Staff training is an ongoing process as our makerspace activities grow, change and evolve. Our goal is to have all members of staff operate with a basic knowledge of the machines and equipment available in our spaces. We train all professional members of staff to be able to provide one-on-one or small group training sessions on the equipment such as 3D printing and laser cutting. All professional members of staff attend our monthly "Maker Forums," where the staff team collectively decides what training we would like to see offered or repeated and receives this training.
Yes, our space was built and designed with the explicit intention of free and open access to the public for working on personal projects, and pursuing their interests and passions. Patrons can drop in and use our space independently for their own purposes any time the Lab is open. Our only restrictions are that patrons attend a certification class before using the 3D printers or laser cutter independently.