Category:Print Lab

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Lab Host: Sally Kuhn, printerlabhost at redmountainmakers dot org

The print lab houses theSpace's printers and office/paper manipulation equipment. It's a bit of a catch-all area, housing theSpace technical library and serving as an office and a work area. All printers in the space were donated and serve as an initial startup set for the makerspace. Over time, the intent is to upgrade to newer model that will serve theSpace and its membership as a print production center.

Problems to be solved to make the space more functional:

  • Xerox Phaser 7760 Color printer needs a 27" z 27" (minimum) printer cart/stand.
    • Has a tendency to report that the waste receptacle is full. Don't believe it! Is a signal error.
  • HP Color LaserJet 8500 needs to be fixed or moved out.
  • KM-4035 Photocopier needs to be connected to Space network. Older model - initial evaluation was that it couldn't be done. Revisit?
    • Quite functional as an old-school photocopier.
    • Would be nice to access the fax and scanner capabilities
  • Once initial round of adaptation and renovation is complete, plan how to set-up all work and printer stations so that they are mobile.
  • Replace tall 4-drawer filing cabinet with fireproof 2-drawer for required document file storage.
  • Upgrade to a more powerful workstation when funds are available.

Lab safety

  1. Turn electricity off/unplug the machine before reaching in to clear paper paths.
  2. Check paper cutter sharpness when chopping paper and prints.

General safety rules

As a reminder to all makers, utilization of personal appliances is permitted by Red Mountain Makers. However, these safety rules need to be followed.

  1. Don't leave it running unattended. This is especially important for anything designed to heat air or any other medium unless specifically labeled on the appliance by the manufacturer that it can be left alone.
  2. Don't use drop cords across hallways or through doorways. Without securing the cords to the floor and blocking the doors to ensure the cord is not crushed.
  3. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. That is a quick way to cause a fire.
  4. Do not use the appliance or tool in damp locations unless rated to do so.
  5. Do not interfere with functions of Red Mountain Makers with your personal appliance. Be courteous of others. Here are examples but not limited to:
    1. Playing loud music when a class is being held
    2. Using a bright light in a dark room.
  6. Do not use the appliance if it poses a danger to yourself and others without first gaining consent from the makers to use it, and then making sure all appropriate safety precautions are followed to ensure safe operation.
  7. If someone asks you to postpone the use of an appliance until they leave, do so unless it is absolutely necessary to use the equipment. If it is necessary explain to the maker that it is necessary and why it is.
  8. If for any reason these rules must be violated permission must be obtained from the Chief Safety Officer before doing so.

Equipment currently in the Print Lab