Frequently Asked Questions! If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com.
How much is a membership or day pass?
Memberships are $150 a month. You may cancel your membership at any time, no binding contracts are signed. Your membership will auto-renew every month. We also have a day pass option which is $50.
Do I have to be a member to take a class?
Nope! You do not have to be a member to take a class, and you will get a day pass good for 30 days once you complete a class so that you can come in and use your newfound skills!
How much are classes?
Our classes vary in price, most of our classes are $25 per class hour, with most classes being 2 hours at a minimum. You can see each class’ pricing on the “LEARN” section of our website.
Do you have age limits or minimums?
Yes. You must be at least 10 to take classes in the space. If you are under 16 you must have parent or guardian present to use the machines, and over 16 you may be in the space with parental permission, and no accompaniment. We reserve the right to make exceptions to this rule, if you have any questions send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer corporate memberships?
Yes, we have corporate memberships available. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Do you offer family memberships?
Yes, you may add family members to your full membership for $50 a person per month.
Do you have a student membership?
Yes, the student membership is $75 per month with valid student ID.
Do you have a list of classes?
Yes, it can be found on the “LEARN” page of our website.
Do I have to take a class before using equipment?
Yes, you must take a class with us before you can use any of the equipment. If you have experience with machines and want to “test out” of a class, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I test out or audit a class?
Yes, some of our classes may be “tested out” of. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to schedule this.
Do I have to reserve time on equipment?
Some machines require a reservation ahead of time:
-Komo CNC Router
-Jet Metal Lathe
-Grizzly Wood Lathe
-Happy 7-needle CNC embroidery
These machines need to be reserved and have additional costs (for more detail see the next question):
-Haas Mini Mill
The rest of the equipment does not need to be reserved.
Is there an additional cost for use of the equipment?
For most equipment in the space, there is no additional cost for operation. There are a select few pieces of machinery that have high operating costs or fast production value, and do have additional fees associated with them.
-Waterjet ($20/hour reserve time, $70/hour run time)
-Haas Mini Mill ($10/hour reserve time, $30/hour run time)
You have multiple types of the same machine. Can I use, or reserve, more than one at a time?
No, you are only allowed to reserve one type of machine at the same time. I.e. you cannot use more than one laser engraver or 3D printer at the same time.
As a member, what tools and equipment do I have access to before I take any classes?
You are free to use the open work tables, computers, and hand tools even if you have not taken any classes. Select power tools are also available, ask a Foundery staff member if you are unsure of which tools you are allowed to use.
I have a membership and have completed the class on a piece of equipment, when can I use the machines and how long can I use them for?
You may use the equipment in the space any time during our open hours, as long as there is not a class using the machine. We reserve the right to ask that you pay an additional fee if you are using them to do a lot of production work or camping out on them – if you were using them 10 hours a day 7 days a week we would ask that you help to cover some costs (like welding gas!). But if you are just coming in for a few hours a few days a week – chances are you are fine and the membership will cover costs!
Do you provide consumables for machines?
This depends on the specific machine. Machine specific tools will be provided. E.g. bands blades, table saw blades, sanding belts, and sanding wheels. However you are responsible for providing your own drill bits, end mills, lathe bits, sand paper, tape, glue, etc. If you want an answer on a specific consumable please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes, Foundery employees may lend you some staff tooling, we are being generous when we do this. This is not our policy, so please don’t expect this on a regular basis.
Is there any type of storage solutions available for members? What storage sizes are there, and how much do they cost?
We have a lot of storage options! Ranging from a locker ($20/month) to shelves (ranging from $30 – $70 a month depending on size) and large cages you could put a whole sheet of plywood in ($200/month).
There are also short-term storage options available in the form of square 4’x4’ project tables. These project tables can be rented for one night ($5) or for a week ($20). There are some spread through the shop and two metal-topped ones in the welding shop.
Can I use your roll-up door?
Yes, if you have a large item you want to move inside or just have a lot of stuff. Please ask a Foundery staff member if you need to use the roll-up door.
A piece of equipment is broken. What should I do?
Find a Foundery staff member and inform them of the issue.
Do you charge me if I break something?
This is handled on a case-by-case basis. Please let us know if equipment is damaged or breaks!
What equipment do you have?
To see a list of our current equipment, please see the “BUILD” section of our website.
Is there any type of work I can’t do in the space?
We do not allow oxy-acetylene torch work in the space. For anything especially dangerous, flammable, or questionable – please clear it with a Foundery staff member before starting.
Can I buy raw materials from you?
We have a variety of materials available for purchase. We sell steel, aluminum, acrylic, vinyl, and assorted other materials.
Can I order material through you?
Yes, you may order certain materials through us, like metals and plastics. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Do you have a scrap bin?
