
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Now offering Open Studio TUE AND FRI, 6-9P. $10 SLOMS Members and SLO County Library Cardholders; $20 for all others. Includes one pound of clay and three hours of Guru supervised time in our Ceramics Studio. Additional clay and firing fees extra. See our firing fees on our website under Ceramic Studio. #ceramics #clay #makerspace #makers #whatcanyoumake
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We’re celebrating local innovation and artists. SAT, DEC 9, 11A-3P @slomakerspace. Vendors and for more info visit our website. #slomade #holidayfaire #foodtrucks #yum #makerspacetours #makers #artists #entrepreneurs #shoplocal #makerspace
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Today is your last chance to pre-register for our @sewtubbywubby Stitch and Stuff Event and get a free t-shirt: http://ift.tt/2lksjxh More Details: http://ift.tt/1qipmbW #halloweenie #makers #crafts #sewing
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Join us and @sewtubbywubby Sun, Oct 29, 1-3p for a special stitch and stuff event on a limited edition Halloweenie dog! Pre-register for $18 before Oct 25 and get a free Tubby Wubby T-shirt! Plus, SLO MakerSpace Monthly Members: Show your RFID badge for one free TubbyWubby! $25 at the door. #sewing #make #limitededition #weinerdog #halloween
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Our Board Member and Woodshop & CNC Router Guru, Rich Farwell, is working on a Make & Take Class for the CNC Router where attendees learn a bit more about a main tool at our shop and are able to make something. Like this and let us know if you’d like more Make and Take Classes at SLO MakerSpace! Thanks! #cncrouter #make #holidaycoasters #makersgonnamake
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See what others are saying about MakerSpace
2 3d printers, a router, a cnc machine, an entire wood working shop, a welder, a robot lab, a laser printer, a vacuum molder, a music machine and an amazing crew of men and woman to teach you how to use it all is everything you could ever ask for.Nathan Brading
Love this place! Thanks for creating space for creators!Zola de Firmian
Wonderful place to be creative and have the tools and instruction to do what you want to doKimber Forrer
Went in for free Saturday and learned so much! I had all the he’ll I needed to get my project done. Such a sweet set up, thanks!Camille Mori
It’s quite remarkable that SLO at this point in time has a space like this. This is much more a trend that you see in communities much larger than ours. It really speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit of the community.Ermina Karim
Slo town has need this for a long time. This is a great opportunity for kids and adults to learn new skills and bring their ideas to fruition!Dustin Boyack
Can’t say enough good stuff about this place: they’ve got everything you could need, plus great peeps and a great vibe. I’ve rented a “personal workbench” to re-establish my freelance web development business here in SLO (and, in my free time, further my evil plans for world domination– bwah ha ha ha!). It’s gone swimingly so far- stay tuned 😉Matt Gates
The perfect idea laboratory!Clint Slaughter