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Welcome to FUSE Makerspace! We are a hands-on makerspace and engineering lab with everything artists, designers and businesses need to make an idea come to life, from equipment to training and community. Check out the information below. If you still have questions you can email us at info@fusemakerspace.org or call us at 505-224-3873 and we’ll be happy to help. 

FUSE Makerspace is powered by CNM Ingenuity

What to Expect and Makerspace Rules

We know it can be both exhilarating and intimidating to walk into a new makersapce community. At FUSE, we strive to create a friendly and inclusive environment for all maker skill levels to build their ideas. To do that, we expect all members and participants to understand there can be steep learning curves to mastering new skills and follow our Makerspace Rules. See Shop Rules below.

COVID Policies
  • All staff and members are required to wear face-covering PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), i.e., a mask, banana covering nose and mouth, at all times. Members are required to provide their own PPE.
  • All members using the space must fill out a daily Self Help Assessment, Here, before entering and using the equipment.
  • All members are required to check-in at the front Kiosk. We will have a staff member placed there to assist you with checking in and waivers. 
  • Any member arriving 20 minutes late for their reservation will forfeit their reserved time to the next person waiting to use the machine.
  • Signage is posted for the maximum occupancy for specific classrooms and areas and must be followed. 
  • We’ll have wipes available and ask that you help wipe down all equipment and computers before and after use.
  • We’ll ask that you only bring essentials into the FUSE (i.e,  your phone, keys, water bottle, and projected materials needed immediately) and leave anything else at home. We may have to limit materials and project storage. 
  • We’ll ask that you do not use the fridge or microwave, share food, or eat while in the Makerspace. No eating of food at FUSE. 
  • We’ll ask that you use one of our hand sanitizer dispensers before you walk into the lobby. 
  • We’ll encourage you not to hang out at FUSE. Use the machine for your projects and leave when you are done working to allow others to utilize the space. We miss the social aspects of FUSE, too, but must prioritize safety right now.  
  • Guests are not allowed to sit with members while working at the Makerspace. Only members who make the appointment will be allowed into work at FUSE. 
  • We adhere to and uphold all Central New Mexico Community College and state-mandated guidelines.
  • Members who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave and will not receive a refund. 
  • FUSE Hours of Modified Operations: Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday 10am-8:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday Closed. Clean up at the end of the day should take place 20 minutes before closing to ensure you are ready to leave at 6pm. Guidelines subject to change
Waiver, Policy and Procedures

All visitors, whether taking a workshop or maintain a regular membership, must complete our waiver form. You can fill out a waiver at our check-in desk or save time and fill out the waiver beforehand at the link below. You must be at least 18 years old to complete the form. Minors are required to have their form completed by a parent or legal guardian. 

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CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE WAIVER

Shop Rules
  • Do not use machines you are not trained on (All equipment has a required operations and safety training associated with it.)
  • Tools must remain in the shop.
  • Inform staff if you need to leave a project (any untagged materials will be disposed of with in 7days.)
  • Do no enter office without staff present
  • No automotive work on the shop floor
  • Hair tied back, closed toe shoes and safety glasses required in wood & metal shop while machines are in operation.
  • No synthetic clothing in the welding and plasma area
    Pants, Jackets, and proper safety lenses must be worn in the welding and plasma cutting area.
  • Tools, machinery, and all other equipment are for members or related workshops participants only.
  • Please check in with staff before using outside or unfamiliar materials or chemicals. (Certain materials/chemic also can cause bodily harm or damage machinery.)
  • Please refer to our policies and procedures for any additional rules and regulations.  Any violations to FUSE policies  & procedures may lead to immediate suspension and termination of membership
Storage Policies

FUSE Makerspace is not a storage facility. Project and materials left in areas not designed for project storage will be considered donated.

