ATX Hackerspace offers 8,000sf of creative opportunities and awesomeness, but has no paid employees. So protecting equipment, prioritizing safety, and maintaining workshop harmony requires members to follow certain procedures and adhere to some basic operating guidelines.
That’s why we ask all prospective members to attend an online New Member Orientation followed by an in-person Facility & Safety Tour. Both of these orientation events are free, required, and offered on a regular basis. Detailed steps to becoming a member are outlined below. Please contact our membership team if you have any questions.
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We require all prospective members to join a 1 hour Zoom orientation where we discuss some basics of ATX Hackerspace – things like shop etiquette, communication channels, how to schedule general shop time as well as time on specific machines, etc. New Member Orientation sessions are generally every other week and occasionally more frequently as needed. A complete schedule of New Member Orientation sessions is available on our Classes page under the “Orientation” category.
These are the next steps after attending a New Member Orientation:
NOTE: Please use the same email address for your Neon account, signing waivers, joining Discourse and Skedda. We synchronize these various platforms using your email address, and using different email addresses could result in a delay to your membership.
This is a required 30 minute tour of the entire workshop and focuses on the nuts and bolts of using the space – where to park, where to take trash, location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, etc. Prospective members are required to attend a New Member Orientation before attending a Facility & Safety Tour.
A few notes:
Key fobs are issued to new members at the end of the Facility & Safety Tour. A key fob allows a member to access the facility during appointments that are booked using Skedda, our scheduling app.
We’re so glad to have you as a member, welcome!
Most of our specialty shops require that members take an introduction or safety class prior to use. For example, we require that all members take a Woodshop Safety class before using the Woodshop, regardless of experience level. Why? Because we’re a community workshop and it’s important for everyone to understand our safety expectations, as well as information that might be specific to our Woodshop – the dust collection system, where we store our dado stacks, etc.
If you ever have questions about the shop, don’t hesitate to post in our Discourse forum! We have a very active and helpful community online that is eager to help each other find solutions.