General access to the Makerspaces
For access to the makerspace collaboration and general use areas one must complete the Makerspace Orientation and General Safety Training Module. The primary focus of this module is on Makerspace guidelines, rules, regulations, safety protocols, and general overview of basic hand/power tools.
Makerspace Orientation and General Safety Training provides entry level access to the makerspaces. Orientation and training consist of makerspace rules and regulations, safety protocols, and an overview of basic hand and power tools. The Makerspace Rules and Regulations Agreement will be reviewed, completed, and submitted by the student (i.e. user). A quiz will be administered upon completion of the orientation and students must achieve a score of 100%. Upon successful completion of orientation and required assignments students will be granted access to general purpose and use areas within the makerspaces. Makerspace Orientation and General Safety Training must be completed prior to registering for more advanced Makerspace Training Courses.
Access to more advanced areas and equipment within the makerspaces requires additional certification and training modules and workshops. These are available through VCU Continuing and Professional Education.
Makerspace training courses
Courses currently available are listed on the VCU Continuing and Professional Education website:
3D Printing and Laser System Workshop
This workshop provides training on the basic fundamentals of 3D printing and laser systems. Some of the most popular 3D printing processes will be covered with the primary focus on fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. Students will then be introduced to VLS Laser systems that can cut, engrave, etch, and mark various materials. Proper safety practices and operating procedures associated with 3D printing and laser systems will also be covered.
Intermediate Makerspace Safety Training Course. The primary focus of this course is to introduce and train users on basic hand/power tools and bench mounted power equipment.
Module I provides intermediate training that builds upon the VCU CoEGR Makerspace Orientation and General Safety Training. This module is associated with measuring techniques, layout tools, and the safe use of hand tools, portable power tools, and benchtop mounted power tools. Students learn drilling, sanding, sawing, and other basic makerspace safety practices. An exam and project will be assigned upon training completion, and is part of the makerspace practicum activities. Students must achieve a score of 100% and pass a hands-on practice evaluation to obtain Module I makerspace certification. Upon successful completion of Module I certification, students may pursue Module II certification in the same semester, if time permits.
Basic Fabrication Techniques and Equipment coupled with introductory inspection and measurement methods. Equipment utilized consists of a floor mounted drill press, industrial bandsaws (horizontal & vertical), tap and dies, and belt sanders.
Module II provides advanced module training on makerspace safety, blueprint/schematic reading, and precision measuring. Students will learn advanced equipment knowledge associated with drilling, sawing, and thread cutting operations. An exam and project will be assigned upon training completion, and is part of the makerspace practicum activities. Students must achieve a minimum score of 76% in all areas to obtain Module II makerspace certification. Once the student successfully completes Module II certification, they may pursue Module III certification in the same semester, if time permits.
Manual Mill and Lathe Operation
Module III provides introductory module training on manual mill and lathe setup and operation. Project assignments will be given upon completion of training and is part of the makerspace practicum activities. Students must achieve a minimum score of 76% in these activities to obtain makerspace certification Module III.
Upon completion of all training modules, students may be eligible to become makerspace student workers and trainers. If interested, they should contact Boris Solomonov – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should YOU become a Makerspace trainer?
Students of various skill sets work in this space on a daily basis. We encourage a collaborative learning and training environment, therefore, the need for Makerspace trainers to assist new students in their endeavors to understand and operate makerspace equipment safely becomes paramount. As a trainer, you must be knowledgeable on all equipment to provide appropriate guidance and experience to educate others safely. Being a trainer not only gives you the opportunity to help others and develop your skills, you also become a leader among your peers.