Makerspaces have recently exploded in popularity as artisans, techies and the just plain curious seek out communal access to materials and tools they're unlikely to have at home -- anything from a laser cutter to an industrial sewing machine.
Makerspaces are the product of several social and tech movements -- including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, skunk works, new media art and a resurgent interest in handcrafts.
Read on for our take on some of the U.S.'s coolest makerspaces. If your locale didn't make our list, check out Makerspace.com's worldwide directory. Then pick your media and start creating.