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Safety

  1. Safety Training
  1. All FabLab users must complete safety training prior to using the FabLab.
  2. Students must complete FabLab training and receive a score of 90% or better on the safety quiz prior to using the FabLab.  A copy of the quiz may be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/0kE2iSXCGDJ2rIfR2 .
  3. Community members must complete safety training and sign a waiver of liability prior to using the FabLab.  A copy of the waiver may be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7_M4Nef6YlzOWFaTm50SzNtaHM .
  1. An East Troy Community School District staff member must supervise all FabLab use.
  2. Do not work in the FabLab if tired or impaired by medications, alcohol, or other drugs.
  3. Do not work in the FabLab area alone.
  4. Report injuries immediately to the staff member supervising the FabLab.
  5. Report any equipment damage or maintenance needs immediately to the staff member supervising the FabLab.  Do not attempt to repair or maintain equipment unless you have received appropriate training.
  6. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions for safe equipment operation.
  7. Do not change the default settings on any equipment or software.
  8.  Do not attempt to circumvent any equipment guards or safety mechanisms.
  9. Long hair and loose clothing must be tied back.
  10. Safety goggles, long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toe shoes must be worn near any equipment that cuts metal or wood.
  11. Do not use any equipment you have not been trained to use.
  12. Protective eyewear should be worn when looking at the light produced by the laser cutter or plasma cutter.
  13. Keep fingers away from blades or cutting edges.  Use a push stick or similar tool to control materials near a blade or cutting edge.
  14. Use dust collection devices for all equipment equipped with them.
  15. Clamp, tape, or otherwise secure work pieces firmly to a flat surface before cutting or drilling.
  16. Keep your workspace clean and uncluttered while you are working.  Clean up when you are done.
  17. Return all tools and equipment to the proper storage location immediately after using them.

 


FabLab Access

  1. Access Levels
  1. Definitions
  1. ETCSD means East Troy Community School District.  
  2. General supervision means a qualified staff member is available in the general vicinity of the FabLab
  3. Direct supervision means a qualified staff member is stationed at the equipment and is directly overseeing its use.  
  4. Community member means any person who is not a student or staff member at East Troy Community School District
  1. Level 1 User
  1. Qualifications: Level 1 training completed and documented.  Level 1 users must complete all of the following prior to using the Fab Lab:
  1. Orientation session attended.  The orientation session will include an overview of the Fab Lab equipment, a review of the Fab Lab policies, and an explanation of the fee and materials cost systems.  
  2. Safety training complete (https://goo.gl/forms/0kE2iSXCGDJ2rIfR2) 
  3. Signed liability waiver on file (community members only) (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7_M4Nef6YlzOWFaTm50SzNtaHM)
  4. Usage fees paid for the current session (community members only)  
  1. Permitted Level 1 equipment use: Laser cutter, vinyl cutter, banner printer, and 3D printer, under general supervision of a Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 ETCSD staff member.  All other equipment under direct supervision of Level 3 or Level 4 ETCSD staff.  May not perform any equipment repair or maintenance.  
  1. Level 2 User
  1. Qualifications: Level 1 qualifications plus documentation of completed Level 2 training.  Level 2 users must complete all of the following prior to using the Fab Lab:
  1.  In the presence of a Level 3 or 4 user, demonstrate their ability to use the laser cutter by creating and correctly cutting a project without assistance or reference to the laser cutter instructions.
  2. In the presence of a Level 3 or 4 user, demonstrate their ability to use at least one model of 3D printer by printing a file without assistance or reference to the 3D printer instructions.
  3. In the presence of a Level 3 or 4 user, demonstrate their ability to cut a sticker on the vinyl cutter without assistance or reference to the vinyl cutter instructions.  
  4. Level 2 certification is a privilege, not a right, granted at the discretion of Fab Lab staff.  Students or staff who are denied level 2 qualification may appeal the decision to the school principal, who will consult with both the user and the Fab Lab staff before reaching a decision.  
  1. Permitted Level 2 equipment use: Independent use of laser cutter, vinyl cutter, banner printer, or 3D printer.  If an ETCSD staff member, may supervise students using the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, banner printer, or 3D printer.  All other equipment under general supervision of a Level 3 or Level 4 ETCSD staff member.  May not perform any equipment repair or maintenance.  
  1. Level 3 User
  1. Qualifications: Level 2 qualifications plus documentation of completed Level 3 training.  Level 3 users must complete all of the following prior to using the Fab Lab:
  1. In the presence of a Level 4 user, demonstrate their ability to use at least one model of milling machine by creating and correctly cutting a project without assistance or reference to the milling machine instructions.
  2. In the presence of a Level 4 user, demonstrate their ability to use the CNC router by designing, printing, and cutting a project on the router without assistance or reference to the router instructions.
  3. In the presence of a Level 4 user, demonstrate their ability to use the CNC plasma cutter by designing, printing, and cutting a project on the plasma cutter without assistance or reference to the plasma cutter instructions.  
  4. Pass the Level 3 safety certification, found here.  
  5. Level 3 certification is a privilege, not a right, granted at the discretion of Fab Lab staff.  Students or staff who are denied level 3 qualification may appeal the decision to the school principal, who will consult with both the user and the Fab Lab staff before reaching a decision.  
  1. Permitted equipment use: Independent use of all FabLab equipment.  May train Level 1 and Level 2 users.  If an ETCSD staff member, may supervise students, staff, and community members using any FabLab equipment.  May perform minor equipment repair and maintenance (refill 3D printer medium spools, reset control software to default settings, etc.).  
  1. Level 4 User
  1. Qualifications: Level 3 qualifications plus additional training by manufacturers, sales representatives, etc.  Must be an ETCSD staff member.  
  1. The FabLab supervisor will appoint Level 4 users at his/her discretion.  Level 4 certification is a privilege, not a right, granted at the discretion of Fab Lab staff.  Staff who are denied level 4 qualification may appeal the decision to the school principal, who will consult with both the staff member and the Fab Lab staff before reaching a decision.  
  1. Permitted equipment use: May use, maintain, and repair all FabLab equipment.  May train Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 users.  May supervise others in the use of all FabLab equipment.  

