Become a Member

Do you like to learn? Make stuff? Maybe you’re the type of student who likes to go for extra credit on a school project. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur with an idea on a napkin and need to build prototypes. Maybe your company has production or R&D bottlenecks facing promised deadlines. Any or all of the reasons above – and more – are why you should become a Lakeshore Fab Lab member.

The Lakeshore Fab Lab is a place like no other on Michigan’s western lakeshore. Inside, you can learn how to use new high tech equipment, dream and design new products and then bring them to life. Youth of all ages can discover STEM by doing fun, hands-on projects. At the Lakeshore Fab Lab, a gathering point for product design and prototyping expertise, tomorrow’s business can be fashioned today!

If being a part of a community that fosters learning and building sounds interesting to you, then the Lakeshore Fab Lab has several membership levels for you to access this exciting and fun space.

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Membership Type
Dues
Adult Annual $250 per year
Adult Monthly $40 per month
Student (Kindergarten – College) $25 per year
Family* $450 per year
Corporate memberships** $2,200 per year
Club/Organization Please contact the Lakeshore Fab Lab Manager
Other Please contact the Lakeshore Fab Lab Manager

*Up to two adults and three children under the age of 18 years old living at the same address
**Up to ten members identified by the company

The membership benefits include:

  • One-hour safety training (required of all members)
  • Discounts on projects, classes, and events held at the Lakeshore Fab Lab
  • Access to knowledgeable volunteers, other members, and Muskegon Community College faculty
  • Access to equipment not in your garage and the training to use it
  • An environment of creativity, building, comradery, and entrepreneurship
    Coffee!

All membership fees are due at the beginning of the term. Annual memberships cannot be paid monthly.

Machine Time and Material Charges

Machine time and material charges are additional to membership fees. They vary by machine and type of material used. Below are the Lakeshore Fab Lab machine time/usage rates:

Machine
Rate*
Vinyl Cutter $10 one-time set up charge
Laser Etcher $30
T-shirt hot press $10 one-time set up charge
Milling Machine $30
Plasma Laser Cutter $30
Router $30
Afinia 3D Printers $1
UPrint 3D Printers $25
Elite 3D Printers $30
Fortus 450 3D Printer $60
Digital Scanner $20 one-time usage charge

*Minimum one-hour charge. Additional time billed in 15 minute increments

Materials pricing is based on the amount and type of materials used. Please see the Lakeshore Fab Lab manager for a quote.