FAQ

How do I get access to the MakerLodge so that I can make things?

The primary mission for the MakerLodge in the Fall 2016 semester is to train first-year students during regularly scheduled training sessions.  If time and volunteer mentor hours permit, the space will also be available to use as a makerspace by people who have completed MakerLodge Tier 1 training, and we’ll publish a schedule for that.

I’m not in the class of 2020, can I still get access to the space?

Currently, training first-year undergraduate students is the top priority. We may be able to expand it to other undergraduates and graduate students in the spring of 2017. 

Help! I can't find the safety quiz!

You'll need to log in with MIT certificates to view it. Once you do, it'll appear in the menu bar.

My friend is trained, but I’m not — can I tag along with them and still make stuff?

No, it would be unsafe for you and for those around you. You have to go through training in order to get access to the space.

Do I have to pay to use the machines?

No, the machines in MakerLodge are free to use. However, this may not be the case in other shops and makerspaces. Many shops charge by weight for 3D prints, for instance.

Do I automatically get access to other shops once I’ve been trained in MakerLodge?

You must contact the shop manager or managers of any facility you want to access and use. We’re working with a number of shops so that the Mobius credentials from completing MakerLodge’s training will make it much easier for you to gain access. The list of shops which accept MakerLodge training is still under discussion and will be posted soon.

Is there stock in the MakerLodge or do I have to bring my own?

No, we do not provide or sell stock; we only maintain a stock of parts and materials for our training projects. Information about where you can buy stock and other parts can be found here.

I found a nice piece of material on reuse that would be perfect for my project. Can I bring it in to MakerLodge to machine it to the shape I want?

Some materials can be hazardous and release fumes when they are machined. For this reason, we ask that you are sure of the identity of your material before you machine it.

Once I’m trained, will I get 24/7 access?

Because of security reasons, we can’t give everybody the code to the doors, so only mentors will have 24/7 access to the space. You are, however, encouraged to check out the other shops that recognize MakerLodge training.

How can I become a mentor?

Fill out our application form here!

What if I’m interested in multiple tracks for tier 2 training?

That’s fine! Feel free to get trained in as many tier 2 categories as you want.

I broke a tool, what should I do?

Notify a mentor, and we’ll take care it. Don’t worry about it; these things happen.

I broke a machine, what should I do?

Make sure the machine is off and unplugged, and get a mentor.