New Member Orientation Info

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Getting Started at FamiLAB

Now that you are a member, here are some things you should do to improve your FamiLAB experience:

  • Show up on Tuesday nights - the 1st Tuesday is typically the Open House, the 3rd Tuesday is typically the Monthly Member Meeting (Decision time...) but check the calendar and the Public Classes & Events Page. New members are confirmed at the Monthly Meeting.
  • Microcontroller Mondays are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month - watch the calendar and the Public Classes & Events Page. This event has RSVP requested, the link is on the Public Classes & Events Page.
  • Use the calendar on the FamiLAB website to know about the major dates
  • Join the mailing lists - the discuss list is the most active
  • Read the blog often (and eventually provide content plz!)
  • Follow @FamiLAB on twitter - this tends to be "offical announcement" type stuff for the public. Please retweet :)
  • Hang out on IRC - #familab on freenode with your favorite IRC client, or you can use webchat
  • Start connecting with other members on Google+ - this tends to be the real time thoughts & project updates
  • "Like" us on Facebook
  • Start reading the wiki from the FamiLAB home page - there is a lot here. Email Chris (Chorca) with your desired username for a wiki account so that you can add more questions (and later...answers)
  • Add your Home & Work (APPROXIMATE LOCATION ONLY) to the Map of Important FamiLAB Locations
  • Once confirmed, get a key (RFID card) from mack (f00bard).
  • Get a locker from mack (f00bard) or Ian (digitalman2112) - locker space is a feature of the "Maker" and "Booster" Membership levels. We add lockers as we add members, so please be patient if we don't have one as soon as you join.
  • Please ask questions :)
  • Start coming to the lab, you can watch & learn, or make & learn, or teach & learn... at your own pace.

How do I...

  • ...Get a key/access to the lab? The new space uses RFID cards for access. Once you're confirmed as a member, contact Mack (f00bard) to be issued a card.
  • ...Get a wiki account? Email Chris (Chorca) or Mack (f00bard) with your desired username for a wiki account
  • ...Get a wordpress account? Contact Bill (abyssknight) or Mack (f00bard)
  • ...Get a locker? Lockers are for the $50 per month level and above at this time. As we've added members, we've been adding lockers, please be patient if we don't have an empty one, ask around, someone will likely share with you until we get more. Update: We may be moving away from having lockers in favor of Personal Work Carts.
  • ...Know what is going on, or when people will be at the lab? It's best to join the mailing lists or hang out on our IRC channel. Many great projects at the lab have been kicked off simply by someone asking who will be there on a given night.
  • ...Use the RepRap / Makerbot? See the 3D Printing page
  • ...Use the laser cutter/etcher? See the following pages:
  • ...Borrow books or tools from the lab? See: Borrow books from the library
  • ...Donate things to the lab? If you are a member simply post to the mailing list, bring up the donation at a meeting, or discuss it with a board member. If you are not yet a member please email one of our board members to let us know what you would like to donate.
  • ...Hold a class/workshop? See: [[1]]
  • ...Attend a class? Our calendar is updated regularly, but each event has different RSVP requirements. We often use Eventbrite for RSVPs and to collect class fees. See also: Public Classes & Events Page
  • ...Bring guests? Members can always bring a guest... After all, many of our members found out about FamiLAB from friends or coworkers! As a member, you are responsible for your guests. We have dangerous tools in the lab, and the last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt. If you are planning on bringing more than one or two guests we ask that you considerr having them come to an Open House event or scheduling an event on the calendar, so we can ensure members get priority access to space and equipment.


  • Get auto-op from IRC famibot
  • Know which things in the lab are ok to use for my projects?
  • Volunteer to work an event