Getting Started as a member

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State of mind: no passenger on this ship!

The Micro Factory is a bit the walls and the infrastructure, but above all, it is all of us, all the users. It is up to everyone to bring it to life, to bring in the initiatives that they want to see, to be a driving force, to ensure its proper functioning. The staff are all of us. Everyone can (must!) take initiatives; to advance in the areas and subjects which are close to her/his heart. If you join the place, it's not only about using the machines, it's about joining and strengthening an amazing group of people.

Are you a beginner at the Micro Factory?

First of all, online

  • Update your members' profile. And please, pick a picture where you are recognisable.
  • Go take a look at Slack. It is the communication tool between everyone, there is as much going on there as within the walls of the workshop. A good part of information goes through this. You received an invitation email when registering
    • Introduce yourself in #new members (A little 'hello' and a link to your profile).
    • Click on “+” in the left menu Channels and pick your topics of interest that you want to follow.
    • Activate notifications to be notified of new messages in your #channels.
  • Spend some time viewing the information from this Wiki. It is a central point for finding information about the workshop.

Your first session

For your first sessions, start with a project where you feel confortable, even if not amazing. At first, it is mostly a pretext to spend time at the Micro Factory, getting to know the people and how things work.

Good practices

There are not many formal rules at the Micro Factory, we count a lot on the excellent will of all. However, in order not to have to reinvent everything each time, here are some guidelines to inspire you.

Respect the equipment

  • A workshop is a fragile place and you often use sharing machines. Use common sense and be really meticulous
  • Only use the tools you know / can use. Refer to this list to know the access conditions for each tool. Where needed, follow the training or ask your peers for advice.
  • In case of doubt, ask around!
  • Put tools back immediately in place when you're done with them... even if you plan to come back later in the day.

Respect common spaces

  • If you need to store more than your personal space allows, plan ahead and book an extra storage.
  • Dispose of your waste in the appropriate bins (and empty the plain bins)
  • Only put your scraps among the scraps if they still really have an identified value. Otherwise, leave them in the trash: be tough in your selection!
  • Clean completely behind you! ... and then a little more. Do this as soon as you leave the premises, even if you plan to come back later.

Respect the others

  • Use common sense and benevolence
  • Help when you can. Help lighten the work of those who are already doing a lot. Remember that everyone is a part of the team, you as much as anyone.
  • Respect ongoing classes. Don't make more noise than necessary.
  • Personal spaces (storage, offices, alcove) are sacred: take nothing there, leave nothing there.


  • The Micro Factory only exists thanks to pooling. Everything you see around you has been put together by other members.
  • As a benchmark, consider spending about 10% of your time contributing to the commons (or more of course). Here are some ideas on how to.
  • A good start to contributing is not to create more work. Tidy up, clean, be meticulous.

How to learn:

What machines can I use? When should I take a training course?

  • All machines require at least common sense to be used.
  • For most machines, it's a good idea to start by looking for tutorials to go through the basics and then to ask someone who knows for the specifics. 
  • Some machines require specific skills, are very dangerous and / or can easily be damaged. A priori you must follow a training unless its owner judges that you are sufficiently qualified to do without the training.
  • Some machines require training ... even if you are an expert. Period!

Check the machine list and access conditions to know what follows in which category.


See Trainings