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FAQ

 

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Who is Co-Works for?

In order to receive access and reservation privileges, training and passing an authorization test is required. Co-Works courses and research projects receive priority access. See more access details here.

 

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What type of work is Co-Works for?

Co-Works prioritizes interdisciplinary making and cross-departmental collaboration. Neither a service provider nor suited for high-volume or large-scale production, instead we are best equipped to support initial stages of training, research, and experimentation. When you're ready to make multiples or scale up, we can refer you to appropriate local service providers. See a list of some providers here.

 

 

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What are Co-Works open hours?

Hours vary each semester, but are generally 9am-11pm on Mondays through Thursdays, less on Fridays and weekends. Co-Works has reduced hours during crit weeks and is closed during school holidays and breaks. Co-Works does not currently have summer open hours.

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What types of equipment and making does Co-Works have?

Co-Works includes an eclectic mix of 3D printing and digital fabrication, traditional fabrication, sewing and textiles processes, programming and electronics, virtual reality, machine learning, and more. See more details here.

 

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How does Co-Works training work?

Training is part of Co-Works courses or is led by skilled Grad Instructors through non-credit training sessions. Most training is at the intro level and assumes basic software knowledge. After training, passing a short test grants access and reservation privileges. See details here.

 

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What if I just need some help?

Co-Works also has walk-in tutoring for high-demand software and processes (Rhino, Illustrator, sewing, electronics, programming, etc). Shown in light green on our schedule, open help hours indicate that someone is on hand to tutor or troubleshoot. See the schedule here.

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How do you sign-up for Co-Works training sessions?

Students, staff, and faculty can sign-up for training sessions in person at Co-WorksWe cannot accept sign-up online or via email. Training slots are limited and fill up fast - sign up early! See more details here.

 
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How do you sign-up for Co-Works training sessions?

Training time varies for each piece of equipment or process. Some training requires a single one-hour session while others require three or four two-hour sessions over consecutive weeks. Come talk to us well in advance of deadlines to ensure sufficient time to train. See more details here.

 

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How long do Co-Works training sessions take?

Training time varies for each piece of equipment or process. Some training requires a single one-hour session while others require three or four two-hour sessions over consecutive weeks. Come talk to us well in advance of deadlines to ensure sufficient time to train. See more details here.

 

 

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Are there costs to use Co-Works?

Training and use of most Co-Works equipment is free. Some equipment requires nominal fees to cover cost of consumables or time (e.g. 3D printing materials, laser cutting time, etc). Fees are subsidized when possible and standardized with other making spaces at RISD. See more details here.

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