Equipment

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Our equipment and how we manage it

The equipment is usually owned by the HSI itself or occasionally on loan from a member and marked as such.

Using equipment

Assumption of competence

Most basic items of equipment do not have a training requirement, and as part of your membership it is assumed that if you're using one of these tools then you have enough skill to use it without damaging yourself, others or the tool.

Basic ability does not always imply skilled use however, so it is still recommended you look into the "proper" way to use a tool. You may learn some nifty expert tricks in the process!

Training requirements

The larger, more complex or expensive pieces of equipment will generally have training requirements to use them. This is usually at least a primer; enough to get basic use from the equipment without harming you or it. The wiki page for each piece of equipment should list the training requirements and any schedule or sign-up procedure for acquiring the training. As such you may not be able to get training on demand (e.g. at the last minute), so it's always advisable to get trained as soon as you're able for future use.

Access Control

We plan on implementing access control to delicate equipment. This associates a members access card with a database of who has received training to use it, and disables the equipment if either no card is produced or the card does not show you've been trained to use the equipment in question. It's also should prevent equipment being left unattended while in use and improve usage logging.

Swapping cards with someone who is trained so you can use it is NOT a good idea and is frowned upon.

Maintaining equipment

Maintenance

A lot of tools, particularly the more expensive or complex ones, will have one or more nominated maintainers. A piece of equipment will usually have an associated wiki page listing it. If a piece of equipment has a maintainer, do not attempt to repair or maintain it yourself without their express permission. Having a maintainer usually means the equipment has special requirements for it's upkeep that may not be obvious to even a trained user. If a piece of equipment has no maintainer, it means HSI assumes those capable of using it are also capable of doing the running maintenance to it.

Hacking and modding equipment

You are not allowed to do this. Equipment is there for everyone to use, and they expect it to be left in a standard reliable state. If "maintenance" starts to require making permanent changes to the equipment, you get permission from the mailing list first before starting work on it.

Consumables

A lot of equipment has some element that is used up in use. Basic consumables are often bought by the HSI itself, but more specialised consumables (EG; liquid nitrogen, biological reagents, laser tubes) are both infrequently purchased and expensive, so will normally require a pledge to gather funds. There are also fairly regular group-purchases arranged through the mailing list for more ad-hoc demands such as specific electrical components.

Damage and replacement

HSI assumes that unless there's an explicit training requirement that you are skilled enough to use the equipment you wish to use. If a member damages or destroys a tool through misuse that member will be expected to contribute to it's replacement or repair cost, either in full or in part depending on the situation. Damage or destruction through normal use can be considered wear & tear and will not usually be directed at the last user, though a contribution to replacement is normal.

E.g: A chisel handle breaking when being used to carve wood with a wood-mallet would likely be considered the tool wearing out and the space deciding on replacement. A chisel handle breaking because you used it as a crowbar to tear open a toaster is your fault and you'll be expected to replace it yourself.

Rule of thumb

If you're not sure about using or maintaining a piece of equipment; ask. Check the wiki, check with the maintainer, check the IRC, check the mailing list, check with a trustee. Most of all, check the rules.

Getting new equipment

Pledges

Please see the Pledges page for more in-depth information.

The most reliable method for getting new equipment for the space is the collective enthusiasm of it's members. If you think we need a piece of equipment, make a proposal on the mailing list to gauge interest. If there is interest then you create a pledge page here on the wiki and encourage people to back it with an amount toward the cost.

When the pledge goal is met, the pledging members pay their money to the HSI and the item is usually purchased by a trustee unless someone else has negotiated the purchase.

Gifts and loans

We have a wish list of items that would be very nice but haven't had enough support to purchase yet. Usually upgrades to equipment we are getting by with fine so far or sundries that don't usually necessitate a pledge.

Some people are kind enough to offer equipment to the HSI for free, either on loan (whether for a particular length of time or long-term) or entirely gifting it. Sadly we will only ever have a finite amount of storage space, and likewise only a finite demand for a tool, so not every item will be accepted. This may seem ungracious, but please check if we have space and demand for it before bringing it to the space.

For more in-depth information on this, see Bringing_items_to_the_space.

If you're not a member but wish to donate equipment, please contact one of the members.

Current equipment

Creating an equipment page

Don't see a piece of equipment we have in the lists below? Maybe no one's created a wiki page for it yet!

If you create a page using the equipment template it will automatically create it an entry on this page. Use one of the existing sub-categories though or it won't appear. (HINT: They're the names of all the section-heading below!)

There is now a page generating template so you don't have to worry about getting the code right. You go to this link and fill in the boxes.

Don't be afraid to name the page very specifically (EG; full make & model name) as the form includes a "common name" option that will display it as such on this page.

If you're building equipment to be for or used by the space, please create it in the Equipment namespace and just include the secondary Projects infobox (link to come).

Please mark any and all former equipment as subcategory "Defunct".

All boxes should contain text information. Dark red boxes however mean that information is missing from the page in question, so unable to be displayed.

Fabrication

Located in;
General area
No maintainer listed
Requires training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
20 July 2015 09:02:06
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Out of order
Last updated;
20 July 2015 12:14:21
by User:Dan.alexandru

CNC

Woodworking

Metalworking

Hand tools

Power tools

Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Not tested yet
Last updated;
20 July 2015 11:50:13
by User:Dan.alexandru

Electronics

Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:28:52
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
20 July 2015 11:52:53
by User:Dan.alexandru

Test equipment

Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
20 July 2015 11:52:03
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Not tested yet
Last updated;
20 July 2015 11:49:11
by User:Dan.alexandru

Robotics

Scientific

High voltage

Physics

Kitchen

Located in;
Kitchen
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
22 July 2015 06:57:29
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Kitchen
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
16 February 2015 15:21:55
by User:Eugen.cocalea

Crafts

Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
20 July 2015 11:51:16
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:08:00
by User:Dan.alexandru

Maintainance

Cleaning

Office equipment

Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Unknown
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:34:57
by User:Dan.alexandru

Computing

Located in;
General area
No maintainer listed
Requires training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:10:33
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
General area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
12 February 2015 09:00:53
by User:Eugen.cocalea
Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Faulty
Last updated;
22 July 2015 06:48:14
by User:Dan.alexandru

Systems

Networking

Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:31:02
by User:Dan.alexandru

Audio/Visual

Located in;
Work area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:06:35
by User:Dan.alexandru

Safety

Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Unknown
Last updated;
21 July 2015 21:32:58
by User:Dan.alexandru
Located in;
Storage
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Good working order
Last updated;
22 July 2015 06:43:06
by User:Dan.alexandru

General

Located in;
General area
No maintainer listed
Doesn't require training
Unrestricted
Not tested yet
Last updated;
16 February 2015 15:13:07
by User:Eugen.cocalea

Former equipment

Link to page showing all equipment classed "defunct", is Defunct HERE.