Passing a Tool Test is required to use our tools. Some of our tools also require attending a Tool Training to be eligible for testing even if you have prior experience (this includes but is not limited to our Laser Cutters, 3D Printer and all CNC Equipment). In some cases, if you have prior experience on some of our tools, we are able to test you without a tool training.
To sign up for testing, follow this link to view 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 if you speak to them in person or by phone during our open hours.
Testing is currently regularly available for Metalworking Support Tools, all Woodworking Tools except the lathe, TIG welders, the manual Mill and Lathe, the Laser Cutter, and sewing machines. For Laser Cutter Testing, select “Digital Fabrication Office Hours” appointments. For testing on other tools, or if you absolutely can’t find a testing slot available that meets your needs, you can contact trainers AT artisansasylum DOT com — but keep in mind that requests to that list are handled by volunteers, with limited availability.
If you sign up for testing, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you know how to safely use the tools. If you need training on the tools first, please see our current class offerings here.