Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Brown Design Workshop?

Anyone at Brown and RISD! Membership and monitorship are open to all Brown and RISD student, faculty, and staff.

What equipment do you have?

Here is a list of some of the equipment we have, though it is by no means exhaustive: 3D printers (Makerbots 2, 2X), laser cutter, electronic tools, soldering irons, oscilloscopes, power supplies, measuring equipment, hand tools, drill presses, horizontal and vertical bandsaws, sanding tooling, and more to come...

When is the BDW open?

See our Calendar page for detailed open hours. The space is open for use 24/7 for non-machine use, and we seek to be open 1 pm-11 pm with trained Monitors on-duty to assist with heavy machines, 3D printers, laser cutting, and more. Monitors can use machines at any hour, given they have a supervising partner in case of emergency.

Can I get access to the Student Machine Shop (Jepis)?

Access to the Student Shop (with mills, lathes, and more) is limited to those who have completed the course Mechanical Technology II. Please contact JEPIS for further information.

Can I check out equipment?

Yes! Small hand tools and soldering irons may be checked out. Please bring your request to an on-duty Monitor and they can fill out a check-out form. You must indicate a date by which you will return the tool and the Monitor will be held accountable through you.

Can I reserve the space for an event or workshop?

Yes, and we love to nurture continued relationships between the BDW and other groups in Providence. To reserve a space, please visit our events page and fill out the events form and we will get back to you shortly.  Check the calendar beforehand to ensure there are no conflicting events for the time requested.

Where is the BDW?

The Design Workshop is located within Prince Lab off Barus and Holly, which is located just east of Brook Street between Waterman and George. Find us on Google Maps here. From Barus-Holley, if facing the bathrooms near room 165, turn left and enter through the triple fire doors. During the building of the new Engineering building, the entrance to Prince lab is the major entryway to B-H; we are on a door to your right about 20 yards after entering.

How can I get involved?

See the Get Involved page! We are always looking for interested people to energize the space and become new Monitors.