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FAQ

 

LASER CUTTING

Can the laser lab stay open late today?

Unfortunately no, the operation hours are not flexible.

I don't have a laser appointment can I still cut?

Occasionally someone won't need their whole appointments so it is possible to hang around the lab and try to jump in before the next appointment begins.

The laser cutter that I made my appointment for is out of order, what do I do?

We are not able offer any extra accommodations so you do what you can to make another appointment.

 

3D PRINTING

I don't have an appointment but will you quickly send my file to print?

Staff will not accept file submissions without an appointment and print form.

Can you fix my geometry?

Staff is not able to fix files for submission. They will tell you what needs to be fixed and then you will have to make a new appointment.

When will my print be ready?

Staff will not be able to give you a completion day/time. They can show you the print queue and that may give you some ideas as to when it will be run.

My print failed, what happens now?

If the problems is due to geometry then you will still be charged. You will then have to submit a new file with a new appointment.

If the problem is due to the machine, then your file will be run again AFTER the next file in the queue is complete.

I know you are closed tomorrow but can someone open up so I can get my print?

Unfortunately no, the operation hours are not flexible. You will have to wait until the facility is open.

 

CNC ROUTING

I don't remember how to use RhinoCAM, will you set up my file?

Staff will not set up files for students. If you can not remember how to use RhinoCAM or figure out the provided template then you will have to retake the orientation.

Why do I have to watch the CNC while it runs?

It is possible for CNC machines to run into code errors and stop. If the machine stops but continues to spin the bit, it is possible for a fire to start. You must stay present so that you can inform a staff member of the issue.

My parts didn't cut correctly, now what?

Staff can explain what the issue may be. If the problem was due to machine errors, then they will make you another appointment.

What if I need to go to the restroom while I am watching the CNC?

You are allowed to leave for a short break or bathroom run, just inform a staff and they will temporarily watch it for you.

 

VACUUM FORMING

What types of materials can I form?

Commonly, students will use ABS, Styrene or PET-g. Styrene is the cheapest and quite easy to deal with.

How big can my mold be?

The maximum size of the mold is dependent on geometry. Generally, the largest dimensions should be 10"deep x 18"wide x 6"tall.

My sheet didn't vacuum properly, can I use it again?

Material is not reusable. It is almost guaranteed that you will need to bring extra material with you.

 

CERAMIC LAB

Will you fire my pieces right now?

Unless the kiln is already running, Staff will certainly run it for you.

Can I put other things in the kiln?

Only clay or porcelain bodies are allowed in the kiln.

How do I sign up for a Clay Printer orientation?

The Clay Printer is taught in conjunction with the Ceramic Object Making Studio. 

Can I store my material in the Making Complex?

No student material is allowed to be stored in the Making Complex.

 

WOOD LAB

Can the Shop stay open late tonight?

Unfortunately no, the operation hours are not flexible.

Will you cut this for me?

The staff is present to ensure a safe working environment and maintain machine. They will not do work for you but they will teach you how to do it for yourself.

Do you provide sandpaper, glue or paint?

The Making Complex does not provide any expendables. Such as, glue, paint, sandpaper, screws...

Can I leave my material here?

No student material is allowed to be stored in the Making Complex.

 

METAL LAB

Can I take the welder to the yard in front of studio?

The Metal Shop courtyard is the only place where welding is allowed.

Can I leave my material here?

No student material is allowed to be stored in the Making Complex.