Makespace Members are required to abide by these Rules as part of signing up to the Membership Agreement. Also detailed here are guidelines for Makespace Members.

Visitors and Guests are also expected to abide by these Rules and Guidelines.

Makespace Rules

In order to maintain a high standard of facilities within a safe environment and to ensure everyone’s enjoyment, please read and observe the following membership rules:

1 General
1.1 Please use the equipment safely and ensure that your behaviour in the workshops does not constitute a security or safety hazard to yourself or others in the workshop.
1.2 Please report any issues with equipment on the Google Group as soon as possible, and if there are any safety or security concerns to as well.
1.3 Entry to Makespace is permitted only through the main entrance door – the door directly into the main space from the outside is only for getting to the bins.
1.5 Keep your personal belongings with you at all times. We recommend you do not bring any belongings of value to the facilities.
1.6 If any personal property is found, please place it on the Shelf marked “lost and found”. If it looks valuable, notify Any property that is not claimed within 28 days may be donated to a charitable cause.
1.7 If you are the last Member to leave a room, please ensure that you turn off the lights and any other power sockets, unless directed otherwise.

3 Workshops

3.1 In the interest of safety, no person under 18 years is admitted to the workshops, classes or events without supervision of a Member or responsible adult Guest.
3.2 All equipment has been designed and tested to be safe with correct use. Please ensure for your own safety that you receive full instruction before commencing your use.
3.3 Equipment should be returned to its storage location or left ready for the next Member or Guest’s use and turned off at the power, unless otherwise directed.
3.4 At peak times, Makespace reserves the right to limit use of particular equipment or the facilities, at their sole discretion.
3.5 Members must clear away all personal belongings and property after use of equipment and bench or desk space.
3.6 The Directors of Makespace and Trusted Members will be available for assistance with problems connected with the equipment, supplies of Stock and membership enquiries. They will not be available to assist Members with their individual projects.

5 Smoking and Alcohol
5.1 Smoking is not permitted within the facilities.
5.2 Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the facilities, except by prior arrangement with the Directors.
5.3 Members are strictly prohibited from operating any equipment whilst under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

6 Changes to these Membership Rules

6.1 Makespace reserves the right to revise and amend these Membership Rules from time to time.

7 Internet Access
Makespace has internet access. Users of the internet, via Wifi or Ethernet provided in the space, must abide by the Wifi Policy.

8 Safety

Makespace is at times being improved with new equipment and facilities. The environment and facilities may change day to day as new areas are developed and new equipment brought in. This means that the risks in the space may change.

You must read the Member’s Health and Safety Briefing and abide by the instructions in it (and in any linked documents, such as the risk assessments), and if there is anything you do not fully understand about the Briefing, please contact Updates to the briefing will be posted online and notified to the Cambridge Makespace Google Group and Member’s email list.

9 Office

The Office is off-limits except for Directors and other personally authorised Trusted Members of Makespace. This is because it potentially contains sensitive information (such as membership records), important paperwork, the access control computer, and hazardous, broken or untested equipment. If in doubt, DO NOT enter the Office.

10. Access tokens and getting in and out of Makespace
Your access token lets you enter Makespace. Do not lend it to anyone or give it away – it is not transferrable to other people. If you lose your token inform as soon as possible. Do not let others follow you in if you’ve opened Makespace with your token – they need to swipe in too if they are a Member, and if they are not a Member, they are not allowed in (except to public events arranged with the knowledge of the Directors, or if you are personally escorting them as your Guest).

Generally, you need to swipe out at the internal front door of Makespace – this helps us understand how many people are using Makespace and when. DO NOT use the green break-glass unit to exit – this leaves the door open and unlocked!

You should carry your access token when in makespace. You’ll need it to answer the front door if the doorbell rings, and to get in from the shared toilet block.

11. Telephone

The telephone in Makespace is for Makespace admin and emergency use only. Don’t use it for your personal calls.

If the phone rings and you answer it, please take a message and (if it’s not spam!) mail with the info.

