Access Process

1. Attend An Orientation

  • General policy and safety orientations are given at the start of the semester as part of Co-Works courses
  • Alternatively, departments, faculty, and students are encouraged to schedule group orientations with David

2. Train On Equipment

  • Sign-up in person for Co-Works Training Sessions

  • Or train as part of a Co-Works course

  • Or come in with previous experience

3. Pass Training Test

  • After training, passing a short test for each piece of equipment grants access and reservation privileges

  • Tests are taken on a walk-in basis and can be proctored by David or Brynn when available, typically between 11am-6pm on weekdays

  • Check your test results here

    • Authorized: can use/reserve

    • Review: discuss/review to pass

    • Retrain: re-test required

4. Make A Reservation

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

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

  • Authorized walk-ins are welcome when equipment is available

5. Always Check-In & Check-Out

  • Reservations and walk-ins must check-in on before using equipment
  • You must also check-out on WebCheckout with a monitor after cleaning

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 retake tests to renew equipment access each new school year
  • 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
  • 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
• Training Sessions
• Training Test Results
• WebCheckout Reservation
• Co-Works Pricing
• RISD Bucks
• RISD Bucks Guest Cards
• Recommended Service Providers
Meet the team
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Training Sessions

Co-Works offers non-credit training on equipment and processes across several making disciplines. Taught by skilled Graduate Assistants, training is free and prepares students to pass the authorization tests that grant equipment and reservation privileges. Training Sessions are offered only in Fall & Spring semesters and vary in length and format. Training is open to students, staff, and faculty from all departments. Space is limited, so sign up early in the semester!

Training Session Policies

  • Training Session sign-up is in person at Co-Works only
  • Some training requires multiple 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 and proctored by David or Brynn

Co-Works Fall 2017 Training Sessions

  • Intro to Laser Cutting & UV Printing
    (2-hour session x 1)

  • Into to Pen / Knife Plotting & Vinyl Cutting
    (2-hour session x 1)

  • Combo Techniques: Laser Cutting + UV Printing + Pen Plotting Advanced & Hybrid Strategies
    (2-hour session x 2)

  • Intro to Industrial Machine Sewing Basics
    (2-hour session x 1)

  • Intro to Small Format CNC Milling: Roland MDX-40A
    (2-hour sessions x 3)

  • Intro to SLA UV-Resin 3D Printing: FormLabs Form 2
    (2-hour session x 2)

  • Intro to Documentation Lighting & Photo
    (1-hour session x 1) 

  • Basic Soldering
    (2-hour session x 1)

  • Intro to Vacuum Forming
    (1-hour session x 1) 

  • Intro to Digital Embroidery
    (2-hour session x 3)

  • Intro to Virtual Reality
    (1-hour session) 

  • Intro to Ceramic 3D Printing
    (2-hour session x 3)

 

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

12'x15' Virtual Reality Studio
HTC Vive

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