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Makerspace at Puget Sound: Policies

Learn about the Puget Sound Makerspace: a design studio, makerspace, and creativity zone located in the basement of Collins Memorial Library.

Makerspace User Agreement

All users of the Makerspace must review print and sign a Makerspace User Agreement. Pre-printed copies of the User Agreement are available in the Makerspace.

User Agreement

Makerspace Policies

The MakerSpace strives to provide access to a wide range of useful and well-maintained equipment and trainings, as well as project space. The MakerSpace seeks to provide a safe and secure environment and facilities suitable for design, fabrication, collaboration and learning activities.The Puget Sound Makerspace is open to all students, faculty and staff. Users should abide by the University Code of Conduct. If you are a community member, interested in the Makerspace, please contact  

Users will:

  • Use email or online resources within the guidelines of the University of Puget Sound computer use policies.
  • Adhere to policies governing Student Code of Conduct
  • Present identification upon request.
  • Comply with specific MakerSpace policies.
  • Respond to emergency alarms and other situations as instructed by staff; leave the building at closing and limit use of the MakerSpace to authorized areas only.

Behaviors that infringe upon the rights of other MakerSpace users or staff are prohibited. Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following.
Users will not:

  • Engage in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.
  • Create disturbances with disruptive noise beyond what is necessary for normal activities in the space, e.g., shouting or loud music when a workshop is in session.
  • Obstruct use of MakerSpace equipment or facilities, or deny access to MakerSpace tools through theft or deliberate misplacement.
  • Deface or damage MakerSpace equipment or tools.
  • Borrow or otherwise remove MakerSpace equipment or tools from the MakerSpace.
  • Have food or drink in areas where they are prohibited.

Weapon Making and Tools for Vandalism are Prohibited

In alignment with university policy, weapons, weapon accessories, any objects that could endanger anyone and replicas are banned from being produced at the MakerSpace. For more information, please see the university's weapons policy

Policy on Food and Drink:

It is the policy of the MakerSpace to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of equipment and projects and conducive to work; therefore no food or drink is allowed in the space. We encourage you to use the break room on the lower level of the library. 

Equipment and Computer Use Policy: 

1. Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies and local, state, and federal laws. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files, copyright, and harassment issues.

2. At times, the demand for equipment and computer usage could exceed availability. You are asked to be sensitive to the needs of others and limit equipment and computer use during times of heavy demand. The MakerSpace may take additional steps to regulate equipment and computer use, such as requiring reservations and setting time limits.

3. Users should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. You are asked to be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. The MakerSpace may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to its intended uses.

4. Use of computers for recreational purposes such as game playing deters others from using these workstations for their intended purposes to support design and fabrication activities. The MakerSpace may intervene to ensure optimal access to computers for these purposes.

5. We welcome the use of laptops and other personal computing devices in the MakerSpace. Users may connect personal equipment only to the wireless network, or to ports designated for such use. Use of personal equipment, such as extension, adaptor, or power cords must not pose a safety hazard for others.

Users who fail to comply with these policies may have access privileges suspended or revoked.

3D Printing Fees:

Printing from the Makerbot printer will be charged at a rate of $0.06 per gram of material used plus a $2.00 service fee.

Printing from the Markforged printer will be charged the cost of material used as indicated in the printer software plus a $2.00 service fee.

Charges must be paid in full before the item will be printed.


Policy on Children:

Due to liability issues and limited staff, we ask that children under the age of 13 always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Children over the age of 13 may visit the Makerspace, but we request that the parent or guardian contact the Makerspace at to make an appointment to assure that the activity can be supported, is age appropriate and that we have adequate staff to support the activity.  For example, use of soldering or wood burning tools would not be considered appropriate.  An appointment system provides us with the opportunity to manage our staff and resources.


For 3D Printers:

Risk of Burns:
There is a potential risk of burns, as the print head can reach temperatures of up to 260°C and the heated bed of up to 120°C. We advise against reaching in the machine when the print head and/or heated bed are hot.  The machine will indicate when it is cool enough to remove a print from the bed.

Printing pure PLA plastic filament is considered safe, although good ventilation is still advised for possible unknown vapors released from coloring dyes in colored PLA. When printing ABS plastic filament, small concentrations of Styrene vapor can be released. This can (in some cases) cause headaches, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, malaise, difficulty in concentrating, and a feeling of intoxication. Therefore good ventilation is required, and long term exposure should be avoided. 

Tools in the Makerspace:

The space contains many potentially dangerous tools that could cause injury. Please use caution to avoid cuts and burns. Safety glasses are available. 

First Aid:

A first aid kit is available in the space.

Copyright Statement

“NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT AND OTHER LEGAL RESTRICTIONS. The copyright (Title 17, United States Code), intellectual property (patent law for example under Title 35, United States Code) and other laws of the United States may govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of content protected by copyright, patent and other laws. Libraries and archives furnish unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for the convenience of and use by patrons. Under 17 U.S.C. § 108(f)(2) the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons does not excuse the person who uses the reproduction equipment from liability for copyright infringement for any such act, or for any later use of such copy or phonorecord, if it exceeds fair use as provided by section 107 or any other provision of the copyright law, nor does the provision of unsupervised photocopy or reproducing equipment for use by patrons excuse the person who uses the reproducing equipment from liability for patent, tort (such as products liability) or other laws. This institution reserves the right to refuse to make available or provide access to photocopy or other reproducing equipment if, in its judgment, use of such equipment would involve violation of copyright, patent or other laws.”