Policy on “Consumables:”
The overall policy on
consumables is to encourage experimentation with low cost materials, but to
cover costs with more expensive materials and to charge high volume users fees
that help to maintain Fab Lab tools, equipment and other expenses.
Cardboard for prototypes is
provided free (members are encourage to recycle clean, food-free cardboard for
use in the lab.
Acrylic is available at approximately
$12 for a typical 12x24 inch sheet (prices vary with thickness).
Flexible vinyl is available at
?? cents per square foot.
Blank circuit boards are
available at ?? cents per board.
Other materials must be
approved by the Operations Committee for safe use with Fab Lab equipment.
Use of the lab is open to the
community free of charge for occasional use and for formally scheduled
A membership or high use fee
will be established, consistent with operations in other Fab Labs, in order to
establish funding sufficient to cover equipment upkeep and periodic
Individuals interested in using
the lab for commercial purposes (such as rapid prototyping) will make
case-by-case arrangements for the use of the Fab Lab, subject to review and
approval by the Steering Committee and consistent with the rules and procedures
that govern activities taking place at the University and in the community.
Organizations interested in
establishing regular programming in the Fab Lab are encouraged to seek grants
and other sources of funding that cover the operating costs within the lab and
that contribute to the overhead of maintaining and upgrading the Fab Lab.