Once students complete orientation sessions, they are granted card access to the building 3 shop spaces,
and are qualified to work in N51 as well. A limited range of self-service work is approved upon completion of shop orientation.
However, shop users must get training on all machines, tools, and processes that they are not recently practiced in - experience
in other shops does not automatically qualify as relevant experience in this shop.
Shop users are added to a webmoira email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) which we use for all general shop-related communication.
Users are expected to read and understand (or ask about) all communication from shop staff. To contact us for any reason (questions are
always encouraged), users should email email@example.com. Emailing individual staff is allowed, but usually much less efficient.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, COVID-RELATED PROCEDURE MUST BE FOLLOWED TO RETAIN SHOP ACCESS - SEE MORE DETAIL ON ABOUT PAGE.
Shops are currently open only during staffed weekday time blocks, which are reflected on the individual shop room schedules/sign up
sheets (see ABOUT page). Curricular shop use (as well as studio use) is only allowed during these blocks,
and shops are required to be staffed for any use within them. Shop users will have card access to building 3 spaces during those time
blocks after completing orientation, and can enter N51-160 when it is staffed (card access to N51-160 is reserved for staff).
More information about current Covid-related use requirements are on ABOUT page.
Architecture Shops are in two different locations:
77 Massachusetts Ave, Building 3
and 265 Massachusetts Ave, Building N51
for more detail and shop staff contact info, see ABOUT page
SHOP SAFETY RULES
ALL SHOP USERS ARE REQUIRED TO KNOW AND FOLLOW THESE RULES AT ALL TIMES
DRESS APPROPRIATELY -
NO LOOSE CLOTHING OR JEWELRY, OR OPEN-TOED SHOES
NO HEADPHONES IN ROOMS HOUSING CUTTING TOOLS/CNC MACHINERY
TIE BACK LONG HAIR TO PREVENT CATCHING IN MACHINERY AS WELL AS PREVENTING OBSCURING OF VISION
SAFETY GLASSES, HAIR TIES, AND HEARING PROTECTION CAN BE FOUND IN PPE CABINETS, WHICH ARE INSTALLED IN EACH SHOP ROOM
SAFETY GLASSES MUST BE WORN IN MACHINE SPACES AT ALL TIMES IN 3-410/N51-160 AND/OR IN ANY SPACE WHEN ANY POTENTIAL SPLASHING OR SHRAPNEL
MAY BE CREATED
NEVER USE A TOOL OR MACHINE YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CLEARED FOR BY HAVING RECENT TRAINING/TRAINED EXPERIENCE WITH.
ASK SHOP STAFF FOR TRAINING
NEVER WORK ALONE WITH ANY CUTTING TOOLS OR MACHINES
MATERIALS MUST BE EXPLICITLY APPROVED OF IN WORKSPACE (SEE "APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS FOR MATERIALS & PROCESSES" TAB)-
CONFIRM WITH SHOP STAFF
DISPOSABLE GLOVES MUST BE WORN WHEN WORKING WITH ANY NON-WATER-BASED LIQUIDS, AND SHOULD BE WORN WHEN
USING ANY LIQUIDS
PRACTICE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING. PREVENT SLIP/TRIP HAZARDS, WIPE UP ANY SPILLS IMMEDIATELY. KEEP WORK AREAS
ORGANIZED, AND LEAVE THEM CLEANER THAN YOU FOUND THEN
DO NOT LEAVE MATERIALS, TOOLS, DUST, OR ANY OTHER DEBRIS BEHIND. ASK ABOUT WIP STORAGE BEFORE STARTING WORK
DO NOT WORK WHEN TIRED OR DISTRACTED. YOU MUST BE FOCUSED ON YOUR WORK AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS IN THE SHOPS
ALWAYS ASK FOR TRAINING/HELP, EVEN WITH THINGS THAT ARE FAMILIAR
ALWAYS CHECK MACHINE/TOOL SETUP BEFORE USE - SHARED EQUIPMENT SHOULD NEVER BE ASSUMED TO BE READY TO OPERATE
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PUT/KEEP MACHINE/TOOL GUARDS IN PROPER POSITION ~BEFORE~ TURNING POWER ON, AND ALWAYS KEEP
HANDS SAFELY CLEARED OF POINTS OF OPERATION
USE PUSH STICKS OR OTHER TOOLS TO KEEP HANDS SAFELY DISTANCED WHENEVER NECESSARY
NEVER USE HANDS TO CLEAR MATERIAL SHAVINGS OR DUST
NOTIFY SHOP STAFF IMMEDIATELY ABOUT ANY TOOL OR MACHINE ISSUE
NEVER WEAR FABRIC/LEATHER GLOVES WHILE OPERATING ANY MACHINE!
