Tech Room FAQ CNC FAQ Metal Shop FAQ Auto Lift FAQ
Once you sign up for access, we'll arrange for a safety orientation. After that, the fun begins in our 90,000 sq.ft. MakerSpace and workshop.
Policies and Cancellations
Policies and Cancellations
How do the memberships work?
Basic access users can use the shop and Maker members can use the shop. Some equipment will require training and/or certification.
Members receive a 50% discount on Hourly Shop Access $10/hr ($20/hour for non members)
Members receive 20% off of all classes.
Members may bring a friend. Friends receive Member pricing while working in the same area of the shop.
Do I need a membership in order to take a class?
No, you may take any class we offer without a membership, however members receive a 20% discount on classes.
Any other fees involved?
Maker memberships require an upfront agreement paying $99 for the year.
Do I need to set an appointment to use equipment?
Yes. You may reserve equipment to make sure it is available to you on your schedule. Otherwise equipment is available on a first come - first serve basis.
How do get access to use the shop?
Our operating hours are Thursdays 10am-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8am-8pm and Sundays 10am-4pm. We recommend you make a reservation online before you pack up and bring all your materials to the Cave. We cannot guarantee space will be available for drop ins.
Can I rent/borrow a tool to use somewhere else?
This is not generally allowed, however exceptions may be made with owner approval.
Can I leave/store my project there while I work on it?
We do have a storage option for Maker members should they choose to pay additional rate
What do I have to bring with me to do a project?
Bring all your own materials and hardware you will need to complete your project. We do have some materials for purchase and some scraps available for free. We also stock a small store with things you might need like: wood glue, sandpaper, dust mask, safety lenses, welding rods, grinding wheels, etc.
Can I use my own tools at DIYcave?
Can DIYcave do the work for me?
We encourage people to Do It Yourself, however we do offer fabrication services with owner approval. Learn more about our Fabrication Services Here
Can I bring a helper?
If you are a Maker member - Absolutely! Being a Maker member allows you to have helpers use the shop alongside you on your project at your discounted Maker rates. Basic access users will need to pay Basic rates for the both of you.
Can I bring a friend along if they won’t be working?
All occupants of the shop must sign a waiver.
Can I rent a portion of the shop for a meeting?
Of course! Our classroom is available to rent for half or full days. If you desire another portion of the shop, we will need to quote you based upon the resource availability.
How do I become a Teacher?
We encourage skilled people to share their knowledge. Go here to learn more about our classes and teaching opportunities
How do I become a Steward? How can I volunteer?
Our shop is managed by all volunteers, we call Stewards. Stewarding our shop is a great way to build community and learn new skills. Go here to learn more about our Steward Program
Can I donate tools and materials?
Donations of materials help us reduce the cost of running the shop and offering classes. We use donated materials whenever possible for class projects. The rest of the donations we sell in our store to generate revenue for the program. Donations must be brought to our shop. Except in very special cases, we do not have the resources to pick up donations.
What is the minimum age for membership?
18. Minors may accompany an adult with a Maker membership.
Can my child attend an adult class?
Yes, however you may be required to take the class alongside them depending on the class and your child’s age.
Can my child be a member?
If you have a Maker membership, your child may accompany you for free!
Can I pay with cash?
What if I don’t have a credit card to use (for membership or storage)?
We do require a method of payment on file for reoccuring invoices, this is something that you will need to have.
How do I become certified to use a machine?
DIYcave certification tests are available for members only. The other path is via classes or private instruction.
Which tools require Certification to use and how do I become Certified?
All of the following require certification before Members can use on their own:
Auto Lift (online, request aux. policy)
Glowforge Laser (Online training - NO CHARGE)
If you reserve an area like the tech room, or machine shop would you be the only party in that area?
Generally no, the room is large enough for several people to work in and use is often expanded to allow that. It is possible to reserve the room completely, with some caveats.
If I reserve the tech room could both the printing and engraving be done in the same session?
What training/certification is required for a 3d printer and how much does that training cost?
Training is private instruction or certification, based on your level of experience already. If you have never 3D printed it can be several hours as there is a lot to learn. If you are not interested in getting certified and are simply looking to have something printed, that can be cheaper and faster.
Do you need to provide your own filament, if not can you use your own filament if you wanted to do something special like metallic or rainbow?
We have filament available to purchase (by weight as you print) but you can bring your own as well. Filaments with additives (wood, bronze, carbon fiber, etc) need to be cleared by staff, and are usually difficult to use if you are not experienced.
Do you have a recommendation for design software ( I am assuming it would be best to model at home and only reserve room for printing time)?
We recommend Autodesk Fusion 360
What happens if you miss estimate my printing time and the printer is still running at the end of my reserved session?
