Reforge New Member Onboarding

Reforge Makerspace New Member Quick Start Guide

Welcome to Reforge! We’re thrilled to have you join our vibrant community of creators, builders, and innovators. This guide is designed to help you navigate the initial steps of becoming an active member of our makerspace, ensuring you have all the information needed to start making the most of your membership.

Membership and Legal Information

To ensure a safe and respectful environment for all members, please review our membership agreement and safety policies and sign them here:

·      Reforge Member Legal Stuff.

Safety Orientation

Please watch the following Reforge Safety Orientation slideshow:

·      Reforge Safety Orientation slideshow

Joining the Community on Slack

Our Slack channels are the heartbeat of our community, offering a space for collaboration, sharing, and learning. Follow these steps to join:

  1. Accept Your Slack Invite: You’ll receive an invitation to join the Reforge Slack workspace via email. Accept this invite.
  2. Explore Channels: Once in the workspace, explore and join channels that interest you. Channels like #g_3d-making#g_woodworking, and #g_electronics are great places to start.
  3. Introduce Yourself: Don’t forget to introduce yourself in the #a_newbies channel. Sharing your interests and projects can help you connect with like-minded members.

Accessing Reforge with the Kisi App

Kisi is our digital key management system, allowing you 24/7 access to our facilities. Here’s how to get set up:

  1. Download the Kisi App: Available on both iOS and Android.
  2. Receive Your Invitation: After your membership is processed, you’ll get an email from Kisi. Follow the instructions to set up your account.
  3. Unlocking Doors: Open the Kisi app, find Reforge’s doors listed, and simply press the unlock button when you’re close to a door.

For more detailed instructions, refer to the Kisi Documentation.

Kisi / Reforge Gate and Door Access

The front gate is now connected to Kisi App and must be opened with the app. The Gate should show up on the Door page.

1.     Visually check that the gate lever is in the LOCKED position (as it should be).  If it isn’t, TURN the lever to the Locked position before proceeding.

2.     GOTO the KISI APP and tap the GATE ICON.

3.    You will hear the solenoid latch open.

4.     THEN AS USUAL, turn the gate lever to OPEN and Pull up the gate.

USE the Kisi app (as usual) for Front red door. 

If the gate is already open, just walk out, pull the gate down and turn the gate lever to the Lock position as usual. If the gate is already down and latched, you can use THE NEW  “NO TOUCH” EXIT BUTTON located in the lobby next to the classroom door (that releases the solenoid just like KISI does), then just walk out, Pull the gate down and set the latch to the locked position as usual. (This lever lock step is done so that Security can visually check that the Gate is locked and ensures that the gate is at the proper position for the solenoid to cleanly release upon the next activation.)

Raise the gate and keep it open while occupied. Use the Kisi app to unlock the Double red doors to get into the main area. You can shut the double doors if you will be alone or in the back room. Always check to see if you are the last person when leaving. If so, turn out the lights and close the gate using the instructions above. 

Mall Security phone number is 843-424-1180

Beginner Guides to Makerspace Equipment

Getting started with new tools and equipment can be daunting. We’ve compiled a list of quick start guides to help you begin:

Remember, safety comes first. Always read the equipment manuals and follow the makerspace safety guidelines.

Getting Involved

Reforge is more than just a space; it’s a community. Participate in workshops, attend member meetings, and contribute to projects. Your involvement is what makes Reforge an amazing place.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff or ask in the Slack channels. Welcome to Reforge, and happy making!