Frequently Asked Questions! If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please feel free to shoot us an email at

How much is a membership or day pass?

The Foundery has “Pay As You Build” membership. No long term commitments are required.  Instead, members can purchase a day pass whenever they want to use the shop and tools. Check out our current pricing here

Do I have to be a member to take a class?

Nope! You do not have to be a member to take a class.  As a matter of fact, once you take your first class, you’re a member!

Do you have age limits or minimums?

Yes. You must be at least 13 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. We reserve the right to make exceptions to this rule, if you have any questions send us an email at

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

Can I test out or audit a class?

Yes, some of our classes may be “tested out” of. Please contact us directly at to schedule this.

Do I have to reserve time on equipment?

Some machines require a reservation ahead of time:

-CNC Laser


-3D Printers

-Komo CNC Router

-Acer Mill

-Jet Metal Lathe

-Grizzly Wood Lathe

-Happy 7-needle CNC embroidery

-Powdercoating booth

*there is a max of 4 hour reservation time for tools. If you need more time than that please contact us*

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.

They are:

-Waterjet ($20/hour reserve time, $70/hour run time)

-Haas Mini Mill ($10/hour reserve time, $30/hour run time)

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 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 ($10/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 ($25). There are some spread through the shop and two metal-topped ones in the welding shop.

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!

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 for more information.

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 – Friday: 9am – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday : 10am – 5pm

Are you closed on holidays?

We are closed on major holidays including:

July 4th

Labor Day



New Years

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.

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.

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.

Can I donate things to you?

It depends. Accepted donations would help towards the Foundery scholarship fund. Please email for more information.

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.

Do you provide hardware, nails, or parts?

We sell a limited amount of hardware, glue, and parts for projects in the retail section.

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.