How to Join

Asmbly Makerspace 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 a New Member Orientation and Facility Tour.  This event is mandatory 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 we haven’t covered in our FAQs.

 

STEP 1:  Create a Neon Account

Neon is a cloud-based system that we use to manage memberships, classes and lots more.  If you haven’t already created a Neon account, get started here.

Not sure if you already have a Neon account?  Click here to retrieve your username/password.

 


STEP 2:  New Member Orientation and Facility Tour

Starting on December 11th 2021, these session are moving back to in-person at Asmbly.  During these sessions, we give some background on Asmbly – things like shop etiquette, communication channels, how to schedule general shop time as well as time on specific machines, etc. – followed by a tour around the entire makerspace with a focus on the nuts and bolts of using the space – where to park, where to take trash, location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, etc.  

 

New Member Orientation sessions will happen once a 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.

  • Some prospective members are specifically interested in a tool or machine that requires a training class, e.g. the CNC Router.  Occasionally the required training class isn’t available for several weeks.  In this scenario, it’s entirely reasonable to take the New Member Orientation and then delay purchasing a membership until closer to the training class.

STEP 3:  Sign Waivers, Join Discourse & Purchase a Membership

These are the next steps after attending a New Member Orientation:

  • Sign our Membership Agreement & Liability Waiver.
  • Join Discourse – our online forum and our primary mode of communicating with members.  Just click the “Sign Up” link in the top right corner.  If you’d like, take a minute to introduce yourself in our Member Introductions category and start getting to know our community!  Regardless of whether you join as a member or not, we’d love to have you stay connected with our community and participate in discussions.
  • Purchase an Asmbly Membership – just login to Neon and select “Purchase/Edit Membership.”  You may wish to wait until you have completed all required steps (including step 4) before you purchase your membership.
  • Create a Skedda account using the link that you will receive in your membership confirmation email.  Skedda is our online scheduling app.  You must schedule all shop/machine time in Skedda.

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 and access.

 

Step 4:  Woodshop Safety Class

If you plan to use the woodshop (even for a single quick cut!), you will also need to take the Woodshop Safety class.  We require that all members take this class before using our 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.

 

Because Woodshop Safety is one of our most popular classes with new members, we generally schedule Woodshop Safety classes twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.  A complete schedule of Woodshop Safety sessions is available on our Classes page under the “Woodshop Safety” category.

 

Step 5:  Get Access

Access to the shop is provided through OpenPath which allows members to use an app on their smartphone to get in the building.  If you have completed the previous steps, an email invitation is sent for OpenPath with further instructions on setting up access.  All visits to the space must be booked using Skedda, our scheduling app.

 

Step 6:  Start Making!

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.  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.