  1. Users
  1. Students
  1. After completing safety training, students may use the FabLab any time that a qualified staff member is available to supervise them (see Access Levels for qualifications).  
  1. Staff of East Troy Community School District
  1. Level 1 users may use the FabLab any time that a Level 3 or Level 4 staff member is available to supervise them.  
  2. Level 2 users may use the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3D printer, or banner printer at any time and all other equipment any time that a Level 3 or Level 4 staff member is available to supervise them.  
  3. Level 3 and Level 4 users may use the FabLab at any time; however, for safety’s sake, another adult should be available in the general vicinity of the FabLab if the CNC router, CNC plasma cutter, or milling machine are in use.  
  1. Community Members
  1. Community members may access the FabLab during open access hours.  
  1. The FabLab is open to the public Thursday evenings from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  
  1. A level 4 user may also allow community member access to the FabLab outside of open access hours by appointment, at his or her discretion.  However, the school is not obligated to allow access outside of open access hours.  
  1. User training is tracked in the FabLab User Database (link).  All community users, and any Level 2 student or staff users working independently in the FabLab must sign in to the User Database before using FabLab equipment, and must sign out of the User Database before leaving the FabLab.  
  2. Access Priority
  1. Priority of access to equipment, from highest to lowest priority, is as follows:
  1. Community members during open access hours
  2. Students completing coursework-related projects
  3. ETCSD staff members preparing coursework-related projects
  4. Students or ETCSD staff members completing elective (club,sport, or organization) projects
  5. Students completing personal projects
  6. Community members by appointment
  7. ETCSD staff members completing personal projects
  1. If a project is already running (e.g., 3D printer printing, laser cutter cutting, etc.) when a higher-priority user arrives, a lower-priority user may finish the run before surrendering equipment to a higher-priority user.  

 

Using the FabLab

  1. Fees
  1. Students and ETCSD staff members may use the FabLab free of charge for academic, organizational, and personal projects.
  2. Community members will pay a fee of $50/semester (individuals) or $75/semester (families) for access to the FabLab during open access hours.
  3. A cost spreadsheet for all fab lab projects is available on the East Troy website, or at:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bl-UOS1gldh1RN6DLebsE4HrU0KENY4OR-oa0jrXbIY/edit#gid=0 .  Users should submit a cost of materials spreadsheet to the FabLab supervisor for each project.  
  4. Projects within the course of a school class: All projects required in a school course shall have a teacher approved budget, representing the cost of materials the student should be able to successfully complete the project in.  No charge will be issued to the student for those materials.  The student shall complete the spreadsheet, demonstrating that his/her project can be completed within the teacher approved budget for the project.

If a student chooses to extend his/her project such that the cost exceeds the teacher approved budget, the difference will be the responsibility of the student.

  1. Projects outside of the course of a school class: Any projects, from community, clubs, or students not required from a school class, will incur the full cost of materials and an equipment surcharge.  The community member or student shall complete the spreadsheet, and submit the charge associated to the project prior to the project being allowed to proceed to the final stage of creation on any machines.

  1. Materials on the FabLab supply list have been marked up by 10% over cost, to fund equipment repair, maintenance, and replacement.  If users wish to supply their own materials, they must pay a feel equal to 10% of the cost of the same or similar materials on the material supply list to cover the equipment fee.  

  1. Prohibited Uses
  1. Users, including community members, may not use the FabLab to design or fabricate any project contrary to ETCSD goals, vision, staff rules, or student handbook.  Prohibited projects include, but are not limited to:
  1. Weapons
  2. Drug paraphernalia
  3. Images or representations of drugs, alcohol, pornography, obscenity, racial or ethnic slurs, or other content in violation of the East Troy High School code of conduct
  4. Images or representations of a person other than the FabLab user or the user’s immediate family, unless a copy of a photo release waiver has been submitted to the FabLab Supervisor.  A photo release waiver may be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h-6ChMeZlQbPJ0W7wpJPE7_Qg-v5hYObeeoya-FPGY0/pub 
  5. Projects that infringe on copyrights or patents
  1. Exceptions may be made on a case-by case basis, based on educational merit.  For example, an image of a canon might be appropriate on a revolutionary or civil war project, or an image of alcohol might be appropriate on a project discussing prohibition.  When in doubt, school principals should be consulted before the project is fabricated.  

  1. Fab Lab projects are completed at the user’s own risk.  Users are responsible for their own projects and materials.  Users may not store projects or materials in the Fab Lab.  

Version 1.1.  Edited 02/06/17        page