3D Lab

The 3D Lab contains all of our various 3D printers.

When is lab orientation?

All of our classes are held at times that work for our volunteer instructors. For the latest info please check out our Classes page, and if there aren’t any upcoming orientations you can email 3Dlab@tcmaker.org.

I cannot make that time. Is there another way to get trained?

Yes, but this is reserved for people who cannot make the normal class time work. We try to limit the number of one-on-one trainings because it takes a lot of volunteer time and it is more effective to train groups at once at the monthly class. Please post in #dept-3d-lab on slack to request one-on-one training if you cannon make the normal class.

What tools in the lab need training to use?

All of them. 3D printers have a lot of moving and, frankly, dangerous parts. Even if you are a seasoned 3D printing veteran you still need to go through orientation to make sure you know the ins and outs of our particular machines.

A machine is broken. What should I do?

Clogged nozzle? Something making a bad sound? Things happen. Please label the machine with an orange “Borked” tag and email 3Dlab@tcmaker.org with what is happening so we can get it up and running again.

Can I use my own filament in the lab machines?

Absolutely. You are free to use your own materials in the lab printers whenever you like but there are a few ground rules.

  1. Only use approved materials
  2. Unload and store the filament that was loaded into the machine properly
  3. When you are done using the printer reload the material that was in the printer before
    you started.

How do I use <insert machine name here>?

Orientation. Or, If you have already been through orientation and this is some new arrival, track down a 3D Lab manager or email us at 3Dlab@tcmaker.org and we can set up a time to get you checked off on the new equipment if it needs special training.

Who takes care of the lab’s machines?

It is everyone who uses the 3D printers responsibility to maintain the machines. This is a shared work space and these are shared tools that we all need to care for. The 3D Lab managers will do routine maintenance as needed and deal with major issues as they arise but everyone is allowed and encouraged to help out.

How can I help out?

Talk to one of the 3D Lab managers or email us at 3Dlab@tcmaker.org. There are always projects that need to get done. If you want to help out we would love and be grateful for any assistance.

Can I teach a class of some kind in the 3D Lab?

Email events@tcmaker.org and cc 3Dlab@tcmaker.org. We would love to hear what you have to teach and help you make it happen.

How can I stay up to date with all the latest 3D Lab news?

Sign up for the Slack and/or mailing list.

How do I contact you?

The #dept-3d-lab Slack channel or by email at 3Dlab@tcmaker.org.