It largely depends on which piece of equipment we’re talking about. Some equipment is more expensive than others so historically we’ve been more restrictive with some items than others.
Some of the equipment has been setup as part of pledge drives where a bunch of us has chipped in to pay for it and has cost in the region of a couple of grand in some cases.
We’ve also had some incidents recently with people using equipment inappropriately (one with the table saw guide getting damaged and no-one owning up to it and another with the metal milling machine).
You’ll notice on a couple of items a red padlock on the mains plug.
We do run into problems sometimes where only a few people doing inductions can burn out a bit on being ask to do them all the time. But they are required for safety reasons and I think to cover the space for insurance reasons.
For the laser cutter this is one of the ones that’s usually in most demand. The induction for this is fairly formalised.
User joins a separate telegram group and arranges an induction with someone registered as a trainer.
They’re then shown the ropes, told which materials they’re allowed and not allowed to cut (for example special laser plywood and not regular plywood due to the glues involved)
Also shown how to use the machine without damaging it.
If they want to they can become a trainer, which usually involves being present while someone is trained up by an existing trainer.
Metal Area Lathe / Milling machine
For the lathe and the milling machine these do require inductions, there’s quite a lot of detail such as do’s and don’ts since it’s very easy to damage these machines.
Making sure to oil everything in the right spots, not do certain things that would be dangerous (like leaving the chuck key in the chuck and having it thrown across the room when the power is put on)
Who is classed as an inductor is less formal for these I think, if you already know a fair bit about metal working and have been inducted then this might be enough but it’s best to ask on the metal working group
Woody Dusty Area
Historically the inductions for the woody dusty area have been a bit loose and care free. What used to happen pre-covid is that folks would come in on a Wednesday open evening then I’d briefly walk them around the different tools and ask them not to cut they’re fingers off.
It is getting more formalised now as some of the tools like the Planer / Thicknesser can be quite dodgy (think wood chipper).
And the table saw / band saws can also be dangerous to work with.
The main rule we’ve had so far is no lone working with dangerous tools.
I would ask about on the woody dusty telegram channel for more info.
CNC Wood Area
For the CNC Machine this is mostly a case of learning to use the machine / making sure to wear safety glasses etc.
Again who is an inductor on this is less formal
Historically it’s been ether myself or user @bluetin on telegram, but anyone could do it if they learn enough about how to use it.
It does have a large 1.5Kw spindle on though so safety is important.
This one is mostly been done by Alex, the wood lathe is located in the same area as the CNC at the moment although I think it’s being moved into the larger woody area at some point.
Not sure of the specifics of this one in terms of who is an inductor but it is quite a dangerous thing to use.