Makerspace Nanaimo

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact us.

About the Makerspace

What is Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a place/workshop for members to make things. It’s a vague definition because there are not many limitations as to what projects can be worked on here. Some examples: woodworking, metalworking, electronics, software, 3D printing, and alternative energy.

What are your hours of operation?

Members have 24/7 access; non-members and those interested in membership can get access during public events or arranging to meet a member at the space.

Do you offer courses or workshops?

Yes, but we’d like to offer more. Currently, we periodically offer a soldering workshop. Keep an eye out on our blog or Facebook for upcoming events. If you would like to host a workshop, please contact us.


There are labeled parking spots for Makerspace visitors or in the gravel parking lot behind the building. You can park in the business reserved spots provided the business is closed. Please check the hours of each business as some are open on weekends.

Can I lock my bike?

We currently don’t have a bike rack, but you can bring it inside.

Do you have Internet access?

Yes, we have free passworded WiFi and wired access.

Is Makerspace Wheelchair accessible?

Mostly. Some areas are a bit tight, but overall the main areas are accessible. We have one larger bathroom, but it’s not officially wheelchair friendly.

Can I bring food and drink?

Yes, but please clean up after yourself.

What kitchen appliances are available?

We have a microwave, small fridge, kettle, coffee maker, Keurig, and toaster oven.

What types of projects am I allowed to work on?

Almost anything.

Currently, we cannot allow automotive or similar work at the space due to insurance and environmental concerns.  

About Membership

How do I become a member?

  1. Register here: 
  2. Purchase your membership
    • Start a monthly subscription for a discount
    • In person via Cash or Cheque
  3. Sign our liability waiver at the Makerspace
  4. Allow us to verify your ID

How old do I have to be to become a member?

To become a member and use the space independently, you must an adult.

Can I bring children? Can my children use tools?

Due to safety and insurance we have the following restrictions around minors:

  • Ages 14-18 may use the space and tools under direct guardian supervision. The guardian must be a full member and must know how to use the tool in question. For example, a minor may not use the lathe if the guardian has not been approved to use the lathe.
  • Ages under 14 may accompany a member, but may not use any tools. Some exceptions apply, please ask.
  • Please note this requirement is under review.

Is there storage for my project at Makespace?

Yes, please follow our project storage guidelines here:

About the Equipment/Tools

Are there extra costs for using certain equipment?


3D Printing costs $0.10 per gram.

Do I need training to use some of the tools?

Yes, some tools can be very dangerous if you don’t use them properly. Please ask for assistance in person or online if you are unsure.

Tools that require training are labelled “Certification required” You will be expected to have read the manual for any tools that you wish to be certified on.  The manuals are available in the wiki.

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