Computing Digital Fabrication Facilities
- G11 (lecture / electronics room) - general college opening schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00-22:00, Saturday 7:30-22:00, Sunday 8:30-18:00
- G12-13 (laser cutting, 3D printing and woodworking workshops) - office hours only: Monday-Friday 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00
- anything stored in the lab has to be placed in a cardboard bin and clearly labeled with the contact details of the owner
- maximum of 3 bins per owner
- if anything does not fit in the bin - its storage has to be negotiated with the member of staff
- items that are not in line with this policy will be given a 1-week notice prior to their disposal
- the lab is full of incredible tools machines that allow you to make incredible things
- machines, though incredible, are pretty dumb and are very limited in their abilities
- learning how to operate every machine safely is rather fast and straightforward, and is covered in regular 1-3 hour inductions
- mastering any machine and process is a long path of trial and error
- develop complexity of your projects with any machine/process gradually, allowing a lot of time for tests, failures and experiments
- fabrication time grows exponentially with the project size
- ALWAYS INSPECT YOUR TOOLS AND MACHINES BEFORE USING THEM. If you notice a problem - report immediately. If the problem is noticed by staff, then the last person known to have used the tool is likely to be held responsible.
- do ask stupid questions
- Use the right tool for the job - if you're struggling - you're most likely using the wrong tool
- do clean up after yourself.
- do use the vacuum cleaner.
- do use the cardboard bins to store your stuff.
- do mark cardboard bins with your contact details and the date they went on the shelf.
- do leave a note next to the 3D printer with your contact details on a long job
- do play music
- do play slow tv on the main projector
- do use microscope to inspect and document your work (there's usb slot in the back to save images)
- do use the infinite background photo rig
- do tweet your pictures/videos to @goldcomputing
- do help others learning about the lab and how to use it safely
- NEVER USE FORCE - if you have to engage your muscles - STOP AND ASK.
- do not step on the chairs/tables to reach ceiling sockets. Use the pink step stool instead.
- do not take any of the tools out of the lab. not even for a quick 5-minute job. If you need a tool to borrow - just ask (and soon you'll be able to book all the kit online)
- do not misuse tools. if you can't find the right tool for the job - just ask. we'll find a solution.
Machine access policies
- First come - First serve (while we're working on setting up automated booking system)
- Laser jobs longer than 30 minutes have to be planned with the lab technician
- 3D printing jobs longer than 3 hours have to be planned with the lab technician
- G12/13 workshops will be closed at 17:00 - please plan your work accordingly
Should you experience any difficulties in operating any of the tools or machines
- A picture is worth a thousand words - snap a photo and email it to email@example.com with a brief problem description
- During business hours - call TechTeam hotline (2127) from the phone in the lab or pop by HH1 and get help.
- Electronics workbench
- Ultimaker 2 - FDM 3D printer
- Ultimaker 3 Extended - Double-extrusion FDM 3D printer
- Formlabs Form2 - SLA 3D printer
- Epilog M2 40 Fusion dual-source - Laser Cutter/engraver
- Roland GS 24 - Vinyl Cutter
- Roland SRM 20 - Desktop CNC mill
- Shopbot Desktop MAX - Desktop CNC router
- Janome MC15000 - Digital Embroidery Machine
- Pensa Labs DiWire - CNC wire bender
General prototyping suggestions:
- Do everything out of cardboard first - it's cheap, quick and easy to test and adjust
Video playlists / Links:
- if you're serious about prototyping - this guy is a must
- The Ben Heck show is a cultural phenomenon
- Clickspring is just a pleasure to watch. And you learn so much about various mechanical tools and techniques just by seeing this guy effortlessly executing all the intricate designs.
- EEVBlog - this guy's voice and tone can be quite annoying, but he knows what he's talking about.
- Adafruit is a great way to learn about all the new toys available out there.
- Incredible collection of mechanical simulations / animations
- 507 Mechanical Movements is a classic book full of beautifully illustrated mechanisms.