We want to make sure that everyone who visits the Maker Lab is empowered to use our equipment safely and competently. Learning and adhering to safe practices will help prevent personal injury to you and others as well as minimizing damage to our equipment. As you learn how to safely and effectively use all the various pieces of equipment in the Maker Lab, your confidence and productivity will increase.
When you are in the lab and need assistance with a tool, please find a Maker on Duty and ask for help. We will take a few minutes to visit with you about safe use, best practices and can even demo proper use. After that, we’ll watch you use the equipment the first few times to make sure you’ve understood instructions and answer any follow-up questions.
Most of the large pieces of equipment in the Maker Lab shop area are kept physically locked out with a keyed lock for safety reasons. Once you have completed the safety training for a particular tool, the Maker on Duty will be able to remove the lock whenever you need to use it.
ACU Canvas Course
We have a safety training course in Canvas that is accessible to ACU students, faculty and staff that teaches best practices for many of the tools in our woodworking area. Just log in using your ACU ID to self enroll in the course and get started.
Formerly known as Lynda.com, the new LinkedIn Learning is a valuable asset for learning to use software as well as developing new skills like graphic design, entrepreneurship, mobile app development, and more. Use your ACU ID to get logged in and start learning.
During the school year, we schedule free workshops available to our entire maker community. Workshops generally focus on specific tools or software. These are great opportunities for quick learning and jumpstarting your next big project in the Maker lab.
The Maker Lab hosts a monthly workshop series provided at a nominal cost. These Saturday workshops are day long opportunities for participants to make something awesome while learning to use software and tools.
Maker Lab partners with the Innovation Foundry one Monday each month to provide free workshops during the lunch hour. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches and spend an hour learning tricks and techniques of using Adobe Illustrator to design custom projects.
"Just in Time"
Sometimes you just need to visit with an expert, ask questions and get quick answers. Our staff in the Maker Lab is always happy to help with questions and to help you through the first steps of your project. No need to make an appointment; just show up, introduce yourself and jump in.
MEET YOUR MAKERS
The "Makers On Duty" are our team of student workers who keep things running smoothly and provide training and support to our maker community. They come from many departments across camps and bring a diverse set of interests and skills to the Maker Lab. Our Makers on Duty are always available to answer a question or to walk you through your first project in the lab. Next time you come in, introduce yourself and let us know how we can help.
Environmental Science / Political Science
Interior Design / Architecture
Maker Lab Director
Maker Lab Embedded Librarian