Thank you for contributing to Fab Lab El Paso through your membership. The Fab Lab is a shared resource and a vehicle for building the Maker Movement in El Paso and beyond. To fulfill that mission we ask that all members keep the following rules and policies in mind as they use the Fab Lab and participate in activities.
Code of Conduct
Don't merely respect each other; be excellent to each other.
Safety is important! If you are unsure of how to safely do something, don’t do it.
All members are expected to maintain a safe and clean environment at all times.
Clean, Maintain, Organize, Improve. Always leave the space better than you found it.
We are all here to make things and learn, so collaboration is important.
If you break something, let someone know so it can be fixed.
Don't make someone feel bad for breaking things, help them understand what went wrong.
Use the Forum and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Tools/resources must stay on the premises so that other members may use them.
Everyone must sign a liability waiver.
Sign in/out when you enter/leave the Fab Lab to help us keep track of usage.
Don't catch fire, set others on fire, or set anything on fire which has not been designated or designed to be on fire.
It is the responsibility of each member to help enforce the Code of Conduct.
If someone is violating the Code of Conduct politely explain to them why their behavior is not acceptable. Egregious violations should be reported to a Director.
You can book machines up to two days in advance. Double booking machines is not allowed. If no one is booked after your time slot or there is a no-show you may continue using the equipment.
Guests are not allowed to use tools and equipment, except as part of a scheduled class/workshop.
Members are responsible for their Guests and their actions.
Minors 18 and under must be accompanied closely by Parent or Legal Guardian at all times.
Accompanied closely means visual range generally, and immediate reach when near dangerous tools.
Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for their children and their actions.
Minors under the age of 18 must have their liability form signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian.
All dues are paid in advance.
Membership begins when you first start using the Fab Lab, not when you pay.
All membership plans are eligible for Full Membership and voting rights after 3 months.
All members start off as Supporting Members, with no voting rights.
A Supporting Member may submit an application to become a Regular Member only after 90 days of membership.
The Fab Lab is too small to serve as a storage facility so projects and materials must follow the storage rules.
Projects and materials for them can only be stored in the Project Storage Areas.
Monthly Makers can store individual projects and materials, as space is available, for up to 30 days.
Frequent Fabbers can store for up to 60 days.
Lords of the Lab can store for up to 90 days.
All projects and materials must be clearly labeled with the name of the member and date storage began.
Any projects and materials left past the approved storage term or after membership expires will be considered donations.
Board meetings will attempt to follow the MIBS SRC3 format, and will be held on an as-needed basis.
Board meetings will be posted on the Fab Lab El Paso Events calendar.
Regular membership meetings will be held quarterly.
The President shall preside over the membership meetings.
If the President is unavailable, the members of the Board of Directors who are present will choose, via consensus, a temporary meeting chair.
If no member of the Board is present or consensus can not be reached, the committee chairpersons present will vote to determine the temporary meeting chair.
Fab Lab El Paso is based on open source ideals and thus encourages its membership to embrace those ideals as well; however, members reserve the rights to all of their creations.
Loaning of Tools & Equipment To The Fab Lab
Members can generously provide tools or equipment for use in the space, either by donating them outright or by loaning them.
All loaned equipment must be marked or labeled with the owner's name.
The following information must be recorded:
Name of owner
Equipment being loaned
Serial number if available
Terms or conditions of the loan
Loaned items may be returned at any time, by request of the owner.
Fab Lab El Paso is NOT responsible for maintenance of loaned equipment, but may maintain it as required for use.
Fab Lab El Paso is NOT responsible for the damage, theft, or loss of equipment but efforts will be made to provide reasonably secure storage.
Donations of usable items must be approved by the Directors.
A "freebie shelf" is available for items that are free to use/take for all members and will be periodically cleared.
Donations for the "freebie shelf" will be accepted only if there is space available.
Donations for the "freebie shelf" that do not fit cannot be left in the Fab Lab.
Rule and Policy Changes
These rules and policies are subject to change. Changes will become effective immediately upon successful vote of adoption by the Board of Directors or by the membership at a membership meeting.
Directors may ban anyone who violates the Code of Conduct from the premises or online systems.
Bans may be reversed upon agreement by a simple majority of the Board of Directors.