Product development and startup incubator

Makespace is ideal for hardware innovators, engineers, tech pioneers and corporate teams who want the right tools, expertise and workspace to rapidly design, prototype and commercialise products.

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I’m looking for a space for myself and my team

Join a motivated community of engineers, designers and makers with high-speed internet, 24/7 access and dedicated workspaces. Conveniently based in Lake Macquarie, just south of Newcastle and only 90 minutes from Sydney.

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Mentoring to help you Plan for success | Dashworks


I want help to plan my product development

Mentoring, workshops and expertise to help you plan, validate, discover and reduce risk – and ultimately set you on a path for success.

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Entrepreneur working on a product prototype | Dashworks


I need support to build my product

Rapidly build new prototypes with contemporary design and simulation tools and state of the art machining and manufacturing equipment.

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A space for infinite possibilities


Manufacturing equipment




Engineering capability




Product assessment workshop




500/500 mbs wifi


Dedicated workspace


24/7 access


Meeting rooms


Business-grade printing


Freshly brewed coffee


Educational events








Breakout spaces

Meeting rooms (White)

Onsite staff

A space for innovation

Makespace is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, a hardware incubator combining the collaborative nature of coworking with the space, equipment and expertise you need for product development and rapid prototyping.

A space for collaboration

We’ve partnered with market leaders to bring you the collective experience, capability and expertise you need to build and commercialise your product.

Membership options

Affordable, flexible memberships offered on an annual, monthly and daily rate. Conveniently based in Lake Macquarie, close to Newcastle.

Working on a product prototype | Dashworks

Annual Membership

Discounted annual membership with 24-7 unlimited access and dedicated workspace.

Entrepreneurs working on a product prototype | Dashworks

Dedicated Desk

Flexible month-to-month membership with 24-7 unlimited access and dedicated workspace.

Plan Product Development | Dashworks

Hot Desk

Flexible month-to-month membership available during business hours.

Our services

Hardware product development and industrial design can be challenging, so we have a range of additional services to help bring your idea to life.

highly-skilled engineer or lab technician | Dashworks

Manufacturing equipment, software and capability

Makespace members gain discounted access to commercial-grade mechatronics and electrical prototyping equipment, engineering software and capability services to help take your industrial design project from idea-stage to the global market.

Business team in a meeting | Dashworks

Mentoring and consultancy

Expert mentors and an in-house consultancy to help you plan, prioritise, validate, analyse and ultimately launch your big idea. Optimise your process and boost your success throughout your product development journey - from ideation to product fulfilment and everything in between.

Corporate Business Meeting | Dashworks

Meeting rooms

Need a contemporary and convenient space to hold your next business meeting in Lake Macquarie or Newcastle? Our meeting rooms are popular with corporates, small business owners and startups for strategy days, client meetings, interviews and pitches.

Meet some of our amazing members

Join the businesses accelerating the development of ground-breaking hardware technologies.

Trent | Dashworks

Founder of Slingshot, CoVentured and his latest venture The Melt Accelerator Trent is the king of corporate innovation and transforming ideas into leading businesses.

Trent Bagnall

The Melt Accelerator/Slingshot


Sahil Harriram | Dashworks

Sahil is a highly-motivated robotics and automation expert. Although it’s clear he’s destined for big things, Sahil is incredibly generous with his time and knowledge.

Sahil Harriram

Elite Robotics

CEO and Founder


Luke's building a revolutionary new heating and cooling system based on clean renewable energy. He's casual and approachable, making him a great asset to the Makespace community.

Luke Mahony

Orata° Tech

CEO and Founder

Katie Cowe

Katie is a cool-headed digital marketing whizz. With a passion for helping businesses maximise their online marketing potential, Katie is a great fit for the Makespace community.

Katie Cowling


Director - Digital Services

Graham | Dashworks

Graham is creating an educational product to encourage the next gen of makers. He's a strong advocate of the maker-movement and a brilliant resource for other Makespace members.

Graham Mitchell



Andrew McCallum | Dashworks

Andrew is an entrepreneur and leader at digital referral platform AUXHub. He's focused and driven - but still loves a laugh with his co-working buddies.

Andrew McCallum


CEO and Founder

Clint | Dashworks

Clint is a straight talking, quick thinking engineer, product developer and entrepreneur. He has built and sold multiple companies and is an incredible resource and mentor.

