Tool Testing

Authorization to Use Our Tools

Tool testing is required to use our tools independently as a monthly member, day pass user or corporate associate. Tool tests are one on one sessions with members that also review our shop specific safety rules, equipment and maintenance information.

If you sign up for testing, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you know how to safely use the tools. If you have prior experience, we may be able to test you without a tool training, however, some of our more complex tools require attending a class or a tool training to be eligible for testing. This includes but is not limited to our Laser Cutters, 3D Printer and some CNC Equipment.

If you are unsure if you are ready for testing, a great first step is to review our Tool Testing Rubrics, which can be found on our wiki here. If you need training on the tools first, please see our current class offerings here.

Testing by shop area

Testing procedures vary by shop. All of our testing is handled by members who volunteer to share their skills with our growing community.

How to use the Tool Testing Calendar

The calendar will come up in gcal alongside your personal calendar (if you have one), with available testing appointment slots visible in grey. Click on a slot to select it – your name will automatically appear in the “Who” line. Press “Save” in order to save the event to your calendar and claim that slot. If you do not have a google account, a front desk volunteer can reserve a slot for you. Email with your request.

Available appointments vary from week to week in each shop, so if you can’t find a testing slot available that meets your needs, send a request to Requests to that list are handled by our members. If any questions or issues arise, feel free to contact

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