How can I become a member?

Before you can become a member, you must complete the online training and attend a short in-person orientation.

Membership to the Spartan Light Metal Products Makerspace allows you to:

  • Get access to the makerspace studio and its basic equipment
  • Attend our workshops and activities
  • Get trained on our equipment

Who can be a member?

All students, faculty, and staff at Washington University can get access to the makerspace.

Makerspace Code of Conduct

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. Members keep each other safe.
  2. Members use the makerspace’s resources to advance its mission.
  3. The activities of members within the makerspace reflect the makerspace’s values.
  4. Members create a safe and fun place to learn, make, and share by being a good citizen of the makerspace’s physical resources and being courteous of other members and staff.
  5. Members keep in mind their own and other members’ right to safety and a positive learning experience.

RULES

Eligibility:

  1. Current Washington University undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and research staff are all eligible for membership at the makerspace. Membership must be renewed annually, and ends when the member’s association with the University ceases.
  2. Membership and access to the makerspace is granted after completion of Safety Spot training and attendance at the in-person orientation session.
  3. Access may be revoked, at the discretion of the staff, for failure to observe the code of conduct.
  4. Access to the Makerspace is restricted to those who have become members or are accompanied by staff.
  5. Training for specific equipment is available for all members. Safety Spot training and staff approval are required to use the 3D printers, laser cutter, bandsaw, and drill press in the studio space.
  6. Access to the Advanced Machine Shop space and equipment is limited to times when machine shop staff are present.  A Washington University ID card must be swiped to enter the machine shop from the studio space.

Safety:

  1. If there is an accident and someone is hurt in the makerspace:
    1. Call 314-935-5555 from your mobile phone or 5-5555 from a campus phone.
    2. Get help from staff.
    3. Do your best to provide assistance while emergency response team arrives.
  2. Follow all Washington University safety policies and procedures.
  3. Follow all posted instructions and the directions of staff.
  4. Do not do anything that is not safe. If there is any uncertainty about whether an activity is safe, please consult a staff member before proceeding.
  5. If you see a fellow member doing something that might be unsafe, tell them.
  6. If you see something dangerous in the makerspace, inform the other occupants of the makerspace as well as staff immediately.
  7. Let the staff know immediately if any tools are broken or malfunctioning.
  8. All accidents, including minor injuries, and all hazardous conditions or activities must be reported immediately to staff.
  9. Chemicals, including paint and solvents, may not be brought into the makerspace without staff approval.
  10. Only use tools and equipment that you are qualified to operate. If you are not absolutely sure about how to use a tool or piece of equipment, or you are not sure if you are qualified, ask a staff member for help.

Appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment:

  1. Closed-toed shoes must be worn in the makerspace. 
  2. Remove scarves, jewelry, headphones or any other loose clothing and tie back long hair before operating power tools.
  3. Safety glasses must be worn at all times unless directed by a staff member.
  4. For more information, refer to specific rules posted in each area of the studio

Housekeeping:

  1. No food or drinks may be brought into the makerspace by members.
  2. Tools and equipment can only be used in the makerspace and should not leave the makerspace.
  3. Use lockers for short-term storage of active projects:
    1. No food or objects that produce fumes or odors should be stored in the lockers. If any such items are detected in a locker, all items will be removed and locker use terminated.
    2. Daily-use lockers must be emptied before the makerspace closes each evening.
    3. Weekly-use lockers must be either renewed or emptied before the specified end date.
    4. Be mindful of other activities occurring nearby when you access the lockers.
  4. Leave all spaces clean and organized:
    1. Do not leave trash or personal belongings in the makerspace. Reclaim any forgotten items promptly from staff.
    2. Return all equipment and furniture to default configurations when finished.
  5. Leave the space clean for other members:
    1. Projects should only be out when members are actively working.
    2. Return tools and equipment to their designated storage location when you are done with them. 
    3. Work areas should be swept, vacuumed, or wiped clean when finished.

Activities:

  1. When resources in the makerspace cannot meet demand, staff may intervene to give priority to activities that best support its mission and values.
  2.  Staff may exclude any activities that do not support the makerspace’s mission and values.
  3. Avoid activities that disrupt other activities in the makerspace or discourage other people from using the space.
  4. Ask for feedback and help with your projects. Students and staff in the makerspace are a great resource.

Acknowledgements:

These guidelines were adapted from those of the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design at Yale University (https://ceid.yale.edu).