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Nanofabrication Facility

Policies, Procedures and Resources

Facility User Tools


The Nanofabrication Facility uses Badger to manage equipment reservations, cancellations, and usage in real time.

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Slack is online communication platform utilized in the Nanofabrication Facility to facilitate discussions between and amongst members and staff. Through Slack, members can participate in a wide range of discussions on topics such as process challenges, tool operation procedures, materials management, and more. Members are encouraged to discuss topics with other members and have the ability to communicate directly with staff.

Nanofabrication Facility Slack:

Members wishing to join the Nanofabrication Facility Slack team can request an invitation using our online form. An email invitation will then follow within 1-2 days.

If you do not already have a Slack account, you will need to create one first:

  1. Click the “Join” button in your email invitation.
  2. On the signup page, enter your first and last name and choose a username, then click “Next”.
  3. Choose a password, then click “Join team”.

You can now participate in general conversations through any of the public Channels (see below) or you can message members or staff privately.

Once you have joined a team, we highly recommend utilizing the cross platform Slack App, available for phones, tablets and computers.

Learn more about installing the Slack App »


By default, you are a member of #general channel. This channel is where most people will be having general discussions and will be the most active. A few sample topics might be:

  • Specific process questions to the community or staff
  • Notes on low inventory or supplies
  • Tool issues or suggestions for staff
  • Announcements that might be relevant to the Nanofabrication Facility community
    • Upcoming seminars, workshops, events
  • Posts to organize material changes or tool specific coordination efforts
  • Anything else. The general channel is open to any facility-related discussion!

Using @ in Channels

In any channel, while typing a message, you can type the @ sign followed by any member’s name and they will pop up to be selected. This helps get that particular member’s attention and should be used if the question needs a particular person’s timely response.

Tool-Specific Channels

You will also find other channels such as #ebeamevaporator, #sputterdeposition and more over time. To join these channels, click on CHANNELS on the top left. This will open the channel browser, where you can search, sort, and explore all the channels. To join a specific channel, click the Join Channel button and you will then have access to these topic specific channels.

To send a direct and private message to a member or group of members:

  1. Click the + plus icon next to “Direct Message (DM)” in your sidebar. This will open the Direct Messages window.
  2. Add the team member(s) you’d like to DM. You can scroll to browse a list, or start typing a name to narrow your search.
  3. When you’re finished, press “Enter” or click “Go” to start your new DM conversation.

Slack notifications can be configured in any way you would like. You can setup custom notifications per channel, per device and more.

Learn more about how to modify mobile push, desktop and email notifications »

Visit the official Slack Help Center for more information and to get the most out of the various features of this powerful tool.

Shared Drive

Users in the Nanofabrication Facility use a shared network drive to share files and resources. Below are instructions on how to map a network drive for both a Windows and MAC OS. You must be connected to the CUNY ASRC network to access the drive.

Network Address:

User Name: NFUser

Password: Hilda001

  1. From the Finder, hit Command+K
  2. Enter the path to the network drive you want to map, ie: smb:// and click ‘Connect’
  3. Enter the login credentials (User Name: NFUser, Password: Hilda001) and click “OK”
  4. The drive is now mounted, but continue on to map for system reboot persistence
  5. Now enter into System Preferences, from the Apple menu
  6. Click on ‘Accounts’
  7. Click on “Login Items”
  8. Click on the + button to add another login item
  9. Locate the network drive you previously mounted and click “Add”
  10. Exit out of System Preferences
  1. Open a terminal window (Below are two ways to do this)
    • How to open terminal window (2nd way): Press “Win-R,” type “cmd” and press “Enter” to open a Command Prompt session using just your keyboard.
    • How to open terminal window (1st way): Click the “Start” button and type “cmd.” Right-click “Cmd,” select “Run as Administrator” and click “Yes” to open Command Prompt with elevated privileges.
  2. Type (or copy and paste) the following and press enter: net use X: \\\NanoFab01 /user:NFUser Hilda001 /P:Yes