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Open Source Maker Labs is a makerspace – a high-tech workshop, a business incubator – where people of all ages can learn, make things, and be surrounded by a community of like-minded people.  Who comes to the lab?  We are entrepreneurs, makers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, educators, students, tinkerers, artists, builders, and curious people who want to keep learning and share what we learn.

Members can take classes in 3D printing, soldering, laser cutting, welding, programming, computer drawing, Arduinos, and much more.  If you visit on any particular night, you might see a meet-up group in the classroom sharing their individual projects, a high school robotics team tweaking their robot, a future entrepreneur watching a prototype of the “Next Big Thing” take shape on the 3D printer, or a group of students on a field trip making BrushBots and racing them in the lab.   On various Saturdays, join the San Diego Makers Guild as they bend sheet metal, construct frames, and hack an electric wheelchair to build their Cupcake Car in time for the next San Diego Maker Faire.


It's a very diverse area. There are great schools along the corridor, such as Cal State San Marcos, Palomar and Mira Costa, as well as elementary, middle and high schools,  that we work with. The variety of businesses and industries, particular high tech, make an ideal location for us. Being located in the Vista Business Park area allows our members easy access across all of the North County arterials.  When we say we are off the Sycamore exit on 78, people immediately identify the general area, and then comment that they know “exactly where that is.”


We've seen an incredible amount of innovation and entrepreneurship in the area. From the many microbreweries in the area, to advanced manufacturing companies, to new technology startups – it's an area with a lot of economic variety. Combined with three unique colleges in the corridor, we see the potential for significant sustained growth.


We expect to be operating more as a startup incubator, specializing in access to rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing capabilities, and assisting new companies to start in North County. In five years, we should have exceeded our current capacity and will have expanded our facility. In the 78 corridor, we expect to see a better educated workforce developing, and plenty of local opportunities for them right in this area.

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