  • Projects and materials stored with a Blue tag in the designated Project Storage Area for up to 7 days
  • Projects with a Blue tag past the 7 day mark must be updated with a Tech or move to an Orange tag
  • Organge tags represent the abandoment of a project and you must remove the items with in 7 days. 
  • Items considered harmful to others may not be stored.
  • Firearms, gunpowder, primers, and assembled ammunition cannot be on the CNM campus, therefore cannot be stored at FUSE Makerspace.
Maker Violations
  • FUSE Makerspace safety is our primary concern. All member/individual must adhere to the dress code and personal protective equipment policies.
  • Members are only allowed to operate equipment they have taken the Operation and Safety training or Qualification Assessments for.
  • No individual/member is allowed to make or enhance a weapon of any kind in the Makerspace: knife, axe, explosives, or firearm.
  • Misuse of equipment can result in loss of accesses to the Makerspace
  • Members/Individuals must treat all other members, staff, and instructors with respect and adhere to the CNM’s Student and Visitor Code of Conduct.  If found being disrespect and not following code of conduct you will be asked to leave and can result in the loss of membership.
  • Members/Individuals must only be working in the space during the hours of weekly operations unless they have a Business Membership.
  • Members/Individuals are not allowed to be at the makerspace or use any equipment if under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • FUSE Makerspace has a zero tolerance policy.

First Visit

Before you can use a piece of equipment at FUSE, you must be certified to use it. Our Introductory Operations and Safety Trainings will teach you how to safely use equipment in a community space.  Identify the equipment you would like to use and the correlating trainings can be found on our workshop calendar.

Pieces of equipment may require varying levels of training, workshops range from 2-3 hour single-session to 5-8 hour multiple sessions.) FUSE provides all materials and handouts for Operations and Safety trainings.

It’s recommended that you take an Operations and Safety Training for the equipment you want to use before purchasing a membership. 

Already have experience OR want to learn more?

If you are already an experienced maker and would like to test out on a specific piece of equipment, please email our program manager, Dana Oliveri, and ask for availability. Test Outs cost $25.00 per hour. If you cannot show a comprehensive understanding of the equipment’s operation and safe practices, you will not pass the test out. You will be required to pay to take the workshop in addition to paying the $25.00 test out fee.

Equipment Access

Before you can use a piece of equipment at FUSE, you must be certified to use it and have an active membership. Our Introductory Operation and Safety Classes will show you the basics of the equipment and certify you to use it. Basic classes are usually shorter (2-3 hours) or require less material. Extended classes are longer (3-8 hours) or require more expensive material.  You can find the schedule for upcoming classes and associated cost listed under Workshops on this website.

Age Policies

We expect active adult supervision of any minor under the age of 16 at all time. Children under the age of 16 must be supervised at all times while working in the space.

  • Minors must be between 12-17 years of age to be eligible for membership.
  • Minors 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or designated adult at all times and are not allowed to have keys to the space.
  • Parents/Legal Guardians are responsible for their children and their actions.
  • Minors under the age of 18 must have waiver of liability form signed by a Parent or Legal Guardian.
  • Minors 16 through 17 years of age may use designated equipment and areas independently. Some equipment/areas (Wood Shop and Metal Shop) require direct supervision of a parent, legal guardian or authorized adult or are restricted from use altogether.
  • Parent, legal guardian or designated adult must take and pass the Operating and Safety trainings for all pieces of equipment on which they will be providing supervision to minors.
  • Parent, legal guardian or designated adult must pay for their seat when in-class supervision is required (exceptions will be made for adults who have previously taken the class)
What to Wear

The dress code and required safety equipment must be worn.

  • Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times, in all areas.
  • In areas involving working with high temperatures (welding, plasma table) long- sleeved shirts and long pants are required. Clothing should be made from natural fibers or leather.
  • Proper eye protection must be worn in the metal and wood shop at all times.
  • When using most power tools, especially drills, saws, mills and lathes, you must wear short-sleeved shirts or fitted, cuffed long sleeves and remove hanging jewelry. Safety glasses must be worn when operating power tools.
  • Long hair must be secured while working at FUSE Makerspace.
  • Check class listing for mandatory and advisable safety equipment.
  • Equipment or clothing listed as mandatory must be worn or used while working with that equipment or taking that class.
  • Equipment listed as advisable is a suggestion but not mandatory.
  • Some mandatory equipment/clothing may be available for loan or sale.
Price

Membership Type / Monthly Fee* / Auto Recurring **

  • Individual Membership / $75 / Yes
  • Weekly Individual Membership / $25 (weekly)/ No
  • Family Membership/ $75 + $25 for additional family members / Yes
  • Educational Membership(Staff or Student Membership) ** / $50 / Yes
  • Military Membership *** / $50 / Yes
  • Business Membership (6-month minimum, 2 members, transferable) / $250 / Yes
Funding Resources

Thanks to partnerships with charitable foundations and local and national government initiatives, we have access to funding sources for those who qualify. You can find all available opportunities on the CNM Ingenuity website.