Makespace Guidelines

Community Values

* Share and enjoy – act in the spirit of the Makespace Community Values including:

* People using kit should be in a fit state to do so

* Don’t piss off others – do unto others as you would be done by – be respectful

* Safety First. You should feel able to, entitled to, and required to stop unsafe happenings

* Be reasonable

* It’s a shared space and shared kit – be conscious of others

* Respect the diversity of makespace users

* Encourage and support people with all skill&knowledge levels. Asking questions is encouraged. It is always acceptable to ask (but don’t feel bad if you can’t answer right then). Don’t treat any question as stupid.

* Collaboration is good

* We are collectively improving Makespace – it is everyone’s responsibility to make it better! Do more than just leaving the space as you’d like to find it, but definitely do leave it clean and tidy and ready for others to use

* Respect the space and equipment. Respect other people’s property and projects

* Reporting accidents/mistakes/damage etc is strongly encouraged. Makespace does not have a blame culture. You should be able to report incidents without giving your name, and/or without giving the name of the people involved in the incident.

* We are welcoming to all (inclusivity is vital for Makespace)

* Have fun (this is not compulsory though!)

* We are all here to learn&improve

* No unacceptable behaviour. This means:
** DO NOT behave in a way which is concerning to others (for whatever reason)
** unacceptable behaviour might involve kit or the space or other members or visitors.
** if someone calls you out on unacceptable behaviour then stop, even if you disagree about whether it is unacceptable

* Makespace isn’t your home.

* Makespace should mostly be for cool stuff. Cool stuff is described at the bottom of this page.

* no overnight sleeping in the space

* Don’t use Makespace as a mailing address – we can’t guarantee that your mail will reach you!

What is Makespace?
It’s useful to know what makespace is to make sure it’s what you think, and to understand how things work. This is set out in our Guiding Principles and is worth a read. Especially, note that anyone could be a member of Makespace, regardless of what they do or who they work for, or whether they are learning or in business or playing. Commercial, non-commercial, whatever.

No land grabs
The space is shared between everyone. No one has a space or bench or desk which is reserved for them. When you leave the space, you clear down the area you’ve been working so others can use it whilst you are gone.

Storing stuff

We’ve got some guidelines on what we can store in Makespace storage boxes etc. If you are leaving equipment, tools or project items in Makespace please note you leave everything here at your own risk! You might want to label things you don’t want others to use, or which might be unsafe for the user or someone nearby if used without training.

We want Makespace to support local businesses and also to encourage the creation of new businesses. However, it’s not a home for your business – don’t use Makespace as your registered office address.

Intellectual Property
Makespace Cambridge makes no claim on Intellectual Property created or developed in the space or using equipment in the space. Members are in control of their own intellectual property rights and can protect them, or share them, as they wish.

Bear in mind that Makespace is a shared space – if you wouldn’t discuss a project in the pub because you’re worried secrets might get out, you might not want to discuss it in Makespace, either.

Music and radio and TV
We don’t have a TV licence so no TV in the space please! Also, no music (radio, mp3 or otherwise) except for public domain or appropriately creative commons licensed music.

We’re very grateful if you feel able to donate items to Makespace, but please follow the Donation Guidelines and don’t use the space as a dump.

Kitchen stuff
There are tea and coffee and cooking facilities in the café area. Feel free to donate supplies to the communal pool. No one has particular responsibility for ensuring there is tea or coffee or milk of a type you prefer, so if you don’t like what’s there, go shopping! Remember that food and drink might have been in the space for a while – check that it’s fit to consume before eating or drinking. There’s an honesty box for some items – please be honest and pay when you take an item, otherwise costs will go up or the food and other stocks will go away.

If you think something might be reusable by Makespace, clean it and store it somewhere sensible rather than throwing it out. If it’s really waste, check whether it can be disposed of in the recycling bins rather than the general rubbish. Separate regular rubbish from card, glass bottles, drinks cans, plastic bottles (actual recyclables list is shown on bins outside the back door). Put rubbish out in appropriate bins (regular rubbish in bins behind the black gates on the far side of the yard; recyclables in marked bins in the courtyard outside the back door).

What’s Makespaceish

Here are some things we think are cool and makespace-ish. This is not an exhaustive list.

a diagram showing some things we think are cool


Get involved! Help us all make Makespace :)