We do have a scrap bin/area for wood and metal. If you would like to take material from these please ask a Foundery staff member first. We reserve the right to charge for some materials in the scrap bin.
Can I arrange private classes for my group?
Absolutely! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I sign up for multiple seats to a single class?
No, you cannot. Every person enrolled in a class must have their own account. If you would like to pay for another member please email email@example.com and we’d be happy to help.
Where are you located?
We are located at 101 W Dickman Street in Port Covington, right by the Hanover Street Bridge. Just south of Federal Hill, and just off of I-95.
What are your hours?
We are open:
Monday: 2pm – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 10pm
Wednesday: 10am – 10pm
Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Are you closed on holidays?
We are closed on major holidays including:
Please check our website if you are unsure of our open hours on a holiday.
What is proper attire for the space?
Please wear pants and close toed shoes (preferably boots) in the shop. We reserve the right to deny access to someone who is dressed in a way that would endanger them.
Are you handicapped accessible?
Yes, we are handicapped accessible.
Is The Foundery accessible via public transportation? What about parking?
The 64 bus stop is right next to our parking lot, and there are also bike racks outside of our building. We have plenty of free parking lot space if you are coming by car.
Do I have to pay for welding consumables?
MIG wire is included in membership, as is tungsten for the TIG machines. You must provide your own filler rod for TIG use. We sell steel and aluminum TIG rod by the 10-stick bundle. Shielding gas and protective gear are included in your membership. You are welcome to bring your own mask/gloves/jacket/tungsten. If your use of consumables is excessive, we reserve the right to charge for heavy use.
Can I leave a 3D print running after hours?
You cannot leave any jobs running after hours, so please plan your prints accordingly! This applies to all equipment.
Do I have to pay for 3D Printer filament?
3D printer filament is included with membership. We provide PLA and ABS in a variety of colors, if you need something specific you must provide your own. We reserve the right to decline the use of specialty filaments on our machines.
Can I use your spray booth?
Yes, you can use our spray booth. There is currently no class required to use the spray booth. As long as you are a member or are using a day pass you are free to use the spray booth. If you are unsure of the specifics on the how to use the spray booth please ask a Foundery staff member for assistance. We do not provide spray guns, please bring your own.
What can I use in your spray booth?
Water and organic solvents based paints and finishes are acceptable to use. However we do not have a means to dispose of, or clean, organic based paint and finishes. You must take any remaining organic solvents based paint and finishes with you. Aerosol spray paints are also acceptable.
Do you have food for me?
Yes! We provide hot dogs, popcorn, and Zeke’s coffee free of charge to our members. We also have a vending machine.
Where can I eat and drink?
You can eat and drink in the reception and lounge/classroom area. You can drink in and around the open work tables, but not in any of the shops. Eating is prohibited outside the reception and lounge/classroom area.
Are you part of Under Armour?
We are not a part of Under Armour. Sagamore Ventures is our partner.
Can I smoke outside?
No, the entire City Garage property is non-smoking. The closest area with your are allowed to smoke is the West Covington Park. This is located just by the entrance to the City Garage building.
Do I have to clean up after myself?
Yes, not only do you have to clean up after yourself, but you are required to clean up after yourself. Please be respectful of other Foundery members and return equipment back to the state it was in before you used it.
Can I bring a friend who is not a member to help me?
In order to work in our space you must either be a member or have a day pass. Also, anyone helping you should be qualified on the equipment if they are operating it. If you just need a another set of hands and that person is a member you are okay.
Can I bring someone in just to have a meeting in your space?
Please clear it with a staff member if you would like to bring someone just for a meeting.
Can I bring my own tools or power tools? Do I need to take a class to use my own tools in the space?
You are free to bring your own hand and power tools. However, if the tool is one which we don’t provide please ask a Foundery staff member before use that tool. If you bring a tool for which we have the same, or equivalent, you must still have taken the class to use that tool.
Can I leave materials out overnight?
No. Everything left out on tables overnight will be thrown away, unless it is on a project table that you have paid for.
Are you hiring?
If you are interested in teaching a class or workshop, please go to the “TEACH” section of our website and fill out the submission form!
Can you do this job for me?
We have a pro-rate fee of $50 an hour plus machine costs. We reserve the right to accept or turn down any job, we would much rather teach you how to do it!
Can I donate things to you?
It depends. Accepted donations would help towards the Foundery scholarship fund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do you provide hardware, nails, or parts?
We sell a limited amount of hardware, glue, and parts for projects in the retail section.
Can I use your forklift?
No, the Forklift is for qualified Foundery staff only. If you need help loading or unloading an item from a truck please email email@example.com first.
Do I have to be present while a machine is working?
Yes. The only exceptions are as follows: you can leave the 3D printing area while a print is running, and you can leave a CNC laser unwatched if you are still in the CNC laser area.