Annapolis Makerspace Rules and Procedures
Annapolis makerspace was founded as a non-profit to provide a shared workspace for its members, and to educate the community on a variety of making - related topics. Keeping this in mind, here are some general rules to abide by when using the space.
In the event of injury, administer first aid and call 911 if warranted. Our address is 2014 Renard Ct Unit C, Annapolis MD 21401.
Report all injuries to board of directors.
Membership is subject to approval by the board.
Members must be a minimum of 18 years old.
Membership is charged on a monthly basis and must be paid with credit / debit card through the website.
Members are expected to clean up after themselves. Projects cannot be left in the space without prior approval from board member.
Report all damage to machines or space promptly to a board member so that it can be repaired. The space is for creating and learning, and accidents will happen.
Guests are only permitted during weekly open house, or if they have registered for a class through the website. Please apply for membership on the website if you would like 24 / 7 access to the makerspace.
Guests who are attending class must leave the space upon completion of class.
All memberships applications are subject to final decision by board of directors. New members must attend orientation class and sign a waiver before full membership is granted.
Parking is limited during business hours. Do not park directly in front of neighboring units during business hours. Park around the outer ring. After business hours it is ok to park in front of other units as long as they are not in the building.
All types of harassment for any reason is prohibited in our community environment.
We share the space with New Ascent; do not touch their equipment unless given approval directly by them.
New Ascent may ask makerspace members to step into the parking lot for 1-2 minutes for safety reasons when the New Ascent device is operated. This will generally happen a few times a day during business hours.
Do not take pictures of New Ascent’s equipment unless given approval by them.
Do not modify any makerspace equipment without approval from board member
No tools or machinery may be operated while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Do not remove the conference room chairs from the conference room.
If you are the 1st member to arrive, please open the front door after you enter through the roll up door. The last member to leave is responsible for locking the front door, and then exiting through the roll up door.
While using the space, members have the responsibility to confront unfamiliar people coming in and verifying that they are either a member or a new ascent employee. If using the space at night, it is recommended to lock the front door and lower the roll-up door so that only key-carrying members can enter.
With the exception of small hand tools, members must take an orientation and safety class on machines prior to using.
The following machines are not to be used unless either approved by board member or if you have taken the appropriate safety and operational class at Annapolis Makerspace:
Annapolis Makerspace Safety Policy
Makerspace is a place where equipment is shared, so everyone in the Makerspace is responsible for their own safety and should also be watchful of the people, machinery and processes around them. If you see an unsafe situation, speak up!
In 1983 Fine Woodworking Magazine polled its readers about shop injuries. An astounding number of people mentioned that they knew they were “pushing it” when their injury occurred. They were tired, but only had a few pieces left to do, or they didn’t have a push stick handy and rationalized that they would just be extra careful, or they stood on a chair they knew was rickety to reach that high shelf. SO - If you think you might be doing something unsafe, JUST STOP. It’s not worth the injury.