Equipment Access

 

Tools and equipment may be reserved for time periods ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Your reservation is created through the NIS manager. Members may use any tool or piece of equipment at any time if no reservation exists.
Most of the equipment at Nebraska Innovation Studio requires each member to take a safety and operational training course before gaining access to that piece of equipment.  
Here you will find a list of required and optional SOP trainings. Tools that do not require SOP training are 3D printers, 3D scanner, knitting machine, regular sewing machines, ceramics equipment, and electronics equipment.

 

 

Required 

Epilog Fusion 32 & Epilog Mini 24 Laser Cutter Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to the laser cutters. Learn the basics of generating a file to send to the lasers, how to operate the lasers, the differences between the two, and the basic use of the rotary tool. Members will walk away with a name plate and an NIS logo key chain!

Limit 4 1hr

Band Saw, Miter Saw & Scroll Saw Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to the band saw, miter saw and scroll saw. In this training you will make several cuts using all 3 saws in order to gain a basic knowledge of each.

Limit 4 1hr

Wood Jointer & Planer, Belt, Disc & Spindle Sander Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to the wood jointer & planer as well as the belt, disc and spindle sanders. In this training you gain an understanding of the cutting settings and operational limitations of each piece of equipment, how to select the correct sander for the job and ensure you are operating these machines safely and effectively.

Limit 4 1hr

Drill Press & Table Router Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to our drill press and router table.  Learn the basics of drilling with our press, the different drill bits we have available and what materials they are used with.  Learn how to set up the router table, familiarize yourself with the various bits we offer and ensure you are operating these machines safely and effectively.

Limit 4 1 hr

Vinyl Cutter Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to the vinyl cutter.  Learn the basics of generating a file in Illustrator and Graphtec Studio as well as how to load vinyl, cut your file and create your finished vinyl transfer. 

Limit 4 1hr

Table & Panel Saw Training

This 1 hour training is required before gaining access to the table and panel saws. In this training you will make several cuts on both saws and understand their basic operation and ensure you are operating these machines safely and effectively.

Limit 3 1hr

CNC Router Training

This training is required before gaining access to the CNC router. In this training you will learn to code tool paths for the router in VCarve Pro as well as how to operate the CNC router. 

Limit 3 2hr

FesTool Hand Tool Training

This 1 hour training will give you the basic information needed to correctly operate and care for all our FesTool hand tools. You will learn how to properly setup the various tool combinations as well how to correctly operate the vacuum systems, router, planer, circular saw & saw tracks, the orbital, profile, delta, geared eccentric & eccentric sanders and hand joiner.

Limit 3 1hr

Silkscreen Training

This 1 hour training will guide you through the creation and application of a silkscreen. You will learn how to apply emulsion, burn your image, set up your screen, apply ink, clean and remove your image from the screen and operate our 4 station press. Bring in a t-shirt and you can print our image in either black or white ink!

Limit 4 1hr

 

 OPTIONAL

 

3D Printer & Scanner Training

In this triaining you will learn the differences and capabilities of the Mojo, Ultimaker 2 & 2+ printers and Next Engine 3D scanner.  If you have not used or are not familiar with this equipment you may sign up for the training class.  We will review the printer & scanner software and demonstrate how to upload your files and operate the equipment.  This training does not cover design software. 

Limit 4 1hr

Pencil Solder Training

In this training you will learn how to pencil solder together a mini flashlight kit and we will review NIS policies for the electronics equipment.

Limit 4 1hr

Long Arm Quilter Training 

We'll learn how to thread the machine, set up our fabric, and begin stitching a design. You can sew up to a 14' Quilt on the APQS millennium long arm quilting machine. 

Limit 4 1hr

Industrial Sewing Machine Training

In this 1 hour training you will learn how to use our Industrial Juki straight stitch and Industrial Juki serger. Between these 2 machines you can sew just about anything from upholstery fabric, leather, your own outdoor gear or clothes!

Limit 4 1 hr