At the AGM on Saturday it was decided that going ahead with purchasing a lathe and mill package would be dependent on the community developing a set of safety protocols and standards for the use of those tools and others. This thread is to gather ideas about what that will look like and plan when to meet up and codify the systems and build what ever infrastructure is required.
The basic premise we're starting with is: anyone who wants to use a hand operated milling machine or lathe must be trained by an experienced person, they will be signed off on the safe use of the tools and be given access to a key/code/token which unlocks power to the machines.
We are proposing that the small room with the welder in it be tidied up and made into a small machine shop.
The first thing I think we need to do is find a person willing to train members on the safe use of the machines which we are planning to purchase. Are you or someone you know a fitter and turner in Canberra that can periodically run introduction to safe machining in the hackerspace?
I believe we're playing to meet on Saturday to nut out the details and make a set of steps towards the infrastructure.
There will be another thread which will detail the options we are looking at but we're thinking a sherline or seig package deal, depending on features and cost.