Family Policies & Guidelines


All member responsibilities, safety guidelines, rules, shop etiquette and policies outlined in the TechShop Individual Membership Agreement apply to add-on family members. Please ask for a new copy of the agreement if needed. (We strongly recommend doing so as the agreement is periodically updated).


Minors at TechShop


Minors in Classes


Minors Access Charts

As there are different levels of inherent risk in both the environment and the operation of TechShop’s various tools and equipment we have created the following three categories to designate area, equipment and class access for minors.

12-15 Supervised: Minors 12 to 15 years of age permitted only when under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or approved adult.

16-17 Solo: Minors 16 to 17 years of age permitted without parental supervision.

16-17 Supervised: Minors 16 to 17 years of age permitted only when under the direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or approved adult.


Area Access for Minors

(Checkmarks indicate level of supervision required for area. No checkmark indicates areas where access is not permitted.)

Area 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
3D Studio X X X
CNC Cutting X X X
Computer Lab X X X
Conference Room X X X
Electronics Lab X X X
Finishing Room X X X
Grinding Room X X X
Laser Studio X X X
Machine Shop     X
Member Hub/Kitchen X X X
Member Workspace X X X
Metal Shop X X X
Plastics Lab X X X
Textiles Studio X X X
Tool Corral X X X
Welding/Hot Shop X X X
Woodshop X X X


Class & Equipment Access for Minors

(Checkmarks indicate level of supervision required for classes and equipment. No checkmark indicates where access is not permitted.)

3D Studio

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
TEC104 3D Scanner X X X
PRO101 3D Printer (UP!) X X X
PRO102 3D Printer (MakerBot) X X X

CNC Cutting

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
CNC301 FLOW Water Jet     X
CNC304 CNC Plasma Cutter     X
CNC302 CNC ShopBot Router     X

Electronics Lab

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
EEE100 Soldering Irons X X X
EEE104 Oscilloscope X X X
EEE104 Function Generator X X X
EEE104 Frequency Counter X X X
EEE104 Power Supplies X X X

Finishing Room

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
FAB106 Powder Booth X X X
Chk-Out Spray Booth X X X
FAB106 Powder Coating Gun X X X
FAB106 Curing Oven X X X
Chk-Out Vibrating Polisher X X X

Grinding Room

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
FAB106 Sandblasting Cabinet X X X
MTL103 Pedestal Grinder   X X
MTL103 Disc Grinder   X X
Chk-Out Abrasive Chop Saw   X X

Laser Studio

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
LAS101 Laser Cutter/Etcher X X X
LAS201 Laser Rotary Attachment X X X

Machine Shop

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
CNC301 Tormach CNC Mill     X
MAC101 Mill     X
MAC102 Lathe     X

Metal Shop

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
MTL103 Horizontal Band Saw   X X
MTL103 Vertical Band Saw   X X
MTL103 Cold Saw   X X
MTL103 Drill Press   X X
MTL104 Straight Shear X X X
MTL104 Corner Notcher X X X
MTL104 Hydraulic Shear X X X
MTL104 Finger Brake X X X
MTL104 Rotary Punch X X X
MTL201 Slip Roll X X X
MTL201 English Wheel X X X
MTL201 Planishing Hammer X X X
MTL201 Shrinker/Expander X X X
MTL201 Bead Roller X X X
MTL201 Beverly Shear X X X
Chk-Out Arbor Press X X X

Plastics Lab

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
FAB108 Injection Molder   X X
FAB110 Vacuum Former   X X
Chk-Out Strip Bender   X X

Textiles Studio

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
TXL101 Sewing Machine X X X
TXL104 Serger Sewing Machine X X X
TXL108 Industrial Straight Stitch X X X
TXL107 Industrial Walking Foot X X X
TXL105 Industrial Serger X X X
TXL103 CNC Embroider X X X
TXL107 Quilter X X X
CNC102 CNC Vinyl Cutter X X X
ART103 Silk Screening Equipment X X X

Welding/Hot Shop

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
WLD102 MIG Welder X X X
WLD101 TIG Welder X X X
WLD103 Oxy/Acetylene Torch X X X
Chk-Out Handheld Plasma Cutter X X X
MTL104 Spot Welder X X X

Woodshop

Class Number Equipment Covered 12-15
Supervised
16-17
Solo
16-17
Supervised
WOD101 Table Saw   X X
WOD101 Bandsaw   X X
WOD101 Belt/Disk Sander   X X
WOD101 Compount Milter Saw   X X
WOD101 Drill Press   X X
Chk-Out Panel Saw   X X
WOD102 Wood Lathe   X X
WOD201 Joiner   X X
WOD201 Planer   X X
WOD201 Router Table   X X
WOD304 Mortising Chisel   X X
WOD304 Handheld Router   X X
Chk-Out Scroll Saw   X X