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Information and policies on 3D printing at the TTUHSC Libraries

The Methodology Lab is located in the Preston Smith Library on the Second Floor.

Open Study: Library Operation Hours

Consultation Hours: M- F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Student Work Hours: M- F, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Faculty and Staff Work Hours: M- F  8:00 am to 12:00 pm


How it works?

All equipment is available for check out. 

  1. A library account is required for maker space use.
  2. Checked out equipment must be used only in maker space area 226a under the supervision of The Methodology Lab Staff. 
  3. Certain training and safety modules must be completed prior to use of certain equipment in the lab.
    1. How to use a rotary tool
    2. Safety and 3D printing: What you need to know.
    3. Chemicals and Material Data Safety Sheets
  4. Damaged, missing or lost equipment will result in fines to cover the cost of replacement parts or equipment. These fees are assessed and applied to specific equipment costs at the time of loss.
  5. Certain fees and costs are expected to be paid prior to using equipment.  Fees and payments can be made here.
  6. Protective gear, including eye protection, are required for use of certain equipment like support removal, rotary tools, and other subtractive processes that result in the removal or loosening of materials.
  7. Safety gear like leather work gloves or eye-ware not provided by the lab. You are required to supply your own gloves and glasses.  Glasses  are available for purchase here.
  8. Equipment must be used in designated work areas, please consult with lab staff for related questions.
    1. Equipment is available on a first-come, first serve basis, no reservations are taken. 
    2. In cases of class projects and due dates, please ensure that you have been allocated adequate time to complete the print of your object.
    3. The user is responsible for ensuring the success of the printed object. This includes monitoring a print as it progresses and  notifying lab staff of potential issues and print failures. Print failures or restarts are covered in material costs up to 20 percent of print in progress. Additional restart and material fees will be applied to any print failed after 21 percent. G-codes created without staff supervision are printed at the risk of the user, failed prints will result in additional charges this includes but not limited too oversights like failure to add supports, and\or select the appropriate layer height or material type.
    4. The loading and unloading of materials requires staff supervision, please notify a staff member when you require assistance with the equipment.
    5. Prints that require applied force with a paint scrapper cannot be removed by patrons, please please notify a staff member when you require assistance.
  9. Keep your work area clean, this means storing tools in appropriate locations, returning equipment in working condition, and wiping down areas that require clean up after use.

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