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 an online New Member Orientation followed by an in-person Facility & Safety Tour.  Both of these orientation events are free, required, 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

We require all prospective members to join a 1 hour Zoom orientation where we discuss some basics of Asmbly Makerspace – things like shop etiquette, communication channels, how to schedule general shop time as well as time on specific machines, etc.  New Member Orientation sessions are generally every other 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.

 

 

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 the day of your Facility & Safety Tour to complete this step.
  • Create a Skedda account using the link that you will receive in your membership confirmation email.  Skedda is our online scheduling app.  (Most of our facility was just “walk-in and get to work” pre-COVID, but members are now required to schedule shop time to ensure a safe number of members and the ability to observe social distancing.)

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:  Facility & Safety Tour

This is a required 30 minute tour of the entire workshop and focuses on the nuts and bolts of using the space – where to park, where to take trash, location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, etc.  Prospective members are required to attend a New Member Orientation before attending a Facility & Safety Tour.

 

A few notes:

  • We require prospective members to attend a New Member Orientation before attending a Facility & Safety Tour, however, it’s perfectly fine to schedule a Facility & Safety Tour prior to attending a New Member Orientation.  The date of the tour, however, must occur after the New Member Orientation.  Sorry, no exceptions.
  • 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 class and then delay purchasing a membership (and, therefore, the Facility & Safety Tour) until closer to the training class.
  • Woodshop Safety is required for anyone who plans to use the woodshop (even for a single quick cut!).  Because Woodshop Safety is one of our most popular classes with new members, we generally schedule Woodshop Safety classes immediately before or after a Facility & Safety Tour so that new members can knock out both in the same trip.
  • A complete schedule of New Member Orientations, Facility & Safety Tours, Woodshop Safety classes and more is always available on our Classes page.

 

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.  For example, we require that all members take a Woodshop Safety class before using the 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.

 

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.