Welcome to Fat Cat Fab Lab!
Fat Cat Fab Lab is a volunteer-run makerspace in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. This wiki contains information about the space, the FCFL community, and the equipment and tools that the lab provides. Become a Fat Cat Fab Lab member today!
This wiki is public but only members may edit. If you'd like to edit please see 'Wiki Edit Access' at bottom of page.
CiviCRM is self-hosted in the cloud. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain it or even migrate it to another
|Fat Cat Fab Lab Member Portal|
Please contact the Board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for anything listed below.
- Changing membership levels (ex: to 'Standard Membership + Standard Storage')
- Updating your credit card on file
- Canceling membership
- Restarting membership after a leave
- Lost/broken RFID card
Private or anonymous questions & concerns can be sent here.
Caring for the Space
All members are responsible for taking care of Fat Cat Fab Lab's physical space. Everyone must chip in to keep the place clean and organized for others. This includes putting tools and materials back where they belong, making sure power tool batteries get recharged, emptying waste baskets, cutting down scrap material for garbage, sweeping, cleaning off tables, making sure AC's, lights, and equipment are turned off when not in use, taking care of the fridge and kitchenette, etc.
Explore these to learn about the tools and equipment available.
Fab Lab Maker Residency Program
Please see Fab Lab Maker Residency to learn about this opportunity!
Basic Use & Safety Classes (BUS)
BUS classes introduce you to safely and properly operating our equipment. Even if you have previous experience, there are many specifics to our machines you should know before using. Members may be held responsible for damage caused by improper usage. Laser and CNC Router classes are required for certification.
- 3D Printing 101 Class - Highly recommended.
- CNC Class (Router) - Required for certification.
- Laser Class - Required for certification.
- Metalshop Orientation - Orientation required for stationary tools.
- Woodshop Orientation
Teach a BUS Class or Workshop!
Part of FCFL's mission is to share knowledge and promote growth. A big part of that means teaching classes! Members, please add your workshop ideas and/or sign up to teach on our Trello board.
For BUS Class Teachers
- BUS classes are taught by volunteer instructors and teachers receive no income from the class.
- BUS teachers receive a free storage bin for the whole year on commitment to teach a minimum of 8 classes per year.
- The classes must take in a minimum of $240 per year to qualify for a free storage bin for the year.
For Workshop Teachers
- Your workshop can be free for everyone! Up to you.
- Workshops can be set to any date, pace, or frequency you wish.
- For paid workshops, FCFL collects 20% minimum and the rest is yours!
- We encourage scheduling the classes at regular intervals (ex: 12 classes, once a month, every third Friday).
Want to Teach? How to Setup a Class/Workshop
- Decide whether it's a recurring class, a single standalone workshop, or multi-day bootcamp.
- Come up with a lesson plan, broken into sessions if applicable.
- Determine how long each class session is likely to take. Please add plenty of buffer and/or beta test!
- Schedule a date/time for all sessions.
- Decide the maximum number of students.
- Determine what you want to charge per person, if necessary.
- Provide descriptions to be added to Meetup for your class.
- Reach out to the people managing (Meetup & CiviCRM... it's the Board atm) with your class/workshop & schedule and they'll help you setup the class and onboarding (Meetup scheduling, class registrations, etc).
Web Presence Areas
Our main website fatcatfablab.org is on Squarespace, if you wish to contribute/edit anything, we can provide access as needed.
We have a Github if you want to share or update code.
Code of Conduct
Rules and Policies
- (TO BE UPDATED / DEPRECATED) Member-Loaned Tools agreement & policy : for larger tools brought in by members to share
- (TO BE UPDATED / DEPRECATED) Member-Led Improvement Projects : Propose and lead a lab improvement project
- Organizational Structure
- FCFL is a Not-For-Profit and how that differs from a Non-Profit in New York State
Wiki Edit Access
We strongly encourage all members to help out with keeping the wiki up-to-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-read. To get edit access:
- Click "Create account" in the upper right
- Go into the #wiki channel on Slack and ping the Wiki Admins and let them know your username