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK IN THE SHOPS
Shop staff are longtime 'makers' with extensive experience in a wide range of materials and processes.
We are here as a resource not just for machine training, maintenance, rule enforcement and supervision, but for all
aspects of your work.
Please reach out to us in the beginning stages of your projects, as we can help you develop more
efficient plans, identify appropriate materials and methods, and avoid many potential problems in addition to making sure
you are working within fundamental shop and campus health/safety policies. There is no question that should not be asked -
please check in with us early and often.
Whether you have been assigned a project with very specific details, one that is entirely open-ended, are doing self-directed work, or in any other
circumstance, the best time to contact us is at the beginning of your planning process, before you make final decisions about materials or processes,
and definitely before buying anything.
You may end up needing only a 15-second confirmation on one detail, or we may be able to provide a lot more support.
We can help students make material and machine choices much more effectively, estimate potential time and effort requirements for particular choices,
predict and avoid potential issues, and in the end, save time, effort, and funding - if we are brought in early.
Problems typically occur when a
student doesn't ask us for help until they're 80% of the way through a plan that is falling apart. Please don't wait to check in with us, whether you
have specific questions, or don't even know whether there's anything to address. Most likely, there are things we can help with.
Appropriate shop etiquette overlaps almost completely with shop safety rules. If users have done all necessary training,
are working safely and conscientiously, and are maintaining awareness of their surroundings and their effect on them,
including other users who share the space, things will run smoothly.
Some things that all users of a shared workspace need to put a bit of effort into, to keep things in good condition, are:
Always leave the space at least as clean as you found it.
You want to start work in a space that is ready to go - you must also leave it in that condition.
Always work on brown paper when doing any work with glue, paint, plaster, concrete, or other liquids/powders that
may be difficult to vacuum or wipe completely away.
You are responsible for cleaning up entirely after yourself; working on brown paper can make that much easier.
Remember to ask about using the correct tools for particular jobs - these clippers (below) are trashed because they are only
strong enough to cut thin, soft wire but were used to attempt to cut very hard steel modeling wire (like 'piano' wire)
They were bought specifically for electronics work. We have other tools for cutting harder wire. Shop users need to ask
us which tools are appropriate for certain jobs to avoid damaging things like this.
When finished, always put all tools away where they belong, so it's easy for everyone to find things when they're needed.
Never leave the space without checking carefully to make sure you've cleaned up any of the debris created by the work you were doing.
All trash/recycling must be put in the correct location, all tools put away, and machines cleaned up for the next use.
Vacuums are provided for dust, cleaning materials like paper towels and several kinds of cleaning liquids in spray bottles, are available
for wiping surfaces, and extra trash/recycling bags are kept in the PPE cabinets (with more in storage). Users must be aware of all the mess
they make, and do a thorough job of cleaning. Some things need very specific types of cleaning materials- this will come up in training.
All users must pitch in and remove full trash/recycling bags. No one on campus staff is responsible for organizing your trash for
you- you all, as users, have to keep on top of it yourselves. A bag must be able to be lifted
by a facilities person into one of their large rolling gray bins - so tie a couple of solid knots into the top of a full bag
(do NOT overstuff a full bag!) and leave it against a wall in the hallway for them to pick up.
Remember that trash bags are black, and recycling bags are clear. The bins' color or signage are meaningless - it's the bag
color that determines what goes into it.
Recycling in the clear bags is ONLY household-type single-stream recycling. Unfortunately, a material may be technically
recyclable, but that does not mean it's okay to put into this stream. Used gloves, dust masks, paper towels, plastic bags,
cleaning materials like cotton swabs, etc are NOT recyclable. Small "flyaway" plastics are not, either, if only because the
processing facilities can't handle pieces that are only a few inches in length or less. These are the same general rules that
dictate what you can and can't put into recycling at home.
The shops have containers for several very specific, different types of waste. All of the various scrap or special recycling bins
will be labeled - a blue bin is not necessarily recycling. Check its sign to determine what goes into it (see WASTE DISPOSAL tab for more info).
For example - the blue bin in 3-402A (laser cutter room) is for scrap like masonite, acrylic, and scrap thermoforming plastic. These are usually
large, sharp scrap pieces that can't be put into a regular black trash bag, which is why we have a separate bin for them. That bin is NOT a
recycling bin, though, so please do NOT put any paper products in there. They will not get recycled.
MIT has a lot of information about its recycling streams -