I was a member last year. Do I have to re-take all my training?

All returning Makerspace users have to renew their membership by completing the Online orientation and safety training in SafetySpot.

If you previously completed online and in-person training for the laser cutter, or  bantam mini-mill, you may schedule an appointment.

Where is the makerspace?

The makerspace is located on the first floor of Jubel Hall in room 138. Jubel Hall is in the northeast section of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, just east of Brookings Hall.

Who is eligible to join the makerspace?

All Washington University students, faculty, and staff are eligible to join the makerspace.

How do I join the makerspace?

All Washington University students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the makerspace. You must complete an online orientation to get access.

How do I get access to the equipment?

Many tools and equipment are available for use once you complete your general orientation. 

  • To get access to the 3D printers, laser cutter, mini mill, power tools, electronics, band saw, and drill press, you must complete further training
  • If you previously completed online and in-person training for the laser cutter, or  bantam mini-mill, you may schedule an appointment.
How much does it cost to 3D print?

It costs $0.25/10 gram increment to print in PLA or PETG on the Prusa and Lulzbot printers. This means that if you have a 24 g print, you will be charged $0.75. Contact us for a price estimate if you would like to use a different type of filament on the Lulzbot printer. If there is a print error due to user error (not printer error), you will be charged for used filament.

It costs $0.25/ml for gray or clear resin used on the Form 3 printer. If you have a failed print and we have to clean the resin tank, you will be charged an extra $7.50 for lost resin.

How do I submit a 3D print job?

In general, users can submit 3D print jobs remotely. When the 3D print job is completed, you will come to the Makerspace to pick it up.

As of Friday Oct 15th, 2021, the Makerspace has transitioned to 3DPrinterOS to facilitate its 3D printing services. See instructions here on how to enroll and submit a print job.

How do I pay for and pick up a 3D print job?

New 3DPrinterOS users are automatically credited $20 to their accounts. To reload your 3D printing balance, you will need to come into the Makerspace to refill your Bear Bucks account.

Once your print is ready, we will place it in a labeled plastic bag on the table outside the Makerspace.

How do I charge to my course or research lab?

The Makerspace Studio provides 3D printer filament, Formlabs 3D printer resin and select laser cutter materials (currently acrylic) for courses and research labs.

The instructor or PI must complete the Course Charge Authorization Form or Research Lab Charge Authorization Form for these materials to be covered for students using the Makerspace for course/research related activities.

How do I make an appointment?

The makerspace is open for regular use during the hours posted on the website and front door. For most of our equipment, you must complete the online training in SafetySpot in order to use it. 

Additionally, you will need an appointment to use the laser cutter and Bantam mini-mill. Click here to make an appointment

  • Laser Cutter – Reserve time on the laser cutter. These appointments are 30 or 60 min.  You must complete the laser cutter training on Safety Spot before you can use the laser cutter. Have your design file already prepared (we recommend PDF, .svg, .dwg, or .ai). Please specify the material you plan to cut in the description.
  • Bantam Mini mill – Reserve time on the mini mill. These appointments are 60 min.  You must complete the mini mill training on Safety Spot before you can use the mini mill. Have your design file already prepared. Please specify the material you plan to cut in the description.
How do I purchase materials?

You must use our provided materials for all of the 3D printers. You are allowed to bring in wood and chipboard for the laser cutter, but you must purchase all plastic and anodized aluminum from the makerspace. 

For personal projects (not related to a course or research lab), material is sold at cost and can be purchased using Bear Bucks.

Where can I store my projects?

We do not allow members to leave any projects on the tables or floor of the makerspace. You can reserve a locker and store your active projects. Talk to a staff member about reserving a locker.

What is a makerspace?

A space that provides access to a wide variety of tools and equipment for prototyping. It fosters a collaborative community that encourages creativity and design. No prior making skills are necessary.