Machine specific trainings for this semester will come online in the next couple of weeks
Specific dates/times for trainings can be found in the registration links. Dates are being added weekly.
General Orientation Trainings (in Trust Center, check in Protoworks for location of your training) - Register here
3D Printer Training (in Protoworks) - Register here
In order to access and use ProtoWorks, students must follow the steps below, in order:


  1. Complete the safety quiz.  You will not be given access until you have completed all the answers on the safety quiz correctly.  See more below.
  2. Attend General Orientation training at ProtoWorks.  This is required regardless of your previous machining experience to access our space to learn specifics of our shop culture, orientation to our space, and specifics on our tools and policies. If you want to brush up, here's the General Orientation slide deck.
  3. Attend additional machine-specific trainings to use certain equipment.  Additional training sessions in the following areas will be posted in the fall. 
    1. 3D printer training
    2. Laser cutter training
    3. Bench top tools training
    4. Electronics / Soldering and Other Mill (PCB CNC mill)
    5. Edge-lit sign workshop / training (includes 3D printing, laser cutting, and bench tools in a longer session)

Note that even if you are already experienced in the advanced machines, we require our members to either attend a training or to undergo our proficiency checklist with a training Guardian.  Stay tuned for a published schedule of the Guardian proficiencies, though it will be at their discretion if they have capacity to clear you during their regularly staffed time.  

Email us at with questions, comments, or suggestions!

General Safety

Things to do before you get here:

  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Tie back long hair and beards. Loose hair can get caught in machines.
  • Secure or take off loose clothing, including sweatshirt strings and neckties.
  • Remove all jewelry, including watches.
  • Put on safety glasses when entering the shop.

While in the shop:

  • Don’t be a distraction to others.
  • Clean up after yourself. Keep storage areas neat and organized.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous materials; don’t just throw them in the regular trash. Broken blades should be disposed of into the labeled sharps box.
  • If you don’t know how to do something, ask a mentor. We’re here to help!
  • Only use tools you’ve been trained on.
  • Don’t use machines if you’re tired.
  • Always have a shop buddy, whether that be a ProtoWorks Guardian or another trained Protoworks users

While using a machine:

  • Don’t wear gloves when using a free-standing machine, as they can get caught in the machine. Gloves are allowed and often useful when working with hand tools.
  • While working with adhesives or chemicals, you must wear gloves. Gloves must also be worn when removing parts from 3D printers (to protect from the putty knife)
  • Wear hearing protection when the shop is loud.
  • Remove chips with brushes or vacuum cleaners, not with your hands or compressed air.
  • Don’t remove or damage machine guards.
  • Don’t leave machines running unattended.
  • Keep your hands clear of the machine’s point of operation; use pliers or push sticks instead.
  • Make sure your workpiece is securely held with clamps or vice grips. Do not use your hands to clamp on a drill press.
  • Remove the chuck key before using the machine.
  • If a machine breaks, stop using it, turn it off, and notify a mentor.

Ready to take the quiz? Click here.