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Safety Training

Members of the Smith Community are invited to Capen Annex to create physical objects. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to use Capen Annex during open hours or normal buisness hours without training. To use Capen Annex outside of normal hour, or use specialzed equipment independently, please complete safety training.

Safety training takes place on Mondays, 12:30-1:00pm in person at Capen Annex. Following in-person training, you are required to fill out the following safety training quiz.

Safety at Capen Annex

Your wellbeing is extremely important to us at the Design Thinking Initiative. Please review these safety guidelines if you have questions about safety at Capen Annex. Contact Laura at with questions about safety. Safety concerns can be directed to our institutional safety officer, Margaret Rakas. If a serious accident occurs at Capen Annex, please fill out this accident report form. If you are in an emergency, remember to call campus police by dialing x800 or call 911.

Safety Training

Please fill out the safety quiz below after receiving a tour of the design studio safety features. Safety Training allows you to use the vinyl cutter, Glowforge, 3D printer, sewing machine and hand tools on the first floor of Capen Annex at any time. You will recieve an email when we have added your OneCard to our swipe system.


Lasercutting Certification

Lasercutting certification will give you 24-hour access to the prototyping studio. To receive Lasercutting Certification, please be prepared to cut a file on the lasercutter independently (you are welcome to bring or use notes!). You can practice for certification by lasercutting during open hours, course visits, or watching our tutorial video. You must complete Safety Training before completing Lasercutting Certification. Please sign up for training through calendly.