Maker Works is here to help you bring your ideas to life.

Located in Ann Arbor, MI, Maker Works was established in 2011 to bring a focus back to making things. In our 14,000 square foot building you'll find:

  • a great selection of tools for wood, metal, textiles, plastic, jewelry, and electronics

  • instruction on the safe and efficient use of these tools

  • space to make things

  • a welcoming community of interesting, creative people making things

Whether you're an artist, engineer, inventor, student, fabricator, entrepreneur, hobbyist, or all of the above, this is a place to actively make your future. Visit us for a free tour whenever we're open—we're just north of Costco on the south side of Ann Arbor. Take safety classes on the tools you need. Start your membership for a day, month, quarter, or year.

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What KIND of a maker are you?

the Learner

I'm a lifelong learner. I will likely take a lot of classes, across domains—I might even take every single class! I may not use every machine. My goal is more about learning, rather than making.

the Object Maker

I'm object oriented, interested in the thing I want to make. I'm particularly interested in the fastest/least expensive way to make what I want.

 

the Hobbyist

I make things as a hobby. I have free time and money and I spend them pursuing this hobby. I know a lot about my hobby and I enjoy sharing what I know with others.

the Entrepreneur

I'm here to make money. I use my time at the shop to make things that make me money. The dependability and availability of the equipment is very important to me. I value developing my skills so I'm more efficient.

 

the Group

I organize a group of people that want to do an activity that furthers our mission. I am always excited, but I don't have an infinite budget, so I'm looking for a lot of bang for the buck. The more you can make the experience "turn-key" the better.

the Student

I'm involved in the Scouts, FIRST, or my high school's technical arts program, or just do geeky things on my own. I want access to even more cool tools, to learn about and make cool things, and to hang out with other people who share my interests.

 
 
 
 

the Patron

I have a special object that I would like to have made or repaired for me. I don't have the time to learn how to make or repair the item myself. I am very pleased to give this work to a local professional, especially if I can have it made exactly the way I want or need it.