Makerspace Policies & Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 8/2018
What is the mission of the Drake Memorial Library Makerspace?
It is our mission to promote creation, exploration and innovation in student, faculty and staff learning by establishing a physical space to share resources, technology, knowledge, and ideas.
What equipment is currently available at the Drake Memorial Library Makerspace?
The Makerspace currently has the following equipment:
- Makerbot Replicator 2 3D Printer
- Makerbot Replicator (5th Gen) 3D Printer
- 2 SeeMeCNC Rostock Max v3 3D Printers
- NextEngine 3D Scanner
- 12 Arduino Uno Starter Kits
- Full Spectrum H-Series 20x12 Desktop CO2 Laser cutter/engraver
Who may use the Makerspace?
For the Fall 2018 semester, Makerspace use is limited to faculty requests.
Is there a cost to use the equipment in the Makerspace?
All 3D printing services are 100% free of charge courtesy of the Friends of the Drake Memorial Library. This is subject to change at any time.
Users interested in using the laser cutter/engraver will have to supply their own materials.
Where do I find files for 3D printing?
You can either create 3D models from scratch using a variety of 3D design software programs that are freely available, such as Tinkercad, Autodesk123D or SketchUp. Alternatively, you may choose from numerous objects designed by others online. The most popular sites to download existing models are: Thingiverse, YouMagine, and Autodesk123D.
What type of file is needed for 3D printing?
While you may design an object in any CAD program of your choosing, files need to be in the STL or OBJ format to be able to be 3D printed.
Are there any restrictions?
- Scholarly projects will take priority over personal or casual usage.
- We are limited by the size of the 3D printer's build plates. If your request is too large we will contact you to clarify your selection.
- No mass production of items. 3D printing is a slow process that often needs to be monitored. To ensure equitable access to our 3D printers, we cannot fulfill requests of this nature.
- Makerspace staff reserves the right to refuse any request for any reason. This includes requests for multiple copies of the same item, weapons (including parts and prop items), and/or any other object staff determines is inappropriate.
How long after I submit a request will the item be available?
The answer is determined by a number of factors such as the volume of requests, the functional status of the 3D printers, and the complexity of your submission. We cannot guarantee turnaround time for your project, but we will do our best to print them as soon as we can.
Why are there rough edges and other extra plastic parts on my item?
Due to the complexity of certain objects, a raft and/or supports must be added in order for the item to print successfully. You may have to peel away these parts and lightly sand edges to finish your item.
What is 3D Printing and How Does It Work?