You are allowed to start a print and then leave it running past your reservation. The reservation is simply to allow you time to get the machine tuned up and properly start your print. There are no additional time charges for your print. On the other hand, 3d printers are only available on a first come, first serve basis so you may want to see if anyone is using the printer before you come in.
What training/certification is required for a laser engraver and how much does that training cost?
Glowforge training is self achieved and provided at no cost to our members. Please visit our Glowforge page for more details.
Is the laser engraver capable of engraving aluminum? If not actually etching the aluminum what about coating/paint removal?
Aluminum is not laserable in almost any laser under $50,000 due to its extreme reflective nature. You are correct that the laser can eliminate the paint/powdercoat/anodization off of aluminum.
What size objects can be engraved, including thickness?
The Glowforge can accept material up to 20"x12" with a working area of about 19"x11" and you can put material in about 2" thick. You will get all this information in the online training.
Would I be able to engrave a disassembled firearm receiver? (or are there rules against working on weapons, firearms?)
As long as the item is made of a material that the laser can interact with, yes. There are no current restrictions on working on weapon parts.
Is it possible/easy to position odd shaped objects to get engravings in exact positions?
I have a plastic object that I would like to reproduce using a 3D printer. I have never used the DIYcave before. Can I just book an hour in the tech room as a non-member, show up, and get some help learning how to scan and reproduce my object? Or is there more to the process than that?
How/who/when can I get a tutorial on CNC plasma operation?
At this time we are still working out a path toward member use of CNC plasma operations. We do offer fabrication services at a very reasonable rate. The file creation is the most important piece. With a good file we bill 15 minutes for set up time and charge hourly rate for run time. ($75/hr) Keep checking back for new usage procedures as the are developed or reach out directly for further questions. .svg files created in inkscape are a fairly straight forward path to completion.
What are my options to create something on the X-Carve?
The certification on the X-carve is about a 30 minute process, free for paid members, and assumes that you have prior experience and or knowledge of how to use a CNC.
If this is not the case then you would be looking for training, which would assume no prior experience or knowledge. Private instruction starts at $75 per hour, and I would estimate no less than one hour to get up and running from scratch on the x-carve.
If you are just looking for assistance in making a cut then you would simply need to have everything ready to go in advance (i.e. material prepped, design files created in advance in SVG format, watch this video on how to use Easel.) After that you can arrange to have 5 to 10 minutes of educated help from either Kevin or Aaron at an arranged time where we will point you in the right direction and get you through a specific project. Incidentally, this is a great way to move towards certification as you are self-educating and getting experience to boot. Just be aware: if you begin to demand too much time from the staff when we are holding other responsibilities (thus the 5 to 10 minute rule) your help will turn into private instruction.
In the end we want to empower you to Do-It-Yourself and achieve your desired results. Final pro-tip: bring enough material to have a "testing piece" so you can get the mistakes out of the way on that first.
I enjoyed the TIG class and I want to get in for some practice time. What consumables do I need to bring with me? I am assuming the metal I will be practicing on, the TIG welding tungsten and the welding rods. Anything else?
We always have some scrap metal around for practice. Bring your own if you have something specific you wat to practice. Tungsten is provided. Please resharpen for next user. We do have an honor system for gas and other welding consumables and we also have filler rod for sale up front. (We are still in the process of organizing and pricing). So come on down anytime and let the steward know you took the class so they can update your profile as TIG certified
How do I get certified to use the pipe roller, or arrange for assistance to put a radius into some pipe.
First question is what diameter, thickness and length? We have limited dies.
The roller certification process has not been developed yet. At this time all certifications on the roller are done in person and training is mandatory. This will entail at least a half hour of private instruction. You can request training and certification here.
I have a welding project in mind, and I was wondering if I need a certification to use the welding equipment on my own.
You are able to schedule time and use welding equipment after becoming certified (all our welding classes include certification or you can request training and certification here.
I took a class and am certified to weld. I reserved a time slot for welding, can I request someone to help on my first time?
We do have some cheat sheets for getting the MIG welders set up. Feel free to ask questions when you are in. Shop stewards do have varied experience in the metal shop. If you feel a need for more instruction you can request training and certification here.
Auto Lift FAQ
How do I access the Auto Lift?
Reservations are needed for the Auto Bay. This to to ensure that you have the space you need for the time you need it as well as a certified person to help you lift & lower your vehicle. There is a $10/hr surcharge for this benefit.
Is the Auto Lift included in my membership?
The Auto Bay has a $10/hr surcharge.
Do I need a membership to use the Auto Lift?
No, everyone has access with proper reservation.
How do I become certified to operate the Auto Lift on my own?
Please take “Lifting it Right” online course and bring completed certificate. You will need to create account and purchase course. https://www.autolift.org/lifting-it-right-ali-direct/ Most of our stewards are certified on the auto lift. Contact us in advance of your reservation to make sure someone is available if you are not certified.