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Anyone can come in during our open hours (M-F, 10-6) and use the space under the supervision of a mentor.
It does not cost anything to use the consumer-grade 3D printers (Prusa). You must bring your own material to use the laser cutters, but there is no other associated fee. In order to use the professional grade 3D printers (Dimension Elite, Fortus 250mc), you must first fill out a request form. If your print is approved, it will be put in the queue at no cost. We do, however, encourage frequent users to purchase their own filament and build plates because they can get quite expensive. Those who purchase their own material and build plates still have to go through the approval process, but are generally not declined even if the print is not for research purposes.
For the consumer grade 3D printers and laser cutters, you do not need training prior to using the machines. However, there are always mentors available to help you use them if you have no prior experience.
Training is required for all machines located in WoodWorks, FiberWorks and MetalWorks.
Prusa i3 Mk3: 9.8” L x 8” W x 8” H
Markforged Onyx One: 12.5″ L x 5″ W x 6″ H
Formlabs Form 2: 5.7″ L x 5.7″ W x 6.9″ H
Dimension Elite: 8” x 8” x 12”
Fortus 250mc: 10” x 10” x 12”
Prusa i3 Mk3: PETG and PLA
Cetus Mk II: PETG and PLA
Markforged Onyx One : Onyx Chopped Carbon Fiber
Formlabs Form 2: SLA Resin
Dimension Elite: ABSplus – P430
Fortus 250mc: ABSplus – P430
No, 3D printed parts are not safe with food.
Submit a request form and wait for approval.
If your print is for research, consider having your research advisor purchase model and support material for the professional 3D printers. This way, the print approval process can be expedited.
You can cut many different types of materials with the laser cutter, such as wood, leather and acrylic. Please refer to laser cutter manual for a list of materials that can be cut. This list is not exhaustive and there are some materials not listed which can still be cut.
You CANNOT cut PVC
You can come in the space anytime during our open hours (M-F, 10-6), and there should be a mentor that can train you on any of our currently operational machines. We also have training sessions throughout the semester. Please consult our Get Trained form as well as our calendar to see when future training sessions will occur.
Every semester, we look for new mentors to work alongside existing members. Be on the lookout for an email from the Aerospace Department!