Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Boston Makers located?
253 Amory Street. There are several buildings in this complex with that address: a nail salon, hair salon, Eliot School offices, and a home. Our space is at the far southwest corner of the parking lot.

When are you open?
Our hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday 1-10 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE Boston Makers is a volunteer organization and these hours are not staffed; these are the hours available for our members to use the space and when we hold classes and events. You must be signed up for a workshop or become a member to access the space during these hours.

What are the Liability Waiver and Safe Space Policy?
All members must agree to the liability waiver and safe space policy upon joining online. These policies are available at:
Liability Waiver https://www.bostonmakers.org/liability-waiver-20171027/
Safe Space Policy https://www.bostonmakers.org/safe-space-policy-20171027/
If you see someone misusing equipment, acting recklessly, or making the space unsafe in any way, ask them to stop if you feel comfortable doing so or contact a Boston Makers board member immediately.

What equipment do you have?
Trotec Speedy 100 Laser Cutter
3D printers: Powerspec, Lulzbot, and Formlabs
2 Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Sewing machines
Sewing notions, fabric and glue materials
Cardboard, plywood, and acrylic for the laser cutter
Soldering and electronics kits

Where can I park?
No parking spots are available except to load/unload materials. We’re close to Stony Brook and Green Street Orange Line stops and some street parking is available on Amory Street.

What can I leave in the space?
We operate on a “leave no trace” basis. Because Eliot School does some programming (Tuesdays and Saturdays) in the space, we respect their space as we expect them to respect our equipment. Please do not leave any food, beverages, works in progress, or personal items in the space behind. Take out what you bring in, and try to leave the space cleaner than when you found it.
Due to our size and sharing our space with the Eliot School, please do not store materials or works in progress at the space. Boston Makers cannot be liable for any materials that are damaged or lost.

Can I bring my child? Can my child sign up for a membership?
Due to the nature of our equipment, Boston Makers membership is only open to adults. Young makers (ages 9 and up) are welcome to accompany an adult member whenever the space is open, except when there is a workshop, and also to Young Makers Club, which will begin on Sundays in January.

Why are you only open until mid-March?
The Eliot School is doing renovations on the Annex space to use for their own programming. We have leased the space through the winter months to continue growing our community while we look for a permanent space.

I want to use the laser cutter or 3D printer but I’m new to it. How do I learn?
We host monthly tool trainings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to learn how to use this equipment. Tool trainings are free for members. Check our calendar for the next training and to sign up.

What materials do you have at the space for me to use?
For the 3D printers, we have lots of filament for you to use! We also have plenty of thread for the sewing machines and craft tools like glue guns, but our collections of fabric and yarn are currently in storage. For the laser cutter, we have some cardboard and plywood on hand that have been donated by members. We ask that if you are regularly using those materials, to replace them. Not sure what kind of cardboard or wood to buy? Ask any board member or your teacher in a tool training. We also have some acrylic available for the laser cutter.