Getting Started

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Find a machine suitable for your needs

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Attend our mandatory training session

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Brainstorm for that kickass product idea

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Start building and ask a TA if you need help

How do you get started in the MakerSpace?

1. Can I use the MakerSpace?

If you are a current NYU student, staff, or faculty, in any school or program: Yes!

2. Attend a Safety Orientation

Click Training and Reservations on our menu and start with the Safety Orientation button. You will be walked through a series of steps to start the Safety Orientation which consists of a tour of the space, safety procedures, and the Ultimaker 3D printer training to begin using the space!

3. Start Making!

The MakerSpace can be used for classwork, hobbies, or just for fun. Use the Machines link at the top of the page to find out more about what is available, and ask our staff for help choosing the best tool for the job. Then, watch the necessary videos and sign up for any bookings you may need to complete your desired trainings.

Users are now required to create a reservation for all your MakerSpace needs, including tables, machines, and trainings. Check out our Training and Reservations page to learn more.

4. Participate

The MakerSpace is more than a work space, it's a community. Get to know who else is working here for even more expertise. The Design Lab hosts events and workshops throughout the year for learning, networking, and fun! For the Spring 2021 semester, all of the Design Lab's workshops will be remote. Check the Events page to see what's coming up.


General safety:
If there is an accident and someone is hurt:

  • Call 9-1-1 from your cell phone or lab phone
  • Stay with the injured person until help arrives (alert others if possible)
  • Alert MakerSpace staff
  • Report the incident to the manager

If you see something dangerous or someone working in an unsafe manner, tell a staff member or manager.

Working in the MakerSpace:

  • Keep your workspace clean
    • Clean and return all tools to where you got them
    • Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning, repairing, or oiling
    • Keep the floor around machines clean, dry, and free from trip hazards. Do not allow chips or debris to accumulate.
    • Mop up spills immediately and put a chair or cone over them if they are wet enough to cause someone to slip
  • Equipment
    • Only use equipment you have been trained for and approved to use
    • Report any broken equipment to a staff member
    • For training and specific instructions, refer to the signs posted at each machine
    • All milling and cutting machines/tools must be turned off by 9:45pm
  • Protective gear
    • Wear gear appropriate to the machine or tool you are using, see signs at each machine for required gear
  • Hand tools
    • Never use a broken tool, and report any broken tools to a staff member
    • Use tools as they were designed to be used
  • Chemicals
    • TAs must take hazardous waste training before using the chemical baths
    • Everyone must use gloves when working with the bath
      1. Always check the temperature before reaching into the bath
    • No external chemicals are allowed in the lab without approval from the manager or assistant manager, and a SDS must be submitted
  • Materials
    • External materials brought in to be cut on the machines must be approved by a staff member
    • Be mindful of waste, return unused raw materials that you don’t need to the MakerSpace
  • Laser cutter
    • All laser cutter users must be trained
    • ALWAYS watch your work, no matter how long the cut job takes, there is always a fire threat
    • NEVER cut a material that you can’t definitely identify or is not on the approved material list
      1. PVC and chlorinated plastics can NEVER be cut, they will give off a deadly gas
  • Food
    • No food in the MakerSpace
    • Drinks with coffee cup lids or holes are not allowed
    • Only sealable drinks are allowed
    • Violators will be asked to leave for the day

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