When talking about technical solutions, it helps to have some form of context, as in, what are the problems that you would need us to solve?
The London Hackspace started from two people having a conversation about a broken swivel chair.
Russ: "If i had a lathe, i could fix it!"
Jonty:"Where would you keep a lathe?"
Six weeks later, they had 15-20 people meeting in a pub talking about a shared workshop.
Four months later, 30 people had a room in a community centre.
Twelve months after that, 80 people opened an industrial unit in Shoreditch.
Six months after that 100-150 people opened up the larger workshop in the unit next doorl.
Two years later, 500-600 members, and we moved to our current premises.
Two years after that 1100+ members, and a greatly expanded set of shared facilities.
With no external sponsorship. Entirely funded by membership subscriptions. Where we can do what we like, when we like. Which is usually make all kinds of wyrdness..
None of this was originally planned. It just evolved gradually, as a set of cumulative creative responses to individual problems. Add some duct tape here, build a new shelf there, wire an extra plugboard here, "We should get a lasercutter.", "hey guys, i've found a lathe from a workshop that was closing down", "i was given an arc welder from freecycle!", "Imperial College want to get rid of an old 3D printer.", "I bought a kiln at spittalfields market for £50! :D", "We need a cutting table for dress-making", "We need somewhere to put our tools. There's an Ikea bed in a skip outside, we'll use the frame to make it.", and when other people could see how easy it was, they were inspired to start their own spaces in other towns and cities.
By sharing expenses, we could afford bigger and shinier toys and tools. By sharing our skills and experience, we learned from each other, so all our skills improved.
And it was fun.
It's still growing, and changing. We're still making things.
And we're still having fun.
So what problem do you need to solve...?