Anderson University

Center for Innovation and Digital Learning

Makerspace Policy


The AU Makerspace is open for use by faculty, staff, and current students with a current and valid University ID. These users must accept the waiver located in the online User Registration Form found here:

• Under special circumstances outside users, members of the general public, Universities partners, and former students may use the Makerspace upon checking the waiver mentioned above as well as applying as a temporary user for each time you visit campus, found here: This also includes usage for camps, workshops and other approved events, however users under the age of 18 must have the user registration, waiver and thirdparty application signed by a consenting adult.

• Hours of use are 9:00 am until 9:00 pm Monday - Thursday and 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday, however these hours may be extended or reduced, varying slightly each semester. Please visit the AU Makerspace homepage for this semester’s current hours:

• Machines, equipment, and spaces are used through reservation only through the AU Makerspace Reservation System.

• Classes of 5 or more may reserve the entire Makerspace as long as no existing reservations are planned for the desired time. Entire Makerspace reservations must be submitted by emailing cidl@andersonuniversity and must be done at least a week in advance of the Makerspace being needed. Reserved time may not exceed the standard open Makerspace times.

• Any unapproved material brought in for personal use must be approved by the Makerspace Manager. Please contact before bringing in the material and starting project. (Example: PLA is approved for all 3D printers, ABS and PETG needs to be approved before use.)

Users must name their files for 3D printing in the following format: (user name)_(file name).stl/.obj

  • File names must describe what the student is printing, and can not be a code name. 

  • Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will result in the forfeit of the student’s reservation, and prints will be stopped if already started.


• Users are responsible for returning equipment, materials, and spaces to proper order and storage locations. Users are also responsible for cleaning up the work area after use as well as reporting broken or damaged equipment to Makerspace staff. Failure to follow these may result in loss of Makerspace access.

• AU is not responsible for any personal items that are left, lost, stolen, broken, or thrown away. Please be sure to maintain your personal belongings.

• Food and drinks are allowed in the Makerspace as long as it has a lid and users clean up after themselves. Please use care when around equipment.

• Any projects for personal use or enjoyment requires the user to bring their own material. No material will be provided to students in this case apart from the Form 2, Sewing Machine, and Button Maker.

• Upon completion of a 3D print with personal material, users must remove their material and replace with a spool of Makerspace material.

• Users must take their personal material with them when it is not in use. Failure to do so will result in the material becoming apart of the Makerspace's collection of materials.

• If a 3D printer fails to complete a print correctly, please notify a Makerspace Staff member before starting another print.

• Reservations take priority over restarted prints or projects. If you run out of time, please yield to the next user unless the time is available to reserve, in which case you may reserve the next available times.

• Please begin wrapping up your work before the close of the Makerspace. Do not wait until it is closing to clean up and pack up.

• Users who fail to show up within 30 minutes past their reservation start time will forfeit their spot and will need to make another reservation.

All files must be inspected and approved by Makerspace Student workers. Inspections include: settings analysis, correct machine choice, and if the model is true to the standards laid out by Anderson University. 

Students may not reserve machines for days on end, unless the file they are printing calls for it. Students must make reservations for each individual print they plan to make.


• AU Makerspace staff and CIDL maintain the right to deny access to anyone who has demonstrated unsafe, harmful, or disruptive behavior.

• Always make sure you have received proper training for the machine you plan to use. Failure to do so may result in loss of Makerspace access.

• Students must use the front door of the Makerspace when entering. Any student who tries to enter through the back door will be turned away and have to go around to the front door.

• Only Makerspace Staff are allowed to do maintenance on and modify settings on the machines in the Makerspace, any settings you with to modify for your print/project must be done in the slicer or machine program.

Users must wear latex gloves during any use of the Resin Printers. 

  • Repeated failure to do so will result in temporary suspended use of Resin Printers. 

• AU does not strictly enforce a safety policy, however users must observe and recognize the following recommendations for personal safety in the Makerspace:

  • Closed-toes shoes are recommended

  • Long-hair should be tied back to prevent tangling in machines

  • Loose jewelry or clothing is not recommended

  • Safety glasses, ear plugs, and gloves are not provided, but may be necessary in some instances

  • Keep the floor clear of items to prevent tripping

• Room capacity is limited to 20 people with the exception of organized camps, workshops, and CEPs.

• A fire extinguisher is available beside the Glowforge laser-cutter and should be used only in case of fire.

• Do not prop open the Emergency exit door.

• For medical emergencies, call 911 and then inform a CIDL or AU Makerspace staff member.

• Non-emergency medical issues may be directed to the Thrive Wellness Center on campus:

• First Aid Kit is located in the back of the space, to the left of the sink.


• All Makerspace users must comply with and agree to these policies as well as those outlined in AU’s Internet and Email policy ( as well as in the student handbook: 2019.pdf

• AU Makerspace may be used for commercial purposes as long as total revenue per user does not exceed $1000/year. Commercial uses must be limited to materials provided by the user; AU will not provide services, machines, or materials for commercial uses.

• Machines, equipment, materials, computers, and tools in the Makerspace may only be used for lawful purposes.

• AU is not responsible for damage to computers or loss of data as a result of working with University software or hardware.

• Do not modify or alter equipment or software.

• AU does not provide warranties of any kind for services, materials, or machines, either expressed or implied.

• AU Makerspace does not guarantee confidentiality or security of personal information. If you login to a computer, make sure you log out and take your information with you.

AU Makerspace will not knowingly allow violation of copyright or licensing restrictions.

Users are not allowed to produce any unsafe, harmful, or dangerous objects that pose a threat to others, including weapons and weapon accessories.

Creation of items or materials that are in violation of others’ intellectual property right is also prohibited as outlined in AU’s policy:

• By using the AU Makerspace, you acknowledge the enforcement of the policies outlined herein as well as acknowledge the right of AU Makerspace to deny any user access to the Makerspace at any time for any reason or no reason at all.


I have read and acknowledge the policies described in this Makerspace Policy document and in the provided links and documents therein. I also acknowledge that Anderson University and its partners are not liable for any expense, loss, personal injury, or accident whereby I am involved that is not negligent or willful maliciousness by any employee or agent of the University. I will not bring any suit or claim against Anderson University or its partners as a result of any circumstance within the constraints outlined herein. I understand that University policies and rules are in effect for the duration of my use of the AU Makerspace. I understand that failure to abide by these policies can result in a temporary suspension or permanent ban from the AU Makerspace. By using the Makerspace, I show that I agree to these policies and waive any liability placed on Anderson University or the Makerspace.