The technological revolution in the age of digitalization brings blurs the boundaries of the formerly distinct internal and external parts of the publishing production chain. In addition, the emergence of new and easily accessible technologies such as 3D printing or laser cutting is promoting a change in scientific methodology and is accommodating interdisciplinary approaches. However, the need for knowledge about these technologies and their transfer is increasing at the same time. The SLUB Dresden tries to meet this need by offering an academic makerspace. The successes of this concept and the challenges in its implementation are described here.