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== Kitchenette ==
== Kitchenette ==
*Tea, coffee and related beverages and accessories are member-stocked in MPR1.
*Tea & coffee are member-stocked in MPR1.
*The shelves and cuppoards are not a pantry.  No food (except Tea and Coffee) is to be stored.
*Anything you leave out in the kitchen area will be considered common, including your dishes.
*Anything you leave out in the kitchen area will be considered common, including your dishes.
*Treat this space like a shared kitchen with lots of roommates: it is expected that you clean your dishes immediately.
*Treat this space like a shared kitchen with lots of roommates: it is expected that you clean your dishes immediately.
*In general, eating should be confined to the small square tables near the kitchenette.
== Cleanup ==
== Cleanup ==

Revision as of 09:54, 1 April 2016

Active Craft Areas
Multipurpose room (Computer Lab & Design Center)


General Info
Shop Colors
Shop Rules
Managed By Chris Templeman
HoursSame as membership hours
Operational Status of Tools
Tool Maintenence Tickets


What's in the room?

Lots of different things hang out in the classroom. Here's a short list; most of them will be covered in more detail below.


  • Tea & coffee are member-stocked in MPR1.
  • The shelves and cuppoards are not a pantry. No food (except Tea and Coffee) is to be stored.
  • Anything you leave out in the kitchen area will be considered common, including your dishes.
  • Treat this space like a shared kitchen with lots of roommates: it is expected that you clean your dishes immediately.


You are responsible for washing any dishes you use. We do not have a maid service. You may leave them in the drying rack, preferably after first emptying the rack of already-dry dishes so it doesn't simply fill up. Please do not leave messes on any table when you're done.

Fridge Etiquette

We have two refrigerators in the Multipurpose Room 1. It is up to you to put your name and the date on your food (including frozen food).

  • Unlabeled, super old or stinky food will be thrown away without abandon or possibly turned into artwork.
  • If it’s unlabeled and looks delicious it might be considered fair game.

Trash and Recycling

  • With over 500 members, 150 spaces, and 168 hours a week we generate a lot of waste. In order for the system to work, all members need to be involved!
  • The waste disposal page has detailed information
  • Trash Map

Janitorial Closet

  • Need soap, paper goods, trash liners, cleaning supplies, a mop?
  • Pro-tip: Try Inmates friend - mix of Borax, sawdust and water. Already mixed in a bin - great for sweeping up the concrete floors! Really shines them up. Please re-fill when empty.


There are two sinks in the room:

There is also one sink very nearby:

Kitchenette sink

This is the sink on the counter, and is the place you should be washing dishes, your hands, etc.

Do not pour hazardous materials down the sink! Use either the slopsink, which is located in the closet.


This "sink" is located in the closet, and consists of a faucet at chest-height and drain in the floor. This is an excellent place to dispose of materials that are not safe near food areas. Note that such materials must still be ones that are both safe and legal to pour down a drain! Anything corrosive, hazmat, etc must be handled appropriately.


You can hook the projector to one of the classroom machines, or to your own laptop. If you're planning to use your own machine, please drop by well before your presentation and ensure that your laptop and the projector will get along. In particular, many Mac laptops require special converters, and you can't just assume that we'll have the right one, or that it hasn't wandered off. Please bring your own, and please test in advance. Nothing kills a presentation faster than watching someone struggle with a projector.

Electrical circuits

The back and side walls of the classroom side of the room have a string of quad-box outlets on them. Every pair of quads is a separate circuit. (In other words, there are 8 outlets per circuit.)

If you rearrange the room please return the room to the default configuration for teaching (3 rows of desks).

We have a computer lab in the Multipurpose Room, consisting of ten identical computers in roll-around desks available for use by instructors, their students, and our members.

If you need to talk to us about particular CPUs, their names are the ten metallic elements from 24 to 33 in the periodic table: chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, gallium, germanium, and arsenic (Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn Ga Ge As). Each CPU is labeled on the front with its name.


Computers are for members, day pass users and students. Guests should not use the computers.

Your use of these computers means that you also agree to these policies at a minimum:

Special notes for instructors

If you are an instructor teaching a new class, please see below about installing software--you can't install things yourself, and you must plan far enough ahead that we have time to schedule the installation in advance. Don't wait until the last minute.

If the students in your class might be using their own computers, please see below on how (and how not) to tell your students about our wireless network passphrase.

Finally, if we've installed software for you in the past, and you're repeating your class but it's been a while since it was last taught, please check with us to make sure that the software is still there and still works. We may occasionally upgrade operating systems--which could cause things to break--or remove software that hasn't been used in a long time to save space. It's wise to check as far in advance as possible to make sure your software is still there, still works, and isn't slated for deletion.


Each CPU consists of a quad-core 64-bit AMD 4100FX, in a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard, with 8GB DDR3 RAM, and an nVidia GT216GL (Quadro 400) graphics card. The motherboard will accomodate up to 32GB of RAM, if that turns out to be necessary. Each machine also has 160GB of disk, shared across various partitions and operating systems.

Each computer has USB ports on the front and back panels. Most are USB 2.0 (red connectors), but two on the back panel are USB 3.0 (blue connectors).

If you're using these computers for hardware development, please be careful. If you're rolling your own USB hardware and there's any chance of miswiring your USB connectors or having unusual voltages on them, use a USB hub between your device and the computers!

Storing files

In general, do not assume anything you leave on the machine will survive.

If you need to store files, you have two choices:

  • Use your own local storage, such as a flash drive or USB external disk.
  • Use our public file share, which is available to all members over the network.

Installed software

This section documents the software currently installed on the machines. If you'd like something installed, please email it[at]artisansasylum[dot]com

We have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. The packages below are what we've installed on all machines that aren't there by default out of the box.

Audio/Video/DJing CAD/CAM General Productivity Graphics Other
  • Ableton Live
  • Mixxx 1.11.0-alpha2
  • PureData 0.42.5
  • ASIO4ALL 2.10 [low-latency audio driver]
  • Electrical
    • PCB design & schematic capture
      • FreePCB
      • TinyCAD
    • Hardware programmers and IDEs
      • Arduino 1.0
      • Cypress PSOC (Creator, Designer, and Programmer)
      • Fritzing
      • MATLAB (Image Processing Toolbox, Computer Vision System Toolbox, Control System Toolbox, Instrument Control Toolbox)
      • Simulink (Stateflow, Simulink Control Design, System Identification Toolbox)
  • Mechanical
  • BullZip PDF Creator
  • Firefox
  • LibreOffice
  • Inkscape
  • Cygwin 1.7.16-1
  • Processing
  • Wacom tablet driver 6.3.2-3

Installing software

If you're asking for an installation, please include the following information:

  • How to find the software. (A URL going to the precise version you'd like is best, though for Ubuntu package installs, just naming the package is fine.)
  • Whether the software will be talking to any hardware, and if so, what.
  • Your deadline. More warning is always better.
  • Whether this is limited-time trial software, and, if so:
    • Its timing constraints
    • Your class size (in case we only want to install it on one or two seats)

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