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Fabrication Lab: Policies and Expectations

RC Fabrication Lab Users

  • All UNB students, staff and faculty are welcome to use the equipment in the Fabrication Lab during operating hours.
  • All Fabrication Lab visitors must check in with a Fabrication Lab staff member.
  • All users must undergo a brief training session for each piece of equipment they wish to use (3D printer, Cricut maker, Sewing machine or Button Maker). This can be done either upon your first visit or in a separate workshop hosted by the Fabrication Lab.
  • The Fabrication Lab equipment is available on a first come, first-serve basis.

Creating in the Fabrication Lab

  • The Fabrication Lab equipment may only be used for lawful purposes and in accordance with all University of New Brunswick policies and regulations.
  • It is prohibited to use the HIL RC Fabrication Lab to create material components in violation of local, provincial, or federal laws, or in violation of intellectual property or proprietary rights.
  • Commercial or large-scale production use of the Fabrication Lab is not allowed at this time. Applications to demonstrate or promote business ideas and prototyping are welcome.
  • Users may not print or create harmful, unsafe, dangerous, or otherwise inappropriate materials using Fabrication Lab equipment.
  • Fabrication Lab users may rent a locker to contain projects for either daily or semester-long use. Please consult the Fabrication Lab staff for locker rental information.
  • Users must provide their own external storage devices for saving projects (apart from SD cards for 3D Printing, a staff member can provide you with a SD card for temporary use).

Expectations at the Fabrication Lab

  1. Respect the objectives of the HIL RC Fabrication Lab
    • Be willing to learn and share your ideas, knowledge, and expertise.
    • Follow the guidelines on what you are allowed to create in the Fabrication Lab. If you are unsure about what you can create, please ask a staff member.
    • Be supportive and welcoming of other Fabrication Lab members and their ideas.
  2. Respect each other and the space
    • Dispose of scraps from your work in the appropriate containers.
    • Whenever possible, use materials from the scraps container to complete your projects.
    • Return all tools to their places.
    • Keep floors clean: any spills should be cleaned, and tripping hazards removed immediately.
    • All 3D print jobs should be completed within 24hours, however longer prints are allowed with approval from Fabrication Lab staff members.
    • No food or drink in the Fabrication Lab
    • Start to clean-up/finish your Fabrication Lab project 15min prior to closing time.
    • Be aware of the activity going on around you and share the space and equipment fairly with others.
    • The Fabrication Lab provides a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, differing ability, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. Please report any incidents to a staff member immediately. Please see UNB’s Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Harassment policy for more information.
  3. Ensure safety protocols are always followed.
    • All Fabrication Lab members need to be trained or assisted with all equipment by a staff member.
    • Report broken or malfunctioning equipment to a staff member immediately. Do not try and do repairs on your own.
    • Report all incidents to a staff member. First Aid kits are available, and a staff member can assist you.
    • Do not leave equipment running unattended, and ensure that equipment has been turned off correctly prior to exiting the Fabrication Lab.
      • Note: 3D printer users must be physically present in the makerspace for the first 10 minutes of their print job to ensure the job is printing correctly unless special permission is received from Fabrication Lab staff.
      • Before leaving the print job, a staff member must be aware of your project’s progress and the maker is required to check on the print job periodically to monitor the print job.
    • Check that the equipment is running properly prior to operating.
    • Only one user should be operating a piece of equipment at one time.
    • Ensure you meet all PPE requirements for the equipment you are using.
  4. Ask for help!
    • The Fabrication Lab staff members are there to help! Please reach out if you have issues with the equipment or need assistance with your creation.
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