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MakerLab Policies

MakerLab Policies

General Policies

3D Printing

How is the cost of 3D prints calculated?

Raspberry Pis & Arduinos

VR Headset Policies

Departmental Charges for 3D Prints

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It is extremely important that all visitors to the MakerLab adhere to the policies below. Please ask a staff member if you have questions or concerns about any of the policies before using the lab.

General Policies

  • Most equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. Appointments can be made for our 3D printers.
  • The MakerLab is open to the public, but first priority is given to Salisbury University students, faculty, and staff.
  • Printer use is restricted to 1 printer per person at a time so that as many patrons as possible can have a chance to use the printers.
  • Do not take any items out of the MakerLab.
  • The MakerLab will be staffed at all times. If the staff member is out momentarily, please do not use specialized equipment (3D printers, scanners, etc.) until the staff member returns.
  • Visitors are responsible for the safe and responsible use of all equipment. Disregard for MakerLab policies, equipment, or supplies may result in a ban from the MakerLab and/or the SU Libraries. If in doubt, please ask MakerLab staff for assistance.

3D Printing

  • The amount charged for prints will be based on the amount of filament used. No charges will be assessed for failed prints.
  • 3D printing of certain items is prohibited, including but not limited to:
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Items that are obscene or inappropriate in a university environment.
  • Items may be unsafe, harmful, or dangerous.
  • Items prohibited by local, state, or federal law.
  • Items that infringe on another’s intellectual property rights (ex. copyright).
  • Ultimately, MakerLab staff reserve the right to make the final judgement on whether a design can be printed using MakerLab printers.

How is the cost of 3D prints calculated?

We use a simple formula to determine the cost of a 3D print. We start with a flat fee of $1 per print, then add the cost of the plastic used for the print job based on the length estimate given by our 3D printing software. We base the rate we charge per millimeter on how much the filament costs us. The formula, therefore, is:

Cost = 1 + (CostPerRoll / LengthPerRoll) x LengthOfMaterialUsed

As an example, say a particular model uses 5,000mm of 1.75mm (diameter) PLA filament. That type of filament costs us $30 per roll, and each roll contains 330,000mm of filament. Using our formula, the cost would be determined as:

Cost = 1 + (30 / 330,000) x 5,000

Rook 3D printThis would give us a final cost $1.45 for this print job. As an example, the chess piece pictured here is roughly 5,000mm when printed using the printer's default settings. However, the amount of filament needed will depend greatly on the settings used when setting up the print, so overall size is not always a good way to estimate the amount of filament needed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the way we determine print cost, please contact Chris Woodall at cmwoodall@salisbury.edu.

Raspberry Pis & Arduinos

  • All projects constructed using MakerLab equipment should be disassembled before you leave and the components returned to their proper place.
  • If you have constructed a project and would like to keep it, you can purchase the device from the library. The price will depend on the cost of purchasing a replacement device.

VR Headset Policies

  • Be aware of the noise you are making while using the headset, and try to stay as quiet as possible. This goes for those watching as well.
  • If possible for the application you are using, you should remain seated while using the headset.
  • Users must provide their own headphones for audio. If you do not have your own, you may purchase a pair of earbuds from the Library Service Desk.
  • After one hour of continuous use, users may be asked by MakerLab staff to allow others to use the headset.
  • Only software that has been pre-approved by the MakerLab can be run on the headset. Users cannot download or install their own software without permission in advance.
  • Users are responsible for safe use of the equipment. Please be conscious of the fact that you cannot see while using the headeset, and do not make any sudden movements that could cause you to run into equipment, furniture, or other users.
  • MakerLab staff must be able to monitor users of the VR equipment at all times. Staff may ask you to discontinue use of the headset if they need to direct their attention elsewhere.

Departmental Charges for 3D Prints

If you need a department on campus to pay for a 3D print, you can do so by bringing a work order to the MakerLab. Normally we would recommend that you visit the lab to set up and start your print first so we can give you the cost for your item. When you pick up your print, simply bring a completed work order and we can accept that as payment for the item.

If you would like your department to pay for prints for students in your class, we require you to fill out a Departmental Charge Preauthorization Form. You can download a form online or pick one up from the MakerLab. The form requires you to list the students that will be printing, as well as specify a maximum dollar amount to allow for each student. The preauthorization form must be signed by your department's budget approver so we know we have departmental approval before starting the prints. You can return a completed form to the MakerLab or to Chris Woodall at cmwoodall@salisbury.edu or in person to his office (AC 138).

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