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A place for everything and everything in its place

The tools and equipment at the space are color coded and/or labeled to make everything easy to find, use and return.

For the purpose of labelling, zone (or area) and sub-zone are defined as following:

Zone (or area)
A specialized physical division of the space, each with it's own Area Czar.
For example: Electronics, Woodworking, Metal Working etc.
A sub-section or a group of tools within a Zone.
For example: Within the Metal working Zone, we have different sub-zones like TIG welding sub-zone, lathe sub-zone, Milling sub-zone, etc.

Zone Colors

Each zone is assigned a color to be used for labelling the tools and equipment belonging to that zone. The following colors were identified for various zones in discussions with the respective area czars:

Zone Color Label Alpha Label Permissible Sub-zone labels
Hospitality 6 (#490092) H H1, H2, H3,...
3D Printing/Scanning 15 (#FFFF6D) P P1, P2, P3,...
Arts and Crafts 14 (#24FF24) A A1, A2, A3,...
Electronics 4 (#FF6DB6) E E1, E2, E3,...
Fabric Arts 11 (#920000) F F1, F2, F3,...
Woodworking 7 (#006DDB) W W1, W2, W3,...
Metalworking 1 (#000000) M M1, M2, M3,...
Machining 3 (#009292) M M1, M2, M3,...
Lasercutting 13 (#DB6D00) L L1, L2, L3,...
Classroom C C1, C2, C3,...
Rental Bays R R1, R2, R3,...

For converting these RGB codes to commercial tints, use this resource: http://easyrgb.com/index.php?X=SEEK#Result

The label is wrapped around the tool's handle or affixed to the tool according to the guidelines specified in the #Labelling section.

Notes to Czars and Czarinas:

  • Select a zone color that would provide a good contrast against the color of the tools/material normally used in your Area/Zone
  • Please use the following 15-color palette to select a color for your Area/Zone
Color blind safe color palette


A Label consists of the following components:

  • Primary identification: Identifies Zone
    • A solid color representing the assigned zone (see #Zone Colors), filling the entire band or sticker used for labelling
    • It should be prominent and clearly identifiable from a distance of 6 feet
  • Secondary identification: Optionally identifies sub-zone within a Zone
    • A secondary mark (in the shape of a contrasting colored inlaid solid circle or square)
    • A secondary 2 character alphanumeric code inside an inlaid circle on primary band
      • First character identifying the zone, with an alphabetic character
      • Second character identifying the sub-zone, with a numerical character
      • Example: Within Woodworking (W) zone, we may have W1, W2, and W3 for zones corresponding to, say, Table saw (1), Planer (2), and Joiner (3), respectively.
    • It is optional, at the discretion of the Area Czar
    • It should not overpower the primary identification
    • It should be prominent only when the tool is in close proximity


The labeling material used should be resilient enough to sustain normal usage of the tools and equipment. Area Czar/Czarina may identify the material to be used for the tools in their respective areas.


  • The label should be clearly visible
  • It should not interfere with the normal usability and safety of the tool


Mobile tools
a colored band is applied to tool
Sample label: Woodworking zone (sub-zone W1)
Fixed tools
a rectangular KM inventory sticker with zone color and tool name is affixed to the tool
Sample label for Bumblebee