Perth Artifactory

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New Members Guide and Member Handbook

Welcome to the Artifactory!

Please take a few minutes to read this New Members Guide to orientate yourself with our ways and practices.

Official stuff

  • Membership Info - Details of what types of membership are available, benefits, etc.
  • It is a legal requirement for The Artifactory to maintain a register of members, with full name, email or address, and contact details.
  • The Rules - Constitution & By-laws
  • The Perth Artifactory Emergency Plan is available for viewing here in addition to those displayed in every single room of the Artifactory. It shows the location of the first aid kits, Fire extinguishers/hose, switchboard, muster point and escape route.

The space is Communal

We are designated as a factory space.

  • Ensure access areas are kept clean, tools are safe
  • Ensure that your clothing is appropriate.

Keep it nice for everyone else:

  • pick up your rubbish,
  • wipe, sweep or vacuum your area after use,
  • put away the stuff you used,
  • vacuums and dustpan & brooms are in abundance.
  • Leave the space cleaner than you found it.
  • You can set up a project that requires a small fixed construction area for a reasonable period of time, but be prepared to move it. Label your construction with your name and contact details, especially if it's dangerous (high voltage, batteries, caustic or acidic chemicals, etc).
  • When you're going to be in the space, let people know! Send a message to the mailing list and turn on the Beacon of Guthrie St.
  • Do not use power wood cutting tools inside, nor spray paints - the dust can affect electronics, furniture, and other member's breathing. Try to avoid use of resins or other volatiles inside as well.

Storage Space

Member Storage (Locker/Tubs/etc)

  • Members are entitled (subject to availability) to a single committee authorised storage space (up to 150L) left in a tidy and safe state. It maybe a locker or storage space on the pallet rack. Full Member Storage rules can be found in the bylaws.
  • No guarantees are made to the security of your belongings on site.

To get a storage space

  1. Contact the Member Storage Officer ( or a Committee Member with your request for storage. If a preferred location is known, please state that in your request.
  2. Given that there is no waiting list for storage you will be allocated with a spot promptly
  3. Mark the Locker/Tub with your full name and phone number or email.
  4. Don't Put Expensive Stuff in it

Member Storage & Termination of Membership

If you cancel your membership via resignation, termination etc your belongings will be stored for a period of one month. Once period has expired the belongings will be claimed by the association and may be used or disposed of as the Management Committee sees fit. Full details see the bylaw Member Storage point 3

Additional Member Storage

Members are entitled to request for additional storage on the pallet racking. Additional storage will be charged at a rate of $60 per half a pallet rack per month and will be restricted to the upper racks. For further information see the bylaws. Contact the committee to arrange.

Areas Directory

Tool Description
Electronics Bench Relocated to the Z-Lab May 2019 and is twice as big and is twice as electroniceee.
Material Racks The area that has sheets of MDF/Ply etc for short term storage by members.
CAD Room The CAD room houses design workstations as well as our 3D printer and vinyl cutter.
Heavy Tool Room (Machine Room Front) The front part of the toolroom, this is the place where you go when you want to make a mess (Well, one of them at least), the heavy tool room is where we keep the manual machine tools and handheld power tools.
CNC Machine Room (Machine Room Back) The back part of the toolroom, this is the area where the Artifactory keeps all of the robotic mechanical cutting tools, currently home to the Swarf-O-Mat CNC Router and MïllDřéd
Welding Bay Next to the front roller door, but also includes the area directly inside the roller door.
Laser Area Where the Laser Cutters live and the tool wall is. This is where you go when you just need to obliterated something with a beam of collimated light, it also houses all the various supplies for lasercutting including our stock of laser-cuttable plastics.
Stage The stage is at the front of the space and houses the Artifactory collection of A/V gear and interesting lighting. Also houses the space sound system.
Social AreaThe area with the couches just outside the CAD room. Try to be more social
Bar/Kitchen The bar and the kitchen. Includes a full coffee machine, dishwasher, fridges, and washing machine.
Car Park The front bit outside, where the large bin is and where cars should go No Project work or material storage here at all. Ever!
Rear Courtyard Through the rear roller door to the outside courtyard, larger projects and spraying is permitted - try not to let it blow back inside the space.
General Space The big open bit in the middle of the space not covered by any of the previous areas.
Z-Lab (Electronics) The room with the big Z-Lab sign on the door - The electronics area has a bunch of work bays for hacking on most anything that facilitates the flow of electrons including Soldering Stations, Oscilloscopes and lab power supplies.
Hackme Bench The area opposite the welding bay. Stuff(with in reason) gets donated here free for anyone to do stuff with. If you left your unlabelled project or thing around the Artifactory it may end up here. Contents from this bench routinely end up in the Skip.
Hackrack The shelves immediately outside the Heavy Tool Roon.
Rehearsal Room In between the CAD room and studio room, used by Artifactorians with Band Memberships.
Tool Shed Various wood working tools can be found here. Paints/Spray paints for communal use and anything labelled flammable

Communal Materials

  • There are supplies of common/free wood and plastic behind the laser cutters.
  • Junk left of the steel Junk Table near the main door is also fair game.
  • The kitchen has a small quantity of Turps, cleaning products, etc.
  • Filing Cabinet in the shed - Houses paints / spray paints for communal use.
  • Stuff on the Hackme Bench and the Hack Rack
  • Otherwise CHECK with another member before you start using supplies. Many supplies belong to individual members.
  • If you find you are using a lot of a communal supply like Turpentine, Gaffer Tape, etc, you should BUY MORE for the Artifactory.

Q&As - How Do I...


Mailing List

  • The Google Groups mailing list and Slack are the number one point of contact for anything and everything Artifactory.
  • If you would like to be trained on a certain machine, reporting a fault with the equipment or even need input and advice for your current project the mailing list is the best place to go and keep in contact with the other members.
  • It's is where the bulk of communication between members goes on.

Incident (or near misses) Reporting

  • Incident Report - This report helps in documenting the exact details of incidents or near misses to people or property at the Artifactory while they are fresh in the minds of those who witnessed the event. Everyone has a duty to report incidents.


  • You should maintain a page for your project(s) in the projects section of the wiki and get yourself a page introducing yourself in the user section.

Propaganda Office

  • The Artifactory has a propaganda system that can pipe interesting goings-on to various social networks and mailing lists. If you have something you want sent out by this channel contact our promotions officer.

The Social Medias

  • Twitter users, follow PerthArtifact and tag your related posts with #PerthArtifactory.
  • Facebook users, remember to check in and like us at Facebook.
  • Foursquare, yep, we're on that too, don't forget to check in!