First, attend either our open hours while the space is staffed and ask for a user agreement, or attend one of our orientation trainings. By reading, signing, and submitting the agreement, you gain access to the Makerspace and are considered a user of the space. Once the user agreement is submitted, you are able to receive machine-specific training from a mentor or other qualified staff member. When training is complete you may use the equipment while a staff member is present in the space.
Open hours will be posted on the Makerspace website and are subject to change based on the availability of volunteer mentors. If you need access to the space outside open hours, please contact a member of the staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and workshops are posted on the UNH Makerspace website, and will be updated frequently.
We always encourage self-exploration, but we will also offer instructional sessions/workshops for common software. Stay tuned to the events list.
We are pleased to offer access to the space, equipment, and materials at no cost to our users. Under most circumstances, the makerspace will have the required materials for use by the equipment. For large projects which require the use of a substantial amount of material, we ask that you provide the material yourself.
3D printing is the making of a three-dimensional physical object from a digital model.
You can scan a set of 3D images, create a digital model using CAD software, or download an .stl file from the Internet. The printers will use this model to print an object layer by layer. The PrintrBot Simple Metal uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) which feeds plastic filament through a heated nozzle. The plastic is melted in the nozzle and then motors move the nozzle around to create each layer of the object.
The amount of time it takes to print something depends on a variety of factors - such as the density, volume, and complexity of the object. Small objects (i.e. 3” x 3” x 3”) usually take half an hour or so to print.
On the other hand, laser cutting tends to be much quicker, where a moderately complex cut/engraving takes about 10 minutes, depending on the material.