ISK Design and Fabrication Lab
Housed in the Creative Arts Centre, the ISK Design Lab is a collaborative workspace where students gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and fabrication processes to design and build projects. The space provides a flexible environment where learning is made physical by applying science, technology, engineering, math, and creativity to solve real world problems.
The equipment is divided into modules, but each module amplifies the usefulness of the others. The space is currently set for metalworking, woodworking, computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM) & rapid prototyping, electronics, textiles, ceramics as well as graphic design.
Students are not allowed to use any of the fabrication and design lab equipment without supervision unless they have completed the relevant certificate. If you are interested in getting certified in a particular area please see Mr. Sudra.
Design & Fab Lab User Agreement
The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a primary consideration in every activity. The success of this program depends upon the cooperation and support of everyone. Failure to abide by these common rules and guidelines can result in loss of access to the facilities.
General Shop Safety
The hazards associated with shop work require special safety considerations. Whether you work with metal, wood, or any other piece of equipment the potential hazards for injury can be numerous.
In case of an emergency contact any of the instructors in the Lab, DO NOT keep any injury incurred in the Lab to yourself.
Everyone is required to register and sign-in when working in the lab outside regular class time.
There are several measures one must take to protect themselves from shop hazards.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing including loose long sleeved sweaters or shirts.
- No jewelry should be worn in the Fab Lab
- No open-toed shoes should be worn in the Fab Lab
- Make certain long hair is not loose, but pulled back away from equipment
- Always wear safety glasses and ear protection where required, such as woodworking, grinding, chiseling, or chipping.
Follow These Guidelines for General Lab Safety
- In order to use the Design and Fab Lab, everyone must complete and successfully pass a safety and training module for each piece of equipment and be certified by the staff before operating any of the machines on their own.
- Always wear appropriate safety gear and protective clothing, including closed toes shoes.
- Eye and ear protection is required while operating some machine.
- Know where the fire extinguishers and first aid kits are located and how to use them.
- Never work impaired. That is if you are sick, fatigued, or taking strong medication.
- Know the hazards associated with your work. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job. Think through the entire job before starting
- If you are unsure about how to safely execute the operation of a tool, ask for help. Have the lab technician assist, demonstrate, and observe to help you become familiar and comfortable
- If you have not worked with a specific material before, consult with the lab technicians or advisors for precautions, methods, and instructions prior to beginning work.
- DO NOT work in the lab if you are in a hurry, this most always ruins the work and often results in injury.
- Leave tool and equipment guards in place. This is especially true with the ShopBot, drills and saws.
- Before starting any machine, be sure it is set up correctly and fully operational.
- Check power cords and plugs on portable tools before using them and unplug them when you are no longer using them.
- Use a brush or special tool for removing chips, shavings, and debris. DO NOT use your hands to clean shavings or cuttings – they may be sharp.
- When doing heavy abrading face masks or respirators should always be worn.
- Use the correct tool for the job. Do not use a tool or an attachment for something it was not designed to do.
- Concentrate on your work especially when operating power tools. Stop working if something distracts you. Do not distract someone who is working because this may potentially cause injury.
- Keep the work area free of debris, clean spills immediately and remove all sawdust and wood chips.
- DO NOT bring food or drink into the workspace.
- Clean up after yourself. Before you leave the lab, be sure all tools are returned to their appropriate position and all the machines are clean and the floor is swept. Always allow enough time for your cleanup procedure.