We tend to overlook the importance of the environment in which we create. Every major invention came through the workbench – yet, the workbench itself has not evolved much in hundreds of years. How can we make the capacity of innovation available to all, in an affordable package? How do we make this capacity more efficient, more compact, more affordable?
MakerBay has been building workbenches and innovation workspaces for years. Can you imagine if the people that need this technology the most had access to it? What if the workbench came with instructions on how to make essential technologies – and be available in say… Refugee camps? What if such a tool set was available in every school, university? Could companies become more innovative, with the right tools, training, and mindset?
You might wonder, what’s so new about this? We believe that it is about miniaturization, automation, and learning. Such changes have happened in the past! Remember how a desk looked before computers came about!? And now all this power can even fit in your pocket – or better yet, be served from the cloud!
Another fantastic demonstration of this “concentration” of functions in this combined tool (that’s a Hong Kong startup by the way):
After many versions, we’re getting closer to a workbench that can combine the essential functions of a workshop in a concentrated package at an affordable cost.
At this stage we can design, build and operate at 3 scales:
- MakerBay (L): an entire space, tools, materials, operations, training
- MakerBench (M): specialised workstations for analog and digital Research and development work
- MakerBox (S): a simple and affordable box with the essential tools that you can tuck away in a small room or even in a vehicle
Here we have some images collection to see the range we have been working at.
MakerBay has moved from Kam Tin (Yuen Long), to Yau Tong, and we’re currently headquartered in Tsuen Wan. We have also a branch in Central at PMQ that is much smaller – yet, packs a lot of tools and functionalities for the many workshops we teach there! We’ve even designed and engineered Cambodia largest innovation space 🙂
MakerBench is very convenient for schools that do not have the space, the budget, or the time to commit to a full makerspace. Or they might want to just dip their toes. We designed and built MakerBenches of all sizes, adult ones and also children-size ones, with a careful selection of age-adapted tools.
And for those who just want to get started – or want to go far with a light baggage, our tool set enables one to do more than any pre-designed DIY set. Buy tools not toys!
What’s really important to mention is that MakerBay has been delivering remote STEAM education workshop online with such tool box: workshop instructors and worksop participants have identical tool set and while being in different places can make things together via Zoom / Skype / Google Hangout.