Access Process

1. Attend An Orientation

  • Orientations are given to Co-Works courses at the start of semesters
  • Alternatively, faculty and students are encouraged to schedule group orientations with the Program Manager

2. Train On Equipment

  • Sign-up in person for Co-Works Training Sessions
  • Sign-ups open about a week prior to start dates
  • Some training requires a multiple week commitment
  • Training is offered in Spring and Fall only (not Winter)
  • More details at bottom of page

Alternatively, your training can be part of a Co-Works course or from previous experience, however, you must still pass the annual test.

3. Pass Annual Test

  • Passing a test for each piece of equipment grants access

  • Tests can be taken on a walk-in basis

  • Grading or regrading takes 3 business days 

  • A new passed test is required each school year

  • Check your test results here:

    • Authorized: passed test, can use and reserve equipment

    • Review: re-answer missed questions correctly to pass

    • Retrain: retest and retraining required

4. Make A Reservation

  • Authorized users may reserve equipment online up to 1 week in advance through WebCheckout

  • Co-Works courses and research projects may reserve equipment 2 weeks in advance in person

  • Authorized walk-ins are welcome when equipment is available

5. Always Check-In, Clean & Check-Out

  • To keep a reservation:
    • Check in with a person on duty within 15 min of start time
    • Come with files and materials prepared
  • You must check-in on WebCheckout before using equipment
  • You must clean up after yourself and return tools
  • You must check-out on WebCheckout when done
  • Pay when you check out

6. Make Payment If Required

Other Policies

  • A Co-Works general safety and policy orientation is required
  • Users must adhere to proper equipment use and safety rules as covered in orientations and training sessions
  • Users must have a passed test on file to use equipment
  • Users retake tests to renew equipment access each new school year
  • Users must arrive within 15 min of their start time to keep their reservation
  • We cannot guarantee a reservation if a user arrives without preparing files and materials beforehand
  • Authorized users cannot make reservations on behalf of others or otherwise make resources available to untrained and unauthorized individuals
  • No food or drink allowed at any equipment workstations
  • Co-Works provides storage for checkout, but users are responsible for clearing out by the end of the term or contents will be disposed of

These Actions May Result In Loss Of Privileges

  • Improper or unauthorized use of equipment or resources
  • Unsupervised use of Co-Works equipment or resources 
  • Disregard of safety rules and general policies
  • Failure to clean up after yourself or return tools after use
  • Reservation and training no-shows without cancellation
  • Enabling unauthorized individuals to access Co-Works resources
  • Language or behavior that makes anyone feel unwelcome and undermines our values of diversity and inclusion
 
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Reservations

Authorized users may reserve online up to 1 week in advance:

1. Go to the WebCheckout website
2. Log in with your RISD credentials
3. Reserve authorized equipment

Co-Works courses & research projects may reserve up to 2 weeks in advance:

• These reservations must be made in person with David or Brynn
• Do not call or email reservations

Key Links

• Weekly Schedule
Spring Training Sessions
• Training Test Results
• WebCheckout Reservation
Equipment Specs
• Co-Works Pricing
• RISD Bucks
• RISD Bucks Guest Cards
• Recommended Service Providers
Apply To Work

Training Sessions

Co-Works offers non-credit training on equipment and processes across several making disciplines. Taught by skilled Graduate Instructors, training is free and prepares students to pass the authorization tests that grant equipment and reservation privileges. Training is open to students, staff, and faculty from all departments. Space is limited, so check early - sign-ups open throughout the semester about a week prior to the start date.

