@mike and I just got back from a trip to Washington for Linux Fest Northwest and got to check out a couple of spaces in both Seattle and Bellingham.
First off, we checked out Metrix Create Space in Capitol Hill and chatted quite extensively with Matt the owner. Tons of cool, high end equipment in this space and a bunch of awesome projects strewn about. It's primarily a fab shop with Matt being the key person in charge of the space. While it's in the basement of a multi story retail facility, his shop goes on and on and on in these crazy corridors.
We then headed up to Bellingham for the conference and had time to stop into the Foundry. Yet again, talked at length with one of the organizers, Jason. Super nice guy and they had an incredible looking space with great equipment. Sounded like they were having some trouble marketing and getting a good user base, but so is the woe of many a makerspace. They also seemed to do a lot of fabrication as a source of income.
Lastly, on our way out, we hit up Sodo makerspace for a quick tour and chat with the group up there. Definitely more of a warehouse, industrial setting, Sodo has really incredible tools and an interesting model, where anyone is really allowed to come in, but everyone must pay to use the equipment. Yet again, a lot of people here working on paid fabrication gigs. The team at Sodo are incredibly nice and professional and definitely have the hospitality part down for creating a good collaborative space!
These photos are from the internet, because I'm a lazy photographer who ends up talking more than taking photos. I'll be back up in the Northwest in the next couple months and will stop by these spaces again to check out what's going on!