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How 'maker spaces' are helping start-ups, entrepreneurs go big

3D printing at NextFab
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Whether its software or other technology products, more entrepreneurs and creators are dabbling in the so-called maker community. But the cost of high-end computers and machines like laser cutters and 3-D printers often is out of reach for many upstarts.

That's why more innovators are turning to shared-space electronics labs such as NextFab and TechShop, according to NPR. Members pay a fee to access and share the equipment, and also learn from other entrepreneurs in the space.

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Now, governments, universities and big corporations are beginning to invest in these maker spaces.

Go here for the full NPR report.