Manus Makerspaces Working Alone List

Project Manus Mentors have the privilege of opening our shops, and while it’s always better to have shop buddy around, there are some tools that represent a minimal risk and hazard to life and limb, similar to what one might routinely have at home. These tools and processes are categorized below (in accordance with MIT EHS-0076), with indication whether they can be used by trained mentors working alone.

Class 1

Working alone acceptable

  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
  • 3D printer FDM
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Soldering iron
  • 3D scanner

Class 2

Working alone acceptable

  • 3D printer SLA
  • Othermill
  • Paint booth
  • Cold saw
  • Vacuformer
  • Moldmaking
  • Hand drill
  • Jig saw
  • Orbital sander

Class 3

Buddy system required!

  • Laser cutter
  • Desktop shopbot
  • Waterjet
  • Spot welder
  • Arc welder (any)
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill press
  • Miter saw
  • Disk sander
  • Belt sander
  • Angle Grinder
  • Air / propane (plumber’s) torch

Class 4

Buddy system required!

No late night use (2-6AM)!

  • Milling machine
  • Metal lathe
  • CNC router
  • Plasma cutter
  • CNC plasma cutter
  • Table saw
  • Hand router
  • Circular saw
  • Oxy-Acetelyne Torch
  • Oxy-Propane Torch

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