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Tidy Space Policy

A Policy No More 24/11/2018


The Tidy Space Policy at the Artifactory is designed to keep the space clear so that people can hack on awesome things without tripping over or accidentally damaging other peoples awesome things. There are a few components to this system that is largely borrowed from Pumping Station One so have a quick read of this page to make sure you are familiar with how the system works.

Areas & Hosts

The space is big, really big, You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemists, but that's just peanuts to the space. Well, OK, that's an overstatement but the joke was worth it.
Suffice to say the Artifactory is a bit too big to manage as one single contiguous block so we have divided it into areas, each of which has an Area Host, this volunteer is the person who uses their own time to ensure that a part of this awesome communal workshop is ready for hacking when needed.


This is always subject to change, as the space evolves and mutates the list of areas will change.

  • CNC Room
    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.
  • Heavy Tool Room
    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.
  • Laser Area
    Where the Laser Cutters live, 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.
  • Electronics Bench
    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.
  • CAD Room
    The CAD room houses design workstations as well as our 3D printer and vinyl cutters.
  • LIMBO/Project Storage
    The area along the common AudioVault wall.
  • Social Area
    The area with the couches. Try to be more social.
  • Bar/Kitchen
    The bar and the kitchen. Comes with the 'Quartermaster' title and a moustache.
  • Car Park
    The front bit outside, where the large bin is and where cars should go.
  • Rear Courtyard
    The rear bit outside, where project work is permitted.
  • Welding Area
    Next to the front roller door, but also includes the area directly inside the roller door.
  • General Space
    The big open bit in the middle of the space not covered by any of the previous areas.


When you leave your project in the space (And not in member storage), we call this parking, and just like in the city, in order to park a project you need a parking permit, and if you don't have one you might get a parking ticket.

Green Tag

The green tag is a parking permit and can only be issued by the appropriate area host, the tag will have an expiration date on it as well as the contact information for the project owner.

Yellow Tag

The yellow tag is basically a request for a parking permit that you can attach to your project if the appropriate area host is not around, if there is no problem with your project being parked where it is then the area host will replace the tag with a green one.

Red Tag

The red tag is a parking ticket, it means that a project has been parked without a green or yellow tag or has remained beyond the expiry of its green tag, if your project has been red tagged then you have 72 hours to remove the project or get a green tag for it. If you are genuinely unable to take care of the items in question within 72 hours then alternate arrangements can be made with the area host.

Tow-Away Zones

There are a few places in the space that we absolutely need to keep clear, these consist primarily of the designated walkways and emergency exits that have to remain clear to comply with fire safety and access regulations. Projects stored, even temporarily in a tow-away zone will be moved and immediately issued with a red tag.


Projects that have been issued with a red tag that has not been resolved will be moved to LIMBO.
LIMBO is where projects or materials go en route to their ultimate fate, whether that be to a members home or to the skip bin. For anything to enter LIMBO it must have a white LIMBO tag attached noting when it was placed in LIMBO and who is responsible for it.

Skip Bin

  • When the skip bin is full, any member can call Instant Waste Management: 08 9379 2111
    • Their office is open 0700-1700 Mon-Fri, 0700-1200 Sat
    • Say you're from the Artifactory, 8/16 Guthrie Street, Osborne Park
    • (yes, it's a front loading skip with lid)
    • Leave both carpark gates wide open for the truck
    • Post to the mailing list to make sure the gates stay that way
  • We are charged by the kilogram and by the visit, approximately $80-$125 an empty in 2014, rising in 2015
  • Bulk metal is heavy and valuable - expensive in the skip, potentially profitable (or at least picked up for free) outside it
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