A facility to incubate nerds and equip them with tools. Currently found in all major cities, hackerspaces exist to pool nerds' resources together and enable them to build and invent ever newer and better things. Most hackerspaces are equipped with rapid prototyping machines (3D printers, laser cutters, CNCs), metal milling tools, welding, electronics, and millinery.
Edgar: "Hey, I want to build a door bell that will tell me who is at the door!"
Zeke: "I think the local hackerspace has the tools you'll need, but you'll have to buy your own parts."
Person A: Last Saturday evening I attended the local Hacker Spaces advertised in the recent MAKE magazine. I showed them my $30 MP3 Arduino shield. It was soo Cool. There was even a guy there giving lessons on how to use a soldering iron!
His Dad: Christ. You're 32 years old. Learning to use a soldering iron is what 10 year-old nerd kids figure out for themselves.
a place where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and expertise
As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise.