Makerspaces are vital community resources. They put the power to plan, collaborate, dream, build, and create pieces – both the wonderfully utilitarian and the undeniably artistic – from ideas that were previously locked away in their heads. With access to the right tools, tech, equipment, and safety measures… Anything is possible.

What do you need to know about makerspace etiquette and safety?

Makerspace Etiquette and Safety: We Do Our Part

At the groundbreaking, 15,000 Fishers Maker Playground, makers, creators, and tinkerers find everything they need to pursue a passion for engineering, building, and more. A wood shop, metal shop, CNC machine, 3D printer, laser engraver, computers, power and hand tools, and supplies provide optimal fodder for the imagination and a way to sate voracious curiosity.

We are all about hands-on exploration, discovery, and experimentation – but always within the lens of safety. For example, the Maker Playground requires that those using the CNC machine, 3D printer, and laser engraver take Shop Class. This course guides them through the usage of the machines and important precautions they must take when operating them.

Likewise, the knowledgeable staff isn’t here to hand-hold people through their creative processes, but they are here to ensure that everyone stays safe. They are always happy to answer questions and ensure that you can tinker without injury!

Makers will enjoy safety-optimized spaces that are carefully designed for proper operation, including safe clearances between machines, ample space to make, ventilation, clean, organized workspaces, clear signage, expertly-maintained equipment and tools, etc..

You Do Yours!

Makerspace safety and etiquette is also a personal commitment. Some tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • Make sure to complete required safety courses.
  • Wear the required safety equipment (e.g. safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.).
  • Wear proper attire (e.g. closed-toe shoes, clothing that is not excessively loose, hair/beard secured, etc.)
  • Schedule your time with the CNC machine, 3D printer, and/or laser engraver and adhere to your “appointment” time. Be respectful of those waiting for their turn and finish up in a timely manner.
  • Clean your work area as you create and after you have completed a session at the Makerspace. Put away any tools or supplies used.
  • If you check out tools, make sure that you return them promptly.
  • Respect other makers. We often have classes, workshops, and programs taking place – we love all the activity and ideas! Do not distract or interrupt.
  • If you see unsafe activity or a potential problem, please let staff know.
  • Adhere to the yellow and black safety lines. If any equipment is running, you must wear safety glasses and closed-toed shoes.
  • Obey all Makerspace safety rules.
  • If you don’t know something, ASK!

Everyone Is a Maker

At the Maker Playground, we believe that everyone can be a maker. This is your time, and your space, to let your ideas run wild – and then bring them to life. Safety rules and practices don’t restrain creativity; they allow it to flourish.

Come check the Maker Playground out and think about what you can make.