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Makerspace Student Worker Guide

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Makerspace Student Worker Guide

Giving tours to patrons:

"Would you like a tour of the space?"

  • Walk the patron through the Makerspace.
  • Explain each sector of the space, and talk briefly about the equipment and it's uses.
  • Ask them if they have any questions.
  • Explanations for each section is below the map

 

3D Printing:

  • Topics to mention:
    • 2x Ultimaker 3's, capable of printing in plastic.
    • 3D Printing is free for course projects, and every student gets one free small 3D print / year.
      • Personal projects are charged on the basis of printing duration.
    • We usually print using a eco-friendly thermoplastic called PLA.
      • (Thermoplastic = A plastic that can be melts when heated and hardens almost immediately when cooled)
    • To 3D Print something:
      • Go through training at the Makerspace for 3D Printing.
      • Submit the STL through our Makerspace Form (located on the Makerspace's page inside the Library website)
      • The Makerspace will contact you when your print is ready or with more information on it.

Tools Wall & Cabinet:

  • Topics to mention:
    • All power tools and regular tools are available for checkout (1 day period)
    • Nails, screws, etc. can be given away with no cost (if one or two are needed for any reason).
    • Painting tools are available for 3 day checkout period.

Laser Cutting:

  • Topics to mention:
    • Dremel Laser Cutter, capable of cutting wood and other thin materials.
    • Laser Cutting is free for course projects, and every student gets one free small laser engrave or cut / year.
      • Personal projects are charged on the basis of machine operation duration.
    • We usually do projects on wood, but other materials can be cut too (reference to materials sheet near the Laser Cutter.
    • To Laser Cut something:
      • Go through training at the Makerspace for Laser Cutting.
      • Submit your files through our Makerspace Form (located on the Makerspace's page inside the Library website)
      • The Makerspace will contact you when your project is ready or with more information on it.

A/V Closet:

  • Topics to mention:
    • The A/V Closet contains multimedia equipment for a variety of needs:
      • Photography, videography, audiography (podcasting), etc.
    • We also have lighting kits and interviewing kits.
    • Any patron wanting to check out multimedia equipment needs to
      • Undergo quick training on how to use them;
      • Sign the multimedia equipment checkout form (at the Front Desk);

LEGOs:

  • Topics to mention:
    • LEGOs are free to use at any time for fidgeting, prototyping or just for fun;
    • Anything that isn't displayed on a shelf can be dismantled for parts;
    • If the patron wants to display their creation on a shelf, they just have to inform the Makerspace student staff;

Poster Printer:

  • Topics to mention:
    • Poster Printer capable of printing 3 feet in width (fixed) by any length.
    • Laser Cutting is not free:
      • Academic projects are charged to the department by the running foot. *
      • Personal projects are charged to the patron by the running foot. *
         
        • * Running foot: The poster printer paper roll is 3 foot wide by 100 foot length. The printer will always print the 3 foot width, but it's length is determined by the file that is being printed. The running foot is the length that is being printed out, rounded up.
          • e.g.: The file to be printed is 24" wide by 40" long. 40" = 3.3 foot --> rounding up --> Running foot = 4 foot;

Sewing Machine:

  • Topics to mention:
    • Sewing Machine is free to use at any time for fidgeting, prototyping or just for fun;
    • To check out the Sewing Machine, patrons must undergo training first.
    • Any thread or cloth that is available at the space is free to use;
    • Patrons are welcome to bring their own materials, as long as they are compatible with our machine;
      • Check machine guide for more instructions on that;

Button Maker:

  • Topics to mention:
    • Button Maker is free to use, up to 6 buttons per student.
    • Patron organizations, clubs and others that need to make a lot of buttons must request it to the Makerspace staff
      • Buttons are priced at $0.25 / button.
    • Buttons can be designed by using the Makerspace Button Maker template, located at the Makerspace page on the Library's website.

V.R. Room:

  • Topics to mention:
    • V.R. Room is available for use during anytime the Makerspace is open;
      • Priority is given to patrons who reserve the room, and class activities.
    • V.R. Equipment available:
      • HTC Vive
      • Quest 2 (One available for checkout, 3 day period)
    • V.R. Game Library available on the Makerspace page on the Library's website.