Frequently Asked Questions
We wish we could open our doors free to the public. However that would require funding from somewhere else to make happen. There is a substantial cost to running a shop like M4Reactor including rent, utilities, insurance and more but also paying for consumables and maintenance on equipment.
Nope! You do not have to be a member to take a class. Members usually get discounts on classes - anywhere from $5 to $25 off depending on the class.
Yes. You must be at least 14 to take "adult" classes in the space. If you are under 18 you must have parent or guardian sign your authorization/waiver to access M4Reactor.
Some classes are for younger students and those would be listed in the class description.
We reserve the right to make exceptions to this rule.
If you are using the shop area, please wear pants and close toed shoes (preferably boots). We reserve the right to deny access to someone who is dressed in a way that would endanger them.
Our space is handicapped accessible however not all of our shop or machinery areas may be.
YES! Check out http://ShoreTransit.org for more info.
Yes! There is normally ample free parking.
For anything especially dangerous, flammable, or questionable – please clear it with a M4Reactor staff member before starting.
Some of our equipment does require a safety and usage class. More info on them can be found here: Safety Classes
Yes, some of our classes may be “tested out” of. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to schedule this.
Not yet! As we get busier, this may be a procedure we have to implement for some equipment.
For most equipment in the space, there is no additional cost for operation.
This depends on the specific machine. Machine specific tools will be provided. E.g. bands blades, table saw blades, sanding belts, and sanding wheels. If you want an answer on a specific consumable please email us at info@M4Reactor.org. Sometimes, M4Reactor employees may lend you some staff tooling, we are being generous when we do this. This is not our policy, so please don’t expect this on a regular basis.
For the 3D Printers, you are welcome to use any 3D filament we have here.
We have a lot of storage options! Ranging from a locker (free for members) to large lockers (1 free for members).
Find a staff member and inform them of the issue.
This is handled on a case-by-case basis. Please let us know if equipment is damaged or breaks!
We have a variety of materials available for purchase but not necessarily a regular supply of all materials. Just ask us!
Yes, you may order certain materials through us, like plastics. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You are free to bring your own hand and power tools.
We have a limited amount of hardware, glue, and parts for projects.
Yes. The only exceptions are as follows: you can leave the 3D printing area while a print is running, and you can leave a CNC and/or laser unwatched if you are still in the area.