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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 business hours without training. To use Capen Annex outside of normal hours, or use specialized equipment independently, please complete safety training. After you have completed  safety training, you may use the Glowforge, Ultimaker 3D printers, vinyl cutter, crafting space, and sewing machine independently. Additional training is needed to use the Zing Epilog laser cutter, soldering tools, or power tools, which are located in the upstairs prototyping studio. Complete safety training by either watching the video and passing the quiz below, or in person through scheduling an appointment.

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 Kathy 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 911.

Safety Training Quiz

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 from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. However, If you do not feel comfortable and confident about using an equipment or machine, refrain from using it until you are ready. You will need to be logged into your Smith account to complete the safety quiz. If you experience difficulty with the embedded quiz, try taking the safety quiz directly in Google forms.