Clint Bruin




Pierre is an award-winning engineer and all-round great guy. With a dry sense of humour and a sharp mind - we love having him around.

Pierre Gouhier


Product Development Manager


You won’t be short of leisure activities to boost your productivity and well-being with a selection of gyms, cafes, retail precinct and the beautiful Lake Macquarie lakefront walking track located close by.

1/323 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay NSW, Australia

Meet Holly

Community Coordinator, Warners Bay

Our dedicated community coordinators are on-site to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

Frequently asked questions

Makespace is located at 1/323 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay NSW. You’ll find us between Petbarn and Baby Bunting, right across from Officeworks. Warners Bay is in the City of Lake Macquarie, close to Newcastle and only 90 mins to Sydney.

Our memberships are affordable and flexible. Costs vary depending on how many people you want to sign-up and how often they’ll be using the space. See our flexible pricing options here, or get in touch for more information.

We understand that flexible working arrangements call for flexible pricing and membership options. Most of our memberships are month-to-month, with no lock-in contracts. Our memberships are designed to provide you with a flexible and low-risk platform to help your business grow.

We also offer memberships at a discount for periods of 12 months. If you’re a team of 4 or more and want to commit to a longer term membership, get in touch and we’ll negotiate a tailored membership just for you.

Our Makespace memberships have you covered, including:


  • Mentoring
  • Discounted access to commercial-grade manufacturing equipment, software and capability*
  • Rent
  • Outgoings
  • WiFi
  • Workstation/s
  • Storage
  • End-of-trip facilities
  • Tea, coffee and chilled water
  • Events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Discounted meeting room hire
  • Learn more about membership inclusions, benefits and amenities here.


* You must be a Makespace member to access these services. All members complete a mentor-facilitated workshop prior to accessing machinery, software and tools. Your customised price for software, equipment or capacity building will be provided once your needs are assessed.

Simply bring your own device, connect and get started!

Parking is available nearby on the Hillsborough Rd service lane (free all day), and at the Warners Bay Home Centre.

It’s super fast! We have up to 500mbps upload and download speed.

Dashworks is owned and operated by Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company, trading as Dantia.

Makespace is a vibrant community of hardware technicians, startups, digital entrepreneurs, product/industrial designers and engineers from Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney and beyond. Learn more about your potential new coworkers here.

We are building a community at Makespace that includes hardware technicians, startups, freelancers, digital entrepreneurs, product/industrial designers and engineers. We welcome members from other industries and professions but priority is given to individuals and businesses who are building or designing hardware products.

Our manufacturing workshop is exclusive to Makespace members. All members complete a mentor-facilitated workshop prior to accessing our specialised prototyping equipment, software and expertise.

We have established relationships with companies Ampcontrol and Slingshot to provide access to industrial-grade prototyping equipment, software and consultancy services at a heavily discounted rate when compared to commercial manufacturing. 

Your equipment and software needs are analysed during a product assessment workshop so we can provide you with a price that best suits your requirements.

Our workspaces are generously sized: 1250mm x 750mm.

Yes! Every Makespace member has access to a storage locker and the option of purchasing a lockable under-desk cabinet for $20 per month.

Members can book meeting rooms through our online booking portal. Discounted pricing automatically applies to relevant memberships.

All members are encouraged to create a profile on our member-only internal website and our ‘member wall’ at each location. We have fostered a friendly and welcoming environment in our spaces that makes it easy to meet other members.

Makespace is for companies, startups or entrepreneurs looking to develop hardware products. Workspace is open to all types of businesses and professionals who are looking for a base to grow their business.

We’ve got a great partnership with Big Air that allows us to get the fastest speeds available in every location we’re in. It’s pretty great!

Where most maker spaces offer support for small-scale product development, Makespace is focused on commercialisation. With specialised knowledge, technical expertise, commercial-grade equipment and engineering software, Makespace is purpose-built for taking your product from concept through to production.

Absolutely! We welcome member-hosted events. If you’re not a Makespace member, but have an event that sounds up our alley, get in touch.

Yes! We offer discounted memberships to eligible startups. Drop us a line for more information.

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Join a vibrant and supportive community to build and commercialise your product. Access industry-grade prototyping equipment, software and programs to accelerate your success.

We’ll invite you in for a site visit, chat about your project and pick a date to start your 5-day free trial.

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