Policies & safety

Rules of Conduct:
1) The space is intended for creative, collaborative work - it is not a typical study space
2) Snacks and drinks with closed lids are allowed - no aromatic or messy foods, please
3) While collaboration is encouraged, noise must remain at normal levels so as not to disturb others

3D Printing Safety Rules:
It's important to remember that the 3D printer generates high temperatures and includes moving parts that could cause injury. Do not reach into the printer while it is in operation. A few other things to keep in mind while 3D printing:

1) Tie back long hair / secure any hanging jewlery
2) Tuck in loose clothing / roll up sleeves
3) Do not touch the extruder nozzle - it is very hot
4) When removing your object from the build plate, aim the scraping tool away from you

3D Printing Policies:
1) It is mandatory to remain present during your entire print job
2) The print job must not exceed the time booked (3 hrs max)
3) The creation of any weapons, explosives, obscene materials or any other materials that may be dangerous or offensive to others is strictly prohibited

Intellectual Property:
Intellectual property laws in Canada govern the reproduction of material. When it comes to 3D printing, it's important to be aware of what can and cannot legally be reproduced. 

There are 4 areas of intellectual property governed by law:

1) Copyright - protect artistic works such as novels, movies, paintings, sculptures, etc. In Canada, copyright protection lasts the life of the author plus 50 years.

2) Trademark - used by a creator to distinguish their products from others. Trademarks include a word, symbol, picture, logo, or design, e.g. the Nike logo. Registered trademarks can be protected indefinitely.

3) Patents - granted to creators to protect their inventions. If youy are granted a patent, it means other people cannot make, use, or sell your object within Canada for 20 years without a license. The patent owner alone owns the right to make money from their inventions during that period of time.

4) Industrial Design - related to any original shape, pattern, or ornamentation applied to an article. For example, a car is not protected by intellectual property law but a specific design of a car could be. Industrial design protection only lasts for 10 years in Canada, for those manufacturers who actually registered their design.