The New York Times article One Big Workbench covers the growth of hackerspaces, which are coworking facilities for people who like to hack or make things. Think of them as shared workshops instead of shared offices.
Like coworking facilities, hackerspaces (also called makerspaces) generally use a gym-like membership model with with monthly fees ranging from $50 to $200 per month.
These spaces have a variety of industrial equipment and tools available for member use including things like laser cutters, 3D Printers and other computer controlled tools. Electronics related tools and equipment and also usually available.
And again like coworking facilities, access to a community of like-minded people is a key selling point.
There's lots of collaboration at hackerspaces.
My favorite part of the article is their description of the vibe at a hackerspace, which I think is quite accurate:
The atmosphere at a hacker space is a bit like finding yourself in an episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” There is unabashed geeking-out on science and technology, and an enthusiasm for making that is infectious.
The article focuses on the hobbyist side of hackerspaces. But we've found in our research that hackerspaces are also hotbeds of entrepreneurship.
For more information, see Make Magazine. It's the publication of record for hackerspaces and the maker movement in general.