Makerspace safety guidelines

3D Printers

  1. Do not touch the nozzle of the 3D printer with your hands since, when operating, it is over 400°F. Always assume that the nozzle is this hot. Use tweezers to clean extra filament from the nozzle.
  2. When removing parts from a tray, attempt using gentle pressure or twisting to break parts loose.  If this does not work, please use the supplied tools.  This will keep the machines, your hands and your print in good shape.  
  3. When using the supplied print removal tools, start at one corner of the part and move slowly, only applying the necessary amount of pressure. Most parts can be freed by getting the scraper just under the part, then twisting the scraper slightly to loosen the part. Always push away from yourself. Never put your hand or any part of your body in the potential path of the sharp object.

Diagonal wire/filament cutters

  1. Shield the wire/filament you are clipping with your other hand so pieces do not fly off and hit you or other people.

Dremel/rotary tool

Soldering iron

  1. Don’t touch the tip of the iron with your hands, even if you believe it is cold.
  2. Turn on the fume extraction fan (behind the soldering iron) whenever soldering and avoid breathing in the fumes.
  3. Wash your hands after you are done soldering or wear gloves (available on the rolling cart) during soldering.
  4. Unplug the soldering iron after using it.

Vinyl cutter

  1. Avoid reaching into the working area of the machine while it is running. The cutting head moves quickly and somewhat unpredictably.