Training Session Policies

  • Sign-up is in person at Co-Works only
  • Training Sessions are offered only in Fall & Spring semesters
  • Training sessions start the third week of the semester
  • Sign-ups open about a week prior to the start date
  • Training Session vary in length and format:
    • Some require a 1 or 2-hour single meeting
    • Others require multiple 2-hour sessions over consecutive weeks
  • Check session openings at this link
  • No-show without cancellation risks loss of privileges
  • After training, passing a short test for each piece of equipment grants access and reservations

  • Tests are taken on a walk-in basis or as part of a Co-Works course

Co-Works Spring 2018 Training Sessions

  • Laser Cutting

  • UV Printing

  • Vacuum Forming

  • Virtual Reality: HTC Vive + Oculus Rift

  • Juki Sewing Basics

  • Walking Foot, Serger, ActiveSeam (prerequisite: Juki Sewing Basics) 

  • Digital Embroidery

  • CNC Milling: Roland MDX-40A

  • 3D Printing: Stratasys + FormLabs

  • Ceramic 3D Printing: Delta

  • Documentation Booth

  • Basic Soldering

  • Advanced Soldering

  • Electrical Test Equipment

  • Pen & Knife Plotting

  • Vinyl Cutting

 

Tools & Specification Links

 
  SLA UV Resin 3D Printing  FormLabs Form 2

SLA UV Resin 3D Printing
FormLabs Form 2

  18"x32" 60 Watt Laser Cutting  Universal VLS 6.60

18"x32" 60 Watt Laser Cutting
Universal VLS 6.60

  Electronics &   Soldering Bench    MSP430 Programming

Electronics & Soldering Bench
MSP430 Programming

  FDM ABS Plastic 3D Printing  Stratasys uPrint SE Plus

FDM ABS Plastic 3D Printing
Stratasys uPrint SE Plus

  18"x32" 150 Watt Laser Cutting  Universal PLS 6.150D

18"x32" 150 Watt Laser Cutting
Universal PLS 6.150D

  12'x15' Virtual Reality Studio  HTC Vive  &  Oculus Rift

12'x15' Virtual Reality Studio
HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

  Small Format CNC Milling  Roland MDX-40A

Small Format CNC Milling
Roland MDX-40A

  24" Pen & Knife Plotting  KNK Maxx Air

24" Pen & Knife Plotting
KNK Maxx Air

  12" Vinyl Cutting  Silhouette Cameo 3

12" Vinyl Cutting
Silhouette Cameo 3

  Pneumatic Ceramic 3D Printing  DETLA

Pneumatic Ceramic 3D Printing
DETLA

  11"x12"x3.9" UV Printing    Roland VersaUV LEF-12

11"x12"x3.9" UV Printing
Roland VersaUV LEF-12

  2'x2'-2'x4' Vacuum Forming  Belovac Model C

2'x2'-2'x4' Vacuum Forming
Belovac Model C

  Digital Embroidery  Tajima TEMX-C1501

Digital Embroidery
Tajima TEMX-C1501

  Walking Foot Heavy Duty Sewing  Juki LU-1508NS

Walking Foot Heavy Duty Sewing
Juki LU-1508NS

  36" Large Format Ink Jet Printing  HP Designjet T520

36" Large Format Ink Jet Printing
HP Designjet T520

  Manual   Machine Knitting Brother 970

Manual Machine Knitting
Brother 970

  Active-Seam Serging  Merrow MB-4DFO

Active-Seam Serging
Merrow MB-4DFO

  12"x17" Flatbed 2D Scanning    Epson Expression 11000XL

12"x17" Flatbed 2D Scanning
Epson Expression 11000XL

  Single Stitch Industrial Sewing  Juki DDI-8700

Single Stitch Industrial Sewing
Juki DDI-8700

  Small Format Hot Wire Cutting  Proxxon 37080

Small Format Hot Wire Cutting
Proxxon 37080

  Downdraft Table   Small Format

Downdraft Table
Small Format

  5 Thread Overlock Serging    Juki MO-6716S

5 Thread Overlock Serging
Juki MO-6716S

  Photo &   Green Screen Rig with LED Lighting Kit

Photo & Green Screen Rig
with LED Lighting Kit

  Spray Booth Small Format

Spray Booth
Small Format